Staff

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.

Board of Directors (2020-2021)

Paisley Aiken
Paisley is an English teacher, mom of three and the founder of Story Studio. She has a passion for reading, ideas and hearing stories from the people she is fortunate enough to meet.

Alex Bertram
Alex is the board Secretary. She is also a production editor with broad experience in academic and trade publishing. She has edited and produced numerous children’s books to improve student literacy in schools in the UK. Alex was recently awarded her PhD in creative writing.

Anirban Mandal
Anirban currently works as a Technology Consultant with Deloitte Inc. in Victoria BC. He loves the outdoors and mostly unwinds by hiking, running and playing soccer. Most of the space in his house is occupied by books, as he is a bookworm, and loves reading whenever he can.

Jordan Stratford
Jordan is the author of the bestselling Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series for Middle Grade, from Knopf/Penguin Random House. The series is in development for television and has been adapted to a video game for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. A game designer and screenwriter, he’s also the author of the Sword Girl series from Outland Entertainment – YA historical fantasies featuring real teenage swordswomen from different eras, from the Viking Sagas to 17th century France and the 2nd century Roman Empire. He teaches, workshops and speaks to thousands of school-age writers, and lives in the crumbling colonial capital of a windswept Pacific island, populated by octogenarians and carnivorous gulls.

Sarah Tarnopolsky (Chair)
Sarah has over ten years of experience working in non-profit communications and fundraising. She is currently a Communications Officer specializing in donor relations at the University of Victoria. Her own passion for storytelling, books and literacy led her to join Story Studio’s board of directors in 2017. Sarah has served as Chair since 2019.

Lynn Works
Lynn has over 20 years of professional experience working for businesses in diverse industries. With a focus on helping companies improve their operational performance and stakeholder engagement, she has worked in financial services, corporate retail procurement, manufacturing, and post-secondary education. She has volunteered in many school districts to bring creative content to schools and has a passion for the increased role of sustainability in businesses.