Board of Directors
Assistant Business Representative, IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)
Child & Youth Advocate, Society for Children & Youth BC
Victim Services Worker, North Vancouver RCMP
Alyssa is experienced in many aspects of the emergency care system and co-authored a submission to the UN Committee regarding the progress of Canada in the implementation and realization of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Dan Cox is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Counselling Psychology Program. Dan completed his B.S. in Psychology at York College of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2009. He did his clinical internship at Brigham Young University’s Counseling Center. Following his degree, Dan did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), focusing on theoretical and applied suicide research. Following his post-doctoral fellowship, he then spent a year at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in the Department of Psychiatry at USU as a Research Psychologist before starting at UBC in 2012. Dan’s scholarly interests include social support’s impact on mental health & well-being; what facilitates help-seeking; predictors of suicide; the process and outcome of group and individual psychotherapy; trauma, stress & coping; and veteran & military populations.
Director of Government Affairs, Molson Coors
Melisa has a strong background in government relations and lobbying, which she brought to our Government Relations Committee and to our work lobbying to maintain control of crisis lines through 2021’s Request for Proposal threat.
Associate Vice President & CIO, Douglas College
Michael is a senior technology professional with two decades of service at the Crisis Centre. He currently serves as Associate Vice President Technology & Chief Information Officer at Douglas College. He has demonstrated strong leadership, a strategic mindset and a focus on collaboration and teamwork throughout his career. He has served in various capacities within the Crisis Centre including as a volunteer, contractor for the launch of the first fully mobile chat service in Canada, and full-time Director, Human Resources and Information Technology. In addition to completing several certifications for IT professions, Michael’s educational background includes a BA in Psychology from UBC and a Diploma in Human Resources Management at BCIT.
Brandon is a Partner in the Audit and Accounting practice of the professional services firm of KPMG. He is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC. With KPMG, Brandon has worked with numerous not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Brandon has volunteered extensively with Scouts Canada at both a grassroots level and in a volunteer managerial level. Most recently, he completed a 3-year term as the lead volunteer responsible for Scouting activities in the Lower Mainland.
Associate Director, BC Cancer Foundation
Alexis was on the Crisis Centre staff team from 2008 to 2011 as a Development and Communication Officer, before moving to the BC Cancer Foundation where she is currently Director, Leadership Giving. Alexis served as a crisis line volunteer and board director for a crisis centre in Ontario. We are so pleased to invite Alexis back to our organization as a Board Director.
Mark is a successful businessman who brings skills in finance, marketing, organizational management, government relations and business. After living in three different countries and six different cities, Mark now calls Vancouver his home and is excited about giving back to this community. The Crisis Centre and its mission have special meaning as people very close to Mark have relied on similar services over the years for help. When he is not working, Mark can be found running, cycling and hiking with his partner Ellen.
Interim Finance Manager, Secretariat of the Haida Nation
Doug has worked for corporate and not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years in senior Finance & accounting roles. Currently, he is the Interim Finance Manager, Secretariat of the Haida Nation. 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 several 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.
Stacy Ashton – Executive Director
Stacy started her career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer on the Crisis Lines prior to completing her Masters in Counselling and working in the field as a Suicide Intervention Counsellor. She spent over a decade focused on non-profit management and volunteer engagement as the Executive Director of Community Volunteer Connections and as the Provincial Coordinator of Volunteer Resources with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She is thrilled to be bringing her experience and skills back to where she started. In her spare time, Stacy serves on the New Westminster Public Library Board, makes movies, and hangs out with her husband and cats.