Together We Give Hope

Board of Directors

2016/17 Board of Directors – Click for Bios


Jodi Moss, Co-President/Secretary

Jodi is a Chartered Accountant in the U.S. and Cross Border Taxation Services practice of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG.  Prior to obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation, Jodi completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business at the University of Victoria.  Jodi has volunteered with a number of not-for-profit organizations, including work in Victoria, Nova Scotia, Uganda and Egypt.  In addition, she has worked with several not-for-profit clients at KPMG.  Jodi’s accounting and analytical skills, together with her knowledge of not for profit operations, are an asset to the Centre.  Jodi’s other interests include dance, hiking and Celtic fiddle.

Carol Andison, Co-President

Carol Andison is a retired school Principal who worked for the Vancouver School Board for over 30 years. She started her working life working with teens in care, as a Child Care worker, then a Family Support worker. She returned to SFU to do her teaching certificate and started teaching for the Vancouver School Board in 1981. After a few years of teaching in the regular classroom, Carol decided she wanted to work in Special Education. She took on the position as the teacher of students with behavioral difficulties, she continued in this job for seven years until she moved to Calgary. In Calgary, she taught in a treatment center for young offenders and returned to Vancouver a year later to become a Learning Assistance/ESL teacher. At this point, Carol started her Masters of Arts at SFU; and simultaneously began her career as a school administrator. A position she enjoyed thoroughly until the day she retired in June of 2013. While Principal at Strathcona, she was on the board of the School Dental clinic and in those five years, the committee fundraised and built a sustainable dental clinic to serve school children in the Downtown Eastside. Carol resides in White Rock with her husband and dog!

Lynn Thorsell, 1st Vice President

Lynn became passionate about the work of the Crisis Centre in 2012 after the death of her sweetheart, Clifford Snell, from anxiety and depression. As a result of this experience, she became an advocate for increased suicide prevention education and improved support and care for people having thoughts of suicide. In addition to serving on the board of directors, Lynn also volunteers as a safeTALK facilitator for the Crisis Centre’s Community Education Program. Lynn is a senior business advisor with WorkSafeBC, where she is responsible for a large internal communications portfolio. She holds a Master of Arts in leadership and organizational development.

Morgan Gough, Treasurer/2nd Vice President

Morgan Gough is a Quantitative Analyst at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management.  Prior to joining CC&L IM, Morgan founded Alpha Numerics Capital Management, Ltd., where he built and implemented successful equity trading algorithms; he has also served a brief stint as a consultant.  Morgan earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honours) from UBC.

Mike Giannelli, Past President

Mike is a Chartered Accountant, working in private industry as the VP of Operations of a family-owned automobile collision repair business. Previously Mike articled with KPMG LLP Vancouver and has experience in both assurance and U.S. cross border taxation. Mike worked with several not-for-profit clients during his tenure in KPMG’s assurance practice. Prior to obtaining his Chartered Accountancy designation, Mike completed his Diploma in Financial Management at BCIT and was a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 1997 – 2003. Mike’s accounting and analytical skills, together with his knowledge of not-for-profit operations, are an asset to the Crisis Centre.

Sarah Clark, Director

Sarah is a communications manager at TELUS where she leads the corporate communication strategy for Customer Solutions Delivery, TELUS’ second-largest customer-facing team. Before joining TELUS, Sarah worked at BC Hydro as a communications advisor and editor-in-chief of internal news.  She is an active volunteer in the community and is the past co-chair of Young Executives for Success (YES!) Vancouver, a fundraising branch of Dress for Success Vancouver.  A graduate of the graphic design program at BCIT, Sarah also owns and operates Wilde Design Co., a boutique creative studio specializing in branding.  Sarah is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in not-for-profit governance.

Dr. Shelley Hymel, Director

Shelley Hymel is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC and has studied human social development for over 30 years, with a focus on social-emotional learning in educational settings. Shelley works regularly with schools on issues of bullying, and has directed summer camps and classroom programs to facilitate social growth. Currently, she serves on the executive teams for the Human Early Learning Partnership, an interdisciplinary research unit aimed at optimizing children’s development, and PREVNet, a National Centre of Excellence New Initiative, focused on “Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence,” and is a regional hub director for the Canadian Prevention Science Knowledge Cluster, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has published extensively in the area of social development and peer relations both nationally and internationally and works regularly with children and youth experiencing social difficulties and with schools and school districts that want to address the social side of learning. Along with Emma Payne, Shelley was instrumental in the creation of, the Crisis Centre’s on online service for youth in crisis.

Bob Meyer, Director

Soon after retiring from BC Rail as a Senior Systems Analyst, Bob took his Distress Services Training at the Crisis Centre in July 2005. In 2006 Bob became a Training Assistant and soon thereafter took on Buddy/mentor work with new trainees. To date Bob has completed over 900 hours at the Crisis Centre. For the past seven years Bob has been an integral part of the day to day operation of the Distress Line.  For example, Bob created skills guidelines for the Training Assistance role and also has taken on a leadership role to mentor Training Assistants. Bob has been a great role model for Crisis Centre volunteers.

Rory North, Director

Rory is the lead portfolio manager for North Growth’s Funds and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the company. Prior to joining North Growth Management in 1998, Rory was a corporate finance analyst for two years at RBC Dominion Securities in Vancouver, BC. After graduating with a major in finance from UBC, Rory spent a few years in Hong Kong working for Daiwa Securities Inc. as an equity analyst covering companies in the emerging markets of Asia. Rory’s focus within the North Growth Foundation has been in the area of health care and social programs.

Doug Querns, Director

Doug has worked for corporate and not-for profit organizations for over 20 years in senior finance & accounting roles.  He holds an MBA from the University of BC and is a CPA with a CGA legacy designation. He has been involved in the community in a voluntary capacity for a number of years.  Doug currently serves as President of the Board for the North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre and has previously held Board roles with BC Stroke Recovery Association, Autism Society of BC and Mt. Seymour United Church.  Doug’s community involvement includes 13 years as a member of North Shore Search & Rescue and ten years as a youth soccer coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Club.

Sandy Biggerstaff, Executive Director

Sandy has spent 20 years successfully cultivating stakeholder relationships and leading cross-functional teams in both post-secondary and non-profit sectors. As an integrated and strategic thinker, her leadership philosophy is firmly grounded in a commitment to exceptional communications skills and open consultation as the best way to foster positive outcomes. Her experience within large and medium sized service-based organizations has taught her that relationships matter, particularly when initiating new projects where dialogue and consultation are critical to program implementation and organizational excellence. She holds an undergraduate degree in History/English, a graduate degree in Business, a Canadian Risk Management designation, 10 years of training in conflict resolution, and is currently completing her Certified Human Resource Professional Designation.