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Board of Directors

The Downtown Kamloops Association Board of Directors is voted annually by the membership and serve a two year term.

Director Bios


Dino Bernardo, President – Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge. Dino has lived in Kamloops for the past 35 years and is the owner of the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge. He is very active in the community and is currently president of the Kamloops Junior Football Association and a member of the Kamloops Sports Council.


Maeghan  Summers, Vice President – Operations & General Manager, The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Restaurant.  The Noble Pig Brewhouse is Kamloops first Micro Brewpub and features in house brewed craft beer, unique food made from scratch with a focus on local purveyors and knowledgeable service from our wonderful team. As the GM and a partner, it is my roll to support and over see all aspects of the business and develop processes and systems to continually move the pig ahead. Maeghan celebrates 25 years of passion for hospitality. “Eat, drink and support local.”



Ryan Gentile, Director at Large – Red Wing Shoes. Ryan has been in Kamloops for 9 years. His interests include chasing his two young boys around, spending time outdoors, and playing sports such as soccer and golf.  Ryan has not yet served on a board of directors but is eager and looking forward to learning more about the business needs downtown and business development.



Grayden Flanagan, Secretary  Subway (P). Grayden Flanagan is the owner of Subway Kamloops and was an inaugural KCBIA Director in 2002. In recent years, Grayden has served as President of the KCBIA and has sat on the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society and Gyro Club of Kamloops. He currently chairs the KCBIA Safety Social Committee and is passionate about promoting a vibrant community.


Robbie Tallon, Treasurer (2019), Jerry Spice Inc.

Robbie has been in Kamloops for 22 years. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant at Jerry Spice Inc. and has been working in public practice for the past 6 years where he works with small and medium sized businesses within the Kamloops area. He enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking and also volunteers as the Treasurer for the Elizabeth Fry Society in town.



Shane Brooks, Director – Stantec Engineering. Shane Brooks is an electrical engineer who has been in Kamloops for 29 years. He is interested in revitalizing the downtown core and knowledgeable with current building codes, electrical codes, and design/construction processes.



Michael Blackwell, Director – Fulton & Company LLP (T) Mike Blackwell is a lawyer at Fulton & Company LLP and has lived in Kamloops for 8 years. Mike is an active member of the Kamloops Bar Association, the White Buffalo Metis & Aboriginal Health Society, and Brennan Creek Recreation Commission Association. Outside of work, Mike is an avid snowboarder and golfer!



Ted Ockenden, Director – BCLC – Director of Corporate Services and Facilities, (P). Ted Ockenden is the Director of Facilities & Corporate Services at BCLC and has lived in Kamloops over 28 years. He currently serves with the Emergency Management BC on the Expert Panel on Specialized Populations. He has also served with the BC Citizens’ Advisory Board to Corrections and the Kamloops Traffic Advisory Committee.



Andy Philpot, Director – St. John Ambulance (T). Andy grew up in Brocklehurst and has been a resident of Valleyview for over 30 years but has always had an active interest in what is happening in all areas of the city, especially the downtown core. Andy is the Division Superintendent with St John Ambulance, 627 Victoria Street and was an Assistant Fire Chief with Kamloops Fire Rescue when he retired in 2011, he also worked on the Wanda-Sue Paddlewheeler for 20 years and has been involved with the Kamloops Heritage Railway. He has served on the organizing committees of several of the large sporting events that Kamloops has hosted, the most recent being the NACAC-U23, 4 Nations Cup, and the Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships. He also sat on the Mayor’s Taskforce for the Tranquille Road Beautification/Gateway Project and the Board of Directors for the Oncore Seniors Society and presently sits on the Kamloops Sports Council and the Valleyview Community Association. Andy has an active interest in our city, especially our downtown area and the benefit it has to the citizens of Kamloops. Andy feels that he has the skills, time and commitment to give to the KCBIA.

David Fuoco, Director – McAllister & Howard, President. (P) Third Generation, the tradition continues…In this current day, a man’s closet should always be evolving.  Every piece of clothing in your wardrobe should serve a purpose in your daily life.  Suits should be tailored to fit you perfectly and give you that feeling of pride and confidence, throughout your day.  Casual clothing should be comfortable enough to ease in to, but still look great into the evening.  A wardrobe doesn’t have to be an expansive collection of clothing that spans decades.  Instead, it should be clean, concise and practical. We’re maintaining our traditional focus on service and quality while continually adding some exciting accessories one enjoys discovering in a boutique mens shop. 




Jesse Daniel Faubert, Director (2019), Common Sound | Avenue Media House

A serial entrepreneur. Manages Common Sound (DJ & Audio/Visual Company), Avenue Media House (Digital Agency), Ninth Company (Event Production, Artist Management, Creative Co-working Studio), and the non-profit Common Initiatives (Flower Recycling Program). Proud to be a Kamloops creator, high school football coach, and popsicle enthusiast.

Maren Luciani, Director (2019), Mareki Community Planning

Maren Luciani has fifteen years of leadership experience and expertise in community planning, sustainability, policy development, community engagement and grant acquisition for local governments and Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States. She is a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and Planning Institute of BC and is a trained community engagement specialist. She has experience in a wide variety of subjects related to the built environment including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).  Maren is the owner of Meraki Community Planning, a small, full service community planning firm that supports municipalities, Indigenous communities and private developers in achieving healthy built environments. Maren has been an active volunteer all her life and has devoted her time to many local and international causes and organizations.                                

Nicki James, Director (2019), Main Street Clothing
I have lived in Kamloops for 42 years, and have worked in various capacities in the downtown since then. I have spent the last 20 years owning Main Street Clothing Company Ltd. I am passionate about promoting the downtown core as an amazing place to work, shop and live.



Luke Chidgzey, Director (2019), Royal Bank of Canada

Luke Chidgzey is a Business Account Manager at RBC and has lived in Kamloops for over 20 years. He proudly works with business owners to help them achieve their goals. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.