Tammy Van Lambalgen – President
Tammy has a Law degree (1993) and an Arts degree (1989), both from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently the Vice President, Regulatory, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at AREVA Resources Canada. She also sits on the Board of Directors of SaskPower (since 2013), the Board of Directors and Executive of the Saskatchewan Mining Association (since 2008) and on AREVA’s Board of Directors as a Director and Secretary (since 2003). She has also been involved in the community on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, the Saskatoon Adult Soccer Association and on the College Park Community Association. As a second time parent to a 3 year old and a 14 year old, Tammy values having a place for children to be exposed to and explore other cultures, art, and history. Tammy is inspired by the Children’s Discovery Museum and its move (and expansion) to the Mendel Building, a building that has great sentimental value to her.
Dave Hunchak - Director
Dave is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and is working as a Professional Engineer at SNC-Lavalin. He is currently Engineering Manager, working to develop local and global potash mining projects. Previously, he owned his own companies (Swift Fox Consulting, Pelican Forge Software Corporation) and worked in management and technical roles with Intergraph Corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada and Superior Cabinets. Dave brings extensive experience in business management, marketing, operational excellence, project controls, information technology, and risk and quality management. Dave has also been a professional musician, farmer, ballroom dancing instructor, and property manager and has served on several other community boards including the Saskatchewan Capital Network, Saskatoon Usadians Executive Association, and the American Society for Quality. With his wife and two kids, Dave has visited many children's museums around the world, always enjoying the creative spark and lasting memories that these facilities build in families. Dave is excited to help create a new world-class children's museum here at home in Saskatchewan.
Amanda Sawlor – Treasurer
Amanda holds a Master of Business Administration from the Sobeys School of Business at St. Mary’s University, Halifax Nova Scotia and has worked for almost ten years in university administration. She is currently the Associate Director, Research Services and Ethics Office with the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to working in university administration, Amanda worked with various Community Economic Development organizations as staff and at the board levels. Amanda is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with experience managing multiple research and operating funds, as well as reviewing and approving funding documents from the private and public sectors. Amanda is also responsible for infrastructure funding applications including the resulting overall project implementation with the University of Saskatchewan. Amanda values the many benefits to children learning through play, and is excited to be a part of the Children’s Development Museum.
Lyndi Dyck – Director
Lyndi graduated from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Arts and Science with a B.A. in History. She is currently employed at the Board of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools as a Technical Evaluator and Advisor for the Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools Project. She is a certified Property Manager and has had the opportunity to work with various community organizations as a volunteer and serving on Boards. Lyndi brings experience and expertise in several areas including project management, strategic planning, and facilities management. She is excited to work with such a unique, dynamic, and growing organization that provides creative learning opportunities for Saskatoon’s little learners.
Ryan Lejbak – Director
Ryan holds a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a founder of Zu.com, a software developer, where he has served as CEO for 20 years. He has taken leadership roles in many charitable and industry organizations, and was recently elected to the Board of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership. He brings expertise in a number of areas including information technology, marketing, strategic planning, and administration. He has a three-year old daughter who he has accompanied to many children’s museums around North America, and is excited to be part of the effort to bring a top-tier children’s museum to Saskatoon.
Carla has a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma (1984) and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce (2003). She has worked in the not for profit sector for many years, employed as the Executive Director of the Children’s Wish Foundation, Campaign Associate for DCG Philanthropic Services and Executive Director of the Saskatoon Public School Foundation. Carla enjoys supporting initiatives in this city that make a difference for young people and currently volunteers with The Children’s Wish Foundation, Recess Guardians, and 100 Women Who Care. She is passionate about philanthropy and as a board member hopes to engage the community in building a world-class facility that this city and province will enjoy far into the future.
Darlene Brander – Director
Darlene holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan along with a Certified Human Resources Professional designation. Darlene is a Red Earth Cree First Nation band member with over 15 years of progressively responsible Human Resources management experience, who has worked for non-profit, gaming, municipal and First Nations organizations. As Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Darlene sits on several boards, including the Interprovincial Association of Native Employment, the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional Association and the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners. Darlene is married, with one child. Knowing the impact that a children’s museum can have on a community and how the Children’s Discovery Museum will influence this upcoming generation is an opportunity of a lifetime. Darlene looks forward to serving the board, so that all children who visit the Children’s Discovery Museum can learn, grow, experience fun, think about their world and create memories of a lifetime.
Janet Postle - Director
Janet is retired after 32 years of teaching in the field of special education with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. She holds a B.Ed. in Special Education, a PGD in Educational Administration and a M.Ed. in Indian and Northern Education, all from the University of Saskatchewan. In her new role as a volunteer, Janet has served on the board of Child and Youth Friendly Saskatoon, is past chair of Queen's House Retreat and Renewal Centre and is a member of St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Mistletoe committee. Janet feels honoured to be involved in the Children's Discovery Museum, which will provide an accessible, interactive, learning environment for children of all abilities and backgrounds; a space where they can learn about themselves and explore who they are as they develop and grow. Janet is married and together with her husband Art, has four children and five grandchildren. They are looking forward to the day when they can visit a state of the art Children's Museum with their grandchildren right here in Saskatoon.
Joni Rynsburger - Director
Greg Czarnecki - Director
Greg is an Alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. Greg brings a diverse portfolio of senior roles to the table in: Human Resources, Operations and Marketing. Currently Greg is part of the Executive team at Great Western Brewing Company as Director, Human Resources and is proud to be a part of the ongoing Original 16 story. As a business leader, Greg is driven to build a community that develops the next generation of leaders and thinkers in order to grow Saskatoon and the great province of Saskatchewan. As a father, Greg is driven to provide as many opportunities for his children and the children of our community to learn. He also wants them to find their life’s path in fun, inclusive and engaging ways. The Mendel building and its Civic Conservatory hold a personal significance to Greg and he believes that the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is the ideal transformation for this great building.