Alumni Representatives

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The management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of Memorial University are vested in a Board of Regents.
The Board consists of 30 members as follows:

  • three ex-officio members (the Chancellor of the university, the President of the University, and the Vice-President of the university who is the Pro Vice-Chancellor);
  • six members elected by the Alumni Association of the university;
  • four members who are full-time students of the university;
  • 17 members selected by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

In May 2014, Memorial alumni elected the following six graduates to serve on the Board of Regents: 

Colleen Galgay-Johnston, B.Ed.(Primary)'94

Colleen Galgay-Johnston, B.Ed.(Primary)'94Memorial University is known nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution. It has played a significant role in the province's development and is poised to meet its unprecedented growth in the future.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Colleen spent two years in Osaka, Japan as an English Second Language instructor and upon returning to Newfoundland became an instructor with the Association of New Canadians in St. John's.

She has been an educator for 15 years with the English School District. Colleen has been an active member of the community and has served on the Royal St. John's Regatta Committee. She presently resides in St. John's with her husband Robert and two children, Erin and Megan. 


Katharine Hickey, B.Comm.(Co-op.)'87

Katharine Hickey, B.Comm.(Co-op.)'87Ms. Hickey has spent the last 27 years working in the marketing and communications field in St. John’s, N.L. and Toronto, Ont. Working with various advertising agencies, telecommunications and packaged goods companies, Katharine has helped create many success stories and formed cooperative working relationships. She founded planK Marketing in 2005.

Over the years, Katharine has been an active board member of various national and local boards including St. John’s International Airport Authority (Governance Committee, Development Committee), Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon, and Conservation Corps NL.

Katharine is passionate about the Province and the role Memorial University plays in the community. She is committed to helping Memorial reinforce its planning frameworks of teaching and learning, research strategy and public engagement to achieve its mission of innovation and excellence.


John Hogan, B.Sc.'00 

John Hogan, B.Sc.'00John was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but grew up in St. John's, N.L. He attended Memorial University and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biochemistry.

After graduating from Memorial, John was accepted at Dalhousie University Law School, graduating in 2003. After being called to the bar in Ontario and following a stint working on Bay Street in Toronto, John returned to St. John's and was called to the bar in Newfoundland and Labrador.

John became an experienced litigator and joined the partnership of one of Atlantic Canada's biggest law firms.

Recently, he opened Newfoundland and Labrador's newest law firm-Wadden Peddigrew Hogan-where he currently practices law for an array of clients who rely on John for his sound legal advice.

Kimberly Keating, B.Eng.'98

Kimberly Keating, B.Eng.'98 Kim Keating P.Eng., MBA, CRSP, is the Director of Projects with GJ Cahill Ltd., one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Prior to joining the Cahill Group, she held a variety of positions with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy) in the areas of oil and gas field development and production operations. Her experience includes Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, Hebron as well as Beta Brent in Norway; Buzzard and Golden Eagle in the UK.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Memorial University and an MBA from Athabasca University.

Kim is an elected alumni representative on the MUN Board of Regents, Senior Vice Chair with the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of the Rhodes Scholarship Canada regional selection committee, past president of WISE NL and a founding member of the International Women’s Forum (NL Chapter). Kim also participates on several advisory committees to PEGNL, Memorial University and the Marine Institute.


Denis Mahoney, B.Comm.(Hons.)(Co-op.)'87

Denis Mahoney, B.Comm.(Hons.)(Co-op.)'87A 1987 Memorial University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors), Denis is a partner with Atlantic Canada law firm McInnes Cooper, serving as Regional Lead Partner on the firm’s management team.

In his law practice, Denis works closely with leading employers on labour and employment matters, primarily in mining, oil and gas, construction and transportation sectors. Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and noted as a leading practitioner in Canadian Legal Expert Directory of 2013, Denis received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University in 1993.

Denis is Immediate Past Chair with the St. John’s Board of Trade, Advisory Committee Member of the Queen’s University’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Employer Representative on the Province’s Labour Management Arbitration Committee and Public Service Awards of Excellence Selection Committee member.

Living in St. John’s, Denis and his wife Jacqueline have three grown children and two grandchildren.


George Tucker, BA'78, B.Ed.'78, M.Ed.'80

George Tucker, BA'78, B.Ed.'78, M.Ed.'80George has been an educator in Newfoundland and Labrador for 34 years, working in a variety of roles. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Principals. Currently George is an Administrative Officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association.

Since August 2011 George has had the honour and privilege of being an ‘elected’ member of the Board of Regents. During his tenure he has chaired Memorial Pension's Committee. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Human Relations Committee and he has been a member of the Tribute Awards Committee. He has also had the experience of sitting on a Disciplinary Appeals Committee as well as attending numerous convocations and university functions. 

*Note: Biographies current as of May 2014.