Our staff experience covers the private and public sectors with several organizations like the provincial government, local government, consulting, and First Nations’ organizations.

General Manager, PRRO
Dave Schaepe

Dr. David Schaepe is the Director & Senior Archaeologist of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre at Stó:lō Nation. He has worked for over 15 years as a community-based researcher addressing issues of aboriginal rights and title, heritage management policy and practice, repatriation, land use planning, archaeological research, and education and outreach. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 2009. In addition to working at Stó:lō Nation, he is an adjunct professor in Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, and an instructor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. His research interests are multi-disciplinary in nature and include household archaeology, oral history, Stó:lō-Coast Salish settlement patterning and community organization, cultural landscape management, and issues of aboriginal rights and title. Dr. Schaepe has over 25 years of experience in archaeology/anthropology, and cultural heritage research and resource management.

Manager, PRRO
Matt McGinity

Matt was the first of his family to be born in Canada, his parents both being born to New Zealand settler families. Graduating from UBC with a Major in Anthropology, he worked as a field archaeologist across BC before returning to school at BCIT for an Advance Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Following his graduation from that program, he was hired at the Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre (SRRMC) in 2012 just as StoloConnect.com and The People of the River Referrals Office (PRRO) were about to launch. He now manages PRRO.

Tannis Tommy
Communications Coordinator, PRRO
Tannis Tommy

Tannis is a member of Semá:th (Sumas First Nation.) Tannis grew up in Abbotsford and has a background in Lands and Resource Management, as well as Environmental Monitoring. Tannis has been with the PRRO since 2015; first as a Community Liaison and now as the Communications Coordinator.

Referrals Officer, PRRO
Damodar Khadka

Damodar has a background in natural resource management, land use planning, protected areas, conservation policy, and traditional ecological knowledge. In addition to working as a Referrals Officer, he is also the Lands and Natural Resource Officer at the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe that includes the communities of Aitchelitz First Nation, Shxwha:y Village, Skowkale First Nation, Soowhalie Indian Band, Squiala First Nation, Tzeachten First Nation, and Yakweakwioose First Nation.

Referrals Administrator
Sandy McDonald

Sandy is a proudly connected to Leq’á:mel First Nation. She started with the SRRMC in Sept 2013 as an Archaeology researcher, and later joined the PRRO as the Referrals Administrator, which can be contacted at [email protected]

Referrals Officer
Barry Schmitz
Referrals Officer
Jacob Kunnathuparambil
Referrals Officer, PRRO
Jamie Benton
Communications Assistant
Vanessa Serroul