Board of Directors
Alecia Nagy, Chair
In 2008, Alecia Nagy moved to Saskatoon from Prince Albert where her family still resides today. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Bachelor of Commerce with High Honors and Great Distinction in 2012, en route to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015. From October 2016 to October 2018, Alecia was very fortunate to accept a secondment to KPMG UK in Edinburgh, Scotland as an Assistant Manager in the Financial Services Department. She is currently an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP. She has worked with clients in many sectors including mining, banking, insurance, non-profit, education, and healthcare.
Alecia has been a member of the Audit & Finance Committee for two years and is excited to bring her experience to Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan as a Board member. One of her favourite memories from childhood was reading books before bed with her mom and sister, and she believes every family should have the opportunity to create memories like this.
Dylan Youngstrom, Vice Chair
Dylan grew up in rural Saskatchewan, attending school in Elrose. He now resides on an acreage just outside of Saskatoon with his wife, Laura. Dylan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Edwards School of Business at the U of S and works as a Named Account Manager with Fortinet.
As an avid reader from a young age, he is aware of the profound effect reading can have on shaping one’s childhood and adulthood. Dylan knows that READ Saskatoon is the perfect avenue to help drive the positive outcomes that literacy can enable. He is thrilled to offer his continued support to Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan as well as their events throughout the year.
Kristine Sparrow, Treasurer
Kristine Sparrow is a partner at MNP LLP in Saskatoon where she deals with small business, primarily in the agriculture industry. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2012, having obtained a Bachelor in Commerce in 2009.
This is Kristine’s third year on the Foundations Board. Kristine is excited to work with Foundations as Literacy is important part of any community and it helps us stay connected and continue to grow in our ever changing world.
Jarvis Pelletier, Past-Chair
Jarvis, Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan board chair, is a member of Cowessess First Nation who now calls Saskatoon home after being born and raised in Regina. Prior to relocating, he built a career over 20 years with Saskatchewan Government Insurance while earning his Administration degree from the University of Regina. He is currently the Vice President IT & Gaming Services with Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Being raised in the Metis community by his Kokum, Jarvis was exposed early in life on the impact of literacy through the daily challenges his Kokum faced, though she could speak four languages she struggled in reading basic communication. Jarvis firmly believes literacy, like the necessities of life, is the food and shelter for our minds and souls that plays a paramount role in all of our daily lives.
Kelsey Dixon, Member at Large
Kelsey is a litigation lawyer with a focus on family law issues at Robertson Stromberg LLP. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and received her Juris Doctorate of Law from the U of S in 2014.
Kelsey’s commitment to her profession is mirrored by her commitment to her community. She is looking forward to blending her passion for reading with her legal experience on the Governance Committee to help Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan accomplish the important work that it does.
Miles Burkholder, Member at Large
Miles is the Vice President of Finance for Doepker Industries Ltd., here in Saskatoon, leading the accounting, treasury, information technology, and scheduling aspects of the business. Miles is a graduate of the University of Regina, Business Administration, and earned his legacy Certified Management Accountant designation in 2014. Miles has worked in the manufacturing and dealership industries for the majority of his career. Currently, he is working on his MBA with the University of Athabasca, along with pursuing higher levels of certification with Lean Six Sigma.
Miles was attracted to the Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan organization due to its literacy programs. Miles is passionate about literacy as it is a critical part of lifelong learning and development for everyone. Strongly believing in the power of literacy and how it enables everyone to the best of their ability, he is very excited to give back to the community and support the organization.
Aaron Gaudet, Member at Large
Aaron Gaudet is the Manager of Strategy & Corporate Planning at Cameco Corporation where he facilitates the development of Cameco’s strategic plan and monitors Cameco’s corporate performance targets. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce and earned his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2008. Aaron has worked in the mining and agriculture sectors in accounting and marketing strategy.
Aaron started with Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan in 2017 as a member of the Audit & Finance Committee. With an avid interest in personal finance, it was Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan’s financial literacy program that initially drew Aaron to the organization. Aaron recognizes the critical work the organization does in the community and he looks forward to supporting its goals.
Kristy Jackson, Member at Large
Kristy Jackson is a communications professional with a passion for reading, writing and literacy. Since 2011, she has worked as the Director of Marketing & Communications with Athabasca Basin Development, an investment company that is owned by the seven Dene First Nation communities in northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca region. In addition to overseeing communications activities for the company, she also looks after the organization’s donations program, including Santa in the North, where several organizations work together to help Santa deliver a book to each child in the seven Athabasca communities each Christmas. Kristy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in English. A member of Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 in Alberta, Kristy grew up mostly in Saskatoon but has also lived in BC. She writes books and short stories for fun and believes strongly that literacy is a crucial life skill and supporting literacy skills in our communities benefits everyone.
Mandie Prokopetz, Member at Large
Mandie Prokopetz is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Morris Interactive. She is an accomplished professional with over twenty years’ experience specializing in executive administration, corporate procurement, logistics management, business operations system management and is a work management software super-user. Mandie’s passion for her clients and colleagues leaves her treating them with genuine, whole-hearted care.
From a young age, Mandie has been an avid reader and a collector of books – reflected by her personal library at home. Having the opportunity to join the Board at Foundations Learning and Skills has been an exciting experience where she hopes to make an authentic difference. Mandie believes strengthening and building people’s literacy can not only improve lives but can bring positive change to communities
Veronica Baker, Member at Large
Veronica Baker is the Manager of External Communications for Cameco. Originally from Saskatoon, she completed an English degree at the University of Saskatchewan before pursuing a Journalism degree at the University of Regina. She spent the first eight years of her career with the Regina Leader-Post working as a reporter, before moving on to City Coordinator then Deputy Editor.
In 2012, Veronica began working with Saskatoon Public Schools as the Communications and Marketing Manager. For ten years, Veronica enjoyed the daily challenge and inspiration that came from working in the province’s largest school division. This experience provided her with a valuable understanding of the importance of literacy programming for students of all ages.
Dale Johnstone, Member at Large
Dale grew up in Prince Albert and after finishing his degree in Political Studies at the U of S he headed off to spend the next 6 years living and working in Japan. Since returning to Saskatoon in 2002, he has been working in Information Technology and now acts as the IT Project Manager for the Saskatoon Police Service. He is passionate about continuous improvement, both personally and professionally, with the goal of making things a little bit better each day.
As a parent, Dale recognizes the importance of all types of literacy and the value of the work Foundations does in the community. This is Dale’s first year with Foundations and he is looking forward to using his experience to support the organization and being of service.
Beverly Fullerton, Member at Large
Beverly (she/her) is a proud Métis, born and raised in Saskatoon. She is the Homelessness Coordinator at Métis Nation–Saskatchewan. Beverly brings with her lived experience, having been raised from a complex past, Beverly shares her story of resilience, trauma, and healing. Her passion is to bring a voice to the voiceless. Growing up, Beverly was never read a bedtime story, she never owned a book. When she was introduced to the library, her heart and imagination became full of wonder, dreams, and life. She knows firsthand the importance of reading, literacy, and education as Beverly is a mother to 7 and a grandmother to one. Beverly wants to be the best support she can for her family, friends, and community.
Lucy Pereira, Member at Large
Lucy is the Associate Vice President of Strategy at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. She has a professional background in strategic planning, risk management, and performance evaluation. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Political Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Over the years, Lucy has demonstrated her commitment to the community by serving a number of community based organizations in both Edmonton and in Saskatoon. Lucy was nominated to the Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan Board in 2021. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP).
Christine McDougall, Member at Large
Christine works in health promotion at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency where she supports collaborations within the health system to prevent disease and to improve health outcomes for patients and communities. With a strong commitment to volunteerism, Christine believes in being actively engaged and involved in her community. She is looking forward to working with the Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan Board to advance the work of this essential organization. Literacy is important to Christine because it is foundational to a person’s overall health and wellbeing. It allows people the opportunity to truly participate in their communities and promotes shared understanding and human connection to each other.