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Board of Directors

Barbra Johnston - Chairperson

Barbra is a West Kelowna resident, a former CFDCCO client and strong advocate and leader of the organization. Barbra has served as a Director and Chairperson and on the Loans and Investment Review Committee for CFDCCO from 2002 - 2015 and now has returned in 2016 to the Chairperson position. Barbra is the founder of Nature's Formulae Health Products Ltd, a nutraceutical manufacturing business that now employs over 90 people in Kelowna.

Krista Mallory - Vice Chairperson

Krista is a West Kelowna resident and has been an active CFDCCO Member since 2012 and Director since 2016. Krista is the Manager of the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, a long time strategic partner of CFDCCO. Krista comes from of family of entrepreneurs and is a dynamic and resourceful leader with full knowledge of the CFDCCO that will further strengthen the CFDCCO’s economic and business development capacity.

Ched Gaglardi - Treasurer

Ched is a successful Lake Country technology based company founder and CEO. As one of the founders of, his cordial, down-to-earth approach to business helps set the tone for the office. His accomplished background in finance, marketing, and other successful ventures ensures our ability to create and maintain tremendous value for our clients. Ched stays involved in the community, volunteering his time and knowledge to promote local economic development. His steady temperament inspires trust and confidence, no matter the circumstances. And with his optimistic and jovial demeanor, it's no wonder he has a reputation for making friends everywhere he goes. Ched is an active member of the Entrepreneurship Committee and served on the CFDCCO Board a number of years ago before rejoining the Board in 2015.

Laura Hetherington - Corporate Secretary

Educator, facilitator, mother and outdoor adventurist. Laura is a Professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. She teaches in the accounting, entrepreneurship and management specialty areas.  Laura is also a Public Speaking Coach, who facilitates across Canada, sharing her passion and experiences with professionals wanting to become stronger speakers. Laura is an active member of the CFDCCO Loan Approval Committee, and Treasurer for the British Columbia Association for Child Development and Intervention. 

Throughout Laura’s career she has worked at a National Public Practice Accounting firm, as well as in the Non-Profit sector, in both fund development and CFO roles.  Laura has previously served as Chair for the Kelowna Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories, raising over $30,000, and served as a Director on the Studio 9 Independent Arts School board.

Katie Bransfield - Director

Katie is a Branch Manager at Interior Savings Credit Union and has worked within the Credit Union system for over 20 years. Most of that time she has been with Interior Savings Credit Union and held many different roles from Personal Account Manager, Mortgage Underwriter and Employee Development Consultant.  Katie now helps the team at Interior Savings, KLO branch deliver the very best service, products and advice to their membership. Katie is an active member of the CFDCCO Entrepreneurship committee and was born and raised in the Okanagan. Katie has a strong connection with our community and is enjoys everything it has to offer while her and her husband raise their 2 boys.

Jamie McEwan - Director

Jamie has a strong background in planning, economic/community development, and local government leadership. He recently joined Urban Systems Ltd. as . His Passion Project is called Place+Setting, where he travels throughout Canada and the globe to tell stories about the connections between places and food. Jamie is an active member of the Entrepreneurship Committee, loves to read lots of business plans and always has well thought out comments and suggestions. Jamie has been an active CFDCCO Member since 2016.

Una Kuzio - Director

Una is a Lawyer and partner at Touchstone Law Group LLP and has been practicing law in Kelowna since April of 2008. In 2012, Una founded Touchstone Law Group LLP in Kelowna. This venture has grown quickly and has provided Una with an opportunity to combine her law practice and the business side of the legal industry. Una focuses primarily on business law, real estate, wills and estates. She enjoys working closely with clients and referral sources on both their personal and business related matters and also enjoys working with both first time homebuyers, new business start-ups in addition to well established businesses in the Okanagan. We are happy that Una has rejoined the CFDCCO Board in 2022 following a year off from our organization. She will be valuable member of the Loan Review Committee.

  • Loan Committee Members

    Barbra Johnston
    Krista Mallory
    Ched Gaglardi
    Laura Hetherington
    Una Kuzio
    Reece Tomlinson
  • Entrepreneurship Committee Members

    Ched Gaglardi
    Katie Bransfield
    Shawnee Love
    Jamie McEwan
    Eva Weston