Board of Governors
"There shall be a Board of Governors to govern the affairs of the College in accordance with the terms of the Act and to manage the affairs of Corporation which are not by the Act or the General Bylaws required to be exercised by Corporation at a general meeting." - 2021 General Bylaws
Dr. Helen Horsman BEd, PGD, MEd, PhD (Chair)
Dr. Horsman’s impressive academic achievements and extensive resumé include serving as an instructor at both Saskatchewan universities, as well as for ITEP, SUNTEP, NORTEP and the Indian Federated College. She was Superintendent for Moose Jaw Catholic Schools, Director of Education for both Holy Trinity School Division and Saskatoon Catholic Schools, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Learning, and served as Chair of SIAST Provincial Foundation Board. Helen was inducted into the USask Alumni Wall Of Fame in 2010. Dr. Horsman currently operates her own consulting company HK Enterprises.
Mr. Jason Aebig, BA (Vice-Chair)
Jason Aebig is the CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. As a former business owner and communications professional, he advised senior leaders in many of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies, organizations, SME’s and charities. In 2017, he was recognized for his significant volunteer and community service by Leadership Saskatoon. He is a former Board Chair for Saskatoon’s United Way, Remai Modern and University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association. He serves as the current Board Chair for Sask Arts.
Mr. Neil Reddekopp, BA, B.Comm. (Treasurer)
Presently Chief of Operations for myComply, Neil previously was CEO for CEL/Comco, and prior to that operated his own investment management consulting practice. A CPA and CMA, Reddekopp also received his BA (Political Studies) from USask. Having served for several years on local committees and Boards, currently, Neil is a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Board, and Finance Committee for the Urselines of Prelate. Previously, Neil served as a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, and also a member of the St. Anne’s Parish Board.
Ms. Michelle D. Blackmon, BEd, BA
A member of the Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in Treaty 10 Territory, Blackmon is Education Partnerships Manager at the Saskatoon Tribal Council. She has over 14 years of experience with Indigenous education in both First Nations and provincial schools. Blackmon’s interest in education partnerships is built on a foundation of how Indigenous ways of knowing must be an integral consideration in all education endeavors. She is a USask graduate of both the Indian Teacher Education Program with Distinction, and Arts and Science in Native Studies, with Distinction.
Blackmon advocates for organizations and post-secondary institutions to make meaningful space for Indigenous peoples. Her interest in Indigenous S.T.E.A.M. and land-based learning is reflective in partnership initiatives. Blackmon serves on the Saskatoon Industry Education Council Board of Directors, volunteers at many Indigenous sporting events and has coordinated many career education initiatives.
Ms. Abbi Cross (STM Student Member)
Abbi Cross is in her fourth year of study at the University of Saskatchewan and is pursuing a BA in Psychology. She hopes to further her studies and obtain both a MA and PhD in the field before beginning a career in research and teaching. Prior to beginning her role as President of the St. Thomas More Students’ Union (STMSU), Abbi served for two years as the Vice President of Operations & Finance and one year as the Vice President of Academics. In her time as STMSU President, she plans to focus on student engagement and wellness as the student body returns to a primarily in-person learning environment.
Mr. Melvin Gerspacher, B.Comm, LL.B, Q.C., FCPA, FAC
Melvin Gerspacher has been on the board of directors of St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild of Saskatoon since it was formed about 14 years ago. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction in 1977 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1979 and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation in 1981. He is a partner in the firm of Robertson Stromberg and is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in taxation. Melvin has volunteered with numerous charitable and non-profit organizations including serving on the boards of the Saskatoon Community Service Village Inc. and the Saskatchewan Catholic Health Corporation.
Sister Anne Lewans, O.S.U.
Sister Anne Lewans, O.S.U., is the General Superior of the Ursulines of Prelate. She grew up in a large family on a farm in southwest Saskatchewan and, after joining her order, attended Saskatoon Teachers’ College and became a longtime schoolteacher. She later served as vice-president of the Canadian Religious Conference, as Roman Catholic Chaplain at the University of Manitoba, as a member of the Leadership Team of the Diocese of Keewatin-The Pas, and is currently serving as a board member for Emmanuel Care (Sask) as well as several other organizations and councils.
Dr. Gordon Martell, Ph.D.
Dr. Martell is a member of the Waterhen Lake Cree First Nation in Treaty Six Territory. He is Superintendent of Learning Services with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and an adjunct professor in Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. Gordon has 30 years of experience in Indigenous education and has served on numerous provincial and federal committees. Gordon received a Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership Award for over 20 years of community service in health care, policing, philanthropy and community development. He is a recipient of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Excellence in Aboriginal Initiatives Award and Indspire’s Guiding the Journey Indigenous Educator Award. Gordon was the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration’s Thomas B. Greenfield Dissertation Award. Recently, Gordon has been advocating for and advising communities in the development of on-reserve First Nations education systems.
Dr. Saeed Moshiri, MA, Ph.D.
Dr. Moshiri is a professor of Economics at the STM College, University of Saskatchewan. He received his MA from the University of Toronto (1993) and PhD from the University of Manitoba (1997) and has taught at different International and Canadian universities before moving to Saskatoon in 2019. His area of teaching and research are Macroeconomics, Energy and Environmental Economics, Innovation, Productivity, Technological Changes, and Economic Growth. Saeed’s research projects are supported by various national and local grant agencies and published in top Economic journals such as Energy Economics, the Energy Journal, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Industry and Corporate Change, Economic Journal, Empirical Economics, Economics of Innovation and New Technology. In his free time, Saeed plays soccer and has recently joined a curling team.
Dr. Carl Still, PhD (President)
Completed an undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, a Licentiate at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto) and MA and PhD degrees in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He teaches and publishes in the history of western philosophy. He joined the Philosophy department at STM in 1995 and later served as Department Head of Philosophy. From 2006 to 2016 he served as Dean of STM. Dr. Still is strongly committed to the value of Catholic higher education and to STM’s federation with the University of Saskatchewan.