Staff & Board

Meet Our Board

2023/2024 Board of Directors

  • Kristen Johannesson, President
  • Thoolika Sunil, Treasurer
  • Logan Huard, Secretary 
  • Bernadette Kutarna
  • Carol Henry
  • Jennifer Amarualik-Yaremko
  • Li Liu
  • Meghna Ramaswamy
  • Terri Sleeva


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SCIC Staff

Zehra Rizvi, Executive Director

Zehra Rizvi has been actively involved in non-profits for 20 years working for organizations like Global Affairs Canada, Plan International, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cooperative Association and the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained a BA in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc in Integrated Water Resource Management from McGill University. Currently, she serves on the Saskatoon Open Door Society board, an organization dedicated to welcoming immigrants and refugees in Saskatoon; she serves as Vice-chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is committed to gender equality, education for girls and the protection of children.

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Winnia Zhang, Director of Operations

Winnia Zhang is passionate about international education and has been working directly with international partners for almost two decades. Throughout her career with University of Regina, she has extensive experiences in working with stakeholders to serve the international clients and managing various types of global experiential programs.

Winnia has obtained her BBA in Marketing and Communications from the University of Regina and a MA in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Royal Roads University. Her educational and professional adventures have built a strong and unique foundation in her skills to excel in intercultural communications, stakeholder relations, change leadership, professional development, and program management. She is dedicated to the principle of continuous learning and development, at work or at home.

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Shayne Lazarowich, Membership Coordinator


Shayne Lazarowich is a musician, songwriter, internationalist, anti-racist organizer, and advocate for multiculturalism and Reconciliation.  Shayne founded Rock Against Racism Sask in 2018 and has coordinated many multicultural community events that use the power of song, spoken word, and gathering to push for change and increased solidarity. He has worked with organizations such as the Prince Albert Multicultural Council, Métis Addiction Council of Saskatchewan Inc., and Canada World Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde. Shayne Lazarowich has lived and worked internationally, in various capacities and contexts, for a substantial part of his adult life, in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Taiwan. Currently, he resides in Saskatoon, Canada.

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Taylor Marshall, Youth Coordinator

Taylor Marshall is our Youth Coordinator and truly cares about aligning her experience and skills to promote access to the benefits of intercultural learning and global citizenship skill development.  Coming up on a decade of experience in international higher education and non-profit newcomer language and settlement services, Taylor loves to see clients and program participants thrive - academically, personally and professionally.

Taylor completed her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish language and literature at the University of Regina and is currently completing her Master of Arts in English.  Outside of international program management and educational design, Taylor can be found with her nose in a history book, taking long walks in nature, or plotting her next global adventure.

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Haiming Li, Education Coordinator

Haiming Li is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education with research interests that include, but are not limited to, comparative literature studies, heritage language teaching and acquisition, parent-child interaction, intercultural teaching, and cross-cultural educational studies. She has been involved in non-profit work for three years and is passionate about serving the community and promoting mutual understanding across cultures.


Lisa Vance has been involved with non-profits and non-formal education for the past 10 years in a variety of roles.  She is passionate about education and how it can relate to both international and community development. Lisa’s favourite topics to facilitate workshops relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and she also highly values the role that both formal and non-formal education plays in development around the world. Additionally, Lisa is committed to gender equality and how to engage others around it.  Lisa has a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, a Master of Arts in International Development from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and a yearlong Certificate in Adult Learning Specializing in Adult and Community Education from the University of Calgary. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, playing board games, volunteering, and travelling. She has visited 14 different countries and has spent time living in Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Kenya.  

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