Transition Operations Manager
With over 15 years in the property management and tourism industry, Sherrilee specializes in start up and transition periods of a business. She will be implementing new strategies to facilitate the ability of The Ranch to focus on revenue generation, as well as put into action a new operations plan and new policies.
Having multiple successful business start-ups under her belt, Sherrilee has the experience to transition The O'Keefe Ranch throughout the implementation of these new changes, and knows how to move an organization to success. Sherrilee is an owner of a technology company, and has a passion for her geeky side. her advanced skills in computers, digital marketing, social media and website creation, design and management will help The Ranch complete the transition efficiently and productively. She has lived in the Vernon area since 1989 and was raised on a farm that has everything from horses and sheep to chickens and rabbits. Sherrilee's education includes; her Managing Broker License with Sauder School of Business,UBC, English and Psychology through Thompson Rivers University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Management. Plus, she has extended family ties to the O'Keefe Ranch! Sherrilee has already become a true asset to the historic site. She will be using her extensive business experience and education to assist the Historic O'Keefe Ranch transition into a sustainable business model, while keeping the integrity and history of The Ranch alive.
Marketing and Events Specialist
Kerry MacLeod has lived in Vernon since 2009. She graduated from Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario in 1994. Since then, she has worked everywhere from the RCMP to galleries and garden centers. She has visuals, loss prevention and merchandising training and is a huge believer in customer experience. She has also published a children's book and worked with the municipality on various family events and arts contracts. Her blog that launched in 2007 opened up many social media and sponsorship opportunities and she continues to do social media consulting and writing for local businesses on a contract basis. Kerry passionately supports non-profits, has been a board member locally. She also volunteers on various committees as well as for community events and groups. Recently, she founded the first chapter of 100 Kids Who Care in the North Okanagan. On days off, you can find Kerry on the water as a Paddle Canada as a certified instructor.
Carla-Jean Stokes joined O'Keefe Ranch in 2016 and manages the artifact collection, archives, and exhibitions. She received her Masters of History at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 and went on to receive a Masters of Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University in 2015. In the same year, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, "British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario." Carla-Jean has given lectures on war photography and has written articles for the Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies, Espirit de Corps magazine, and Legion magazine.