Trampas Brown

Board Chair

Trampas Brown has two students who are fairly new to CAPE.

Trampas is the Superintendent of Operations & Programming for the City of Medicine Hat and oversees the events and entrainment at several venues such as the Esplanade and Canalta Centre. With over 20 years history in the touring and production side of the entertainment industry, Trampas has now settled down in the home of the World’s Largest Tipi.

Between involvement with his children’s activities and side gigs to keep his technical skills sharp, he still manages to find time off in the year to enjoy the great outdoors!

Ryan Papove

Community Representative

Ryan moved to Medicine Hat in 2013 to be closer to family and currently has one niece and one nephew attending CAPE. He graduated from Edwards School of Business at the U of S with a Degree in Business Management. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in IT Systems Engineering across Healthcare, Education, Government, and Petrochemicals.

Barry Finkelman

Community Representative

Barry is a retired educator and administrator, and a specialist in cultural heritage, tourism and media. His career has included service to the Medicine Hat Public Schools, Olds College and Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. He has also been a private sector business owner in the entertainment and tourism industry.

From 2005 to 2017, as Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, Barry led the re-development of the Medalta Potteries, the Medicine Hat Brick & Tile and the Hycroft China factories in the creation of a major museum, arts, education and tourism complex for Southern Alberta, and the establishment of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics.  From 2015 to 2017, he also served as Chair of the Board of the Plainsman Clays Ltd. group of companies, which mines and processes clays for artisanal and industrial use across North America.

Barry currently sits as a member of the Medicine Hat Subdivision & Development Appeal Board, volunteer director on both the Medicine Hat Education Foundation and the Medicine Hat Games Society, and serves as Treasurer for the Western Canada District of Kiwanis International. Provincially, he has served as a council member for the Alberta Order of Excellence, President of the Alberta Museums Association, public member on both the Premier’s Council on Culture and the Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists.  He is a past Chair of the City of Medicine Hat’s Arts & Heritage Advisory Board and Economic Development Advisory Board, as well as a past member of working committees of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede.  Barry was also a board member and regular contributor to the award winning Expression magazine and wrote a weekly independent column for the Medicine Hat News from 2001 to 2008.  He is a Mel Osborne Fellow, awarded by the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada.

Sarah Chaudhary

Parent Representative

Sarah Elizabeth Chaudhary has one child attending CAPE.

Sarah is an American who immigrated to Canada in 2005 and settled in Medicine Hat. Sarah obtained her undergraduate degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2008 and practiced general law at Sihvon, Carter, Fisher and Berger LLP until 2010, when she started her own criminal law practice. In 2011, she became the Medicine Hat Standing Agent for the Director of Public Prosecutions. In that role she prosecuted drug offences until 2016.

Ajay Mysore Narasimha

Parent Representative

Mr. Narasimha is new to the CAPE Board.

He moved to Medicine Hat in 2015, after his wife promised him that Medicine Hat was the best area to raise their kids and send them to school. Mr. Narasimha  has two “active boys”, the older one attends CAPE school and the youngest who recently turned 2 years is getting ready for CAPE.

Mr. Narasimha currently works as a Board certified Speech Language Pathologist for the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. He has been working in the healthcare industry for more than 10 years. He completed his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences specializing in Speech Language Pathology from University of Western Ontario and graduated Magna cum laude. He has an MBA from Haskayne School of Business, Calgary and was awarded the Alberta Government Scholarship for academic excellence. Ajay has had extensive volunteering experience with organizations such as Parkinson’s Society, ALS Society of Alberta and currently is a board member and a strategic advisor for “The Venturers Society”- a charitable non-profit society and a designated Community Access and Employment Preparation program for adults with developmental disabilities operating in Calgary and Medicine Hat.

Jayson O’Dell

Parent Representative

Mr. O’Dell is the parent of two CAPE students. He joined the Board in 2019.

He is a past educator now enjoying a second career. Jayson is employed at Raymond James as a Financial Advisor and life insurance agent.

Lekh Khadka

Parent Representative

Lekh has been a proud CAPE parent for 6 years. The family moved to Medicine Hat in 2015 from Calgary and are very happy to live here. Lekh has completed a Master’s degree in Business Studies (MBS) and an Electrical Engineering Diploma from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has worked as a college lecturer in the Bachelor’s Program in Gyankunj College, Kathmandu for 4 years and as an Electrical Designer in Nepal Electricity Authority for 8 years before immigrating to Canada in 2010. Since then he has completed the Electrical Engineering Diploma in 2014 from SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary and has been working as an Electrical Designer in Electrical Distribution Department, City of Medicine Hat since 2014

Natasha LeRuyet-Warriner

School Council Representative

Natasha is the proud parent of four children who are all attending CAPE School. They range in grades from 2-9. Natasha has volunteered with CAPE School in a variety of roles from being a parent voice at the CAPE School Council meetings, to helping in the classroom, to organizing the hot lunch program. She is also a past CAPE School Board member. Her current role with CAPE School is CAPE School Council Board Liaison. She has received her B.A – Psychology and B.Mgt – Human Resources Management from the University of Lethbridge. This lead to a career in banking specializing in investing and credit services.


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