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Our Team

Board of Directors

Executive

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DANIEL SHEA, Lawyer, F H & P Lawyers
President

Dan feels called to help BrainTrust fulfill its mission.  “Our clients have compelling needs and amazing stories,” he says. He points to a classically trained trumpet player he knew who sustained a brain injury. A near-fatal aneurysm resulted in the loss of language, memory, and the ability to play the trumpet. A practicing lawyer, Dan has both legal expertise and experience with clients with brain injury. Residents of Kelowna since 2008, he and his wife eat, live and breathe music. Dan is an amateur guitar player, and she is an orchestra conductor. Together they share two musical children. A self-described, former aspiring philosopher, Dan is also an avid mountain biker.
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LAURIE LUNDMAN, Retired RCMP Officer
Vice President

Laurie brings both personal and professional experience in the field of brain injury to our board of directors. While playing high school football Laurie sustained his own first concussion. More concussions followed in other contact sports. During his 25-year tenure as an RCMP officer, Laurie “witnessed healthy individuals, in a second, become lifelong victims of brain injury.” This led him to developing the first free bicycle helmet safety program in Surrey, and to later serving on our BoardUpon retirement from the RCMP Laurie joined the City of Kelowna Bylaw Services as a business license inspector. He is now fully retired and can't stop smiling.

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BRAD HALL, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP
Treasurer

Brad is a chartered professional accountant. He brings both financial and business expertise to his role as treasurer.  He is also a Chartered Business Valuator and serves as Director in the Transactions Group at Grant Thornton LLP, Kelowna. Brad is happy to be part of the great team here at BrainTrust. Originally from Ontario, Brad moved to Kelowna for the Okanagan lifestyle and access to all that our beautiful province has to offer.

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KEITH BRADLEY, Customer Service Rep., Interior Beverage Services
Secretary

Keith is a founding member of BrainTrust who has shown long-term dedication and commitment to our organization Behind his friendly smile and quiet demeanor is deep personal understanding about the impact of brain injury. In 1988, he and his wife were in a car accident that left them both with brain injuries. Despite their best efforts to cope with post-injury changes, Keith and his wife ended their marriage six years later. We are grateful that Keith continues to support our cause. He works full-time at Interior Beverages, and is the proud father of two adult children, Matthew and Hilary. Keith is also a grandfather of seven. 

Directors

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CYRUS AMELI, Business Management Professional
Director

Cyrus was drawn to BrainTrust by the chance to make a difference in the lives of an under-represented and under-served community.  He is a business management professional with twenty years of experience. Cyrus has founded, managed, and/or served on the boards of directors of several companies during his career. He has also consulted in the areas of communications, marketing, and community relations. Cyrus lives with his wife and young son in the Vancouver area. They spend time in Kelowna enjoying the skiing, lake, wine, and all the Okanagan has to offer.

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MATTHEW CANZER, Lawyer, Pushor Mitchell LLP
Director

Matt is proud to continue Pushor Mitchell's long-standing support of BrainTrust. With a background in personal injury, tax, and administrative law, he brings a wide range of legal expertise to his role. Matt has represented many clients who sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident or through assault. He knows the positive impact that the right support can have on their quality of life.  Originally from Montreal, Matt and his wife, Leslie relocated to Kelowna for the sunshine and wine. When not at the office, Matt talks about Crossfit and nothing else.

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DR. MATT PETRIE, Physician, Interior Health Authority
Director

Matt believes BrainTrust fills a gap in the care of those in our community with brain injury. As an emergency physician he has experience with the assessment, diagnosis, and management of brain injury. He also sees the outcomes and effects of the full brain injury spectrum. Having also sustained multiple concussions of his own, Matt brings a well-rounded perspective to our Board. Originally from Ontario, Matt enjoys mountain biking, skiing, water sports, and local food and wine.

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ANGELA PRICE-STEPHENS, Lawyer, Pushor Mitchell LLP
Director

As a litigator, Angela has dealt with personal injury for 25 years. She is very familiar with the effects of brain injury on the injured individual, as well as family, social, and work relationships. Angela has also sustained four concussions herself. This has given her firsthand experience with the cumulative effect of concussions. She knows well the behavioural and emotional changes that can occur post-injury. Angela emigrated from the UK in 2006. She is married and has two wonderful, adult daughters with whom she remains very close. She enjoys dancing salsa and swing, and playing golf (which she claims to do badly, but with lots of laughs).   

Staff

Administration

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MONA HENNENFENT
Chief Executive Officer

In 2002 Mona traded life in the corporate sector and entrepreneurial world for a position in a non-profit organization. Since then she hasn't looked back. Mona joined BrainTrust in September 2016. She ensures that we stay on top of our mission, vision, strategic plan, and priorities. A strong communicator and networker, you will often find her in the community, spreading the word about BrainTrust and the issue of brain injuryAfter 30 years in Calgary, Mona and her husband, Scott moved to the Okanagan for the simpler lifestyle and strong sense of community. They are proud parents of two adult children, Juliane and Jay.

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MIA BURGESS
Director of Programs

Mia is passionate about social justice. She is committed to building a strong, healthy, and inclusive community for everyone. Mia has experience in leadership, systems and community development, advocacy, and program development and delivery. She is our 'connector', having developed collaborative networks and partnerships on many levels. In her down time Mia enjoys baking, running, and a good debate. She also loves traveling and discovering great restaurants with her husband, Jeremy.

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DAWN CHARLES
Resource Development and Community Engagement Manager

Dawn's role is to help the community become connected to what we do at BrainTrust. She builds relationships with stakeholders, potential donors, and sponsors. She also leads both fundraising and educational events. Dawn developed a personal connection to brain injury when she became the primary caregiver for her mom after a stroke. Dawn moved from northern Ontario to the Okanagan in 2010 after falling love with the mountains on a weekend vacation. She is 'mom' to a Shorkie named Parker and a tuxedo cat named MJ.

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KATHY CHAMBERS
Client and Prevention Support

It's often Kathy's warm smile that will greet you when you enter the doors of BrainTrust. With a background in sales, she is a people person and that suits us fine. Kathy serves as administrative assistant, human resources manager, and 'Jill-of-all-trades'. Somehow, she does it all smoothly and efficiently. Kathy is happy being part of a team that helps others and gives back to the community. She and her husband, Bob, moved to Kelowna in 2015. They've made a life here that includes time for hiking, gardening, and floating on the lake on hot summer afternoons, and of course, playing with their dog, Skyler.

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CARLY SUDDARD
Marketing and Events Coordinator

Carly started as a summer student at BrainTrust in 2018. We soon decided she was such a great catch we couldn't let her go. With her passion for helping others succeed, she fit right in. Her superpower is an amazing eye for detail. This comes in handy when she's developing new fundraising initiatives, helping execute marketing strategies and plans, and coordinating BrainTrust events. Carly also helps with administrative tasks and manages our social media. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Honours with a specialty in Finance. Like we said, she's all about the details. Carly originally hails from Canmore, Alberta, and loves Okanagan summers, camping, and volunteering.

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LORI HAMILTON
Controller

A chartered professional accountant, Lori provides financial oversight to several nonprofit organizations.  She enjoys supporting those who are ‘doing good’ in the world. This financial guru understands the nonprofit world well. She frees us up to follow our mission, making sure we're following money rules and regulations, and spending wisely. Lori grew up in a lighthouse station on Vancouver Island and was home-schooled until age 14. This no doubt contributes to her ability to work so well independently. She and her husband, Tim, have four adult children and three dogs. They live in Lake Country and enjoy camping, boating, and the occasional wine tour.

Client Support

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CHRISTINE ATKINS
BrainTrust Concussion Clinic Manager

Christine brings significant experience to her role. With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, she is also a certified athletic therapist. She has additional training and experience in concussion management. Christine has completed numerous initial assessments for sports concussion patients. She has also worked with physicians to determine best management and follow-up practices. Those who connect with Christine in our Youth Concussion Clinic are in good hands.

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MICHELLE VAN BILJON
Occupational Therapist

Michelle has worked as an occupational therapist for twenty years. For the last ten years she has specialized in community rehabilitation, functional assessments, and return to productivity/work for clients with physical and cognitive difficulties. She brings these skills and experience to her role in our Brain Health Clinic. Michelle assists clients in identifying their goals for the program and provides general program oversight. She also helps develop individualized transition plans for clients upon completion of the program. Michelle, her husband, and young son spend their free time discovering all the Okanagan has to offer and touring local lakes on their boat.

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AMANDA MCFARLANE
ABI and Crime Reduction/Prevention Coordinator

Amanda combines her deep fascination with the brain and her passion for helping in her work at BrainTrust. Joining the team in 2011, she has developed a strong understanding of the needs and approaches that work for people with brain injury. She currently provides one-to-one support to offenders with brain injury, both before and after release from prison. Amanda is a single mother to Caidence and Cohen. She says her children are the driving force behind her will to thrive in her career. On their down time you might find them somewhere in nature, surrounded by friends and family.

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DANA SARRIS
Community Support Coordinator, Kelowna

Dana has provided a strong presence at BrainTrust since 1999. He leads and coordinates services for individuals with brain injury, their families, and relevant professionals. He also maintains an active client caseload. Dana has particular expertise in finding housing for clients and helping those with substance use issues. Dana makes time for fun in his life, too. Golfing, fishing, and watching hockey and NFL are top of the list. Residents of Kelowna since 1991, Dana and his wife, Helen, have three adult children.

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LAURA PLUMMER
Community Support Coordinator, Kelowna

Laura helps people with brain injury on a one-to-one basis. She enjoys focusing on each person's unique strengths and helping them achieve their goals. Laura is passionate about inclusion, making her a great advocate for our clients. She loves the variety and the challenges that each day at BrainTrust brings. Laura has lived in the Okanagan since she was five years old. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and "cautiously rollerblading."

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ERIKA MCLEAN
Case Manager - Interior Health Contract, Kelowna

Erika loves to make a difference in the lives of others. At BrainTrust she manages the community rehabilitation of clients with brain injury. She leads and coordinates services for them and their families. Erika also ensures clients' goals are being met. Her patience, empathy, and understanding are valuable assets in her one-to-one work with clients. Erika is a Kelowna-raised adventurer with a passion for health, travel, and animals.

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CHLOE MATTHEWS
Community Support Facilitator, Kelowna

With a B.Sc. in Behavioural Neuroscience, Chloe is well-equipped for work in the field of brain injury. She came to BrainTrust for the opportunity to help others live fulfilling lives. Chloe likes our person-centered approach, helping clients do things that are important and meaningful to them. Originally from Mission, she is an outdoor enthusiast. Chloe enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and snowboarding.

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COURTNEY HABINA
Community Support Facilitator, Kelowna

Courtney is passionate about helping others live their best life possible. She is a UBC graduate with a B.Sc. in Biology and a minor in psychology. For two summers she worked as a research assistant in the neuropsychology unit at Alberta Children's Hospital. She now uses her education and experience in her role at BrainTrust. Courtney provides one-to-one support for BrainTrust clients. She hails from Chestermere, but has called the Okanagan home since 2012. Courtney enjoys spending time outdoors, hanging out with her dog, watching hockey, and travelling.

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GILLIAN GAMES
Group Programs Coordinator, Kelowna

Gillian uses group settings to help bring wellness to our clients in many areas. She is a people person by nature and loves forming personal connections with others. She also loves learning about the brain. Gillian holds a vision that one day we will live in a world that supports all unique minds in reaching their potential. Outside of BrainTrust, Gillian pursues new experiences and connections by leading yoga classes, eating great food, and going on travel adventures.

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RANDEL ERBACKER
Community Support Coordinator, Vernon

Randel was born and raised in Vernon. He worked with the homeless population for over 10 years. In this work Randel developed skill with addictions, case management, and issues with housing/shelter. These are skills he now uses at BrainTrust. Randel believes everyone has intrinsic value and loves working one-to-one and in group settings with our clients. In his off time, he loves to fly fish, camp, scuba dive, and travel.

Contracted Staff

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BRENDA MCKENZIE
Communications Consultant

Brenda is passionate about writing content that moves people to take positive action. She writes, designs, and manages BrainTrust's website and produces our newsletter, along with writing other materials that support our organization. Brenda and her husband, Darren, moved from Saskatchewan to Kelowna in 2015. They love the lake and mountain views, indulging in local foods, and travelling near or far.

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