Meet the Team

Communications, Storytelling, and Events team

  • Alicia Ashcroft

    Alicia Ashcroft
    Writer and Storyteller
    250-852-7245

    Biography

    Alicia Ashcroft graduated from TRU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre. She has lived in New Zealand and Australia and travelled extensively before settling back in Kamloops. Above most things in life, Alicia appreciates community, volunteerism, film, travel, laughter, close friends, a good book, CBC 2, her two bears and a well-made latte.

  • Krista Stoesz

    Krista Stoesz
    Communications Coordinator
    250-371-5698

    Biography

    Krista joined the team as Communications Coordinator in October of 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Major in Marketing. Prior to this role, Krista worked on campus as an Events and Marketing Coordinator for the TRU Conference Centre since 2011. Krista's extensive background in planning and communications has prepared her with the knowledge and experience required to create and execute various levels of student communications across multiple platforms. Krista has 2 young kids and loves to explore the beautiful mountains and lakes in and around Kamloops.

  • Andrew Skapenko

    Andrew Skapenko
    Marketing and Events Support Specialist
    778-538-0302

    Biography

    Andrew is an Events and Marketing Support Specialist with the Faculty of Student Development. He completed a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Human Resources Management at TRU in 2014 and has developed his skills in the Event Management and Marketing industry by working and volunteering for various organizations, catering and fire protection industries. Andrew has also collaborated to develop a Kamloops-based podcast series where he gained strong podcasting skills. Andrew is excited to apply his marketing, technical and events planning skills to support the success of students and the university.

Student Storyteller Squad

Meet the 2021 - 2022 Student Storyteller Squad! Writer & Storyteller Alicia Ashcroft has been working closely with the team, who range from new-to-TRU to nearly-graduated. These individuals are asking the question: when it comes to the student life experience, what kind of stories do we want to hear, and what stories do we want to tell?

  • Lauren Keller

    Lauren Keller

    Biography

    Lauren Keller is a graduate of Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School. She was a student columnist for the 100 Mile Free Press and a Cecchetti ballet dancer at Dance in Common in Williams Lake. Lauren also enjoys playing and coaching soccer in her community. She is looking forward to joining clubs, exploring Kamloops and meeting new people.

  • Dea Di Giovanni

    Dea Di Giovanni

    Biography

    Dea is a final-year marketing post-baccalaureate student at TRU with a background in graphic design. Her favourite aspect of TRU is the amount of opportunities TRU provides for students who want to be involved outside of classes.

    Dea loves that she gets to utilise her marketing & graphic design skills in the Storyteller program as a way to give back to the TRU community while learning new skills at the same time. Not to mention the different students she gets to meet and be friends with!

    If you run into Dea in real life, you'll most likely see her with her earphones on — she loves music!

Storytellers of the past

2020-2021 Storytellers

Manuela Ceballos
Manuela Ceballos

she/her/hers

Hi everyone! My name is Manuela Ceballos, my pronouns are she/her/hers, I graduated in Colombia in 2018 from the Marymount School, and I’m currently a 3rd year student at TRU doing a major in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. I'm very excited to say that this year I’m part of the Storytelling Ambassador program with the Faculty of Student Development. I love being engaged at TRU because it makes me feel more connected to the community I’m part of and being a storyteller has aloud me just that, to stay connected and to be able to share experiences and advice with other students that might be going through similar experiences that I’ve been through. I enjoy graphic design and sharing content through social media; in this interconnected world social media is one of the best resources we’ve got and I enjoy taking advantage of it as much as I can. Every day I’m learning more and more and with the Student Storytellers I have been able get out of my comfort zone and build a voice through designing posts for the Student Life Facebook and Instagram accounts, writing blogs, and hosting Instagram lives (something I thought I was never going to be brave enough to do).


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Amna Qazi

she/her/hers

I like to describe myself as an aspiring human rights and climate change activities. I am a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student and graduated from South Kamloops Secondary School. I love the way nurses pave the way for patient care, nursing standards, research and advocacy. I also love being a part of this amazing community of student nurses and faculty at TRU. My dream job is one where I can have an impact on the world and help empower others. When I’m not buried deep in my textbooks, I love to read, play tennis, ride horses, hang out with my mom and friends, and dedicate my time to various volunteer causes. I am also a big fan of live theater and would love to see the Lion King performed on Broadway one day. My favorite part of being a student storyteller is how I get to explore my interests and give back to the TRU community. We can all connect through experience, and I like being able to turn my everyday student experiences into content that allows me to connect with other students. The advice I would give to other students would be to be proactive. Prevention is always easier than cure, and if you address problems as they come up, it's much easier to be productive.


Keisha Anderson
Keisha Anderson

she/her/hers

I am a tourism management major and theatre minor. Also a former Study Abroad ambassador, I have an appetite for adventure and experience. That hunger took me to Australia, where I learned to surf.  I am passionate about accessibility and self-advocacy, which led to some of my biggest accomplishments: being cast in some significant roles in TRU’s Actors Workshop Theatre productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Concord Floral and Drinking in America.


Workstudy & Funded Students

Each year we have the opportunity to support 1-3 students through WorkStudy or Secondary funded projects. These students are valuable members of our team and their roles vary depending on the current needs. For more information about how you can become a WorkStudy student, please visit the WorkStudy Program page

  •  Hanna Conradi

    Hanna Conradi
    Student Marketing Assistant

    Biography

    Hanna joined the team as a Student Marketing Assistant in the summer of 2021. She is working towards her Bachelor of Art’s degree at TRU; majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. Prior to this role, Hanna has had experience working with the TRU Writing Centre as a tutor, the TRU Wellness Centre as a Student Wellness Ambassador, and the TRU Accessibility Services Office as a Student Research Assistant. Hanna’s experience working within the TRU community has facilitated both a genuine passion and a useful skillset for working within the institution that she takes with her in her role with the Comms Team. When she’s not working, Hanna enjoys hikes with her partner and pup, playing hockey and guitar, and all things psychology and philosophy!

  • Amna Qazi

    Amna Qazi
    Student Marketing Assistant

    Biography

    After being a Student Storyteller for a year, Amna joined the team as a student marketing assistant in summer 2021. Amna is a dedicated Bachelor of Science in Nursing student, is a nursing student mentor and serves as the BCNU student liaison for her class. An active member of the TRU community, Amna volunteers in multiple roles, such as the Biology Undergraduate Society’s president.

    Her experiences in student leadership and commitment to student wellbeing provide a strong foundation for her work; the storytelling role allows her to connect with a diverse group of students as she translates the student experience into stories and media. Amna is also an enthusiastic theatre fan who loves watching productions and helping them come to life on stage. Amna is an avid volunteer in her free time and loves reading, riding horses, playing tennis, and spending quality time with family.

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