Past President (June 2022): Jason Chorneyko
I was born and raised in the Town of Wynyard. I graduated from the Wynyard Composite High School in 1982 and from the University of Saskatchewan (Public Administration) in 1989. I have also completed the first four levels of the Certified General Accountant program.
As with many people from Wynyard, I worked at the local poultry processing plant on and off during high school and beyond. I began my office career in November 1997 when I became the accountant at Lakeside Processors Ltd., a special crops processing and shipping facility. It was during this employment that I took an interest in municipal governance. I was elected as Councillor for the Town of Wynyard during the 2003 municipal election.
In the spring of 2004, Wynyard’s long-serving Administrator retired. With opportunity in small town Saskatchewan being what it is, I decided to end my foray into municipal governance after a whopping six months, resigned from Council, and applied for the Wynyard position. I began my Administrator career on July 5, 2004. I worked under a “Conditional” certificate until October, 2005 when I was issued a “Standard” certificate. I received my “Advanced – Level I” certificate in February, 2012. In 2012 my Council also bestowed upon me the designation of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Along with all the extra duties that come with most CAO positions, I am also active with the Wynyard Kinsmen, sit on the board of the Wynyard Community Clinic, and am Secretary-Treasurer of the Wynyard & District Fire Association. I play plenty of golf in the summer and play recreation hockey in the winter. I was elected as Director of Division 3 in 2007. I became Vice President at the 2012 UMAAS Convention and President in June 2016. I look forward to serving my fellow Administrators and CAOs.
President (June 2022): Chris Costley
Chris Costley has been the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Town of Mossbank since May 2013, the Administrator of the R.M. of Lake Johnston No. 102 since February 2022 and formerly served as the CAO of the Town of Gravelbourg from December 2014 until December 2015. He has been the President of the Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association of SK since June 2022, was Vice President from June 2016 to 2022 and was Division 2 Director from December 2014 to June 2016.
He attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies. He holds his Advanced Level 1 Urban and Rural “C” Certificates.
Chris has three young children, Avery, Owen and Macy, and his family lives in Mossbank where he grew up. He is the co-owner of the Bent Nail Café, a former councillor and a sitting member of various community organization boards in Mossbank. He is passionate about rural revitalization but also appreciates the important role Saskatchewan’s cities play in our lives.
Vice-President (June 2022): Barry Elliott
I grew up throughout Manitoba as the son of a Mountie, which meant that our home base changed every three years when he was transferred to a different detachment. I attribute this as being the catalyst for embarking on the “gypsy” lifestyle I have lived for many years. I am however pleased that this lifestyle has come to an end with my final posting now being the CAO role in Maple Creek.
Although I began working for municipal government in 1980, it was not until 2007 that I completed the Municipal Administration Program at the University of Manitoba and then made the leap to administration. I have had the opportunity to work in all provinces from Ontario through to British Columbia. 2022 marks my 42nd year working in municipal government, and what a ride it has been. It never ceases to amaze me how different each jurisdiction can be and yet how alike they all are.
In 2012, while working in Fort Macleod Alberta, I also graduated from the University of Alberta’s National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration Program. I did spend four years serving on the Board of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance and I am thankful to have spent 1 ½ years serving as the UMAAS Division 5 Director.
My wife, Carmen, and I are empty nesters with family scattered throughout Saskatchewan and the western provinces. We have previously owned a small business in Nipawin called Nipawin Art On Main, and we are thrilled to call Saskatchewan “home”.
I very much look forward to working closely with the UMAAS Board of Directors and staff and continuing to serve the membership in the role of Vice-President.
Division 1 Director: Stephen Schury
I was born and raised in Beechy, SK and after a few stops around the province have spent the last 20 years calling Milestone home. After spending some time with the Credit Union system, in 2006 I crossed the street to begin my career in municipal administration with the Town of Milestone & the RM of Caledonia No 99. I received my training under the tutelage of Ernie Audette and received my Urban and Rural certificates in 2007. I received My Advanced Level 1 in March of 2011 and my Advanced Level 2 in Sept 2018.
My wife Shannon and I will be watching our youngest son Owen graduate this year and our daughter Graysen is currently enrolled at the U of S. My kids are my proudest accomplishment. I enjoy ‘most’ sports, live music and try and take an active role in the community. My Harley is my bliss and helps to clear the mental cobwebs.
Division 2 Director: Janelle Desautels
I grew up on a farm just outside of the town of Ponteix where I attended the French Immersion School until Grade 10 then graduated from the Ponteix High School in 2002. After taking some time to travel and live in a few different cities, including Banff and Vancouver, the prairies had my heart so I moved back to Saskatchewan in 2006. I attended McKay Career College in Saskatoon in 2008 where I obtained my Medical Office Assistant diploma, graduating with High Honors. I worked in the medical administration field, a combination of doctor’s offices and community health centers, from 2008-2015. I relocated to the town of Cabri in 2011 and in 2015 accepted the position of CAO for the Town. I achieved my certificate in Local Government Authority in 2017 with plans to further my education over the next few years. I have been on the Umaas Executive since 2018, serving as Division 2 Director as well as Convention Chair in 2020/21.
When I am not in the office I can be found either at the rink in the winter or the ball diamonds in summer with my two active sons, Kramer and Zeke. I also enjoy golfing and have recently discovered a new love for fishing! I continue to enjoy traveling as well as yoga and baking.
Growing up in a small town afforded me the opportunity to develop an appreciation for what it means be a part of a community. I am an active member of our minor sports associations, past member of the daycare and preschool boards, and most recently was the secretary for Dorie’s House, a youth emergency shelter operating out of Swift Current. I am also an active member of the Southwest Municipal Government Committee. I am passionate about supporting local and empowering our southwest region to continue to strive to be exceptional!
Division 3 Director: Andrea Goebel
I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and have resided in Neudorf for the past 5 years. I began my education towards Local Government Authority in 2020 and have successfully completed both the Standard and Advanced education courses.
My husband Tyler and I have been married for 5 years and have two beautiful children, Roslyn (4) and Mack (3), who keep us on our toes. Outside of work my hobbies include broomball in winter months, gardening, camping, and being outdoors in summer months. I also enjoy cooking and sitting around a campfire socializing.
I am enthusiastic for the opportunity to be the Division 3 representative and getting to know the trials and tribulations surrounding our communities.
Division 4 Director: Aileen Garrett
I was born and raised in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan. My career in Local Government began with the Village of Milden in 1997. I obtained my Urban Standard Certificate in September of 1999. In 2000, I moved to Oxbow where I assumed the Administrator position for five years. Currently I am the Administrator for the Town of Unity. I am married to Randy and have four daughters, Jacky, Christa, Courtney and Jaime. On October 15, 2010 we were blessed with a beautiful addition to our family, granddaughter Madison Leigh.
Division 5 Director: Pamela Wintringham
I left Saskatoon when I was 19 and moved to Calgary for 10 years. My intention was to get into sciences at Mount Royal College; however, I never made it there. I became a beauty school drop out then found myself in the film and television industry after two years. I moved back to Saskatchewan in 2001 when I realized there was an industry closer to home. I worked on the first two seasons of Corner Gas as a 1st Assistant Director until I was politely let go for being “too nice.” So how did I end up as a CAO!
Shortly before the film credit was eliminated, I wrapped up that chapter of my life on “The Englishman’s Boy.” I took a quick computer accounting technician course at the Saskatoon Business College and worked as an events planner, executive assistant, then a mother, until 2011 when I started this journey. My first position was with the Village of Alvena. I received one day of training and then faked my way through a few years with the help of advisory services. I received my LGA Standard Certificate in 2020 and I am currently working on my National Advanced Certificate in Local Government Administration Level 1 thanks to the advice of Joyce Aitken. I currently work for the Resort Village of Wakaw Lake and the Resort Village of Thode. My job as a mother to Emily and Joseph is my favourite!
My various careers have allowed me to develop a “thicker skin” and truly appreciate good people and a nurturing work environment. I have realized that “too nice” is not a negative trait. In fact, it is an asset in diplomacy.
I am very excited to participate on this Executive and want to ensure that current and future administrators, CAO’s and assistant administrators have the proper resources to help them enjoy a challenging and rewarding career.
Division 6 Director: Kelly Hoare
Originally from Bowden, Alberta, my husband Darren and I relocated to Saskatchewan in 2008. In March of 2009, I began my career in municipal government when I accepted a position, covering a maternity leave in Shellbrook. At that time, I did not see my role here becoming a career change or even long term. I have more than 20 years in the accounting field, but always for a not-for-profit. I soon came to realize, that being in municipal government isn’t very different. I became CAO for the Town of Shellbrook in the spring of 2012 and completed the LGA program though the University of Regina in January of 2013.
I enjoy spending any free time I can find, with family. I have two beautiful daughters and between them, they have given me 8 very energetic grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 years to 12 years. They are involved in competitive gymnastics, hockey and jujitsu. This keeps us very busy travelling to competitions and games. I am very fortunate to have them all within 40km of us.
Division 7 Director: Meredith Norman
I was raised in Northern Saskatchewan in La Ronge. After I completed High School I enrolled in University courses through Northlands College with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina while working for the Northern Health Branch and Mamawetan Churchill River Health District. From there I moved to Saskatoon and enrolled in Biotechnology at the SIAST Kelsey Campus. Once I graduated I worked for National Research Council in Saskatoon for a few years, but was missing Northern Saskatchewan.
After I was married we moved to my husband’s home town of Denare Beach and have loved it ever since. Denare Beach is a tight knit little community on the shores of Amisk Lake. It’s a wonderful little community to raise our family in and enjoy all that Northern Saskatchewan has to offer.
I worked in Prairie Plant Systems underground at the Trout Lake mine until they closed down in 2009. Later that fall I began working for the Town of Creighton as an office Clerk and enjoyed it so much I enrolled in the LGA program with the University of Regina. In 2013 I moved over to Denare Beach as an Assistant Administrator and in 2016 moved into the Administrator position. I enjoy working with all the residents and the opportunities and challenges that arise within the community.
Life is Better at the Beach!
Associate Director: Landon Chambers
I was born and raised in North Battleford, SK.
After some time in the Private sector working throughout the Province with many Council & Administrators implementing Waste Management programs, I decided to enter the Profession as Acting CAO of the Resort Village of Cochin in November, 2021.
I am currently working towards finishing the Advanced Certificate in Local Government Administration program through the University of Regina.
I am extremely humbled, proud, and excited to represent the 100+ Associate Members of UMAAS. I believe in healthy and prosperous CAO-Council Public Service bargains based on trust, competency, and respect. It truly is a privilege and honor to consider some of the best and brightest of the profession colleagues; I look forward to building relationships and learning from all members.
Please feel free to reach out to me in any capacity via the Executive Contact link.
Yours in Service!
Executive Director: Richard Dolezsar
Rick started his Municipal Administration career in 1978 as the Assistant Administrator of the Rural Municipality of Hoodoo #401 in Cudworth. Later that year he accepted the position of Administrator with the Rural Municipality of Hudson Bay #394. In 1983, he became the Administrator of the Town of Hudson Bay, until his recent retirement April 1, 2019. In addition to completing the original Local Government Administration Program he has also graduated from the University of Regina’s Senior Local Government Administration Program and holds both an Urban Superior “ A “ and Rural “ A “ Certificate in Local Government Administration.
Along with his work as UMAAS Executive Director Rick is also Chairman of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association, Director and Trail Committee Chair of the Hudson Bay Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, President Hudson Bay Golf Club and a member of the Municipal Peer Network group. Over his years in Hudson Bay, Rick has been involved with numerous other committees and Community organizations including groups like Economic Development and Tourism, Regional Park, Curling Club, Minor Ball, Minor Hockey, Search and Rescue and EMO.
Rick and his wife Karen have lived in Hudson Bay since 1979 and have three grown children – Ryan who is a Journeyman Iron Worker, Nicole who initially completed SIAST’s Recreation and Leisure Management Program on her road to becoming a Recreation Director and has recently completed her LGA to become the Village Administrator in Bjorkdale, and Robyn who is currently working in the Shipping Department at Weyerhaeuser’s Hudson Bay OSB operation and has also achieved certification as a Personal Trainer. The entire family enjoys snowmobiling, motorcycles, ATVing, fishing, golfing, camping and all other outdoor pursuits. Karen and Rick are also proud grandparents to Brynn, Sarah and Carter Goldsworthy, children of Nicole and Geoff Goldsworthy.
Richard was appointed UMAAS Executive Director in 1990.
Executive Assistant: Teresa Parkman
Teresa was born and raised in Hudson Bay, SK. After graduating Grade 12 in Hudson Bay she continued her education in Lethbridge, AB receiving her Business Administration Diploma at Lethbridge Community College. In 1994, she accepted a position as Clerk/Typist at the Town of Hudson Bay, and earned her Local Government Administration Certificate in 1996. In 2004 she advanced to the Accounting Clerk position at the Town, earning her Standard Certificate in the same year. Teresa accepted another advancement at the Town in 2007 as Assistant Administrator/Treasurer. As of April 1, 2019 she became CAO, which is the position she currently holds to date.
Teresa’s husband, Darcy, is employed at Weyerhaeuser Timberlands. Together they have one grown son, Austin and one teenage daughter, Jordyn. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing, golfing and quadding. Her community involvements over the years have included positions with the HB Golf Club, Minor Hockey, Minor Ball, Dance Club, Cheremka Ukrainian Dance, Gymnastics, Soap Box Derby Committee and Cubs and Scouts.
Teresa was appointed Executive Assistant in January, 2012.