We welcome AJ as our incoming President of the Board!
A true entrepreneur, Anthony has had a successful career as a business development and financial services strategist across a wide range of industries. Anthony got his start in the business realm in Manhattan NY, as a stock broker and has a strong grounding in multiple industries including, but not limited to, VOIP, telecommunications, food wholesale/distribution and hospitality. Anthony and business partner Shane Gibson have found a natural synergy in their respective endeavors and founded Socialized! Ltd. in order to educate and train public and private organizations on how to implement an effective social media strategy.
Jen works in technology licensing at Research In Motion. Prior to that, she worked in business affairs for the world’s largest gaming studio, Electronic Arts. Jen first got involved over 15 years ago when a prior employer granted a wish through the Adopt-A-Wish program. She was instantly hooked and has volunteered as a Wish Granter and as Board Secretary/Director for the last decade. She also sits on the Make-A-Wish Canada Board. Jen finds so much inspiration from the many amazing wish children and families she has met. In 2005, she was part of a fundraising team that summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Jennifer Miller is a U.S. Board certified paediatrician. After graduating from Louisiana State University medical school in her home state of Louisiana, she completed her residency at Columbia University in New York City. Jennifer first learned about Make-A-Wish through her patients and became interested in Make-A-Wish after seeing how the organization helped both patients and their families get through extremely tough times. Jennifer joined the Board as medical director shortly after moving to Vancouver in 2006. Jennifer is married and is a stay at home Mom to three young children. She looks forward to working as a paediatrician again someday.
Liesel Unger is a National Account Executive for CTV, Canada’s largest broadcast network. Working with top brands and advertisers across Canada, Liesel customizes marketing packages/programs using multi tiers within the CTV family of stations. Liesel has worked in advertising for nearly 17 years from community newspapers to our national broadcaster CBC and now CTV. Away from the office Liesel is happily married and a proud mother of two beautiful children. Between coaching team sports and volunteering time with the various activities of her children, Liesel also spearheaded the Kids for Wish Kids program at her children’s school this past year.
Cheryl Hogg is a seasoned financial expert. With both a Bachelors of Commerce degree and a CA, she launched her career focusing on the insurance, manufacturing, high-tech, non-for-profit, health care and social service sectors. A motivated and energetic self-starter with extensive experience in accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, reporting, systems design and internal audit services, Cheryl is a principal of Infocus Management Consulting Ltd. Cheryl joined the Board in 1998, serving primarily as Treasurer, and later as President from 2006-2008. Cheryl serves on the Finance Committee for Make-A-Wish Canada and sits on the Board of the Women’s Health Research Institute.
Collette has extensive experience in the employee benefit sales and consulting field having worked with leading insurance providers and consulting firms for over 30 years. In her current role as a Senior Account Executive with Green Shield Canada, Collette is accountable for all aspects of employee benefit plan management including meeting implementation, financial and administrative objectives. Her clients include multi-employer, union, public and private sector businesses.
Collette has been a Wish Grantor extraordinaire with Make-A-Wish BC & YK since 2003 and even climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Make-A-Wish in 2005.
James D. Kondopulos – Director
James is a founding member and partner* at Roper Greyell LLP, a prominent Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique. He acts for and provides legal advice to employers in employment, labour relations and human rights matters. He also provides representation to employers and employees in wrongful dismissal actions, and investigates and reports on allegations of workplace harassment, bullying and code of conduct violations.
James has represented and appeared on behalf of clients before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia. In 2013, James was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 when he was a winner of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award and, the year before that, he was recognized as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide – Litigation).
James spends a good deal of time outside work with his wife and their two beautiful children. He is proud to serve on the Board of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon and brings unbridled enthusiasm and energy to the role.
*Practising through a law corporation.
Jay Dent is the Senior Vice President Finance for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company. Prior to joining Angiotech in 2005, he was the Corporate Controller at Ballard Power Systems Inc. and also held several senior financial positions with companies in the forest industry. Jay has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting during which time he has been involved in numerous public equity offerings, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Jay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of B.C. and is a Chartered Accountant.
A graduate of UBC, Michelle worked in Communications & Desktop publishing before joining the BC Lions’ Society for Children with Disabilities fundraising team in 1991. Married to John Clerides, owner of Marquis Wine Cellars, Michelle and John have two children; Madeline and Darius. In 1998, Michelle founded Terrarosa Imports, a wine import company. Michelle is a former Director of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club and was proud to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in June 2011. She is thrilled to serve on the Board of Make-A-Wish BC.
Stephanie Chan owns and operates Home to Home Advisory Services; an eldercare and transition planning business assisting seniors with healthcare and housing. Prior to forming her company in 2007, Stephanie practiced law for 10 years, both at a national law firm in the area of corporate and securities law and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a public company. Stephanie has been actively involved in several non-profits including Make-A-Wish® Canada, Goh Ballet Vancouver Society, and the Caregivers’ Association of BC. She is a current board member and past President of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.
For the past 5 years, Willemein has served as the HR representative on the Make-A-Wish board of directors and she is passionate about helping make Make-A-Wish a great place to work, allowing our employees to focus solely on granting wishes and creating happy memories for our wish families! Willemein grew up in Holland and moved to Canada when she was 15 with her family. She is a big ‘foodie’ and in her free time can be found exploring Vancouver’s many great restaurants, cooking for friends, traveling, being active, skiing and playing golf.