Meet Our Staff

Allan Coyle

Allan Coyle
Director, Public Affairs
(250) 862-5413
acoyle@okanagan.bc.ca

Allan Coyle, Okanagan College's Director of Public Affairs, is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and has worked in post-secondary education in the Okanagan since 1998. Before that, he was owner of a successful public relations firm, and had enjoyed a career as a journalist and editor.

He has written extensively for magazines, and has volunteered his PR and marketing expertise to several non-profit initiatives and agencies. He recently finished an eight-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kelowna YMCA.

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Tyler Finleyl

Tyler Finley
Manager, Marketing and Communications
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4211
tfinley@okanagan.bc.ca

Tyler joined the Public Affairs team in April 2016. He earned a B.A. in English from UBC Okanagan in 2009, followed by graduate studies-level training in English and University Learning and Teaching from UBC, in addition to other training and professional development in Communications and Digital Media.

Prior to joining the Public Affairs team, Tyler worked as Marketing and Communications Specialist for the Okanagan College Foundation and as a program manager for a national non-profit youth outdoor education initiative. He has a passion for storytelling in all forms, from writing to photography and video, and in his spare time provides communications support to a number of local youth, outdoor and mental health initiatives.

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Michelle Lowry

Michelle Lowry
Executive Assistant to the Director Public Affairs
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4649
mlowry@okanagan.bc.ca

Michelle joined the department of Public Affairs in July 2005, taking on the role of Executive Assistant to the Director.  She received a certificate in Office Administration from Okanagan University College in June 2003.  Since graduation Michelle has worked in the President’s Office, the Dean’s Office for Science, Technology and Health and Public Affairs.

Michelle works closely with the Director of Public Affairs, Manager of Recruitment, staff in Public Affairs and the President’s Office to organize events, such as Career Fair, the Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition and Convocation Ceremonies.

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Holly Stevens

Holly Stevens
Marketing and Communications Specialist
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4942
hstevens@okanagan.bc.ca

Holly joined the Public Affairs team in July 2017 as Marketing and Communications Specialist. Born and raised in Kelowna, she earned a B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2013 and an Advanced Certificate in Communications from Okanagan College in 2015. Upon graduation, she went on to complete a Certificate in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Toronto in 2016.

Holly comes to Okanagan College with a communications and marketing background in professional sports and local residential development as well as freelance writing, planning, and researching. Holly spends her spare time golfing and enjoying life with her family and husband.

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Simone Blais
Marketing and Communications Specialist
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4945
sblais@okanagan.bc.ca

Simone joined the Public Affairs team in July 2018. She completed a Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations from Kwantlen Polytechnic in 1998, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in English from Simon Fraser University in 2011.

Before joining Okanagan College, Simone enjoyed a career in journalism as an award-winning writer and editor. Her transition to communications and marketing included experience within government, non-profits and the education sectors. In her spare time, Simone can be found reading and walking her dog around Kelowna trails.

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Andrea Dodd
Marketing and Communications Specialist, Digital Content and Social Media
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4863
adodd@okanagan.bc.ca

Andrea joined the Public Affairs team in March 2018. She earned an Event Marketing certificate from BCIT in 2004, followed by a Marketing Management diploma in 2006. Upon graduation, she went on to complete the UBC Award of Achievement in Social Media program in 2012.

Prior to joining Okanagan College, Andrea spent most of her career working in the tourism industry – most recently facilitating digital and social media marketing workshops for Destination British Columbia. Originally from the Lower Mainland, Andrea enjoys spending her spare time discovering all that the Okanagan has to offer.

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Ginger Albrecht
Marketing and Communications Specialist, Continuing Studies
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4214
galbrecht@okanagan.bc.ca

Ginger joined the Public Affairs team in May 2018. She earned a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Walla Walla University in Washington state.

Ginger comes to Okanagan College with a communications, publishing and project management background in healthcare marketing. She has also spent time working in the Public Affairs office at Walla Walla University. Away from the office, Ginger usually has a baking project or illustration in the works.

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KimFukushima

Kim Fukushima
Web Developer and Content Manager
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4526
klfukushima@okanagan.bc.ca

Kim joined the Public Affairs team in July 2018 as Web Developer and Content Manager. She earned a BFA in New Media, specializing in web development and video production, from the University of Lethbridge in 2005, and a Project Management Certificate from Okanagan College in 2015. She started her career at the College in the Registrar’s Office as Student Information Coordinator in 2011 and brings a broad range of web development, content creation and communications skills to the team.

In her spare time you can find Kim digging in the dirt with her son, tending to their beehives with her husband or taking photographs of the world around her.

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Len Nickel

Len Nickel
Graphic Design
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4668
lnickel@okanagan.bc.ca

Len is a fine artist and a designer. He is an Okanagan College graduate with a diploma in Graphic Design. Len also has a four-year diploma in Fine Arts from Emily Carr College of Art and Design and a diploma in Electronic Design. Len has worked in various positions in both in-house designer and freelance. He also has a background in Internet Design and Internet Graphics. Most recently Len has worked in Newspaper with a focus on ad design and brochure layout.

Len enjoys oil painting, digital painting, computers and reading up on science and physics.

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John Wecelsl

John Wecels
Senior Graphic Design
(250) 762-5445, ext. 4467
jwecels@okanagan.bc.ca

John joined the Public Affairs team in May 2010. Having previously worked as Senior Designer with Mount Royal University in Calgary, John specializes in logo design, branding and illustration. John received his training at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design) and has over 25 years of experience providing design services for businesses of all sizes from multinational corporations to small independent start-ups.

When not at his desk, he can be found in some foreign land, at the beach or on the couch.