Lisa Martz, President (she/her)
Lisa has been a lawyer for more than 25 years. She has had a diverse legal practice that includes representing youth in care and serving as part of the commission counsel team for the Gove Inquiry Into Child Protection. She now also teaches law students and provides assistance to people and organizations in the non-profit sector. She has always been interested in the “big picture” and how we can make things in society, government or any organization work better. Lisa previously served on the board of LOVE (BC), an organization that helps youth overcome the challenges they face through youth-driven programming. Lisa is a passionate believer in the power of supportive one to one relationships that is at the core of PLEA’s programs.
Karla Gronsdahl, Vice-President
Dr. Karla Gronsdahl, is Dean of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College. Prior to that, she held the position of program director for Youth Justice Services at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where she led a team that developed and delivered online and classroom training to provincial government employees in the areas of criminal justice, law and operational policy. She began her career as an adult and youth probation officer and family counsellor in Northern BC and had her own private counselling practice specializing in EMDR, child-centred therapy and family therapy.
Shirley Wolff, Treasurer (she/her)
Shirley is a CPA, CA and brings more than 25 years’ experience in public practice, where she has served as an audit partner with a focus on the government, not-for-profit and financial services sectors. Shirley led Deloitte’s audit and assurance services to the public and not-for-profit sectors in BC for 8 years and advised her clients on the adoption of new accounting standards, accounting for complex transactions and improvements to their internal controls. Shirley is also a member of the finance committee of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women and a board member for North Lonsdale United Church.
Donald Gordon, Secretary
Donald is a business person in Vancouver. He joined our Board in 2012. He is also a long-time Director of a wilderness leadership program for youth, including at-risk youth, in northern BC.
Zain Ali is a lawyer who primarily practices in the lower mainland. He represents adult and youth in criminal justice and child protection matters. He takes great pride in advocating for people who are experiencing difficult circumstances. His experience provides greater insight into the importance of structure, stability, and support in a person’s life.
Carol Brodie (she/her)
Carol is a current Board Trustee for School District 43. She previously volunteered as the Chair of the Children of the Street Society before Diane Sowden retired in July 2019 and PLEA and the Children of the Street were seamlessly joined. Carol is extremely active in the community and attends many public events in her area as well as around the Metro Vancouver area. She collaborates and works diligently with her current School Board, volunteer groups, organizations, and foundations to bring change and make efficient decisions for her fellow neighbours. With her background in finance, Carol has supported many projects and initiatives to achieve financial stability and her knowledge brings an essential perspective to the Board. In addition to PLEA, her volunteer and community involvement also includes the Coquitlam Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Royal Columbian Hospital and The Terry Fox Foundation. She strongly believes in inclusion, empathy, safety and seeing the potential in others.
Tracy Logan has served as a volunteer in many different capacities for PLEA and other charities in the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about PLEA’s approach of developing individualized care plans to support people to live their best lives. Tracy provides consulting services to the corporate sector in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility and specifically, corporate giving. She has experience in all three sectors – corporate, not for profit, and government – and uses this experience to bring a balanced perspective to her work, and to her role on PLEA’s Board. She holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, is currently enrolled in the Royal Roads MA Leadership program, and is a certified yoga teacher.
Parveen Mann (she/her)
Parveen is a seasoned human resources professional with over 25 years’ experience working in a variety of complex, multi-stakeholder, public sector environments throughout the province. Helping people and organizations achieve success can be traced back throughout her career. Whether it’s working at Community Social Services Employers’ Association for over 14 years, supporting student success at Capilano University, or promoting strategic human resources services to WorkSafeBC operations, Parveen is committed to making a positive contribution in the lives of others. She has experience in over 50 labour negotiations with a variety of unions. Her current specialization is in creating engaging workplaces by aligning employees to the strategic and corporate vision. In addition to her current volunteer work with PLEA, Parveen sits on the BC Borstal Association Board and has been the Vice Chair at Harbourview Daycare. Parveen is delighted to contribute, once again, to the social services sector.
Brendan Munden has worked with the Vancouver Assertive Community Treatment team since March 2009 and set up, along with a colleague, the first ACT team in Vancouver. Since 2013, he has worked as the Clinical Supervisor of the Vancouver Coastal Health Assertive Community Treatment Team 1. He has spent his career working with people with complex mental health and addiction challenges. An evolution of this has been his ongoing work to promote trauma-informed practice in all areas of healthcare. Brendan provides workshops and in-service training on concurrent disorders, trauma-informed practice, CBT for psychosis, personality disorders, dialectical behaviour therapy, advocacy, harm reduction and working with marginalized populations. He taught the addiction course at Douglas College’s BSW program and has been a guest speaker for classes at UBC, Douglas and Kwantlen Colleges.
Chad is the CEO of Unify Partners, an organization that partners with community organizations to amplify their impact. He brings over a decade of global experience in community social and economic development, leading partnerships between non-profits, governments, and Indigenous communities. He has worked with non-profits of all sizes, including co-founding a registered vocational training charity during grad school. Chad has extensive experience conducting Social and Economic Impact Assessments, helping non-profits tell the full story of their impact, and advocating at all levels of government. He also has developed outcome reporting frameworks and Social Return on Investment (SROI) reports for clients around the world. His global and local experiences give Chad a unique understanding of best practices and strategic growth opportunities for non-profits and social enterprises.