Erin Handy - Program Coordinator / Interim Executive Director
Erin Handy is KAST’s Program Coordinator and point person for GLOWS, “Growing, Learning Opportunities with Science” kids and youth programming.
Erin is a nostalgic former community news reporter, a recovering provincial political aide, and a grateful student of non-profit management in the region.
Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University, and is currently working toward a Diploma in Renewable Energy Technology and a second Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Vancouver Island University.
Andrew Zwicker - Communications and Special Communications Coordinator
Originally from Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Andrew has spent the past ten years following the snow around the globe working in marketing and sales in the tourism industry as well as owning and operating several small businesses.
Following a five year stint in Whistler working as the events manager and youth business director for Whistler Blackcomb Andrew relocated to Rossland and began a writing career launching AZcreative. Having written and contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers and corporate promotional copy he teamed up with two other Rosslanders and launched Lone Sheep Publishing, an independent online media company.
Andrew looks forward to bringing his passion to KAST.
Shawna Strobel - Administrative Coordinator
A born and raised Rosslander, Shawna has a deep seated love for her home community and
surrounding region. When not hard at work, she can be found skiing, hiking, and dirt bike riding with her son.
She spent three years as the Administrative Assistant/Purchasing Agent for 5N Plus Trail Inc. (formerly Firebird Technologies) working with an “amazing group of people.” Prior to that she worked at Red Mountain Resort for 19 years as the Central Reservations Manager. Shawna is looking forward to embarking on a new journey in her career with KAST!
Amber Hayes - KAST MBA Program Coordinator
Amber administrates the KAST mentorship and business assistance program (KASTmba) so if you need some assistance with your business idea or current company Amber will match make you with the resources you need.
With over 30 mentorships and coaching connections established to date with very positive results Amber suggests you give it a try too! As an incentive this great program is subsidized and currently free of charge for West Kootenay Boundary organizations and individuals.
Amber has over 20 years of small business expertise and has successfully worked with both the business to business and business to consumer sectors. A speaker at a variety of international conferences and as successful presenter for multiple angel funds she has refined the skill of bringing the best out of business concepts. As a member of the International Coaching Federation Amber participates in ongoing professional development to support her commitment to the business coaching practice. More on Amber can be found on her LinkedIn profile here . Email firstname.lastname@example.org