Mount Allison Alumni Association have representatives on both the Board of Regents and the Senate of Mount Allison University.
Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is responsible for the management and control of Mount Allison's business and affairs. The Alumni Association elects or appoints four members to the Board of Regents (one each year). The current members are:
Cheryl Hodder ('81)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Term ends: December 31, 2020
Cheryl is a Partner and Board Member and practices extensively in the areas of Corporate Governance, Education Law, Administrative Law, and Business. She represents universities, colleges, Crown Corporations, health authorities and small and medium sized businesses. Cheryl has been named in The Best LawyersTM in Canada since 2011 in the area of Corporate Governance.
Cheryl has also been recognized as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2018 and 2016 in the area of Corporate Governance, and was listed as a notable practitioner for her business law and corporate governance practice by Chambers Canada 2018. Cheryl has served as both Legal Advisor and Senior Administrator in the post-secondary sector and beyond. Cheryl has provided strategic analysis and legal advice on a wide range of governance issues in both the public and private sectors. She was previously Vice-President, Legal Services and Risk Management for a large Atlantic Canadian company where she also acted as General Counsel to a group of private companies.
Cheryl is a sought after speaker on corporate governance issues. She lectures in the Rotman Directors Education Program and teaches a course on Crown Corporation Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors, (ICD). She is also a National Academic Director for the ICD. Cheryl was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC), a designation used to recognize Canadian lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession, in 2010. Also in 2010, she was named Atlantic Canada’s first Women of Influence. In 2013, she received a Progress Woman of Excellence Award.
Cheryl is an avid community volunteer who has received the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award for her contributions to many community organizations and Boards. Cheryl is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Canada. She serves on the Nominating Committee of the Nova Scotia Community College. Cheryl is a Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (“NSBI”), where she chairs the HR and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Cheryl is a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents and the McInnes Cooper Board of Directors.
Cheryl is the past Director of Scotsburn Ice Cream and a past Chair of both the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. She is also the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Director. Cheryl is also past Director and Treasurer of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.
She received the Allison J. Youngman Award for her volunteer leadership as Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cheryl is Honorary Consul of Sweden for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
Brian MacLeod ('74)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Term ends: December 31, 2021
Brian D. MacLeod has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in philosophy and psychology from Mount A, 1974. While at Mt. A, Brian ( known to friends there as “Cleveland”) was Hunton house president, Judicial Council Member, Campus Police, and “ Prince of Windsor” for the 1974 Winter Carnival.
Since leaving MtA, Brian has been honoured as an Honourary Chief of the Whycobah Mi’Kmaq Band after serving as the local Band Administrator for several years.
Brian founded what has become MacLeod Group Health Services Ltd. in 1980, and now operates a chain of nursing homes; senior’s assisted living homes, and assorted commercial properties around Nova Scotia. In the health industry he has served on many Provincial Boards and committees over the years.
Brian is active in many community and University activities. He is co-founder and chair of the Festival Antigonish Foundation, closing in on a one million dollar goal to support theatre in Antigonish. He has done fund raising for Autism Research Chair at Dalhousie University, and is a board member for Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. He has been very active in many committees and campaigns at St. James United Church in Antigonish, and recently chaired the Capital Campaign Committee which renovated the one hundred and fifty year old church and associated buildings.
At the 2012 StFX Homecoming ceremony, Brian was named a "Friend of StFX" award for his dedication to St. FX University and community. He is a member of the Universities Art Gallery Board, and a supported of many projects on campus. Brian has been a board member for Nova Scotia Community College, and also sat as Chair of it’s Development Initiative. He is a past Board member for Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA).
He and his wife Irene have three sons, William Roderick, Brian Douglas, and Sheumais Alexander and reside in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Sheumais is presently a student at MtA.
Andrew Clark ('98)
Term ends: December 31, 2019
Andrew graduated with a B.A. History from Mount Allison University, and remained engaged with the University through the Alumni Board of Directors where he's held the positions of Director (2004-2007), Vice-President (2007-2009) and President (2009-2011).
He has been a Director of Park Lawn Corporation since July, 2011. He joined Park Lawn as Chief Operating Officer in September, 2011, and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in July, 2013. Prior to joining the Corporation, Andrew founded a successful tourism and hospitality business which grew from only two employees in 2002 to become a leader in its field with operations and staff in the UK, Canada and US. The business was ultimately merged with Canada's largest privately held travel company in 2008 and Mr. Clark was bought out in 2011. Prior to the travel industry, Andrew worked in the financial analysis and relationship management roles in the mid-market commercial lending business of TD Bank.
Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ('73)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Term ends: December 31, 2018
Jill arrived at Mount Allison to study music and piano, but switched
into the English program after her first year and graduated with her
Honours degree after only three years of study. During her time on
campus, she was also a member of the swim team, played almost all of the
available women’s intramural sports, served on Women’s Athletic
Association Council, was a member of the Winter Carnival committee, and
organized beer gardens in Hesler Hall.
Jill has remained very engaged with the MtA community as an alumna. She has been active in the Charlottetown, Ottawa, and Halifax chapters, chaired her class project, and co-chaired the annual Homecoming Golf Classic. She is also the Chair of the Communications Advisory committee and a member of the Archival committee.
Jill is currently working as principal at Quadrant Communications and as a publishing/communications consultant, having worked as a writer, editor, and journalist for countless publications throughout her career. Jill also devotes her time to choral music, golf, bridge, and volunteer communications work. She and her husband, Bill, are based in Halifax, and have two children, Simon (’03) and Lucy.
Jill says that her “favorite memory of Mount A has been evolving over the last 40 years as I reconnect every 3-5 years with old classmates and friends. I realize that the years have not changed us so very much and our friendships get stronger and stronger. I'm always amazed at how much I have in common with other Mount Aers, no matter their age, where they live, or the life path they have pursued”.
The Senate of Mount Allison University is chaired by the President and composed of members of the teaching and administrative staff, and appointees of the Board of Regents. The Alumni Association has one appointed representative. The current member is:
Bill Evans ('71)
Sackville, New Brunswick
Term Ends: June 30, 2020
Bill is part of a long line of Allisonians stretching back to the University's beginnings. His grandparents, mother, siblings, wife and three children all attended MtA. As a student he lived in Trueman House, was part of Alex Fancy's inaugural theatre group, played intramural sports and graduated with an honours degree in Economics in 1972. He joined the staff of the University in 1974 and worked in a variety of capacities over the intervening 38 years, the last 24 of which with Computing Services, before retiring in 2012. He was president of the Mount Allison Staff Association for 12 years and served on many university committees including three presidential search committees.
Bill is an active member of the Sackville community and the home in which he and his wife, Heather, live has been in the family for more than 110 years. He is an avid badminton player, a long-serving member of the board of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation and current member of the Tantramar Seniors' College and the Sackville Rotary Club. In 2012, he was elected to the Sackville Town Council.
Find out more about Mount Allison's Senate.