Administration Staff

Originally from northern BC, Sarah-Kim (SK) has a background in applied anthropology and policy. She holds a double major in Asian Studies and Anthropology and an MA in Asian Pacific Policy Studies from UBC. Her doctorate examines institutional behaviour in response to heritage issues with the University of Leiden. SK’s diverse teaching background extends across global business, law and policy into academic writing, and cross-cultural communication. She has worked for various academic institutions in Canada and abroad while working on an educational capacity-building project in Southeast Asia. SK lives in Nelson with her family.

TCM Veronika Loffelmannova

Veronika Loffelmannova, M.A.

Admin Director / Program Manager

Veronika has over 15 years of international experience working in managerial positions across Europe and Asia. For several years, she worked on European projects supporting hearing-impaired students. She has gained a Master’s degree in Education in the Czech Republic and after completing education courses in BC, she has received the BC Teacher Certificate. During her travels, she visited different countries around the world but she chose to settle down in Nelson with her family.

TCM Jennifer Garrison

Jennifer Garrison, PhD


Jennifer has years of experience in academia and holds a PhD from the University of Hawaii, a MSc from the University of British Columbia, and a BSc from the University of California at Davis, all in Zoology (Animal Biology). She also has a Diploma in Jewelry and Metal Sculpture Arts from Selkirk College.

TCM Lilith Swetland

Lilith Swetland


Lilith comes to KCCIHS with a strong background in administration and communications. She has a lifelong interest in a holistic approach to health. Her wilderness farm upbringing gave her the opportunity to learn firsthand about the importance of knowing how to maintain the health of humans and the critters.


Lilith holds a Diploma in Computer Information Systems from Selkirk College and a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University and has spent a number of years working in administrative roles in academic and medical-related organizations. These skills enable her to be of support to students, faculty, and fellow staff in her role as Administrator.

RMT Lynndel Schuurman

Lynndel Schuurman

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Lynndel has lived in Nelson for 7 years. Before being in an administrative role for the past 5 years, she ran her own CranioSacral practice in Alberta. Fun facts: she loves dogs, being on the water, and jumping out of airplanes and off tall bridges.


Ben Basil Papparil

Finance Officer

Ben has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Post Graduate diploma in Accounting. He comes to KCC with 7 years of academic and work experience in Finance and Accounting. He has been serving as the Finance Officer for Kootenay Columbia College since December 2023.

When he is not crunching numbers, Ben enjoys listening to and creating music and is currently learning to play the guitar.

RMT Asa Jernigan

Asa Jernigan

Administrative Assistant

Asa made Nelson his home in 2020 with his wife and beloved dog, JOJO. With a Diploma in Digital Arts from Selkirk College, he brings a range of skills and work experiences to his role at KCCIHS. Asa's life is a blend of outdoor adventures and the simple pleasures of home, reflecting his dedication to embracing both the extraordinary and everyday joys in life.


Abhay Ramesh

Social Media Coordinator

Abhay is a second-year postgraduate diploma student specializing in Business Management. With a solid academic foundation and a commitment to excellence, he brings strong critical thinking abilities, effective communication skills, and adaptability to new challenges. He is an ambitious and innovative professional with a passion for leadership and problem-solving. He looks forward to meeting the Kootenay Columbia College community in his role as Social Media Coordinator.

Chris Holland

Chris Holland

Admissions Advisor

Chris Holland has enjoyed over 25 years in post-secondary and adult education.  He has a passion for helping people find their career path and prepare them for future opportunities. He believes that promoting the unifying properties of health and education is key to a prosperous community.  Over the years Chris has worked in many different industries and disciplines from business consulting and recruitment to marketing and teaching.  In all of his opportunities he has focused on understanding the unique qualities of each situation to foster strong relationships.  He looks forward to working with students, staff, and alumni to help everyone reach their true potential.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact him. 

RMT Kevin Underwood

Dr. Kevin Underwood

Interim Dean &
Biomedical Sciences Instructor

Kevin graduated in 1985 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto at which time he entered private practice in Nelson until 2016. He spends his free-time taking photographs, playing hockey, volunteering with the Rotary Club and Touchstones Museum & Art Gallery.