The Foundry central office team also:

  • Leads the development of a stepped-care model: a tool designed to ensure young people receive the right level of care at the right time;
  • Develops a peer support training program for young people;
  • Creates a shared data platform used at each Foundry centre to help care teams best support young people looking for help;
  • Collects data to identify ways to improve services at our centres and make recommendations for province-wide improvements;
  • Facilitates the sharing and exchange of knowledge throughout the network and partners across BC and beyond;
  • Advocates to improve access to care and support for young people and families across BC.

The Central Office Team

Jayde Boden

Administrative Project Support

Jayde has been working in youth health for over four years. She worked at the Inner City Youth Program as the program assistant and supported the opening of the Granville Youth Health Centre. Jayde currently volunteers with the Youth Advisory Committee at the Granville Youth Health Centre.

Krista Gerty

Principal, Philanthropy and Fund Development

Krista is responsible for supporting and coordinating fundraising efforts amongst our many partners. She has over 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership and fundraising, corporate communications and community relations. She’s curious about social innovation, systems change, and non-profit collaboration, which she studied while pursuing her MA in community development. She’s volunteered as a youth mentor for over seven years, and enjoys traveling, keeping active, and being outdoors.

Warren Helfrich

Knowledge Exchange and Mobilization Coordinator

Warren holds a PhD in Social Work and brings a decade and a half of consulting experience working with both public and private organizations across Canada and internationally in the areas of performance measurement, leadership, strategic planning, governance, and human services accreditation.   He has also been directly involved in diverse initiatives aimed at improving service delivery, including Community Living BC’s ‘Quality of Life’ Initiative and the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s province-wide review of residential services for children and youth in BC.

Bruce Kung

Leader, Project Planning and Management

Bruce brings over ten years of experience in health care analytics, planning, quality improvement (QI), project and change management. Yet, his greatest learnings have come from being a care provider, patient advocate and patient navigator while providing care to his mother who passed away in 2003. He holds degrees in economics and public policy (MPP) and is currently completing his Lean Six Sigma black belt. He has led numerous QI projects with Providence Health Care, including successfully leading the Mental Health Program through two full Accreditation Canada survey cycles. In 2014/15, Bruce assumed a lead project role with the Inner City Youth program and helped bring the GYHC to life. When Bruce isn’t at work, he and his wife can be found walking their two beagles in Squamish, and when he has permission…fly fishing.

Pamela Liversidge

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Pam brings 18 years of strategic level policy experience within the social sector. Prior to joining the Foundry team, Pam worked in the provincial government to develop province-wide strategies in Aboriginal housing, child welfare, physician compensation and mental health and substance use. Pam enjoys working with diverse stakeholders to address ‘wicked problems’, and is excited about transforming systems to improve individual health outcomes. Pam started her career as a youth addictions worker in the community of Surrey.

Leah Lockhart

Leader, Communications and Engagement

Leah brings over a decade of communications and engagement experience in the health care and research fields. She enjoys being at the intersection of health, policy, research and community and loves working to better connect diverse groups to help improve patient care & outcomes. She loves crazy big ideas, breaking down silos and is passionate about making positive social change. When not in the office, she can often be found near the ocean, by a campfire, or up a mountain trying to satisfy her wanderlust.

Steve Mathias

Executive Director

Steve is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who completed fellowships in addictions and concurrent disorders. He has worked at BC Children’s Hospital (Provincial Concurrent Disorders), the Maples (Crossroads and Bifrost) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Inner City Youth Program and Granville Youth Health Centre). He has also provided outreach for MCFD sites in Prince Rupert, Kamloops, Penticton and Quesnel.

Oluseyi Oyedele

Leader, Research and Evaluation

Seyi brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare research, health systems evaluation, strategic planning, quality improvement, and community development. With a PhD in Virology and a master’s in Public Health, Seyi has experience working in several countries and contexts. Starting her career in measles prevention and polio eradication initiatives she has worked as a health policy researcher, as an evaluation specialist in a foundation and recently as a health systems evaluator at a health authority. With a strong interest in utilization-focused evaluation, Seyi is passionate about using evaluation findings to inform practice and policy decision-making. Most evenings, when the weather permits, Seyi and her husband enjoy taking long walks along the lake in Kelowna.

Amy Salmon

Developmental Evaluator

Amy has an extensive career as researcher, front line worker, and health care administrator, working in a wide variety of areas related to substance use, mental health, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and social determinants of health. She holds her PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, where she specialized in the Sociology of Education.

Carrie Smith

Project Coordinator

Carrie holds a graduate degree in social work and has worked in community mental health and tertiary neuropsychiatry, where she applied trauma-informed and recovery-based clinical practice.  Most recently, as a Violence Prevention Specialist at Providence Health Care, she has led organizational wide safety initiatives, facilitated team planning processes, developed and conducted education on Respect at Work and Violence Prevention for leaders and teams, and has been a key collaborator at regional and provincial levels. Carrie works on the project management team, focusing on the development and implementation of the data platform, peer support curriculum development and the stepped care model for Foundry.

Karen Tee

Director, Operations and Planning

Karen is a Clinical Psychologist passionate about early intervention in youth and young adult mental health. Karen developed the EPI Program and led the Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health portfolio in Fraser Health. When she is not working, she can be found dancing on a ballroom floor, or travelling in another country.

Tamara Throssell

FamilySmart™ Consultant

Tamara has had the privilege of working with families in private practice since 2007 as a comprehensive family and child protection mediator, coach and educator. Tamara is a contracted FamilySmart™ consultant with The Institute of Families. She is a member of the Foundry central office team, consulting on FamilySmart™ practice, facilitating family engagement, and supporting the Foundry centres who will be working with youth and their families. Tamara is passionate about helping young people thrive, and bridging meaningful connections between youth, families, and service providers.

Katie Webster

Communications and Special Projects Coordinator

Katie brings over 12 years of expertise in project based start-up administration, spanning the diverse territories of healthcare, technology and the arts. Entrepreneurial at heart, Katie’s passion for creating positive change in her community and the world shows up in every aspect of her life. She enjoys exercising this vision through a thriving coaching practice, youth mentorship, musicianship and wilderness music camps.

Andrea Vukobrat

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Andrea has been volunteering and working in youth mental health for five years. She completed her undergraduate in Psychology at UBC but feels she’s learned the most from her experiences as a FamilySmart youth peer support worker at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, working one-on-one with children, youth and families experiencing mental health challenges. Within her work she lead the Youth Ambassador Program and discovered her passion for youth engagement. She looks forward to working with youth and young adults to make Foundry as relevant and adapted to their needs as possible.

 

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