Board of Directors

Sheilagh Seaton – Chair

Sheilagh Seaton

Chair (Appointed 2013)

Sheilagh is the Chair to the Board and is an instructor with the Okanagan School of Business at the Okanagan College Penticton Campus.

Janet Willson – Vice Chair

Janet Willson

Vice Chair (Appointed 2012)

Janet is Vice Chair to the Board and resides in Summerland. She is a communications leader with extensive experience in strategic and marketing communications, planning, relationship-building and creative problem solving. She is the owner of Insight Communications.

Rick Giroux – Treasurer

Rick Giroux

Treasurer (Appointed 2013)

Rick is Treasurer to the Board and is an experienced businessman and orchardist. Currently active in managing a number of residential properties and mortgage portfolios.

Ron Britton – Secretary

Ron Britton

Secretary to the Board (Appointed 2010)

Ron resides in Naramata and is Secretary to the Board of Community Futures. He is a senior consultant on alternative energy technologies. He has been president and CEO of an Industry Association in the alternative energy sector and also has 30 years of experience leading international business activities in the petrochemical sector. He has a strong technology background.

Jim King – Director

Jim King

Director (Appointed 2010)

Jim resides in Osoyoos and is a recognized community leader. His record of accomplishments includes operations management, marketing, strategic planning, business development, and human resources. He has managed a big-city crime prevention society and has owned and operated amusement park facilities.

Ben Amos – Director

Ben Amos

Director (Appointed 2010)

Ben resides in Penticton and is a retired captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He spent 28 years as president of the Construction Services Division for a major multi-national cement company. He also managed the development of international sales for a large Canadian malt barley processor, and was a partner in a private multi-store retail liquor operation. He is now a vineyard owner/operator and is active in leadership positions with a number of community groups.

Kelly Marshall – Director

Kelly Marshall

Director (Appointed 2015)

Kelly resides in Summerland and has been in the Western Canadian Credit Union System for 25 years. He has been the CEO of Summerland Credit Union for the past 9 years. Kelly holds an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada with honours and a specialty in lending studies, A Certified Chief Executive Designation from the Credit Union Executives Society and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program.

Gil Szabo – Director

Gil Szabo

Director (Appointed 2015)

Gil resides in Penticton and is the founder of Gil Szabo & Associates for Coldwell Realty and has been the top real estate agent in Penticton many times in the last 25 years of practice.

Brenda Gould - Director

Brenda Gould

Director (Appointed 2015)

Brenda is a successful professional archaeologist and restaurateur residing in Hedley. She has 15 years of experience working with First Nations in the south Okanagan and Similkameen in cultural heritage assessments as well as economic development initiatives associated with heritage tourism. Brenda is a former client (twice) of CFOS, a previous member of the Economic Gardening Steering Committee and a current member of the Loans Committee.

Tara Atkinson – Director

Tara Atkinson

Director (Appointed 2015)

Tara managed the golf course in Princeton for 5 years and worked for the Princeton Skills Center in employment services and training.  Currently, she is managing multiple residential properties and vacation rentals as well as working as a small business advisor specializing in accounting and management support.  Tara has a Professional Certificate in Community Economic Development and is currently obtaining a certificate in Project Management.

George Stayberg – Director

George Stayberg

Director (Appointed 2016)

George resides in Penticton and is one of the founding Community Futures members. He is a past City of Penticton Councillor and Regional District Director. George has owned and operated a number of businesses including manufacturing and car dealerships. He is currently the owner of Midtown RV.