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

Aditi Nigukar

Business Analyst
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Aditi Nigukar

Business Analyst

Alaa Akl

Project Support Coordinator
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Alaa Akl

Project Support Coordinator

Alayna Ewert

Evaluation Lead
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Alayna Ewert

Evaluation Lead

Alicia Raimundo

Project Manager
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Alicia Raimundo

Project Manager

Alicia Raimundo is a Project Manager at Foundry working on Virtual Care. Alicia comes to B.C with ten years of experience building online and low barrier programming and youth engagement programs at Stella’s Place, BeanBagChat, ACCESS Open Minds, Ontario Youth Wellness Helps, Mental Health School Assist and Frayme. Alicia has been recognized as a thought leader for their work, with over 600 speeches world wild including the United Nations World Youth Day, Tedx, and Canada’s Senate and Federal Government. They have also been quoted in Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, the Toronto Star, Macleans, The Globe and Mail, National post, The Times India and newspapers all over the world (including Argentina, Brazil, Japan, France and Ireland).

Alison Gear

Family Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Alison Gear

Family Peer Engagement Coordinator

Andrea Vukobrat

Peer Support Coordinator
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Andrea Vukobrat

Peer Support 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.

Caroline Reilly

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation
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Caroline Reilly

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation

Chrisanne Remedios

Administrative Assistant
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Chrisanne Remedios

Administrative Assistant

Christina Laberge

Family Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Christina Laberge

Family Peer Engagement Coordinator

Corinne Tallon

Research Manager
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Corinne Tallon

Research Manager

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.

Dale Handley

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation
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Dale Handley

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation

Dale is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Dale joins Foundry from a 15 year healthcare background, including working as a nurse in both inpatient and community teams, program development including Youth Intensive mental health and concurrent disorders inpatient units and as manager of the Foundry North Shore.  This work has taken Dale throughout Australia and the lower mainland and the interior of British Columbia.  Dale will be working with Foundry centres across BC to support in the implementation and development of services to support youth and their families in their recovery journey. When Dale is not at work, he enjoys sports, running, traveling and exploring the many cafes of Vancouver.

Dan Nixon

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Dan Nixon

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Elise Durante

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation
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Elise Durante

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation

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.

Haley Turnbull

Research and Evaluation Associate
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Haley Turnbull

Research and Evaluation Associate

Isabella Piechota

Project Support Coordinator
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Isabella Piechota

Project Support Coordinator

Jayde Boden

Office Manager
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Jayde Boden

Office Manager

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.

Jessica Laporte

Communications Specialist, Digital
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Jessica Laporte

Communications Specialist, Digital

Josephine Lam

Research and Evaluation Associate
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Josephine Lam

Research and Evaluation Associate

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.

Kelly Veillette

Director, Government and Indigenous Relations
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Kelly Veillette

Director, Government and Indigenous Relations

Krista Gerty

Director, Community Development
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Krista Gerty

Director, Community Development

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.

Krysta Gmitroski

Research and Evaluation Associate
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Krysta Gmitroski

Research and Evaluation Associate

Kyra Faber

Writer, Special Projects
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Kyra Faber

Writer, Special Projects

Leah Lockhart (Currently on maternity leave)

Leader, Communications and Engagement
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Leah Lockhart (Currently on maternity leave)

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 Manager, Technology
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Neha Uday

Project Manager, Technology

Nina Krack

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator
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Nina Krack

Knowledge Exchange & Mobilization Coordinator

Nina is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and holds a UBC Certificate in Adult Education in the Health and Human Services.  She comes to Foundry with 28 year’s experience in a variety of mental health work settings, including in New Zealand. Nina has 16 years recent experience as an Educator supporting the expansion of the Fraser Early Psychosis Program in both clinical and public awareness strategies. Nina is passionate about supporting the KTE within early intervention programs, strategizing to decrease the time to get evidence into practice. When Nina is not working, she spends most of her time on mountain biking adventures.

Pamela Fennell

Lead, Centre Development
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Pamela Fennell

Lead, Centre Development

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.

Raymond Johnson-Brown

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Raymond Johnson-Brown

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Rebecca Sharma

Development & Philanthropy Lead
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Rebecca Sharma

Development & Philanthropy Lead

As a healthcare fundraising and management professional, Rebecca has over 15 years of extensive experience collaboratively leading and executing successful fundraising campaigns and programs, organizing engaging events, and fostering meaningful relationships with myriad stakeholders to realize social innovation and change. She is passionate about emerging leadership practices and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Leadership degree through Royal Roads University. Outside the workplace, Rebecca strives to be a strong advocate in the mental health community, having served as Director on RainCity Housing’s Board and as Co-Chair of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)’s Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Family Advisory Committee, helping to develop VCH’s Family Policy and organize and publicize their annual Family Conference. She was also co-organizer of Me Too Conversations (now Beyond Stigma), a six-part anti-stigma speaker series developed in collaboration with VCH and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Renee Cormier

Knowledge Exchange and Special Projects Lead
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Renee Cormier

Knowledge Exchange and Special Projects Lead

Rick Dubras

Leader, Program Implementation
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Rick Dubras

Leader, Program Implementation

Ricksa Cardente

Administrative Assistant
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Ricksa Cardente

Administrative Assistant

Robert McRudden

Project Manager, Capital Projects
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Robert McRudden

Project Manager, 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.

 

 

Roxanne Turuba

Research Project Coordinator
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Roxanne Turuba

Research Project Coordinator

Sandra Teves

Implementation Coordinator
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Sandra Teves

Implementation Coordinator

Sarah Lally

Project Assistant
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Sarah Lally

Project 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.

Sarah Wood

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Sarah Wood

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Seren Friskie

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Seren Friskie

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Skye Barbic

Research Lead
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Skye Barbic

Research Lead

Skye brings 16 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist working with youth and young adults with mental illness and substance use disorders. Skye is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Federal Minister of Health’s Mental Health Advisory Council. Skye completed her PhD studies at McGill University and two post- doctoral fellowships at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health and the University of British Columbia where she applied her expertise in health outcomes measurement to the field of psychiatry and mental health rehabilitation. Skye is an active member of the health outcomes research community and has been awarded the top New Investigator Award at the International Society of Quality of Life Research and Canada’s Top 150 Leaders for Mental Health for her work in the application of modern measurement methods to understanding mental health and designing patient-centred health care system. She is passionate about system transformation and her goal is for Canada to become International leaders in youth mental health service excellence and innovation.

Stefanie Costales

Communications Officer
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Stefanie Costales

Communications Officer

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

Stephanie Gillingham

Lead, Service Development
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Stephanie Gillingham

Lead, Service Development

Steve Mathias

Executive Director
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Steve Mathias

Executive Director

Steve Mathias is Executive Director of Foundry, British Columbia’s community-based, integrated health and social service network for young people (12-24 years old) and their families. Steve trained as a psychiatrist at the University of British Columbia and has obtained fellowships in both Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FRCPC). As a medical student, he co-founded the Community Health Initiative by University Students, which saw an integrated health and social service centre open in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, uniquely staffed by volunteer students from ten faculty and departments, working evenings and on weekends. In 2009, he co-founded the Inner City Youth Program, the first intensive case management team in Canada to work with homeless and precariously housed youth living in inner city Vancouver. In 2014, Steve submitted a proposal to the British Columbia Parliamentary Select Standing Committee on Child and Youth Mental Health, which led to the funding of the initial five Foundry centres. From 2017-18, Steve was the co-head of the Department of Psychiatry, and Physician Program Director at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Steve recently returned from a one-year sabbatical, spent travelling to thirty-two countries with his wife and three school-aged daughters.

Suchayte Bali

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator
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Suchayte Bali

Youth Peer Engagement Coordinator

Suhail Nanji

Lead, Virtual Care
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Suhail Nanji

Lead, Virtual Care

Sukhdeep Jassar

Community Development Liaison
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Sukhdeep Jassar

Community Development Liaison

Susie Wilson

Research and Evaluation Coordinator
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Susie Wilson

Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Tamara Throssell

Family Services Project Developer
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Tamara Throssell

Family Services Project Developer

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.

Toni Carlton

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation
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Toni Carlton

Manager, Service Integration and Innovation

Warren Helfrich

Director, Evaluation & Quality Improvement
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Warren Helfrich

Director, Evaluation & Quality Improvement

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.

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

Health Promotion and Health Literacy Team

Amy Obetkoff (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Project Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital
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Amy Obetkoff (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Project Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital

Andrew Tugwell

Director, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital
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Andrew Tugwell

Director, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, 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.

Kathryn Cruz

Digital Media Coordinator
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Kathryn Cruz

Digital Media Coordinator

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.

Michelle Cianfrone

Program Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital
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Michelle Cianfrone

Program Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital

Michelle brings over twelve years of experience in health promotion and education. She has extensive knowledge of project management, stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange. Michelle is passionate about improving the health and well-being of young people using evidence-informed, upstream and holistic approaches that engage diverse stakeholder groups. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two little boys, playing soccer and exploring the North Shore.

Sanaa Majid (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Project Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital
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Sanaa Majid (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Project Manager, Health Promotion and Health Literacy, BC Children’s Hospital

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