Darcy Mykytyshyn, Dean
Darcy Mykytyshyn is the Dean of the Donald School of Business. As Dean, Darcy is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the School, ensuring student needs and expectations are being met, as well as enhancing connections with the community. Darcy’s personal and professional life has centered on building communities.
He has a long history of commitment to the Central Alberta community: chairing organizations like Rotary and Kinsmen, as well as numerous fundraising events including the Red Deer Festival of Trees, RDC Wine Auction, and the United Way of Central Alberta campaign. Darcy is also involved in building the Central Alberta business community by bringing business professionals and students together. Darcy himself is an active member of the business community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, Servus Credit Union, Proform Management Inc. and formerly a member of the board at the Credit Union Central Alberta and the Co-operative Foundation of Canada.
Darcy’s career is a collection of experiences in financial services, home building, real estate development, economic development, and corporate training, with a common thread of strategy and governance. Today, these skills serve him well in providing leadership to the Donald School of Business with a focus on blending practices, developing collaborative partnerships, and building multidisciplinary and work experience opportunities.
Darcy’s ability to create and enhance communities led him to be recognized as one of five Future Young Leaders in the World Credit Union System in 2006. Today, his focus is on ensuring students secure an education that will allow them to achieve great heights, while at the same time, ensuring community leadership is part of what students take with them as they pursue their careers.
Trevor Thomas, Associate Dean
Trevor comes to RDC from Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Regional College where he was an Instructor in the Business program and Chair for 18 years. Trevor taught a wide variety of courses in the Business program but spent most of his time in the Marketing area. In these courses there was a strong focus on practical learning so many of the projects tied class work to local businesses where the students were doing projects that would enhance their theory with the practical element.
Trevor is also very involved in coaching. He coached the Grande Prairie Storm junior ‘A’ team for seven years, winning a league title in 2004 and going to the Royal Bank Cup. Trevor continues to coach in Hockey Alberta’s elite stream, working with Team Northwest and in Hockey Canada’s U17 Team Pacifiic.
Trevor has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 16 years and they have 2 daughters, Emma and Elizabeth, who are very involved in sports. The Thomas family is excited to be in Red Deer and looking forward to being involved in the College and the community.
|Mark Dukeshire, Programs Administrative Coordinator
Email: mark [dot] dukeshire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Mark Dukeshire is the Programs Administrative Coordinator for the Donald School of Business. In the role of PAC, Mark is responsible for facilitating DSB contracts, timetables, workloads, budgets, and supporting facility management. In other words, Mark is constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness at the DSB. Mark’s prior roles have sharpened his skills in just those areas. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Art in Pre-Med – degrees that took a little longer because he spent a year away as an ESL instructor in Beirut, Lebanon. His focus on efficacy was evident in his college days, where he gave a presentation, “Of Ants and Men – How mankind could be more effective if it learned from how ants do things.” After university, Mark was a lab instructor in Washington State. These roles gave Mark an understanding of academia. In his role as IT Tech Support for HP and then as a call Centre Operations Manager, Mark focused on effective customer service and running the company efficiently. It seems that there really is not a job Mark has not done. For example, Mark has been a janitor, a commercial fisherman, a truss builder, a floor layer, a mover, a landscaper, a furniture factory worker, and a stay at home dad. He has seen many aspects of many industries. This is particularly beneficial for a business school that trains students to work in a variety of industries and collaborates with many community organizations. In his role in the Registrar’s Office and on the Service Prioritization Committee, Mark helped improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the college as a whole. In his role as Programs Administrative Coordinator, Mark helps the DSB meet the needs of students, businesses, and the community.
|Tammy Prince, Dean's Assistant
Email: tammy [dot] prince [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Tammy Prince is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Donald School of Business. Tammy is also an alumnus of the Office Administration Diploma and the Management Certificate at RDC. Therefore, Tammy knows firsthand the experiences of a mature DSB student. As a recent CUPE Local 1445 Grace Taylor Memorial Award of Excellence nominee (2015) and recipient (2016), Tammy’s compassionate heart leads her to focus energy on supporting people both inside and outside of the DSB. Tammy is one of the leaders of the Celebration Committee at the DSB campus. This committee creates unity through commemoration by creating opportunities for faculty and staff to share lunch, celebrate accomplishments, and support each other through tough times. Tammy’s passion is event planning. She coordinates the DSB Distinguished Speakers Series and assists with Open House and Backpacks to Briefcases. Tammy also keeps a close eye on the students at the DSB. She identifies high stress times for students and encourages all faculty and staff across RDC to provide additional support to students (everything from candy to mentoring). Tammy’s support for others is not confined to the people of the DSB. She is also actively involved in the Cinderella Project, a program that provides girls with graduation attire, and promotes Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that assists ladies with professional office attire for job interviews. Tammy has also been a foster parent, teaching important life skills to high risk teenage girls.
|Cindy Ruzycki, Advising & Recruiting Specialist
Email: cindy [dot] ruzycki [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Marie Litwinski, Advising & Recruiting Associate
Phone: 403.314.2458 Ext: 8014
Email: marie [dot] litwinski [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
|Jennifer Spendiff, Program Assistant
Email: jennifer [dot] spendiff [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
Jennifer Spendiff is the Program Assistant for the Donald School of Business. Her exceptional work as an administrative assistant for the DSB led to her receiving the RDC CUPE Local 1445 Grace Taylor Memorial Award of Excellence in 2014.
Prior to joining RDC, Jennifer was a service desk analyst for the Parkland Fuel Corporation. Jennifer is also a graduate of the Donald School of Business. She has an Office Technology (now Administrative Professional) certificate and a Virtual Assistant certificate, and is currently enrolled in the Management Certificate program, taking courses on a part-time basis. As a current student, Jennifer has first-hand knowledge of the life of a student and the content of the programs she assists with. It is this understanding of the Donald School of Business that has led her to develop the new Donald School of Business website.
She has also been fundamental in planning and organizing the annual DSB Career Launch (New Student Orientation), in which students, faculty, staff, and the community celebrate the start of the new school year. Jennifer is also key to the DSB Backpacks 2 Briefcases event held every fall. Due to her hard work, students are given the opportunity to network with local business leaders, identify leadership opportunities, and fine-tune their resumes and professionalism skills.
|Nancy Eby, Administrative Assistant
Email: nancy [dot] eby [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] canancy [dot] eby [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (.ca)
Nancy Eby is the Administrative Assistant for the Donald School of Business and is an integral part of our administrative support team. Nancy obtained a Certificate in Management from Red Deer College with additional course work in business administration and human resources.
Nancy brings a wealth of experience from a variety of industries - oil & gas, accounting & tax, newspaper publishing, engineering, insurance, and government. Her career has been filled with administrative support, human resources administration and support, customer service, project work, and more.
Outside of work, Nancy volunteers with a support organization providing coaching and mentoring to women in personal growth and change.
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