Foundry Central Office

The Foundry central office team provides leadership and strategic direction for all province-wide Foundry initiatives, including the development of our growing network of wellness centres for young people.

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

Amy Salmon

Developmental Evaluator
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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.

Andrea Vukobrat

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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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.

Bruce Kung

Leader, Quality Improvement
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Bruce Kung

Leader, Quality Improvement

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.

Carrie Smith

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator (Currently on leave)
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Carrie Smith

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator (Currently on leave)

Carrie is currently on leave. 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.

Corinne Tallon

Research Coordinator
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Corinne Tallon

Research Coordinator

Corinne brings seven years of experience in health research. She is passionate about working with others to create and leverage evidence that supports health systems improvements for young people and their families, and for service providers. She loves supporting others to pursue their passion in research, and believes that the world of research can offer amazing opportunities for anyone and everyone to get involved and find answers to their most burning questions. When Corinne is not in the office, she likes to spend time with family and friends and can often be found out in the mountains with her husband and their black lab Shilo.

Elise Durante

Implementation Coordinator
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Elise Durante

Implementation Coordinator

Elise has an MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago and brings over a decade of clinical experience in mental health and substance use services. Prior to joining the team at Foundry Central, Elise worked as the Clinical Coordinator at the Inner City Youth Program, home to Foundry Vancouver-Granville. Elise is passionate about many things including (but not limited to): social justice, harm reduction, gardening and karaoke.

Godwin Chan

Data Specialist
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Godwin Chan

Data Specialist

Godwin started his career in Accounting and Finance and switched to Data Analysis and Business Intelligence 4 years ago. Godwin joins us from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Jayde Boden

Project Assistant
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Jayde Boden

Project Assistant

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.

Karen Tee

Director, Service Innovation
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Karen Tee

Director, Service Innovation

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.

Krista Gerty

Director, Philanthropy & Central Operations
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Krista Gerty

Director, Philanthropy & Central Operations

Krista is responsible for leading our onboarding team, which supports Lead Agencies in the initial establishment of their Centres; for our internal FCO operations including finance and Human Resources; and for 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.

Leah Lockhart

Leader, Communications and Engagement
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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.

Neha Uday

Project Coordinator
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Neha Uday

Project Coordinator

Nina Krack

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator
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Nina Krack

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator

Nina graduated as an RPN and education, and has proved to be a niche in her career ever since. Receiving a Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Human Services from UBC in 2005 has further supported Nina to plan and facilitate knowledge and education with interdisciplinary clinical teams, community partners and the general public. Nina has worked as the Educator for the Fraser Early Psychosis Intervention Program for the past 14 years.

Pamela Fennell

Change Management Lead
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Pamela Fennell

Change Management Lead

Pamela brings over twenty years of experience working in health care providing internal consulting, project and change management. Pamela is the change management lead for Foundry. In that role, she is responsible for supporting strategies and approaches that ensure we don’t forget about the people-side of change. She is also supporting primary care. In the past she has worked with physicians to implement EMRs and new service delivery models into their practices. Always an optimist, Pamela’s passion is supporting clients, staff, and colleagues through complex problems, helping to seek clarity. When Pamela isn’t at work you may find her reading a book or outdoors running, cycling, hiking, playing golf.

Pamela Liversidge

Acting Executive Director
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Pamela Liversidge

Acting Executive Director

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.

Rebecca Zappelli

Director, Policy and Partnerships
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Rebecca Zappelli

Director, Policy and Partnerships

Rebecca has an MA in Health Management from the University of New South Wales and brings 11 years of experience working in the health sector in health promotion and health policy roles for government and non-government organizations in Australia, United Kingdom and Canada. Rebecca is passionate and committed to social impact through innovative policy, planning and partnerships. Most recently, Rebecca was the Secretariat Director of the Community Action Initiative, developing strong partnerships with people and organizations from across the mental health and substance use system in BC and Canada.

Robert McRudden

Project Coordinator, Capital Projects
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Robert McRudden

Project Coordinator, Capital Projects

Robert has a portfolio of diverse experience in design-build construction project management. He brings to work his passion for creating a better world. Robert holds a Master of Arts degree from the Vancouver School of Theology (MA) and has experience in pastoral care. When not in the office or out on the job site, Robert can be found volunteering in the community, hiking in the mountains, doing carpentry in the workshop, and playing acoustic guitar.

 

 

Sarah Lally

Administrative Assistant
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Sarah Lally

Administrative Assistant

Sarah has over 5 years’ experience in health and social care and a further 2 years more recently in administrative roles. Her experience is varied and as such means she brings a whole new input to the team. When Sarah is not at her desk she can often be found hiking some of BC’s most spectacular trails or reading a book under a maple tree.

Stefanie Costales

Communications Coordinator
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Stefanie Costales

Communications Coordinator

Stefanie has over 4  years of experience in Communications, Events and Engagement having worked in the sports, non-profit and fundraising sectors. Stefanie most recently joins us from the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Events Team.

Stephanie Gillingham

Leader, Program & Policy Development
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Stephanie Gillingham

Leader, Program & Policy Development

Steve Mathias

Executive Director (Currently on sabbatical)
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Steve Mathias

Executive Director (Currently on sabbatical)

Steve is currently on a one-year sabbatical. 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.

Tamara Throssell

Family Engagement & Service Provider Liaison
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Tamara Throssell

Family Engagement & Service Provider Liaison

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. At Foundry, Tam supports family engagement and bridges relationships between families, service providers and Foundry central office. Tam is inspired to help young people thrive, and facilitate meaningful connections between youth, families, and service providers.

Warren Helfrich

Evaluation Lead
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Warren Helfrich

Evaluation Lead

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.

Online and Health Literacy Team

In partnership with BC Children’s Hospital, our Online and Health Literacy team creates and manages foundrybc.ca and health literacy materials province wide.

Online and Health Literacy Team

Andrew Tugwell

Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, BC Children's Hospital
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Andrew Tugwell

Director, Health Promotion & Prevention, BC Children's Hospital

Andrew leads the Health Literacy Team which supports provincial health literacy and health promotion work for BC Children’s Hospital and Foundry Online. Andrew’s role is responsible for facilitating the development of, and leading programs and services that promote the physical and mental health and well-being of children, youth and families throughout BC. Andrew completed his Masters of Public Health at the University of New South Wales in Australia and has over 20 years’ experience in the education and health. When not at work, ideally Andrew would be surfing or sailing.

Julia Hayos

Senior Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children's Hospital
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Julia Hayos

Senior Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children's Hospital

Kaleigh McLeod

Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children’s Hospital
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Kaleigh McLeod

Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children’s Hospital

Kaleigh completed her undergraduate in Health Sciences and is currently working to complete her Master of Public Health.  She has worked in the field of mental health and substance use for seven years first with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and now with BC Children’s Hospital. She has worked with the Foundry Online Team from BC Children’s Hospital since 2016.

When not in the office she enjoys travelling and scuba diving. While submersed in the underwater world she tries to make friends with sea creatures, and imagines she is a mermaid.

Kathryn Cruz

Digital Media Coordinator, Foundry Online
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Kathryn Cruz

Digital Media Coordinator, Foundry Online

Kathryn holds her degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Interactive Arts and Technology. She is passionate about bridging current technology, healthcare, and graphic design, in order to make health information accessible and understandable for all. Prior to joining Foundry she researched virtual reality pain management and virtual care practices. When not working, you can catch her singing in her car during rush hour, or curled up at home with her cat and a good book.

Marco Zenone

Project Coordinator, Foundry Online, BC Children’s Hospital
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Marco Zenone

Project Coordinator, Foundry Online, BC Children’s Hospital

Marco holds an honours degree in Health Sciences and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Policy. Prior to joining Foundry, he has worked prominently in the areas of injury prevention, sugary beverage policy, and medical crowdfunding policy. Marco is passionate about making sustainable impact through upstream policy that designs health facilitating  physical and social environments. While not at work, he is an avid traveller, hiker, and sports enthusiast.

Michelle Cianfrone

Senior Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children's Hospital
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Michelle Cianfrone

Senior Project Manager, Foundry Online, BC Children's Hospital

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