Board of Governors
Chairperson: Cindy Lowe (Saskatchewan Landing)
Vice Chairperson: Jeremy Roberts (Swift Current)
Board Members: Icasiana de Gala (Swift Current), Irene Oakes (Whitecap), Brenda Burton (Plenty), Lindsay Thoreson (Swift Current)
President & CEO - Brad Mahon (PhD)
Brad Mahon brings 25 years of post-secondary experience to Great Plains College, having found success in the classroom, in the boardroom, and out engaging the community. As a leader in the higher education sector, he is a passionate advocate for providing learners with a transformative educational experience and ensuring institutions are meaningfully engaged with the communities they serve.
Brad’s administrative tenures have been defined by consistently prioritizing collaboration and cooperation, including establishing strategic partnerships with other post-secondary institutions, community organizations, and industry. His formal education is highlighted by a PhD (musicology) from the University of Calgary and an MBA (executive management) from Royal Roads University.
Vice President, Programs and Students - Keleah Ostrander
A veteran of the leadership team, Keleah joined the college in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. With two undergraduate degrees – in international studies and in economics – Keleah has paired her education with her passion for community, taking great pride in contributing to student success and filling local labour market gaps to help businesses thrive. This mom-of-two laughs at the words "spare time". Between a busy career, cheering on her kids and volunteering with the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, spare time is something she knows nothing about – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Chief Financial Officer - Lissa Hammel
In September of 2009, Lissa, a Certified General Accountant, became one of the dedicated employees at Great Plains College. Since that time she has transitioned into the position of Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the leadership Team, Lissa’s role is to oversee the financial and technical support services for the college. She takes great pride in ensuring that the college operations proceed in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner. When not at work crunching numbers you might find Lissa sneaking in a round of golf or enjoying a weekend at the farm with her family.
Director of Human Resources - Noreen Volk
Working with people to help them solve problems, stretch personal boundaries and most importantly succeed is the part of her job description Noreen enjoys the most. Since joining the Great Plains College leadership team in November of 2007, as the Director of Human Resources, Noreen applies her University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management Degree to ensuring the employees of Great Plains College are poised to excel. This includes, managing employee and labour relations and staffing in addition to advancing organizational learning, training & development. In her spare time, Noreen finds rejuvenation through spending time with her family, camping and working on her acreage.
Executive Coordinator - Kalena Greenley
Kalena joined the college in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience from administrative roles in the oil and gas industry and an accounting firm. She spent time in a variety of departments at the college including Adult Basic Education, International and Student Services before taking on the role of Executive Coordinator in 2022. When Kalena isn’t busy keeping the Executive Management team organized, you can find her cheering on her two sons at lacrosse, football and curling. Kalena is an active member of the community and has been known to play the part of some terrifying characters exceedingly well at the annual Waldeck Haunted Hall. She loves lasagna and looks forward to getting back into quilting as soon as she can find the time.