Meet The Team

Susan Arscott, Program Developer

Susan ArscottSusan is the Program Developer at Gardiner Centre, working with clients, instructors, partners, and subject matter experts to develop client and open enrollment training programs to meet the requirements of today's business environment. She brings to the team 18 years of Gardiner Centre experience working with clients in identifying their training needs and solutions and in seminar/program development. Susan spent a number of years as an investment advisor at a full service investment firm as well as a few years in media sales. Susan has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University as well as a Masters Certificate in Project Management, Masters Certificate in Business Analysis, a Public Sector Leadership & Management Development Certificate, and many other management and leadership development seminars.

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Jackie Collins, Training Advisor

jackie-collinsJackie is the Training Advisor at Gardiner Centre and sales lead for open enrollment seminars and programs, as well as Program Administrator for the Masters Certificate in Project Management. In addition to a Certificate in Business Administration from Memorial University, Jackie is also a graduate of the Masters Certificate in Project Management and Masters Certificate in Business Analysis. Drawing on her years of experience and knowledge of our seminars and programs, Jackie provides clients with expert training advice and guidance to match them with optimal training options.

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Valerie Howe, Operations Manager

Valerie HoweValerie is the Operations Manager at Gardiner Centre, providing oversight for training delivery operations, collaborating with the team on operational review and planning, and implementing Executive Partnership and Instructor agreements. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University. Valerie brings expertise in marketing, sales, process management, policy development and business development to the team. She is a former Account Manager with xwave and spent several years in the areas of industrial development and economic policy development with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Valerie supports the local community by providing leadership, marketing, organization, fundraising, financial, and strategic planning expertise to not for profit organizations. She has held or currently holds Chair or Board member positions in volunteer organizations including Kittiwake Dance Theatre, the Suzuki Talent Education Program, and Topsail United Church.

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Melissa Kelly, Client Data Analyst

melissa-kellyMelissa is the Client Data Analyst at Gardiner Centre, responsible for our information management. As a graduate of Memorial University and the Masters Certificate in Project Management, Melissa brings structured and analytical thinking to the team. With over 10 years’ of experience, Melissa is accountable for Gardiner Centre’s information assets, privacy compliance, and all project and process management related to our CRM database. She is collaborative, innovative and able to incorporate high-level vision and strategy into minute details while maintaining focus on overall data integrity. Melissa takes pride in developing new approaches to resolve long-term issues and establishing quality assurance standards and processes that improve the efficiency and reliability of our enterprise information.

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Robert McNeily, Accounting Clerk

 Robert is the Accounting Clerk at Gardiner Centre with responsibility for AR and AP and is the contact for most questions around client invoicing and payments. He has a diploma in Business Management from College of the North Atlantic and is a graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology. Robert’s experience in accounting has included employment in the local office of a multinational engineering firm, and several years as administrator with a not-for-profit. He volunteers as a board member with George Street United Church, and supports the community outreach programs facilitated by that congregation.

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Bill Morrissey, Associate Director

Bill MorrisseyBill is the Associate Director of Gardiner Centre, providing leadership in both open-enrolment and custom program development and management. With both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Memorial University, Bill brings to the team almost 30 years of experience and a proven track record in developing and managing professional development training. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and sits on the board of PMI-NL Chapter. Bill was previously Director at the Centre for Management Development (CMD), Memorial University, and has also held teaching positions in the public school system and at Memorial University.

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Sheila Nash, Manager of Finance and Administration

sheila-nashSheila is the Manager of Finance and Administration at Gardiner Centre. She holds Bachelor and Graduate degrees in Business from Memorial University and has spent the past five years working at Memorial University as Manager of Finance and Administration in various academic units. Prior to joining Memorial University, Sheila worked for a US Engineering firm providing financial and administrative oversight on multiple projects. Sheila brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to this position.

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Amy Norman, Manager of Programs

amy-flynnAmy is the Manager of Programs at Gardiner Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (co-op) degree with a concentration in marketing, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University. Amy manages the Gardiner Centre brand, plans and executes the marketing initiatives for each program, and organizes the Gardiner Solutions MBA consulting teams. While she still sees value in traditional marketing initiatives, Amy's goal is to expand the Gardiner Centre reach online. Amy finds purpose in this position as it combines her love of marketing with her zest for education. Before Gardiner Centre Amy worked with Memorial University where she has had roles in event planning, recruitment, and academic advising. Amy is a firm believer that education is the best investment in one's self, as it is something that can never be taken away, and can only lead to growth.

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Robbi Piercey, Training Host

robbieRobbi is the Training Host at the Gardiner Centre. Prior to joining Gardiner Centre, she worked with the Office of the Chief Risk Officer at Memorial. Robbi is an honours graduate from Keyin College and spent several years in an administrative role at a municipality. Robbi brings many years of customer service experience to the Gardiner Centre. Her outgoing personality, energy and commitment to being a team player will ensure excellent client relations for Gardiner Centre clients.

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Leigh Puddester, Director

Leigh-PuddesterLeigh is the Director at Gardiner Centre, where he is responsible for leadership and strategic direction of the organization. Leigh graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) (Honours) from Memorial University in 1990 and then completed his Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University. He has held senior leadership positions in a variety of industries both in the public and private sectors with such companies as Aliant, Stratos Global, K&D Pratt Group and the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board. Most recently he was the Deputy Minister for Service NL and for Procurement Reform with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also worked as a per-course instructor with the Faculty in the marketing area. He is a strategic thinker, a knowledgeable marketing executive and an advocate for the ongoing professional development of our province’s workforce.

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Grace Thompson-Winter, Materials Coordinator

grace-thompsonwinGrace is the Materials Coordinator at Gardiner Centre. Prior to her position at the Gardiner Centre, she worked for more than 15 years as an administrative assistant / project coordinator with a national insurance provider. Grace is a strong, committed team player with a proven record of delivering excellent work within tight deadlines. She brings her attention to detail with her to the role of Materials Coordinator. Grace coordinates training logistics and liases with Gardiner Centre instructors to provide high quality materials to training participants.

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Gardiner Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552