Meet the Staff
TERRI VAN SLEUWEN, CPA, CGA
DEPUTY AUDITOR GENERAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Terri started with the AGLG in May 2015 in an advisory role and was appointed as Deputy Auditor General for Local Government in November 2015. Prior to coming to the AGLG, Terri spent 16 years auditing the B.C. gaming sector, starting as an auditor and progressing through to executive director, leading the province-wide performance and compliance audit program.
At AGLG, Terri is responsible for the performance audit portfolio, leading the audit team in successfully completing and publishing audit reports and perspectives booklets that provide valuable information and helpful advice for local governments.
LORI BERNDT, M.Ed
DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AUDIT
Before joining the AGLG in September 2013, Lori had been working in the performance audit field with the Auditor General of British Columbia since 2007. She has contributed to or led external government performance audits on a range of topics including education, transit, disability assistance, operational procurement and drinking water. Lori has also been involved in the development and delivery of performance audit training. Prior to performance auditing, she worked in a number of different roles in the social services sector, including program evaluation and management, community development, and curriculum development.
Lori holds a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts.
MARINA MAKHNACH, CPA, CGA, CIA, CRMA, FCCA (UK)
DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AUDIT
Marina started working for AGLG in May 2013 as a consultant hired by the office – managing and executing one of the first performance audits launched by the office. She then joined the office permanently in April 2014. Marina’s experience in the audit field goes back over 16 years, including leading, managing and executing various internal audit engagements, internal control certification projects, forensic and anti-money laundering engagements, and financial statements audits.
Marina holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
SHAHEEN MERALI, CPA, CGA, CISA, LSSBB
MANAGER, PERFORMANCE AUDIT
Shaheen started with the AGLG in December 2017. She has a cross functional background which includes internal audit, enterprise risk management design and deployment, and business process optimization at operational and organizational levels in both private and public sector organizations. Shaheen’s audit experience spans over 18 years and includes leading and executing a variety of audit engagements including operational, compliance, risk and control assessments and soft control audits. She is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) and has over 8 years’ experience in leading and supporting change by optimizing business performance, quality and service for the Province of British Columbia and numerous crown corporations.
Shaheen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
MARINA CHEN, MBA, CPA, CIA
Marina started her audit profession in 2008, as a business advisor at the Internal Audit & Advisory Services office for the Provincial Government of B.C. In 2013, she joined the newly established AGLG team as a senior auditor.
Marina holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration.
REED EARLY, CE
Before joining the AGLG in January 2016, Reed served six years in performance audit at the provincial level. With over fifteen years of experience as a private research consultant working in social/educational settings, he bridges the gap between research and applied fields. Reed has held teaching positions in Thompson Rivers University, UBC Okanagan, and Royal Roads University with a focus on qualitative/quantitative research and performance measurement. He has also advised the government of La Paz, Bolivia on performance measures and served as educational program evaluator in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Reed holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, and is an active member in the Canadian Evaluation Society as a Credentialed Evaluator.
CHARLENE WEE, M.Ed, CVA
Before joining the AGLG team in April 2016, Charlene had been in the profession of volunteer resource administration for over 20 years, most recently having spent time as a volunteer resource specialist in municipalities and large charitable organizations. She has worked as a consultant and trainer with universities, festivals, and municipalities like the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley. Charlene also teaches at Langara College.
Charlene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Educational Studies. She is certified in Volunteer Resource Administration (CVA) and is the Vice-President with Administrators of Volunteer Resources British Columbia (AVRBC).
FORREST JOY, MBA
Forrest joined the AGLG in October 2016 with over 20 years of experience in the consulting industry and in various management and not-for-profit board director roles. Forrest owned a small consulting business, providing a range of services to customers in the natural resource sector, with a focus on services such as: GIS analysis, project management, management consulting, research and reporting services, and field data collection and analysis.
Forrest holds a Master of Business Administration.
FARHAD RAMEZANI, MBA, MSc, PMP
Farhad joined the AGLG in April 2017 with over fourteen years’ experience in business operations, business improvement, project management, and strategic planning. He has led numerous process improvement and IT project for public and private organizations BC. He has a Six Sigma Lean Green Belt (CSSGB) and has travelled extensively throughout India, Japan, North Korea and other countries. Outside of work, he is an avid soccer fan and has spent many hours coaching youth soccer.
Farhad holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Master of Business Administration.
JAMES HUDSON, MSc, BSc, PMP
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES
James started with the AGLG in September 2017. He has worked in the British Columbia Public Service since 2016, in the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Previously, James held corporate services positions for over five years in the public and private sectors.
James and his team provide human resource, financial, administrative, IM/IT and operational support for the AGLG.
CORPORATE SERVICES ASSISTANT
Christina joined the AGLG in March 2016. She assists in communications and provides Executive support, bringing 7 years of experience in administrative support. In 2013 she began leading communications and brand management projects for the philanthropic sector of business, and continues to volunteer as a public relations consultant for local non-profits.
CORPORATE SERVICES ASSISTANT
Jean joined the AGLG team in October 2016 to provide administrative, financial, contract and project management support for the office. In addition to her solid administrative skills, she is also experienced in customer service, marketing and publication editing.
Jean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.