Board & Committees


KWIC Board of Directors 2024-2025



"Community development has always been a priority for me. When I transitioned from a buzzing campus-based life to a regular community-based life outside of school, there was a void. KWIC filled that void by re-establishing my connection to the Trent community, but also provided invaluable connection to the innovative and energetic work of the youth and community that are part of KWIC’s work and programs. "
Liana Honsinger –  Previous Volunteer, KWIC Board of Director 

KWIC Board Members

Last Updated: April 2024

Executive Members

Ryan Sisson, M.Sc, EP  — Board Chairperson
Manager, Community + Workplace Partnerships, Department of Co-op, Careers and Experiential Learning, Trent University

Dr. Stephanie Rutherford – Vice-Chairperson & Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Associate Professor, Environment and Resource Studies, Trent University

Melodie Ho, MScFN, RD— Treasurer | Chair of the Finance & HR Committee
Corporate Registered Dietitian Consultant, Extendicare Inc

Faith Mwesigye —  Secretary & HR Liaison


Directors - General

Rahna Behdar - Chair of the Program Committee

Social Work Student, Trent University 

Carmella Valles

Immigration Consultant

Ngina Kibathi, MPA 

Executive Director, President's Office, Trent University 

Rebecca Hunt

Director of Accounting, Canada, Belden Canada 




Samantha Rockbrune — Executive Director


KWIC Standing Committees:

Finance & HR Committee

Melodie Ho — Board Treasurer/Committee Chair

Faith Mwesigye, HR Liaison

Ryan Sisson, Board Chair

Stephanie Rutherford, Director

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


Communications & Fundraising Committee

Stephanie Rutherford — Fundraising Committee Chair

Carmela Valles, Director

Melodie Ho, Director

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director

Bethan Bates, KWIC Administration Coordinator - Finance and Resource Development


Nominations Committee

Ryan Sisson, Board Chair

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director


Program Committee

Rahna Behdar— Committee Chair

Marcelino Lopez, Social anthropologist and farmer

Mariana Castelli Rosa, PhD candidate in Cultural Studies and KWIC volunteer 

Sadra Rabiei, KWIC Volunteer

Sam Rockbrune, Executive Director

Sarah Forrest, KWIC Program and Outreach Coordinator


TEACH Social Justice Certificate Program Committee (2023-2024)

Mauricio Interiano —TEACH Program Coordinator

Sam Rockbrune, Kawartha World Issues Centre

Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Trent School for Education and Professional Learning

Patricia Wilson + Kharington Petgrave, Community Race Relations

Rachel Gilham, TRACKS Youth Program

Mauricio Interiano, New Canadians Centre

Yishin Khoo, True Peace Cavan Common Good Initiative

Julie Cosgrove, KWIC and True Peace Cavan Common Good Initiative


Join our Board of Directors

To apply, interested candidates should complete an application form including uploading a resume using the link here. Questions can be sent to


We are presently seeking skilled individuals (both lived experiences and formal education and experience) with finance, governance, fundraising, leadership, legal and/or global working experience to join our Board of Directors.

With that in mind, we encourage all with an interest in a governance volunteer role to submit an application, regardless of employment experience.

Full position description including time commitments, responsibilities and more can be found here


Why Join Our Board?

The Board of Directors is the Legal Authority for the Kawartha World Issues Centre. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. As a board member, you provide leadership and governance to our charity, ensuring we are working towards our mission. This is a wonderful opportunity to make an impact in our community.


KWIC is at an exciting moment, as we will be implementing our new 2024-2027 Strategic Plan (approved by the Board in 2023) and will be celebrating our 35th anniversary in 2024. There has never been a more urgent time, nor a more exciting moment for global solidarity. We invite you to join us as we work together to create a more just, sustainable world.

To apply, interested candidates should complete an application form including uploading a resume using the link here. Questions can be sent to

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