Sean Rodman (Executive Director)
For over twenty years, Sean has worked in the non-profit field in leadership and advancement roles. He has also written 7 young adult fiction novels, which have been critically well-received and have collectively sold over 20,000 copies to date. Finally, Sean is an experienced presenter and has engaged youth of all ages on issues related to creative writing, literacy and publishing. He feels lucky that Story Studio lets him combine all his passions in one amazing place. Best. Job. Ever.

Tina Novak (Workshop Facilitator)
Tina is a teacher and a parent to three kids. She is an enthusiastic and skillful educator with a passion for kids and learning.

Rebecca Ruiter (Workshop Facilitator)
Rebecca is an elementary teacher and lover of the written word. She carries a life long passion for education, kids, crafting and the outdoors.

Naomi Shields (Program Coordinator)
Naomi has held various roles in Story Studio over the years. A life long bibliophile with a special interest in children, she brings energy, vision and commitment to Story Studio’s celebration of children’s creativity, potential and achievements.

Board of Directors (2018-2019)

Paisley Aiken
Paisley is the founder of the Story Studio. She has a love of books, creativity and the outdoors. Her three young boys keep her fueled and on her toes.

Alex Bertram
Alex is a production editor and writer with broad experience in trade, academic and commercial publishing. She has edited and produced children’s books to improve student literacy in schools in the UK. Alex loves to help children reach their full creative potential.

Kirstie Hudson
Kirstie is an award-winning journalist based in Victoria. She worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 15 years as a researcher, writer, reporter, host and producer in news and current affairs.

Christina Novak
Tina is a teacher and a parent to three kids. She is an enthusiastic and skillful educator with a passion for kids and learning.

Alyssa Polinsky (Chair)
Alyssa brings to the board nearly 15 years experience in strategic communications in the public, academic and non-profit arts sectors. She has led communications for both public and academic libraries, and is passionate about storytelling and reading.

Kristina Stanley
Kristina is a best-selling author, editor, and CEO of Fictionary. She loves reading and can’t imagine life without a book in her hand. She weaves training BC & Albert Guide Dog puppies into her lifestyle of reading, writing and hiking.

Sarah Tarnopolsky
Sarah loves reading and writing but sometimes has to put down her books to do outdoor activities or go to her day job as a communications officer (a.k.a story-weaver) at the University of Victoria.

Alex van Tol
Alex is a writer, teacher, author and brand strategist. She writes and edits for a variety of clients from universities to film companies. Alex taught middle school for eight years before moving into full-time freelancing.