Board of Directors
Jess teaches communications at the University of the Fraser Valley and is an editor at Raspberry. She has an M.A. from Carleton University, a B.A. from UFV, and enough zombie research to survive the apocalypse. She’s a pop-culture nerd, a retro-loving geek, and a writer of many things. She also shares a birthday with Harry Potter.
Dessa has two English degrees, a passion for book reviews, and not enough coffee. By day, she is a PhD student at Carleton University, where she studies book prizes and gnashes her teeth over the state of CanLit. She lives 5000 kilometres away from the rest of the board members, and is a self-described Google Hangouts prodigy. You can find her, or, at least, more about her, at dessabayrock.com. She is the proprietor of the microchapbook publisher Post Ghost Press.
Aymee is a graduate of the visual arts program at UFV, and a staunch arts advocate in Abbotsford. She has been an enthusiastic administrator and coordinator in a variety of organisations, including the Abbotsford Arts Council and a number of galleries. In 2016, she was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate award. She’s quirky, passionate, and patently hilarious. Aymee can usually be found carting around innumerable clay figurines and muttering about eyes.
Lian has lived in Abbotsford most of her life, moving with her family from Vancouver in 2001. With a varied educational background, Lian brings her baking and pastry arts experience to board and committee meetings, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English to her everyday work as a legal administrative assistant. In her free time Lian can be found rolling dice with friends playing Dungeons & Dragons, hanging out with her cat, or watching some sort of media.
Shea Wind is an archivist with the BCGEU, where he files papers so they can always be found and finds things that people think are lost. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and English from the University of the Fraser Valley, and worked in digitization at Library and Archives Canada for two years. In his spare time, he is an amateur and adventurous herpetologist. He is a fan of croissants, but then again, who isn’t?
Born and raised in Abbotsford, Danielle’s work as a writer and marketing professional has seen her live and travel in Canada, the UK and the United States, contributing to publications as diverse as wedding magazines and football blogs. Danielle loves the rich creativity of people who call the Fraser Valley home. When she’s not writing she reads voraciously, dabbles in arts and crafts and obsesses over her cat, Aurora, who emigrated from the UK in 2016.
Katie Stobbart is the founding editor of Raspberry and the heart and soul behind Red Press Society. She’s a queer feminist poet and nerd from Abbotsford, where she lives with two cats, eleven houseplants, and a thousand books. Katie has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from UFV and is the executive assistant at a local non-profit organization. When she’s not working, you’ll find her writing, painting, or leading a bumbling party of heroes on a quest to save the forest.