Alumni representation on the Board of Regents and University Senate | Mount Allison

Alumni representation on the Board of Regents and University Senate

The Mount Allison Alumni Association has representatives on both the Board of Regents and the University Senate.

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is responsible for the management and control of Mount Allison's business and affairs. The Alumni Association elects or appoints four members to the Board of Regents (one each year).

Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ('73)

Halifax, NS
Term ends: Dec. 31, 2022

Jill's bio

A native of Liverpool, NS, Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse graduated from Mount Allison in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. She worked as a journalist in Halifax, Charlottetown, and Ottawa prior to joining the Canadian Medical Association in 1992 as a staff writer for the association's flagship journal, CMAJ. Developing eclectic interests in the social side of medicine, scholarly publishing, and membership communications, she pursued a management path to became Associate Executive Director of CMA Publications with responsibility for all publishing operations (editorial, print, online, and administrative) and strategic planning for electronic journal publication.

After moving to Halifax in 2003, she established Quadrant Communications and now works as an independent publishing/communications consultant, writer, editor, and mentor. In addition, she has served the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Public Representative since 2015. She recently completed the NFP Governance Essentials program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jill has remained very engaged with the Mount Allison community as an alumna wherever she has lived. She was active in the Charlottetown, Ottawa, and Halifax chapters, chaired fundraising for the Class of '73 Travel Bursary, and for several years assisted with the annual Homecoming Golf Classic. She served on the Alumni Board for two terms (2009-2015) prior to being appointed to the Board of Regents in 2015.

She devotes time to choral music, playing and refereeing golf, and volunteer communications work in Halifax, where she lives with her husband, Bill. Their two children, Simon (’03) and Lucy, are parents of four prospective Allisonians.

Cheryl Hodder ('81)

Halifax, NS
Term ends: Dec. 31, 2024

Cheryl's bio

Cheryl is a Partner and Board Member and practices extensively in the areas of Corporate Governance, Education Law, Administrative Law, and Business. She represents universities, colleges, Crown Corporations, health authorities and small and medium sized businesses. Cheryl has been named in The Best LawyersTM  in Canada since 2011 in the area of Corporate Governance.

Cheryl has also been recognized as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2018 and 2016 in the area of Corporate Governance, and was listed as a notable practitioner for her business law and corporate governance practice by Chambers Canada 2018. Cheryl has served as both Legal Advisor and Senior Administrator in the post-secondary sector and beyond. Cheryl has provided strategic analysis and legal advice on a wide range of governance issues in both the public and private sectors. She was previously Vice-President, Legal Services and Risk Management for a large Atlantic Canadian company where she also acted as General Counsel to a group of private companies.

Cheryl is a sought after speaker on corporate governance issues. She lectures in the Rotman Directors Education Program and teaches a course on Crown Corporation Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors, (ICD). She is also a National Academic Director for the ICD. Cheryl was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC), a designation used to recognize Canadian lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession, in 2010. Also in 2010, she was named Atlantic Canada’s first Women of Influence. In 2013, she received a Progress Woman of Excellence Award.

Cheryl is an avid community volunteer who has received the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award for her contributions to many community organizations and Boards. Cheryl is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Canada. She serves on the Nominating Committee of the Nova Scotia Community College. Cheryl is a Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (“NSBI”), where she chairs the HR and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Cheryl is a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents and the McInnes Cooper Board of Directors.

Cheryl is the past Director of Scotsburn Ice Cream and a past Chair of both the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. She is also the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Director. Cheryl is also past Director and Treasurer of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.

She received the Allison J. Youngman Award for her volunteer leadership as Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cheryl is Honorary Consul of Sweden for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Philip Tibbo ('86)

Halifax, NS
Term ends: Dec. 31, 2023

Philip's bio

Phil graduated from Mount Allison in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science, honours in biology. While at Mount A, Phil was a member of the varsity swim team and was Class of 1986 president, receiving the Ruggles-Gates Research Award in biology and the Mount A “Golden A” award on graduation. Phil values the experiences he received at Mount Allison as well as the ongoing friendships.

After Mount A, Phil completed his MD at Memorial University and then completed his specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Alberta. After his psychiatry residency he completed a clinical research fellowship and then remained at the U of A as both a clinician and researcher. In 2008 he moved back to the Maritimes, being named the first Dr. Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders at Dalhousie, a research chair position. As a professor of psychiatry he continues with his clinical and research work, being early intervention services for youth and young adults for psychosis.

Phil has held leadership positions locally and nationally with a variety of organizations, including community organizations, such as Board Chair of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada Foundation. His work has been recognized with a variety of awards, such as the Michael Smith Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for research and leadership in schizophrenia (2015), the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health’s Champion of Mental Health Research/Clinician award (2017), and the 2018 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Prix d’Excellence — Specialist of the Year (region 5).

Brian MacLeod ('74)

Antigonish, NS
Term ends: Dec. 31, 2021

Brian's bio

Brian D. MacLeod has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in philosophy and psychology from Mount A, 1974. While at MtA, Brian (known to friends there as “Cleveland”) was Hunton House president, Judicial Council member, Campus Police, and “Prince of Windsor” for the 1974 Winter Carnival.

Since leaving MtA, Brian has been honoured as an Honourary Chief of the Whycobah Mi’Kmaq Band after serving as the local Band Administrator for several years.

Brian founded what has become MacLeod Group Health Services Ltd. in 1980, and now operates a chain of nursing homes; senior’s assisted living homes, and assorted commercial properties around Nova Scotia. In the health industry he has served on many provincial boards and committees over the years. 

Brian is active in many community and University activities. He is co-founder and chair of the Festival Antigonish Foundation, closing in on a $1 million goal to support theatre in Antigonish. He has done fund raising for Autism Research Chair at Dalhousie University, and is a board member for Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. He has been very active in many committees and campaigns at St. James United Church in Antigonish, and recently chaired the Capital Campaign Committee which renovated the 150-year-old church and associated buildings.

At the 2012 StFX Homecoming ceremony, Brian was named a "Friend of StFX" for his dedication to St. FX University and community. He is a member of the Universities Art Gallery Board, and a supporter of many projects on campus. Brian has been a board member for Nova Scotia Community College, and also sat as Chair of its Development Initiative. He is a past Board member for Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA).

He and his wife Irene have three sons, William Roderick, Brian Douglas, and Sheumais Alexander, and reside in Antigonish, NS. Sheumais is presently a student at MtA.


The Senate of Mount Allison University is chaired by the President and composed of members of the teaching and administrative staff, and appointees of the Board of Regents. The Alumni Association has one appointed representative.

Bill Evans ('71)

Sackville, NB

Bill's bio

Bill is part of a long line of Allisonians stretching back to the University's beginnings. His grandparents, mother, siblings, wife and three children all attended MtA. As a student he lived in Trueman House, was part of Alex Fancy's inaugural theatre group, played intramural sports and graduated with an honours degree in Economics in 1972. He joined the staff of the University in 1974 and worked in a variety of capacities over the intervening 38 years, the last 24 of which with Computing Services, before retiring in 2012. He was president of the Mount Allison Staff Association for 12 years and served on many university committees including three presidential search committees.

Bill is an active member of the Sackville community and the home in which he and his wife, Heather, live has been in the family for more than 110 years. He is an avid badminton player, a long-serving member of the board of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation and current member of the Tantramar Seniors' College and the Sackville Rotary Club. In 2012, he was elected to the Sackville Town Council.