meet the minerva staff

Meet our small but mighty team.

Tina Stelkhe

Tina Strehlke


As CEO of Minerva BC, Tina leads a team of thoughtful, talented change makers who develop, empower and promote women’s leadership. Tina first discovered Minerva in 2001 when working as an employment counsellor at Training Innovations - a leading BC career development company specializing in in-person and online career solutions. She referred her clients to Minerva’s Women Helping Women Work program because it offered mentorship and connection with accomplished women leaders. After 15 years’ developing her expertise in leadership, career development, adult learning, HR and communications, she joined Minerva BC as the Programs Director in 2016. She assumed the CEO role in October 2017. Tina has a BA in International Relations from UBC and an MA in Communications from Royal Roads University. She has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica, Guyana and Taiwan. Tina’s strengths are seeing the big picture, empathic thinking, and quick learning.

Rowena Veylan


A fundraiser, consultant, teacher and mentor, Rowena has been working within the non-profit industry for over fifteen years. She has held positions at a number of organizations and is currently the Director of Partnerships and Engagement with Minerva BC. Rowena also ran her own consulting company and worked with organizations to build fundraising capacity and increase revenue. Rowena wholeheartedly loves what she does and her passion for her work has been described as contagious. Whether she is working with an organization to develop new strategies for raising money or talking to a donor about their philanthropic interests she approaches each task and conversation with the belief that she is helping to make the world a better place.

Clodagh O'Higgins

fundraising coordinator

Clodagh is the Fundraising Coordinator at Minerva BC. Originally from Dublin, Ireland she moved to Vancouver in July 2018 and joined Minerva soon after. She thoroughly enjoys fund development and events coordination and getting the opportunity to help nonprofit organizations reach their goals. Clodagh studied Social Science at University College Dublin and has a Professional Diploma in Management Studies from Dublin Business School. Through Minerva’s Women Leading the Way™ program, Clodagh has started her journey of values-based leadership and tries to incorporate it into her work and personal life. She is grateful to have so many wonderful female role models in her life who constantly inspire her and is passionate about promoting gender equity. In her free time, she can be found keeping active, getting outdoors, socializing, skyping her family and eating!

Katie Baker

director of programs

Katie joined Minerva BC as the Director of Programs in 2019. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Katie moved to Vancouver in 2006 to play for the National Field Hockey team and had the honour of captaining the team for three years. Growing up playing sports she learned first-hand how important role models, coaches and mentors are for personal growth and development, and is excited to pass this on through her work at Minerva BC. As a communications and engagement professional and Certified Executive Coach, Katie has worked in a variety of industries, including consulting for major energy, infrastructure and transportation projects. Her strengths include developing others, positivity, empathetic thinking, and communicating effectively.

Ashley Milbury

youth programs manager

Ashley is proud to be Minerva's Youth Programs Manager. Originally from Nova Scotia, she completed her Masters of English at Concordia University in Montreal. Her strengths are primarily rooted in the building of meaningful relation­ ships. Like many who share this land, Ashley is in the process of Reconciliation and loves learning more about Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. She gets the most satisfaction from empathetic listening and supporting others to reach their goals. Ashley operates from a place of values-based leadership and brings a strong sense of her values to all that she does. She is most convincing and effective when working toward something she is passionate about and is grateful to do this every day with Minerva's Learning to Lead™ program. Ashley cares deeply about emboldening the next generation of women leaders to find their voice and use it!

Sarah Greenwood

programs facilitator

Sarah has a passionate curiosity for learning and helping others learn. As a career strategist, facilitator, and curriculum designer, Sarah appreciates the deep connections and learning that can take place when people are willing to be vulnerable and challenge themselves. Sarah facilitates leadership programs at Minerva, including Learning to Lead™ and Women Leading the Way™. Sarah feels fortunate to be able to work with an organization that aligns with her values and allows her to play to her strengths. When not working, Sarah can be found training for her next triathlon, walking her dog, Murdoch, or adventuring somewhere in the world on skis or by bike.

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