Mission Statement

Our Mission is to maintain standards of academic excellence essential to our students' future success and to provide the appropriate programs, services and technology to ensure that any student admitted has the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to achieve the highest standard.

Q College will continue to develop innovative and flexible educational approaches to serve the needs of our students. Q College encourages and supports creativity and innovation in the development of initiatives that address opportunities for constructive change. Q College provides relevant, current and innovative programs and services and responds to changes in business and the needs of our learners

 

 

Meet the Team

Karen Smallwood President
Karen Smallwood - President

Karen is the CEO of Q College,  Stikky Media and North Studio. Previously a web developer using a Drupal interface. Karen herself is a graduate of the Q College (formerly VSBT) Web Designer course and the Open Source Development course.

Karen’s natural inquisitiveness and love of experimentation make her amazing at finding solutions. Her sensitivity to the user experience also helps her find ways to make website functions easier and clearer to navigate. What Karen loves most about her job is that it provides the context for her to experiment and learn new things (or learn different ways to do the same thing!).

In her off time, Karen loves snowboarding, canoeing, cuddling her pup, and sitting shotgun on the flights her husband pilots.

Manny Mandrusiak Executive Director
Manny Mandrusiak - Executive Director

Business Development Specialist with over 10+ years experience in Sales and Marketing as well as Technology Training. His expertise is building solid educational teams that improve the productivity and competency of their company.

Gina Wicentowich Marketing Manager
Gina Wicentowich - Marketing Manager

Expert Digital Marketer with a background in Google Analytics, content marketing, social media marketing and client communications. When she's not exerting her positivity around the office, you can find her at Munro's books perusing the aisles with a chocolate croissant in hand.

Leaoni Webb Director of Education
Leaoni Webb - Director of Education

There are those who teach, and there are those who have a passion for teaching. Leaoni, Q College’s Senior Education Administrator (SEA) and Microsoft Certified Instructor, definitely has the passion. She understands the learning style of each student and adapts her classes to create the best environment possible—relaxed, personable and free from technical jargon.



Leaoni has her Masters in Microsoft Certified Training (MCT) and has completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma program. She has over ten years experience teaching Microsoft Office and has always had a passion for helping and teaching in one capacity or another. 



 

Alida Sinkelman Senior Administrator
Alida Sinkelman - Senior Administrator

As Q College’s Chief Administrative Officer, Alida ensures the school runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. She handles everything from admissions and registration to the scheduling of courses and teachers, plus the day-to-day multitasking that makes Q College a great place for both staff and students.

Alida loves being outside, so you’re most likely to find her on a beach, a lake trail or somewhere else close to water. It soothes her soul—”nature therapy,” she calls it. She also loves watching hockey, in a dual-fan sort of way. Being from Edmonton, she cheers from both the Oilers and the Canucks, but if her favourite teams are playing each other, expect to see her in an Oilers jersey.

Rachael Steinberg Administrative Associate
Rachael Steinberg - Administrative Associate

Rachael’s time on campus is spent ensuring that Q College runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Rachael’s duties include, but most definitely are not limited to, being the first point of contact for all student and client inquiries, assisting instructors and students, processing registrations and payments, organizing events, and running from one end of the office to the other. It goes without saying that Rachael loves her job and truly takes it to the next level.

Rachael graduated with her Administrative Assistant Honours Diploma from Sprott Shaw Community College on Vancouver Island. Her 15 years’ experience and friendly manner make her a tremendous asset to Q College.

It is no surprise when Rachael is not the office to find her spending time with her three children. She loves nothing more than taking them to Royals games, camping, and exploring the outdoors.

Christian Nally Senior Instructor
Christian Nally - Senior Instructor

Christian combines nine years of Drupal industry experience with a passion for the practice and theory of teaching. He brings a systems engineer's approach to development and delivers a passionate presentation of the potential of the web to beginning students and advanced clients alike.

He has a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s, a Master’s in Particle Physics from UBC, and industry experience including satellite control software and image calibration systems. After building a web system for a satellite image product in the early 2000s, he turned to the web full time, and never looked back. Christian started with Drupal soon thereafter and has been building with and for Drupal ever since.

When he’s not in the office, you’ll find him racing sailboats, or playing music in his cabin on Galiano Island.

Jordan Keats Senior Instructor
Jordan Keats - Senior Instructor

 As Q College’s Social Media and SEO instructor, Jordan covers everything from social media account development and search engine optimization to brand consistency and overall communication, marketing and transmedia strategies. He has taught students of all levels, including those from the tourism, retail, entertainment, real estate and mortgage industries and non-profit and public sectors.

Besides teaching at Q College, Jordan is the Digital Strategist at Stikky Media, where he is responsible for social media campaign development, management and analysis. Jordan is also the Teaching Assistant for Digital Communication 330, part of the BA of Professional Communication at Royal Roads University, and an instructor of WordPress and Social Media at the Western Academy of Photography. To counter sitting at a desk all day, he practices and teaches Tai Chi at the Victoria Chen Taiji Academy.

Greg Szabo Instructor
Greg Szabo - Instructor

Greg is a professional freelance designer, musician and producer. A veritable jack-of-all-trades in the graphic realm,

Greg has earned degrees in Marketing/Advertising and Interactive Multimedia at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

He has been working in various facets of the industry in different parts of the country for over a decade from desktop publishing to web development to video/audio production.

Aside from teaching at Q College, Greg runs a freelance multimedia business and leads a local 16-piece funk, soul, hip hop band, The Leg-Up Program.

Myke Allen Instructor
Myke Allen - Instructor

Myke Allen is a design professional who has been working in Adobe software for over 20 years. Educated at the art institutes and tested locally as a designer for a decade. His knowledge of the programs are only seconded by his desire to help everyone understand the material he teaches. 

His hands-on approach and charmingly relaxed method make paying attention fun and easy and his well illustrated assignments and notes make it easy to access the information in class and out of class. Whether for full time classes or custom courses, Myke makes learning an expansive and colourful experience!