Dr Lori Gaskin
Dr Lori Gaskin is President of Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California. The college serves a diverse population of approximately 20,000 credit students and 12,000 non-credit (continuing education) students in south Santa Barbara County. In 2013, SBCC was named the co-winner of the Aspen (Institute) Prize for Community College Excellence, achieving the rank of #1 community college in the nation. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labour market success in securing good jobs after college.
Prior to her appointment as SBCC president in July 2012, Dr. Gaskin served as president of West Valley College in Saratoga, California for three years. Previously she served in a number of academic leadership positions at Lake Tahoe Community College, including Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Services and Dean of Instruction.
Dr. Gaskin began her career in the California Community Colleges 30 years ago as a part-time faculty member at Barstow College. Academically trained as a fluvial geomorphologist, she discovered her true calling very quickly as a community college earth science teacher. As a tenured faculty member at Barstow College, Dr. Gaskin taught in the fields of geography, geology, and mathematics and served in faculty leadership roles at the college before migrating north in 1992 to Lake Tahoe Community College.
Dr. Gaskin's professional involvement includes state and regional activities. She served two terms as the statewide president of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers and also has served on seven comprehensive accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Dr. Gaskin holds a B.A. and M.A. in Geography from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.
In Santa Barbara, Dr. Gaskin is active in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors for Cottage Health System, Partners in Education, and on the Advisory Councils for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and YMCA. She also serves as an Ex-Officio Director of the Channel City Club, and member of South Coast Executives, IV Safe, and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.
Sam Johnson – Social Entrepreneur
Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur focused on community building, talent recruitment and resilience and regularly advises non-profits, corporate groups and government agencies on community mobilisation strategies. He's most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army that over the past five years has shattered the stereotype typically attributed to younger people in New Zealand.
Sam has worked with teams in over 13 countries for various non-profits and UN agencies developing community mobilization strategies and has received the prestigious Young New Zealander of the Year award and named a New Zealand Communicator of the Year. Sam is #17 on the Readers Digest Most Trusted New Zealanders list.
Sam is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury, board member for the International Association for Volunteer Effort and currently is Chairs both the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute and the Student Volunteer Army (SVA).
External Panel Speakers
Alison joined The Smith Family in March 2010 and has overseen the growth and development of Tasmanian operations from the early days since establishment in 2008. She has had a diverse public sector career in the areas of public health, community development and economic development. Immediately prior to joining The Smith Family, she worked as Deputy Director of the Community Development Division within the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet. This role included responsibility as lead official coordinating Tasmania's response to the COAG Indigenous Reform agenda and for contributing to social policy, program delivery and community engagement to support vulnerable Tasmanians. In previous positions, Alison was a political adviser to a former Premier of Tasmania and Minister, and has held senior administration and project management roles in the State and Commonwealth Government and at the University of Tasmania. Alison has completed a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Business Administration.
Kim Seagram is Co-Owner and Co Developer of the award winning Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro in Launceston. Kim's passion to support local producers and build the Tasmanian Brand lead her to help found Harvest Launceston, Tasmania's Community Farmers Market in 2011 where she currently sits as President.
Kim was Deputy Chair of the Brand Tasmania Council for over 10 years and sat on the Board of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce. Sitting as a Director on the Tourism Tasmania Board for over 8 years she also chaired the Launceston Tamar and the North, Zone Marketing Group and served as Deputy Chair of the Northern Regional Reference Group for Economic Development. Serving on the Industry Reference group for the Centre for Food Innovation, a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, the CSIRO and the DSTO, lead her on a journey with fellow group member Tom Lewis, driving the Fermentation Tasmania project for Northern Tasmania.
Kim also has a BSC Honours in Biology from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada followed by work as a research assistant in Molecular Genetics. Kim has a passion for good food and wine, exemplary service, great friends and life itself!
Caroline Spotswood Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence), Bachelor of Social Work is a pakana woman from lutriwita(Tasmania). Caroline comes from a large diverse Aboriginal family and extended family. Caroline has been employed by the Department of Human Services for fifteen years as the Manager, Indigenous Services Unit and as a Social Worker. Caroline is committed to working for and with her Community and to help close the gap of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. She shares her experiences and knowledge to increase the self-determination of her people and is a strong advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Caroline spends her spare time with family and Community, connecting with Country, enjoying long walks and yarning. Currently, Caroline is the Head of Service, Riawunna, Centre for Aboriginal Education at the University of Tasmania.
Peter is the Chief Executive of the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust, a position he has held since 2009.
Born in Launceston, he has an extensive background in broadcast media, both on-air and management. He worked as an announcer at Radio 7EX for several years before moving to television at TNT9, now called Southern Cross Television, where he was Promotions and Marketing Manager for 21 years.
Peter joined the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust in November 2009 and is responsible for the management of this important local Northern Tasmanian charity.