Board Of Directors
Tara was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. She spent many summers helping on her father’s grain farm and working as a swimming instructor and lifeguard at a local swimming pool. She left the prairies in 1993 to move to Vancouver to attend law school. There Tara met her husband who had grown up in Kamloops. The two of them decided to return here to raise their family once they completed law school. Tara articled with HMZ Law and has been with the firm ever since. Her practice is focused on insurance and estate litigation and Tara has appeared in all levels of court within British Columbia.
Jessie was born and raised in Sidney, BC and moved to Kamloops to attend Thompson Rivers University where she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) with a co-operative education in 2012. She has worked in public practice for just over 7 years and obtained her CA designation in January 2015. Jessie has various experiences with auditing Not for Profit Organizations in the Kamloops area. She has just recently become a Budget Officer in the Finance Department at TRU. In her spare time Jessie enjoys travelling and playing sports with her Fiancé, Ryan, and spending time with her two dogs, Bandit and Meeko.
Dave was a solicitor with HMZ law and has been involved with KBIA from its inception in 1986. His interest grew from handling personal injury cases for clients with brain injuries. Recognising how little was understood about brain injuries and their effects, he worked with the mother of a brain injury client to establish KBIA. Since then brain injury litigation has become the focus of Dave's work. Married and a father of four sons, Dave enjoys mountain biking and cross country skiing. Dave also sits on the Gur Singh Golf Tournament planning committee.
Tom is a long serving member of the board who was recruited by Dave Marr on the basis of Tom’s experience as a member of the United Way’s board. Tom is a certified management accountant with BDO Dunwoody (retired) and a devoted husband. Tom describes himself as a “sports nut with a twisted sense of humour.” Anyone who knows Tom knows how much he loves to tell jokes.
Brian has been involved with KBIA for several years, and he also sits on the board of directors of the United Way. With a BA in economics, Brian is a certified financial planner now retired from BMO Harris Private Banking, a division of BMO Financial Group.
Dr. Doug Hamilton
Doug was born and raised in Kamloops and has been practicing Family Medicine in Kamloops since 1986. He married Christine, his high school sweet heart, 36 years ago. They have 3 wonderful children and 2 adorable young granddaughters. Doug practiced full service Family Practice for many years, including delivering lots of babies. He has now focused his medical practice on Mental Health, Seniors Care, and Palliative Care. He is teaching Family Practice Residents, and is the coordinator of the Care of the Elderly rotation for these new physicians. He enjoys working withthese bright young doctors and loves how much he can learn from them. Doug’s hobbies include paddling his canoe or kayak on whatever water he can find. He has done several northern river paddling trips and has paddled much of the west coast of BC and many inland lakes. He loves exploring new cities and places on foot, walking and hiking, and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He started skiing on Tod Mountain in 1963 and still loves to make some turns at Sun Peaks. Doug and Christine both sing with River Harmony, a local choir. Doug has been a member of the Kamloops Rotary Daybreak Club for the past 12 years.