Our Senior Management

Tim Veresh, Chief Executive Officer (he/him/his)

Tim was previously the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland.  He started his career in criminal justice, working as a child care worker at Ranch Ehrlo Society and secure custody at the Paul Dojack Centre in Saskatchewan. He then spent 3 years in the private sector while completing his Criminology Diploma at Kwantlen College and then a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University.  In 1997, he started working for the John Howard Society as a residence worker.  During his career with John Howard he held several management positions, leading to his role as Executive Director of the Lower Mainland affiliate and 8 years as the Executive Officer of the Provincial Society.  He is also President of the BC Criminal Justice Association and sits as a Board Director with the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, PARCA, Douglas College Youth Justice Worker Program and the Realize Strategies Cooperative. 

Michelle Hawco, Chief Human Resources Officer (she/her)

Michelle provides PLEA with strategic leadership in labour relations, human resources and organizational development. As PLEA’s Privacy Officer, she also guides the agency from a privacy perspective. Michelle’s career with PLEA started in 1995. She became a member of the senior leadership team in 2004. She holds a PhD in Business with a research interest in Management and Organization Systems, an MBA, a CPHR designation and a SHRM-SCP designation. Michelle has a background in organizational research, and is a former Board Chair of the McCreary Centre Society, a non-profit “committed to improving the health of BC youth through research, evaluation and community-based projects”.

Jacqueline Caverly, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining PLEA in 2022, Jacqueline worked in public practice where her focus was auditing the financials for public sector and not-for-profit clients. She worked collaboratively with these clients to analyze financial reporting issues, identify operational impacts and provide recommendations for best practices. Jacqueline holds a Bachelors in Business Administration, a Masters in Professional Accounting, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Rekha Singh, Chief Operating Officer (she/her)

Rekha is a Registered Nurse, with a critical care background in ICU and ER. Rekha is an experienced leader within the private and public sector. She holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, from Royal Roads University. She comes to PLEA experienced with previous leadership roles in health authorities, for-profit sectors, regulatory body and nonprofit sectors. Rekha has overall responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of PLEA’s community and residential programs, with a specific focus on program development, quality assurance, policy development, and team development.

Jason deZara, Program Director

Prior to joining PLEA, Jason served in the Canadian Forces for 8 years before pursuing a career in health, first as a Licensed Practical Nurse and then as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse.  He joined us in 2007 as a Residential Services Coordinator before becoming a Program Manager.  In 2013 he was promoted to the role of Director with responsibility for overseeing our adult programs.

Tina Tomyk, Program Director (she/her)

Tina first joined PLEA in 2000 as a casual Youth Worker and was promoted to the role of Family Resource Worker soon after. In 2002 she left PLEA, returning in 2004 as a Coordinator of Volunteers for our KidStart program. In 2007 she was appointed to the position of Program Manager, first for our Tri-Cities programs and then for our Vancouver Coastal Youth Justice Programs. In 2014 she became a Program Director. Tina oversees our specialized youth residential programs.

Paul Gordon, Program Director (he/him/his)

Paul became a Program Director with PLEA in 2014. He first joined PLEA as Curfew Monitor in 2008, and then became an FASD Coordinator in 2009 before being promoted to Program Manager in 2010. He is responsible for our addictions programs.

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