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Executive/Administration

Jay Meyer

Executive Director

Jay is no stranger to rural Saskatchewan. Raised in Kenosee Lake, he's spent his career working in rural communities. A fearless leader with a hectic schedule, he still makes time to chat with the team and is always open to new ideas and welcome to change. Jay's a big Red Wings fan and loves the Roughriders and his two pups Mookie and Hank.

Kathleen Israel

Executive Coordinator

Kathleen's bubbly personality and infectious smile greets everyone at SARM. She is kept busy managing the office and the Executives' schedules. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and learning about other cultures and history, attending concerts, and food!

Senior Leadership Team

Laurel Feltin

Director, Strategic Engagement & Advocacy

Laurel is SARM's historian and the go to gal for staff for any questions. She has had many roles at SARM and currently oversees the association's strategic engagement and advocacy. Laurel enjoys summer camping trips and trying new recipes.

Craig Williams

Director, Member Services

Craig leads our Member Services division, providing guidance and strategic direction to SARM’s various member-focused programs and services. He is our resident go-to person for our office building maintenance and an expert car shopper. He loves all things vehicles and lending a hand where needed.

Catherine Patterson

Director, Finance

Catherine leads the finance department. She manages to volunteer at the Wascana Racing Canoe Club, watch her kids compete in canoe/kayak races and Ukrainian dance and take family road trips while also ensuring SARM’s books are balanced and the office lights are kept on!

Policy & Research

Brian Rakochy

Manager, Policy & Research

Born and raised in Canora, rural Saskatchewan has a special place in Brian’s heart. He loves the great outdoors and spending time with his wife and 2 kids. Brian brings an ability to influence public policy from both sides of the table.

Alicia Bay

Policy Analyst

Alicia brings a wealth of government experience and knowledge to SARM, along with her inquisitive nature and a practical approach to policy creation. She is committed to telling our story and bringing forth positive change for rural Saskatchewan. A small-town girl, she enjoys spending her time camping, raising her family and being an active member of her community.

Deanna Nichols

Policy Administrator

As a true Northern Ontario girl, Deanna enjoys everything outdoors. After being swept off her feet by a two-stepping Sask-boy, she found herself relocated to his home province with their energetic ‘pandemic pup’, Nala. With her HBA PoliSci and experience in law, Deanna brings a unique approach to research and analytical thinking to the SARM Policy and Research team.

Strategic Engagement & Communications

Jared Tabler

Managing Consultant, Strategic Engagement & Communications

A consummate networker, Jared prides himself on building relationships. He is the CEO and Creative Director of MCQUEEN Creative, a marketing, design and communications firm focused on results driven solutions for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. He is thrilled to be lending his leadership to the Strategic Engagement & Communications team at SARM.

Amy Roettger

Convention & Events Coordinator

A farm girl at heart, Amy's work ethic and experience inspire her ideas as she creates opportunity for all of SARM's events. She loves a good cup of coffee or wine, enjoys summer cycling and experiencing new places both near and far.

Corette Mihalcea

Communications Specialist

Corette's creative bone and knack for writing and design is well suited for all of SARM's branded communication needs. Her enthusiasm for creating collateral for SARM is contagious, as is her laugh- you should hear her giggle. She has a special love for her grand-daughter Haislee and her cat Purdee, and loves to read, draw, and spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the prairie landscapes.

Adam Brougham

Administrative Coordinator

Adam hails from Ontario and has grown a real appreciation of all things rural Saskatchewan. He is the first person to lend a helping hand. When he's not lending his organizational skills to the SARM team, he enjoys travelling with friends and family.

Risk Management (Legal, Benefits & Insurance)

Colin Warnecke

Manager, Risk Management

Colin was raised in Assiniboia and is proud of his rural roots. He leads our Risk Management area, encompassing both the Legal and Benefits/Insurance teams and directly managing the day-to-day operations of our Liability Self-Insurance Plan. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.

Michael Morris

General Counsel

Mike grew up on a farm near Tuxford and has been practicing law since 1984- initially in private practice with the law firm Gerrand Mulatz and with SARM since 2000. As General Counsel Mike provides advice to SARM and its members on a variety of legal issues.

Courtney Riviere

Legal Counsel

Courtney graduated from the U of S, College of Law in 2019. She worked in SARM’s policy department in the summer of 2018 before joining the legal team in 2019. In her spare time, you can find her reading and watching documentaries.

Adryan Toth

Legal Counsel

Adryan was raised, and currently resides, in Balgonie so he has an understanding of rural living, which will benefit the SARM membership. Outside of work, Adryan enjoys staying active through indoor and beach volleyball, walking his dog Fiona, and getting out on his snowmobile.

Teresa Edwards

Legal Assistant

Managing competing priorities is second-nature to Teresa in her role at SARM. Teresa supports SARM's team of lawyers and is responsible for the administration of the Legal Department. Born and raised in Regina, Teresa has been with SARM since 2000 when the legal department was first introduced.

Jodi Hughes

Employee Benefits Administrator

Jodi has a passion for benefits and disability, as shown in her 20 plus years in the industry. She enjoys dealing with people and is always there to help. Jodi loves spending time with family and friends and also loves to travel.

Lisa Shordee

Insurance Program Administrator

Lisa is from the Fort Qu’Appelle region and administers SARM’s Property Self-Insurance Program and Fidelity Bond Self-Insurance Plan. She loves learning and trying new things and enjoys a good cup of joe.

Programs (RIRG & Bridge Services, Programs, and Member Purchasing)

Dustin Resch

Manager, Programs

Born and raised in Swift Current, Dustin has approximately 20 years in the non-profit and post-secondary sectors. In his current role, Dustin oversees the continuous improvement of SARM’s programs and supports the staff who administer them. He loves reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, SK craft beer, the music of Johnny Cash, and spending time with his two children, his spouse (Jolene), and their cat.

Terry Hoeving

Infrastructure Committee Advisor & RIRG Lead

Terry provides advice to RMs on all road issues. She understands that industry relies on rural municipal roads to move goods. She loves to travel the gravel and find all of Saskatchewan’s untouched treasures!

Shelby Piel

RIRG Administration Support

Shelby has lived in several of Saskatchewan’s communities and has a background in agricultural insurance. She enjoys providing administrative and organizational support in whatever capacities she is needed, and currently lends these skills to the RIRG program and its staff. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Daniel Segal

Senior Municipal Bridge Engineer

With over a decade of experience encompassing a rural municipal bridge’s complete lifespan, Daniel can leverage his specialized knowledge and experience towards the unique goals and challenges of rural municipal government. Outside of the office Daniel enjoys camping, playing volleyball, and riding his motorcycle.

Alexander Udey

Municipal Bridge Engineer

Alexander provides engineering services to rural municipalities and is one of the program managers for the Rural Integrated Roads for Growth Program. He is passionate about technology, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Annette Ellert

Programs Administrator

Annette grew up in Assiniboia with a large farming family. Remaining true to her roots, she spends most days making sure the agriculture programs run smoothly. Annette loves animals and has her own little pup, Jake.

Amanda Kozak

Member Purchasing Advisor

Amanda assists members with procuring the goods and services that they need to run smoothly. She is committed to saving you time and money on your purchases. Outside of the office Amanda enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and relaxing at the lake.

Community Planning

Jennifer Chamberlin

Manager, Community Planning

As a registered professional planner providing community planning assistance to SARM members, Jennifer is cool as a cucumber, she's so level headed. She always makes time to chat. Jen enjoys being active outdoors, whether it’s with skates, cleats, or a board on her feet or a club, racket, or paddle in her hand.

Robyn Rechenmacher

Senior Community Planner

Robyn is a registered professional planner who is passionate about helping communities thrive and plan for the future. She loves to work hard, learn new skills, travel throughout Canada, and spend time with her family and cats. She's always quick to offer a hand, and happy to help.

Finance

Breanna Janzen

Senior Accountant

Breanna comes from BC and is a huge asset to the finance team. She is exceptionally organized and likes to streamline processes. Our taste buds have told us that she is an expert baker but our waistlines are thankful she only treats us to her baking every once in a while.

Gaylene Mellon

Accounting Assistant

Gaylene is a team player, whether she is at home with her 4 kids, volunteering in her community, or working at SARM. She is sociable and finds fun in all the little things. When she is not chaperoning kids to activities, she is with her family spending time at their cabin enjoying time in the sun.

Olivia Zuck

Receptionist

Olivia was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is a reliable and efficient worker and is the first point of contact for those calling, visiting, or e-mailing the SARM Office. Outside of work and school, Olivia loves makeup, hair, fashion, tanning and being outdoors in the hot summer sun, cleaning and organizing, and spending time with her family and guinea pig Yukon.