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.
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.
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.
Angela Larson - Treasurer
Angie has recently retired from the City of Saskatoon where over the years she held a variety of Management positions including Director of Finance & Operations for the Mendel Art Gallery, Business Administration Manager for the Utilities Department and Business Manager for Transit Services. Angie is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CMA, and holds a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan. Angie brings experience in Budgeting, Financial Planning, Project Management, Information Technology, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Change Management and Human Resources to mention a few. Angie has volunteered over the years with Red Cross, Vanier Cup, Tim Horton’s Brier, United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation. Angie was on the Board of Directors for the Granite Curling Club as board member, Finance Chair and President and has also served as Town Councilor representing the Resort Village of Shields. Angie is married to Dave and together they have two children and four grandchildren. As a Manager at the former Mendel Art Gallery, Angie experienced the positive impact that various children’s programming had on families and looks forward to being part of the transformation of the Mendel building into a state of the art Children’s Museum which will offer similar programming. Her vision for the facility is to offer an accessible gathering place for families to learn and play while having fun.
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.
Alex Murphy - Director
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
Brett Thiessen - Director
Brett Thiessen is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and an Alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business. He is a business advisor at KPMG LLP as a Senior Manager in Tax Services. Brett also has over five years of audit experience in public practice at KPMG LLP (public companies, not-for profit organizations, and medium sized enterprises). He is married to his wife Jenna, and has two young children that are very active and love to learn. Brett and his family have visited other Canadian children's museums and are excited to bring a similar opportunity to Saskatoon's children.