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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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 leading the organization's marketing and advertising programs. 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 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 Topsail United Church, Kittiwake Dance Theatre, and the Suzuki Talent Education Program.

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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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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 ten 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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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, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000