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.
Rebecca Ruiter (Program Coordinator / 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.
Katie Ngo (Workshop Facilitator)
Katie is a teacher who enjoys helping students to find ways to communicate their story. She has an extensive background supporting students from different cultures learn English. She loves to travel, read, create art and learn. When the sun is out, she can be found riding her bike.
Board of Directors (2019-2020)
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 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.
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 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 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 (Chair)
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.