Alumni Board of Directors | Mount Allison

The Alumni Association is governed by the 15 members of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors holds three regular meetings a year: one during the fall, one during the winter, and one during the spring.

Mission statement

The mission of the Alumni Board of Directors is to promote and motivate the participation of alumni and friends of Mount Allison with the University through effective communication, events, and special initiatives.

Read the Alumni Board's full mission statement

Support

  • Support Mount Allison as goodwill ambassadors in the community
  • Fulfill an advisory role that supports the alumni director in the development of policies and programs which contribute to the achievement of the mission
  • Provide a volunteer resource for the University
  • Support the University's fund raising initiatives by assisting the University Advancement Office in identifying contacts with fundraising potential (foundations, corporations, other alumni)

Promote

  • Promote alumni involvement in the University in a way that supports Mount Allison's mission and objectives
  • Work with the University to promote Mount Allison to prospective students
  • Promote the University's services such as conferences

Vision

  • Work with the alumni director to provide and develop a vision and new ideas for alumni programs that work toward achieving the mission

Communicate

  • Facilitate communication between all constituents of the University (students, faculty, administration, parents, etc.) and the alumni through the Record, local alumni organizations, the Alumni Office, and an alumni presence on the Board of Regents
Annual General Meeting Reports

Everyone is invited to join the Alumni Board of Directors and fellow alumni at our Annual General Meetings held during Reunion Weekend every year.

At the AGM, you'll hear from the director of alumni engagement, as well as the Alumni Board committees, about the events of the past year, as well as key strategies that drive their work and the impact they are having.

Annual General Meeting minutes (PDF): ​​​​​

Nominate alumni to the Alumni Board

We welcome your nominations for the Alumni Board of Directors.

The following Allisonians are eligible for nominations:

  • any person who has received a degree, diploma, or certificate from Mount A
  • any person who was registered in a program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate from Mount Allison University
  • all present and former members of the administrative and teaching staff at Mount A
  • all Mount A honorary degree recipients and all present and former members of the Board of Regents of the University
  • those individuals who have shown a commitment to Mount A

Members of the Board of Directors

Executive


Christy DeMont ('80), President
cmdemont@gmail.com

Term: 2021-24
Past terms: 2019-21 (Vice-President), 2015-18, 2018-19  

Read Christy's bio

Christy graduated from Mount Allison in 1980 with a BSc. While at MtA, Christy was a member of the varsity women’s basketball team and the varsity swim team.

As an alumna, Christy has been a long-term supporter of the University, and in particular, of Mounties athletics.

Upon graduation, Christy went on to earn an MBA from Dalhousie University. After completing university, Christy relocated to Toronto, where she has had a career in the information technology industry.

Over a 30-year career, she has worked in a variety of industries including government, banking, and consulting. She was the Chief Information Officer for ICOM Information & Communications (a division of LoyaltyOne) for many years.

Christy is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

She is an avid golfer in the summer and curler in the winter, and spends as much time as possible at her vacation home in Pictou County, NS.


Jennie Henderson ('03), Vice-President
jennie.henderson@gmail.com

Term: 2021-24
Past term: 2018-21, 2015-18

Read Jennie's bio


Jennie arrived on campus as a fourth generation Allisonian and graduated with her honours degree in international relations with minors in French, and international business and economics in 2003.

While on campus she was President and then senior monitor of Palmer Hall, was a student representative on Board of Regents committees, studied in China on student exchange, and toured campus with prospective students.

Jennie is an active alumna in Ottawa, organizing events including football viewing parties. She spearheads an annual event for alumni and friends from all 12 of Atlantic Canada’s universities that has raised over $12,000 for local charities. She has also participated as a member-at-large for an Alumni Board subcommittee.

Jennie is currently working as an executive for the federal government, where she has had the opportunity to represent Canada at a variety of international forums and events including the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the G20. She spends her time out of the office stewarding a Little Free Library and volunteering in her neighbourhood.

Notwithstanding strong family connections to MtA and Sackville, Jennie chose MtA because of its academic reputation, leadership opportunities, and sense of community, and says she wasn’t disappointed. Whenever she meets other alumni or prospective students, she has a hard time containing her enthusiasm for the experience.


Anna Abbott ('04), Past President
annahabbott@gmail.com

Term: 2021-24
Past terms: 2019-2021 (President) 2017-19 (Vice-President); 2011-17 (Director)

Read Anna's bio

Prior to joining the alumni community, Anna studied Modern Languages and Literature with a minor in Classics. She was a member of German Club, Classics Society, the Orientation Committee, Tintamarre, Chorale Society, Leadership Mount Allison, the Student’s Administrative Council, judicial committee, multiple intramural sports teams, and was Winter Carnival Chair. She also served as the class of 2004’s Grad Class Secretary, and Life Class Vice-President.

Anna is an active member of the MtA alumni community – having been an alumni volunteer in both the Fredericton and Southern Ontario chapters, Anna is now an Alumni Board director and chair of the board’s Archival Committee. She also sits on the board’s Nomination and Recruitment committees.

Anna is currently Legal Counsel for Scotiabank.


Dr. Nancy Vogan ('67), Professor Emerita, Honorary President
nvogan@mta.ca 

Term: 2021-2024
Past term: 2019-21, 2017-2019

Read Nancy's bio

Nancy F. Vogan was a faculty member of Mount Allison University for forty years where she taught courses in music education, music history, music in Canada and introduction to music for non-majors. A native of Moncton NB she received her BA (music) at Mount Allison prior to attending the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, for her Master of Music and PhD degrees in music education. She taught music at Keuka College and in the public schools of Ontario and New Brunswick prior to joining Mount Allison.

Her major fields of research have been the history of music instruction and the history of music in Canada. She is coauthor (with J. Paul Green) of Music Education in Canada: A Historical Account (University of Toronto Press, 1991). Other publications include articles in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, the History of the Book in Canada, and the chapter on Canada in The Origins and Foundations of Music Education (Continuum 2010) as well as numerous articles in journals and proceedings.

Nancy Vogan has served on the editorial committee of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and has also been a contributing editor for the Canadian Music Educator. She has been a council member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, a research associate of the University of Toronto’s Canadian Music Education Research Centre and the international representative on the council of the NAfME History Special Research Interest Group. She has spoken at numerous conferences and delivered guest lectures including at the American Antiquarian Society, the MENC Keokuk II Symposium, and the Toronto Centre for the Book.

Dr. Vogan is the recipient of several honours and awards including the Jubilate Award of Merit from the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, three SSHRC grants, a British Council Travel Grant, and a Canada-US Fulbright Fellowship, as well as a Paul Paré Award and the Tucker Teaching Award from Mount Allison. In 2003 she was appointed the Pickard-Bell Professor of Music, a position which she held until her retirement.

International music education is one of her many interests. She has participated in workshops of the World Music Drumming Program, attended MENC workshops on world music and also visited schools and music institutions in the United States and Britain. In 2003 she visited South Africa as part of a fifteen-member music education delegation; in the spring of 2004 she visited Russia as a member of a similar delegation. She is a member the International Society for Music Education; she spoke at the 2008 ISME Congress in Bologna, Italy, and travelled to China in the summer of 2010 to participate in the ISME Congress in Beijing.

Nancy Vogan retired from her teaching position at Mount Allison in 2012. She was appointed Research Professor for three-year term and continues to be involved in campus activities, writing a book on singing schools and tunebooks in the Maritimes and also researching the history of music teaching at Mount Allison.

Directors


Cheryl Bell ('83), Director
copy@cherylbell.com

Term: 2018-2022
Past term: 2015-2018

Read Cheryl's bio

Cheryl has a BA (Hons) in English from Mount Allison and an MA from Dalhousie University. After two years in Windsor Hall she became a dedicated townie (with the rubber boots and work socks to prove it) and served as president of the English Society.

Since 1991, Cheryl has had her own professional writing and editing business, first in London, UK, and, since 2005, in Halifax, NS, where she has done a lot communications work for the universities.

Cheryl has remained involved with MtA since graduating by volunteering at alumni gatherings in both London and Halifax. She is married to Duncan Morum, who is often the photographer at Halifax alumni events, and they have three children: one at the University of King's College, one at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and one at home who still has the potential to be a MtA student.


Youji Cheng ('17), Director
ycheng@mta.ca

Term: 2021-24

Read Youji's bio

Having lived in large cities in China and Canada, Youji wanted a unique experience and attended Mount Allison as an international student. During his time at MtA, Youji studied science and completed an Honours in Chemistry. Youji co-founded the MtA Badminton Club and Chess Club and served in the student’s government. Youji received a Class of 1933 Award for his cross-cultural leadership at MtA.

In 2015, Youji pitched his idea in a technology commercialization competition, for which he won an award and started his career in technology commercialization. Since then, Youji has developed new technology products, has operated a social enterprise, and he was a Founding Program Manager for Lab2Market — the first Canadian national program for technology commercialization. Youji has advised over 40 start-up ventures founded by university professors and PhD students.

Today, Youji is based in Halifax. He is the Program Manager at Adaptiiv Medical Tech, where he helps shape the future of advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Youji champions entrepreneurship and technology innovation among the MtA alumni community. In Youji’s spare time, he serves on the board of Science Slam Canada, enjoys all things outdoors — especially gardening food and flowers — as well as playing his piano.


Ian Fogarty ('93), Director
ian.fogarty@nbed.nb.ca

Term: 2021-24

Read Ian's bio

Ian has been teaching enriched Chemistry and Physics at Riverview High School for over 23 years. Additionally, Ian has worked with Shad Canada — a month long summer program for high school students — since 2006, helping students further their interests in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. 

 


Ryan Francis ('04), Director
ryan_nsapc@hotmail.com

Term: 2019-22

Read Ryan's bio

Ryan graduated from Mount Allison in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts, having majored in Political Science and Government and minored in French Studies. He went on to earn a Master's in Political Science and Government.

Ryan has worked for the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and is currently the Program Officer with Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA - APECA).

Ryan grew up in Elsipogtog First Nation and is passionate about working with the Alumni Board to support Indigenous programming and students at Mount Allison. 

 


Rick Gant ('84), Director
rgant@aclsm.ca

Term: 2018-22
Past term: 2015-18

Read Rick's bio

Rick attended Mount Allison from 1980 to 1984 to attain a BSc in geology. He was recruited to play varsity football, receiving special teams and longevity awards. He was also a member of the swim team and served on the Campus Police.

Following Mount Allison, Rick attended the University of Strasbourg in the International French Immersion Program.

Rick started his career on Baystreet in 1987 and joined RBC in 1989 where he worked for 26 years, retiring in May 2015. While he was there, Rick held management positions in Treasury, Accounting, Pension Payments, Securities Lending and Foreign Exchange prior to being transferred back to Halifax in 1996 as Director of Relationship Management for Atlantic.

While in Halifax, Rick received an MBA in finance from Dalhousie, was the President of Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Halifax Chapter, and the Treasurer for the Canadian Pension Benefits Institute, Atlantic. Rick was transferred to Vancouver in 2006 to become the Regional Head of Western Canada for RBC Global Services and transferred back to Halifax in 2013 to head up the Atlantic Region before retiring from the bank after they closed the Atlantic division.

Rick now acts an advisor and mentor for the “Starting Lean” Program at Dalhousie University. He is looking into a new career and remains an avid outdoorsman; kayaking, canoeing, camping, skiing, and is currently teaching himself to play guitar.


Jonathan Graves ('15), Director
jjgraves@mta.ca

Term: 2020-23
Past term: 2017-20

Read Jon's bio

Jon joins the Alumni Board following a successful four-year tenure at Mount A in the classroom and on the football field. This included winning two AUS Championships with the Football Mounties, Academic All-Canadian in 2013 and 2014, and was invited to the East-West Bowl in 2013. In the classroom, Jon achieved Dean’s List standing in his final year in the Bachelor of Commerce program and was elected the Class of 2015 Valedictorian.

Since joining the Alumni Board Jon has held positions on multiple committees as well as the role of Chair of the Student and Young Alumni Committee. At Mount A he sits on the organizing committee for the Homecoming Golf Tournament, sits on the 5th Quarter Club organizing committee, and has also helped with many events both on and off campus. 

Jon has worked his way up from Sales Assistant to Investment Advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy — where he helps clients grow, protect, and transition their hard earned wealth.


Marian Humphrey ('71, '72), Director
marianehumphrey@gmail.com

Term: 2020-23

Read Marian's bio

Marian is a retired teacher from Campbellton, NB. She graduated from Mount A with a BA Secretarial ’71, and a BEd ’72, later earning an MEd ’83 at the University of New Brunswick.  She is married to David Humphrey (’71) and they have two daughters, Claire (’14) & Susan (’10), both of whom benefited from education at Mount A.

Her memories of Mount A include swimming, committees, intramural, and her first blood donor clinic inspired by a competition among residences to see who could “give the most.” Foremost among her memories are the many interesting and lovely people whose character and kindness so impressed her.    

She has been fortunate to have had lots of variety in her career in education — teaching English, business & computer subjects, co-operative education, and youth apprenticeship programs, as well as facilitating a number of extra-curricular activities. Other highlights include co-operative learning, District Co-ordinator and SPR for computer education, staff liaison for the school library and lead through its transition to computer database retrieval, a member of the provincial Curriculum Committee for Data Processing and the provincial Planning Committee for Computers in Schools.

Since her retirement Marian has enjoyed hiking, being a member of the Restigouche Society of Retired Teachers, a member of the Online Media Committee for the NBSRT, travelling, skiing, yoga, golf, and pickle ball. And, most recently, she is loving being a new grandmother.


Cydney Kane ('17), Director
clkane@mta.ca

Term: 2021-24

Read Cydney's bio

Cydney received her Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison in 2017, completing a major in biology and a minor in French. While at Mount Allison, she was Social Chair for Edwards House, Appointment Chair for the Mount Allison Students’ Union, competed with and coached the Mount Allison Dance team, and was involved in several other clubs and societies. Cydney was part of the team that brought the East Coast Student Leadership Conference to Mount Allison in 2015, helped execute the now-annual Club Sports Banquet, and launched Mount Allison Dance’s first Tap team. Upon graduation, Cydney was recognized with the Golden Flying “A” Award, Mountie of the Year, and a University Leadership Certificate.
 
Following her time at Mount Allison, Cydney obtained her Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. She is currently an Associate Lawyer with Burchells LLP in downtown Halifax, practicing primarily in the area of civil litigation. Outside of work, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and the planning committee for the annual Halifax Kidney Walk.


Michael Mohammed ('03), Director
availableuserid@hotmail.com

Term: 2021-24

Read Michael's bio

 When I applied to transfer to Mount Allison, I included a note asking to speak to someone at MtA’s disability services office about disability accommodations that I’d need. I got back a handwritten note that read: “We don’t have a disability services office, but we’ve booked you a meeting with the Dean of Students.” It was this personal touch, and willingness to work with me that convinced me to transfer to MtA, live on campus for the three years that I was there, and that makes me want to stay involved as an alumnus. While I was at Mount Allison, I lived in Edwards House, helped publish the prettiest campus newspaper in Canada, and spent innumerable Saturday mornings wandering the Waterfowl Park. Perhaps not-so-strangely, I remember my professors and what I learned, but not so much the classes I took.

Since graduating from MtA with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Minor in Environmental Studies in 2003, I’ve completed a Master of Science degree in Geography from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (which is why my vocabulary is full of Americanisms), and a Master of Philosophy degree, also from Rutgers. I have volunteered extensively in social advocacy roles and with vulnerable populations, including with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Ottawa Victim Services. I have also previously served on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations including Ottawa Victim Services as Vice-Chair, and the Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society as a Director.

I have worked with the Government of Canada for over a decade, where I currently manage the development of information and data governance policy across the federal government. I have also managed a $500 million per year benefits program for disabled Canadians. Previously, I have held several positions across the federal government, including as a Senior Advisor responsible for federal nuclear emergency planning and response, and managing a COVID-19 related team that engaged industry on the manufacture and retailing of hand sanitizers and hard-surface disinfectants. I have also worked in several other roles, including corporate risk, environmental assessment, and issues management. In addition to working in Ottawa, I have been posted to Iqaluit and Yellowknife. During my three years working and living in the arctic and sub-arctic, I have been trapped in my office by foraging polar bears, given quasi-judicial testimony, and been north of the arctic circle during an actual blizzard. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, being a tourist, obscenely complex puzzles, and convoluted board games.


Jack Rhind ('74, '75), Director
rhind.jack@gmail.com

Term: 2020-23

Read Jack's bio

Jack graduated from Mount A with a Bachelor of Science in biology and mathematics in 1974 and followed that up with a Bachelor of Education in 1975. He taught secondary school in Bermuda from 1975 to 1987 specializing in general science, physics, and computer science. During that time he was also the Chairman of the computer science curriculum development committee.

From 1987 to 1995 Jack worked in the Bermuda Department of Education as a computer resource person responsible for the student data and demographics software that was used to track student registration, attendance, scheduling, etc. In 1989 he took a year’s sabbatical to complete a Master's in education in computer studies at the University of Toronto.

From 1995 to 2019 Jack ran his own business, DigiTech, which specialized in Macintosh computer sales, service, and support. This also entailed computer repairs, installing networks, and software support for numerous companies in Bermuda.

Jack retired in April 2019 and now enjoys travel, skiing, and duplicate bridge directing when able.


Jodi Swan ('96), Director
jodiannswan@hotmail.com

Term: 2021-24

Read Jodi's bio

Jodi graduated from Mount Allison in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in psychology with a minor in religious studies). While at MtA she was actively involved with the Psychology Society and lead the Drew Nursing Home visitation program in her final year. She returned to Mount Allison as the Alumni Volunteer Coordinator for Campaign Mount Allison (1998-2001), working primarily with alumni in class projects.  

Jodi has earned certificates in Gerontology, Thanatology, and Funeral Directing, a post-graduate certificate in Sexual Health, a Bachelor and Master of Social Work, and is presently completing a Master of Science in Thanatology. She has a small private counselling and consulting practice and works as a funeral director and grief counsellor.  

Always a proud Prince Edward Islander, she plays an active role in her community as a Rotarian and volunteer. Jodi can often be found on the sidelines of Alumni Field during football season. 

Alumni Board subcommittees

There are five subcommittees to help give action to the goals of the Alumni Board.

All members of the Alumni Board of Directors take part in at least one subcommittee based on their particular interests, skills set, and personal development goals. With the help of alumni members-at-large, administrative staff, and current Mount Allison students, each subcommittee has a specific mandate.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please e-mail alumni@mta.ca

Communications Advisory Committee

The general mandate of the Communications Advisory Committee is to advise the University's Director of Alumni Engagement and Director of Marketing and Communications on communications matters that will help alumni stay connected with each other and the university, and to keep alumni informed about university issues/activities of interest to them.

Members:

  • Cheryl Bell ('83) (chair)
  • Marian Humphrey ('71, '72)
  • Jodi Swan ('96)
  • Ryan Francis ('04)
  • Carolle de Ste-Croix ('90), Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Shannon Robinson ('19), Alumni Relations Officer
Events Committee

The mandate of this committee is to assist the University's Director of Alumni Engagement and the Alumni Relationships Officer — Events in the planning of reunions, Homecoming, and other virtual/in-person events. 

Members:

  • Rick Grant ('84) (chair)
  • Jack Rhind ('74, '75)
  • Michael Mohammed ('03)
  • Jennie Henderson ('03)
  • Ryan Francis ('04)
  • Youji Cheng ('17)
  • Carolle de Ste-Croix ('90), Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Eric Donovan, Alumni Relations Officer — Events
Nominations and Awards Committee

The mandate of this committee is to propose nominations to:

  1. The Alumni Board and its representation on other committees, ensuring geographic, faculty, class, and overall diversity in recruiting directors for the Alumni Board. This committee is in the best position to do so due to its familiarity with the composition of the existing Board and the need to ensure this composition remains reflective of the Mount Allison alumni membership at-large.
  2. Recognize and promote the achievements/accomplishments of the Mount Allison alumni.

Members:

  • Nancy Vogan ('67)
  • Marian Humphrey ('71, '72)
  • Christy DeMont ('80)
  • Cheryl Bell ('83)
  • Anna Abbott ('04)
  • Carolle de Ste-Croix ('90), Director of Alumni Engagement
Students and Young Alumni Committee

The goal of this committee is to explore ways to build links between young alumni (graduates of the past 10-15 years) and the University. The committee will also seek ways to help foster connections between current students and alumni.

Members

  • Jonathan Graves ('15) (chair)
  • Ian Fogarty ('96)
  • Cydney Kane ('17)
  • Youji Cheng ('17)
  • Eric Donovan, Alumni Relations Officer — Events
Volunteer Management Committee

The general mandate of the Volunteer Management Committee is to provide recommendations, advice, and feedback to the Alumni Board, and the Alumni Relations Director on the implementation of the Volunteer Moves Management Program aligned with the current Alumni Relations Plan.

Members:

  • Jennie Henderson ('03) (chair)
  • Jack Rhind ('74, '75)
  • Jodi Swan ('96)
  • Jon Graves ('15)
  • Cydney Kane ('17)
  • Carolle de Ste-Croix ('90), Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Shannon Robinson ('19), Alumni Relations Officer