President (June 2016): 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.
Vice President (June 2016): Chris Costley
I grew up in Mossbank, SK, leaving after graduation to attend the University of Saskatchewan. I majored in political studies and completed a B.A. Honours degree in 2006. Thereafter, I was accepted into the accounting program at the Edwards School of Business and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2009.
I worked as an accountant for about three years and completed module one of the Chartered Accountant program. During that time, I began to miss home and eventually convinced my future wife, Michelle, to move to Mossbank. The daily commute to Moose Jaw eventually led me to the decision to leave the accounting profession entirely and the long unfilled CAO position in Mossbank led me into municipal administration when I was hired in 2013. I received my Standard Certificate in June of 2014 and will receive my Advanced Level I and Level II Certificates once I have fulfilled the time requirements. I became Vice President of UMAAS in June 2016.
Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my daughter Avery and wife Michelle, as well as other family members who reside in Mossbank. I volunteer much of my time for local clubs and organizations and am a part-time family accountant. Most of the rest of my time is spent working on our home, but when I can, I like to practice and study martial arts, watch documentaries or read.
Past President (June 2016): Rodney Audette
I graduated from Milestone High School in 1988 and attended the University of Saskatchewan for one year. In 1990 I enrolled in the LGA Course through the University of Regina. I completed the LGA Course in 1991 and started my career in municipal administration at the Town of Milestone/RM of Caledonia #99 office under the Administrator Ernie Audette. In November 1991 I was employed with the Town of Lampman as Assistant Administrator. In June 1992, upon receiving my Class “C” Certificate, I was appointed Administrator. In June 1997 I received my Urban Class “A” Certificate and Rural Class “C” Certificate. In May 2002, I took on the position of Administrator with the Town of Carnduff. Following eight years in Carnduff, I was appointed Administrator for the Village of Bethune and the RM of Dufferin #190.
I currently reside in Moose Jaw, with my wife Shauna, her daughter Hannah, our sons Evan and Griffin, and our little daughter Olivia. I also have three children Matthew, Jennifer and Shaelyn who reside in Carnduff. I enjoy hockey, baseball, golfing, fishing, watching the kids sporting events/activities and anything that has to do with family. I was elected as Division 1 Director in 2004, Vice President in 2010, President in 2012 and Past President June 2016.
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: Glenda Lemcke
I was born and raised 13KM south of Wolseley, Saskatchewan. I graduated from Wolseley High School in 1994, and attended the University of Regina. In May of 2000 I completed my LGA certificate through the University of Regina but decided to work at my parent’s grocery store Wolseley AG Foods in Wolseley, Saskatchewan as it suited my schedule better.
In April of 2006 I began working for the Resort Village of the District of Katepwa as the Assistant Administrator where I took over as the Administrator/CAO in October with a Conditional Certificate being issued shortly after. In May of 2008 I earned my Standard Certificate and on August 20, 2013 I achieved my Advanced Level 1 Certification. I remained at Katepwa until March of 2014 when I took over the CAO position with the Town of Langenburg at time Howard McCullough retired.
Along with my position as CAO I have sat on various boards and committees including the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewarts (which I was very involved with the formation of the group), the Calling Lakes Planning Commission, PARCS, SUMA Group Procurement Program Development Advisory Committee and the Smith Creek Watershed Authority.
I have one daughter Saige Hodson and a grandson Scott Hodson. In my free time I enjoy playing with Scott, working on my jeep and design rings and jewelry from recycled silverware.
My objective in life is to leave behind a better environment for those following me and a foot print in the community to be proud of. I’d summarize myself as someone who cares about the people and environment around them.
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: 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 … until I was fortunate enough to land in my current role of CAO with the Town of Nipawin at the beginning of 2016.
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. 2020 marks my 40th 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. Currently, I am completing my second term on the Board of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance.
My wife, Carmen, and I are empty nesters with family scattered throughout Saskatchewan. We own and operate 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 representing the interests of the members of Division 5.
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: Betty Moller
I was born and raised in Rimbey Alberta. After graduating High School I moved to Red Deer where I worked in advertising for the Red Deer Advocate. I married and had two remarkable sons. In 1991 I moved to Saskatchewan to try a hand at farming in the Admiral area. I sat on the Shaunavon Co-op Board of directors for 9.5 years in which time I served a number as vice-president. Though I loved the lifestyle due to personal reasons I moved to the Village of Cadillac and started a job in Swift Current. When the position for Village Administrator became available in 2003 I applied immediately. I was awarded the position and have been here since. I became a member of UMAAS in 2008. I belong to a number of committees within the community.
My most valued role however is that of Grandmother to my grandson Aaden. I spend a good deal of my time meditating, gardening, reading, and I have just starting hand at painting. I enjoy travelling and would like to do more. Currently my eldest son works and resides in Estevan Saskatchewan. Sadly my youngest son passed in 1999.
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.