About the Board Members
Deana Wood – I am standing for the Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate school board (profile 3318). I live with my husband Nathan and my three children. We have been part of this community since buying our first house in 2004 and our children have been in the privileged position to be a part of Hoon Hay School Te Kura Kōaka, Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate and Cashmere High School. As a family we love spending time together, whānau comes first and foremost in our lives. Sport plays a big part of life in the Wood household, cricket for all three children, netball, and football as well as our children taking on other sporting opportunities that school provides. I have worked in Early Childhood for 21 years and have been at my current kindergarten for 16 years. My educational background has enabled me to take on various roles in the early childhood field. I believe the skills and experience I have gained throughout my career will help support your school and community to achieve the best possible outcomes for your children. I have just completed my first term as a board member at CSKI and look forward to continuing the role as we support our last child through her intermediate years.
Catalina Sleghel – I am an ambitious and accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in operations, supply chain and purchasing, customer account management, business development and project coordination, marketing and sales management experience. I have been a member of the Board with Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate for the last 3 years and enjoyed being able to be part of the community and assist to the best of my abilities in making informed decisions for The School. I am a strong believer in education and consider that helping our children and wider community to grow in a loving and caring environment, enhancing their best and varied abilities is the future of our generations. Would much appreciate the opportunity to continue be part of the school board and assist in making the right decisions for the benefits of our community. With thanks and kind regards, Catalina Sleghel.
Jeremy Rutherford – My wife Jane and I moved to Christchurch in mid-2010 (what a time to move here!) and to the local area in 2012 where we have lived ever since with our two kids. Since moving here, we have enjoyed being part of the community, Jane as a teacher at Somerfield Te Kura Wairepo, and with our kids being involved in as many activities as they can find, naturally we have both taken on coaching and team management roles over the years. Obviously, sports are fairly important in our family life, and we particularly enjoy outdoor pursuits like skiing, biking, tramping and camping. I work in the field of environmental science which takes me around the country, the Pacific Islands and to Antarctica. Working in this field gives me a real interest in our kid’s education in science and maths – although my attempts to offer my own teaching in these areas aren’t always appreciated! With our son being in year 7 and daughter due to arrive at Christchurch South Karamata in two years, I feel that I have a great opportunity to offer several years of input and service to this school which provides such a crucial role in our children’s educational journey, preparing them for the next step of High School, which also happens to be at the time when our kids are beginning their own complex social and developmental expeditions into their early teen years. I look forward to contributing to the school community and supporting Christchurch South Karamata so it can continue to offer a high standard of education, promote caring and interesting learning environments, embrace the diverse community which we live in and empower our kids to be responsible.