Board of Directors
President - Tamara Hunter
Director since 2017
Tamara lives in New Westminster and has practised law in Vancouver for over 20 years. She has been involved in school PAC activities and is past-president of the New Westminster/Coquitlam Chapter of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), a non-profit society that raises funds for educational scholarships, grants and loans, for women. Tamara was a Governor and the Chair (for two years) of Law Foundation of British Columbia from 2010 to 2015.
Treasurer - Thomas C. Fink
Director since July 2019
Thomas is a finance, planning and operations professional with over 25 years of senior leadership experience including managing finances, optimizing operations, and leading change. He is currently the Director of Transit Service Design for Coast Mountain Bus Company, where he oversees planning, scheduling, and performance for over 1,400 buses in Metro Vancouver. Thomas discovered his passion for helping people when he worked at the Legal Services Society of BC for eight years helping low income people resolve their legal issues.
When he is not at work, you can find Thomas spending time with his family, playing hockey, or enjoying a poker game. Thomas holds a master’s degree in business administration, and he is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a registered builder with BC Housing.
Secretary - Rob Sider
Director since May 2019
Rob is a lawyer who has been practicing in the area of labour, employment and human rights law since 1991. He is a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, where he is the head of the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. Rob and his family have been proud residents of New Westminster for 26 years. Rob’s previous volunteer involvement includes being a long-time community basketball coach, league director for Tennis BC, President of the New Westminster Tennis Club, serving on the Council of and as a Warden of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster, and in various capacities with the Canadian Bar Association.
In his practice, Rob acts or has acted for various organizations which provide services to persons with developmental disabilities and substance abuse and so, when the opportunity to become more involved in an organization like Fraserside that offers similar services, Rob jumped in.
Director - Kathryn Petersen
Director since 2017
Kathryn is a proud member of the Certified General Accountants and the Chartered Professional Accountants Associations and brings over 25 years financial industry experience in developing and implementing corporate and business unit strategies for businesses. She is an energetic professional who has vision. Her area of expertise includes investments, money management, financing, general taxation, complex business issues, and financial reporting.
Kathryn has extensive experience in asset management and the real estate industry – and has played an integral part of various management teams that oversaw diverse real estate portfolios consisting of multi-family residential, commercial and industrial buildings, joint ventures, and equity financing. In her career, she has held positions such as Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Controller while working with high net worth individuals and private charities. Her interests include travelling, hiking and being a mentor.
Director - Ruby Campbell
Director since July 2019
Ruby is a well-connected fundraising professional with 21 years of experience leading fund development efforts for a variety of associations, foundations and organizations including the City of New Westminster for which she also helped advance strategic priorities through intergovernmental relations. She is currently the Director of Advancement for Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Ruby has joined Fraserside’s board of directors because, in her experience working with municipal government, she has seen the positive impact the agency is making by providing housing, employment and programs that support belonging.
Director - Lorelei Kesteven
Director since November 2020
Lori is a CPA, CMA with experience in the dental and medical fields for over 20 years. She holds a Masters of Leadership augmenting her financial background in the areas of change management, team development, and operations. Strategic planning, with an emphasis in navigating change in small business, has been a recent focus for various teams in both a “hands-on” and coaching capacity.
Lori has a passion for Financial Literacy, volunteering for CPA Canada by teaching classes to school-aged children, adults and seniors. When not working, she focuses on family, gardening or adventuring in her kayak.
Director - Carolyn Rhee-Thompson
Director since November 2021
Carolyn is a CPA, CMA known for her values-driven, collaborative approach to delivering strategic financial solutions, implementing process improvements and leveraging opportunities primarily in not-for profit organizations. Formerly with WorkSafeBC, she is currently a Finance Director at the University of British Columbia leading the team that provides strategic financial services for a large internal portfolio. Carolyn is a life-long volunteer who has been involved with a number of varied organizations. Of note, she mentored young women at UBC as a Finance Advisor for Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and served as the Vancouver Alumnae Chapter President. She has volunteered with CPA and most recently, completed two terms on the Board of a large independent school in Richmond serving as Board Chair for four years.
In her home life, she spends her time as team mom for her kids’ volleyball teams driving carpool to practices and tournaments, making snacks and managing travel (which is a full-time job unto itself). She is excited to join the Board at Fraserside to serve in an organization that provides programs that promote and support belonging.