A local lawyer has been appointed the new board chair of Grande Prairie Regional College. Natalia Reiman replaces Pete Merlo, who has served since July 2014.
Reiman was picked by the Alberta government, after what it calls an “extensive and open recruitment competition.” She has served on the board as a public member since 2014 and currently chairs the audit committee.
Raised on a farm near Wanham, Reiman is a long-time and active resident of the community and owns a legal practice that specializes in family and real estate law. She also volunteers her time with the Rainbow Society of Alberta and Grande Prairie Legal Guidance.
She’s considered an advocate for higher education and community service, and will stay on until 2020. Also serving in that time frame are two new public members of the board, Mary Ann Exkstrom and Eunice Friesen.
“The Grande Prairie Regional College Board of Governors is composed of diverse and talented people with a range of perspectives,” says Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt. “I am confident the board will continue to be a highly effective proponent of governance and help the college grow and meet the needs of Alberta’s students.”