Kamloops Music Collective Board of Directors
2018 - 2019
Cheryl Martin, Chair
Cheryl joined the KISSM Board in 2012 after her two daughters attended the summer camp two years in a row. Cheryl saw first-hand the benefits of the KISSM program and appreciated the camp’s approach to include ALL children, whether they had a musical background or not. Her own love of music and dance keeps her enthusiasm for KISSM strong. She appreciates how the program supplements other musical opportunities in the schools and the community. Cheryl is a lawyer in Kamloops and is the managing partner of Martin & Martin Lawyers. In addition to her professional practice and time spent volunteering, Cheryl enjoys chasing her musical pursuits in piano and tenor saxophone, as well as spending time outdoors with her family as an avid snowshoer, kayaker
Wilf Froese, Past Chair, Director
Wilf, who was initially introduced to KISSM through an invitation to attend a finale showcase performance almost 20 years ago, was so captivated with the organization that he has been involved ever since. Wilf’s own music background is extensive. He has a degree in Education with a major in Music and has played in a number of bands through the years including Barney Bentall’s band in the 1980s, as well as in Kamloops with the Beyond Brass Big Band and the Community Band. Professionally, Wilf is a partner in the software company, Idealever, which has offices in Kamloops and Vancouver and clients from across North America. When Wilf is not working, he can be found rehearsing for an upcoming gig or spending time with friends and family enjoying the local
Cliff Noakes, Director
Cliff, who was born and raised in Kamloops, is the longest standing board member with KISSM and became involved with the organization before it formally held its name. In 1977, he helped organize a summer camp for music students with former Kamloops Symphony Orechestra director and conductor, Bruce Dunn. The music camp was endorsed and supported by many local music teachers, who helped to run it until it was formally organized as the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music in 1983. Cliff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UBC and a Master’s Degree in Education from Gonzaga University. He was a teacher for many years before retiring. In addition to his involvement with KISSM, Cliff has been a founding member of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and currently is the music director for the Kamloops Community Band.
Don Kitt, Treasurer
Don has lived in Kamloops for the past 38 years and is well known for his art work and his volunteerism with youth in the school system and community. Don joined the KISSM board in 2015 fuelled by his enthusiasm for enhancing the lives of children. Professionally, Don is a sheet metal worker and artist whose wood carvings have been featured prominently at the annual Kamloops Art in the Park. Don gives frequently of his time and is also the Vice-Chair of School District 73’s District Parent Advisory Council and has been a key initiator of several large fundraisers that benefit schools. Don has five children including his youngest, who has attended KISSM. Don’s organization skills and open-mindedness are assets to the board.
Mike McDonald, Board Member
Michael joined the board in 2018 after attending KISSM and teaching in the guitar program. He was born and raised in Kamloops and met his wife at KISSM when the couple attended together as teenagers. Michael has been thoroughly impressed by the growth the Kamloops Music Collective has seen in recent years going from simply a summer music camp to a well respected and recognized organization within the Kamloops arts community as well as internationally. By profession Michael is a former reporter now turned social worker with ASK Wellness where he does housing outreach though he has continued his own musical pursuits through playing in bands around Kamloops and teaching guitar. In his spare time Michael enjoys sending time with his wife and children and hopes to one day see them attend KMC programming to gain an appreciation for music the way he has.
Ryan Gauthier, Board Member
Ryan moved to Kamloops in 2016. Within a week, Ryan was performing with the Kamloops Community Band, and through that, was invited to join the KMC Board. Ryan believes that music is an excellent way to get involved in a local community, regardless of age or ability. He has lived this advice by playing in various musical groups throughout his life, such as his high school band and jazz ensemble, Air Cadet marching bands, community bands, and an orchestra club. Ryan is a law professor at Thompson Rivers University where he teaches international law and sports law, amongst other courses. Ryan is currently a tuba player with the Kamloops Community Band, and the Kamloops Rube Band. Ryan is also a frequent participant in TubaChristmas in both Kamloops and Las Vegas.
Kim Mangan, Executive Director
Kim’s passion for music education has been a guiding force in her leadership and management role as Executive Director of KISSM for the past 10 years, and now of the Kamloops Music Collective. While handling the day-to-day operations of the program, Kim has also successfully implemented the strategic direction and goals of KISSM set out by its Board of Directors. Kim’s background is in finance and she has worked previously for organizations such as CIBC and GE Capital. Her service-oriented approach and drive to create new music opportunities and experiences will benefit youth in the community and beyond for years to come. When Kim is not working, she loves spending time with her family, cooking and being active outdoors through the many pursuits available in the community.