Tammara spent fifteen years in banking and foreign exchange, before finding her true love in books five years ago. Her passion for leading and developing culture led her to complete her Executive MBA, with a major in leadership, at Royal Roads University. Her career spans from small local start-ups, to gigs with Fortune 500 companies, and has seen her do business as far away as Lithuania and log thousands of travel miles along the way.
She is an avid music lover (once seen on stage dancing the can-can with Spirit of the West), enjoys sipping a glass of Malbec while whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen, and can be found hiking the trails of Vancouver Island with her French Bulldog, Lucy. And while being home with her daughter is her first love, a desire for adventure and diversity incites the travel bug when time allows.
Will has more than fifteen years experience in the customer service, Internet development and telecommunications industries. He has developed an invaluable set of skills through his work as a technology consultant, online marketing director, full-stack web developer and sometimes graphic designer.
Will is proud to be one of the founding members of FriesenPress and has played a key role in creating our innovative, dynamic and diverse workplace. When Will is not in front of his computer he makes time for photography and can be found riding his Vespa around town. Will is happiest outside enjoying a great meal with his wife Jen.
Director of Operations
With over fifteen years of experience within the retail and financial sectors, Valarie is a diversely experienced customer and quality-focused business executive and people leader. Valarie’s role at FriesenPress is two-fold: As our Director of Operations, she oversees all things related to work flow, ensuring that our team always has what they need to do their best work; she also serves on the leadership team, lending her 'operations brain' to everything from process to author experience, with a special focus on organization and innovative solutions.
Always loving a new challenge, Valarie completed an Executive MBA with a specialization in Leadership, while juggling family, professional projects and business travel. When not at work you can find her on the rock wall with her husband, hiking one of the many trails on Vancouver Island with her two beautiful daughters, or with a paint brush in hand, turning a piece of furniture from shabby to chic.
Design Team Lead
Leslee’s wealth of experience in print production, graphic design and IT give her the expert technical foundation—and nose for solutions—she uses to help our authors realize their vision. She brings a nuanced teaching philosophy, gleaned from years as a college instructor and in diverse training roles, to her team. Her innovative approach supports an environment of efficiency, excellence and constant learning.
When Leslee leaves the office she brings her creative drive with her. In her spare time, this former nightclub DJ indulges her passions for music and the culinary arts. She enjoys supporting local businesses by dining out on fine fare paired with the perfect glass of wine.