Alumni Advisory Council
The Alumni Advisory Council serves Lethbridge College by strengthening relationships between the college and our alumni. Each of our ambassadors are alumni who have had a great Lethbridge College experience and wish to give back to the institution by advising on current alumni initiatives.
Current members of Council
Jordan Karst graduated from the Broadcast Journalism program in 2005. After spending 18 months working at a couple of radio stations in Saskatchewan and another year in Whitecourt Alberta, he returned to Lethbridge to work at CJOC in 2007 and has been there ever since. Working his way up from producer, to afternoon show host and eventually to the morning show spot since 2014. He joined the Alumni Advisory Council largely because of the free meals it includes but also because he loves to give back to the institution where he met his wife and started his family.
Gayle furthered her education through both the University of Lethbridge and the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta earning a Certified Management Accountant designation in 1995. After 11 years in the airline industry, Gayle joined Lethbridge College in 2005 where she has recently retired from the position of Executive Director Planning. In addition to serving on the Advisory Council, Gayle serves as a Director on the Board of Castle Mountain Resort.
Meagan Williams graduated from the Digital Communications and Media program, completing the Digital Journalism stream with Honours, in 2017. As a relatively new alumni of the college, Meagan is currently forging her career path as a communications consultant for the City of Lethbridge. Meagan came to the college as a mature student and brought with her an extensive background in administration in the design and creative industries along with post-graduate medical education. Meagan was the recipient of several student awards during her time at the college, including the Louise McKinney Scholarship in 2015 and the prestigious Troy Reeb Scholarship in 2016. Passionate about current affairs and politics, Meagan is a proud alumna of Lethbridge College as her education has paved the way for a bright and fulfilling future.
Chelsey De Groot is a three-time graduate of Lethbridge College and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. Chelsey has been in the human services field for the past 13 years and held various roles under the child welfare umbrella as a Family Preservation Worker, Youth Mentor, and Cultural Program Coordinator. Chelsey also teaches programming and courses on behalf of Lethbridge College at the Lakeshore Campus, located at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. Beyond her professional career, Chelsey also works with the Lethbridge Area Search and Rescue group and has been an active supporter of the college, presenting in classes, attending on-campus community health initiatives and taking practicum students from the Child and Youth Care program.
Kathy Veres Sassa graduated from the Lethbridge College in 1991 with a diploma in Nursing. She continued her studies at the University of Lethbridge where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, followed by a Master of Education degree. Over the past 25 years, Kathy has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Chinook Regional Hospital. She is also a sessional instructor for the NESA Program and a SPHERE simulation instructor at the Lethbridge College. Presently, Kathy is completing a temporary position with Alberta Health Services as the Provincial Critical Care Education Coordinator. Kathy was the 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipient at the Lethbridge College.
Jeff is passionate about all things agriculture, snowpack, water, irrigation and technology. He has a keen interest in Alberta’s irrigation history and the role irrigation has played in the development of Southern Alberta. Working in both the public and private sectors throughout his career he has gained a wide array of knowledge in agriculture. He grew up on a farm in southern Alberta and is an avid angler, enjoys the outdoors and has made Taber his home for the past 30 years. Jeff also participates in the Agriculture Advisory Committee at Lethbridge College and is proud to give back to where the roots of his career began. He is an Alumnus of the Lethbridge College, graduating from Agriculture Technology Program.
After receiving his Culinary Diploma in 2001, Chef Stephen Klassen received his red seal in cooking in 2002. After working in various restaurants, golf courses & catering companies in the Lethbridge area for many years, Stephen joined the college as an Instructional Assistant in 2007 and now fills the role of Faculty instructor for the culinary program. Having had the opportunity to prepare food around the world is one of his proudest accomplishments – only falling behind training up and coming cooks and sharing his personal experiences with the next generation of culinary students.
David graduated from Lethbridge College in 2001 and went on to continue his education at the University of Lethbridge where he completed his degree in Art History and Museum Studies. David then completed his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design followed by his Master of Architecture degree at Dalhousie University. After David is an Architect, Principal at Ferrari Westwood Babits Architects in Lethbridge.
David served as the Chair of the Lethbridge College Alumni Advisory Council for more than eight years and continues to support both the council and the college community through his role as past-chair.