St. Paul’s Foundation’s Leadership Team is comprised of our Senior Management Team, Board of Directors and Governors Council. Links to photos and biographical information for some of our Leadership Team members can be found below.
President and CEO
Dick Vollet is President and CEO of St. Paul’s Foundation, a registered charity that raises funds to support world-leading patient care, research and teaching at St. Paul’s. In his role, Dick works with community leaders and a committed team of staff and volunteers to build meaningful relationships that support the exceptional care and innovations delivered by physicians, staff and researchers at St. Paul’s.
Dick came to the Foundation in September 2012 with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of executive roles. He has held a number of senior positions within the private sector, including Vice President of Operations of London Drugs, and played a part in executing the 2010 Winter Games as Vice President of Mountain Operations for VANOC. He most recently held the position of President & CEO of StreetoHome Foundation.
In addition to his role at St. Paul’s Foundation, Dick is a member of Imagine Canada’s Advisory Council, working with non-profit leaders across the country to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching, and defining our nation. He has also completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.
Chief Development Officer
Cecilia Tupper got her start in fundraising with St. Paul’s Foundation while working as a Simon Fraser University co-op student and was a proud contributor to the inaugural Lights of Hope. Cecilia rejoined St. Paul’s in 2016 as Director of Major Gifts responsible for managing a team of major gift fundraisers who build meaningful donor relationships and have a deep understanding of research and medical areas of Providence Health Care.
Prior to rejoining St. Paul’s, Cecilia held senior positions with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Parkinson Society British Columbia, demonstrating her passion for health care philanthropy.
As a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2006, Cecilia teaches ethics in fundraising as part of AFP’s Fundamentals in Fundraising course offered at BCIT. Cecilia also holds a Certificate in Executive General Management from Sauder School Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Johann Boulter joined St. Paul’s Foundation as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018.
In her role, Johann is charge of the strategic, operating, and day-to-day financial activities of the Foundation. Her responsibilities include the preparation of timely and accurate financial information and analysis for the Foundation, the Board of Directors and external agencies. Johann was previously the Acting Director of Internal Audit at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She joined UBC as Assistant Controller in 1999 and held several senior finance roles during her 19 years with the organization. She has also held senior finance positions in the private sector, including the BC Area Finance Manager for Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Johann is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and holds a variety of other governance, risk, audit, and fraud examination certifications.
Director, Major Gifts
Teija Beck is proud to have served as part of the St. Paul’s Foundation fundraising team since 2017, starting out as the Manager responsible for the Heart & Lung portfolio.
In her time at SPF, Teija has helped to fund projects such as a new cardiac operating room and research professorships. She strives to foster feelings of kinship and belonging among SPF’s esteemed donors, and to welcome more donors into the growing St. Paul’s family.
As Director of Major Gifts, Teija oversees a team of fundraisers who focus on building meaningful relationships with donors, and liaise with clinical and research partners at Providence Health Care to identify and fund diverse needs across the organization.
Teija holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of B.C. and a Journalism Certificate from Langara College. Prior to joining the SPF team, Teija worked in fundraising at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
Director of Estate Giving & Philanthropy Administration
As Director of Legacy & Estate Giving, Karen’s role at St. Paul’s Foundation is to assist donors interested in leaving a gift for St. Paul’s in their wills, or through some other aspect of their estate plans. Karen also handles all matters pertaining to estates, under administration, for which St. Paul’s has been named as a beneficiary.
Karen’s training as lawyer, and her abiding curiosity about all things medical, make her exactly the right sort of person with whom donors can talk through their ideas of leaving an estate gift to support St. Paul’s and health care in our community. She joined St. Paul’s in November, 2012 and has three decades experience working with law firms, trust companies and hospital foundations in the areas of will planning, planned giving and estate administration.
Karen is a current member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Vancouver Estate Planning Council. She holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree (English Literature and Philosophy) from Simon Fraser University.
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
At St. Paul’s Foundation, Sarah Burgess leads the marketing and communications team to tell the story of exceptional care and innovations delivered by physicians, staff and researchers at St. Paul’s, informing and inspiring the community about the impact of St. Paul’s locally, nationally and around the world.
With more than 17 years of experience in marketing, writing and PR, Sarah leads teams to deliver IABC award-winning integrated communications programs involving media relations, social media outreach, stakeholder relations, community relations, website and digital development, brand development, traditional print collateral and publications.
Prior to joining the Foundation in the summer of 2015, Sarah worked with Vancouver’s top communications and marketing agency, Edelman, for ten years, providing strategic counsel and communications support to local, national and international clients.
Sarah earned a certificate in public relations from Langara College and studied cultural anthropology at the University of Victoria. She is a former board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (2005-2012).
General Manager, Office of the CEO
As General Manager at St. Paul’s Foundation, working directly with the President & CEO, Tracy Dallas is responsible for the operational excellence, recruitment and HR functions at the Foundation.
Tracy comes to St. Paul’s Foundation with more than 25 years of operational experience combined with an extensive background in Human Resources and Recruitment. She has managed venture capital investment firms, operated and managed an executive business centre and acted as Corporate Secretary to a globally operating company specializing in asset acquisitions and sales. Tracy has also conducted executive search consulting for an industry specialist in Vancouver as well as a company development and leadership.
Prior to joining St. Paul’s Foundation, Tracy was the Vice President of Operations at a full service recruitment firm. Tracy grew this business from the ground up, quickly establishing a “niche market” in a very competitive Vancouver recruitment industry. Tracy’s proven ability to manage and motivate her team of professional Recruiters and Account Managers with clear communication is something she is personally proud of.
Schooled at BCIT with a Business Administration/Human Resources focus, Tracy has assisted small business organizations in developing and refining programs from recruitment, performance management and workforce training. Strategic approach to human resources and recruitment comes in part from having worked across a broad cross section of organizations.
Tracy is a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and participated the following volunteer programs:
- Past Vice-Chair of the Small Business Council
- Past President of the Ambassador’s Club
- Mentor to the “Leaders of Tomorrow” program.
Director, Major Gifts - Transformation
Shellina Lakhdhir started her fundraising career in the international development sector at Aga Khan Foundation Canada, where she headed the annual World Partnership Walk events in BC. Shellina joined St. Paul’s Foundation in 2019 as Manager, Major Gifts in Mental Health, Substance Use, and Emergency, and later moved to the Research and Innovation portfolio.
Prior to joining St. Paul’s Foundation, Shellina lent her skills and made meaningful contributions to Mulgrave School and Science World. She has experience in annual, event-based, peer-to-peer, and major gifts, and capital fundraising. She is passionate about ensuring each relationship is built on respect and authenticity, and is dedicated to upholding fundraising ethics.
In her current role, Shellina leads a team of fundraisers who focus on research, innovation, equipment, Indigenous wellness, capital, teaching and training, and ethics at Providence.
Shellina holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and is CFRE certified. She teaches as part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundamentals in Fundraising course, is Chair of the Membership Committee at the AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter, and serves as VP of Membership at St. Paul’s Toastmasters Club.
Director, Seniors and Long-Term Care
Diana Li joined St. Paul’s Foundation in July 2017. In her role as Director, Seniors and Long-Term Care, Diana leads the fundraising for Providence Health Care’s seniors homes: Youville Residence, St. Michael’s Centre, St. Vincent’s: Langara, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni, and St. Vincent’s: Honoria Conway-Heather as well as Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.
Prior to joining St. Paul’s, Diana held senior management roles at Rick Hansen Foundation and Ronald McDonald House BC. She also served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Burnaby Hospice Society.
Diana studied environmental science and psychology at Queen’s University and holds a certificate in fundraising marketing from BCIT. She is an avid runner, expedition traveller and a member of the AFP Vancouver.
Director, Annual and Corporate Giving
Loretta Lawrence’s passion for health care has driven her to strive for excellence throughout her career in philanthropy. At St. Paul’s Foundation, Loretta is responsible for all corporate fundraising and annual giving campaigns. She comes to St. Paul’s with more than 15 years of extensive fundraising experience from BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and over 10 years’ experience in the retail sector.
At BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Loretta led fundraising programs for local and national corporate donors, corporate capital campaign fundraising, direct response fundraising, lotteries, tribute giving, and e-philanthropy. She worked with corporate donors to fund programs within the healing and environment project at the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital.
Loretta collaborated with children’s hospitals from across Canada to support programs for Children’s Miracle Network, where she also participated on committees to standardize best practices and policies for hospital foundations across the country.
Loretta is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and AFP Vancouver’s Mentorship program, providing guidance and support to individuals within the not-for-profit sector. She earned a certificate in Marketing from NAIT and a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
Board of Directors
Mr. Glenn Ives
Retired Chair of Deloitte Canada
Mr. Mark Blucher
Mr. John Montalbano
Principal, Tower Beach Capital Ltd
Mr. Michael Berkson
Managing Director, TriVan Capital Corporation
Ms. Nicole Coleman
Audit Partner, Deloitte
Mr. Brad Cruickshank
Chief Financial Officer, Trotman Auto Group
Mr. Kevin De Sousa
Ms. Karimah Es Sabar
Chief Executive Officer & Partner, Quark Venture LP
Ms. Fiona Dalton
President & CEO, Providence Health Care
Mr. Joe Gallagher
VP, Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety, Provincial Health Services Authority
Mr. Paul Hollands
Chairman, A&W Food Services of Canada, Ltd.
Dr. Darryl Knight
VP Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
Ms. Pao Yao Koo
Director, PYK Consultants Ltd.
Mr. Stuart Louie
Governor, London Drugs
Dr. Anita Palepu
Head of Medicine, Providence Health Care and Eric Hamber Chair of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Ms. Maria Pacella
Managing Partner, Pender Ventures, Penderfund Capital Management
Ms. Norma Sebestyen
Strategic Partnerships Advisor
Mr. Ken Sim
Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door
Ms. Chelsea Stoelting
Managing Director, Client Services, Rethink
Mr. Ben Yeung
Chairman, Peterson Group
Thank you to the Campaign Executive Committee 2017-2021
Chairman, A&W Food Services of Canada
President & CEO, Interfor
Karimah Es Sabar
CEO & Partner, Quark Venture LP
Magellen Developments 20/20 Inc.
Dr. Jonathon Leipsic
Chairman, Radiology, St. Paul’s
Dr. Sam Lichtenstein
Head, Cardiac Surgery, St. Paul’s
Principal, Tower Beach Capital
Vice President & Regional Director, RBC Dominion Securities
Dr. Jeff Pike
Physician Director, Clinical Planning, St. Paul’s Redevelopment Project; Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Paul’s
President & CEO, Salman Capital Inc.
Hari B. Varshney
Founder, Varshney Capital Corp
Partner, Boyden, Global Executive Search
- Frank Anfield
- Dr. Michael Audain , O.C., O.B.C., LL.D Chairman, Polygon Homes Ltd
- Mr. Mark Cullen
- Duncan K. Davies President & CEO, Interfor
- Debra Doucette President and CEO, Odlum Brown Limited
- Eric Harris, QC Founding Partner, Harris & Company LLP
- Mr. Paul Hollands Chairman, A&W Food Services of Canada, Ltd.
- Douglas H. Horswill Corporate Director
- Don Kasian President, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning
- Mr. John C. Kerr, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D Principal Owner & Managing General Partner, Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club
- Ms. Alice D. Laberge Corporate Director
- Dr. Peter Legge, O.B.C., LL.D Chairman & CEO, Canada Wide Media Ltd.
- Dr. Samuel V. Lichtenstein Head, Cardiac Surgery, St. Paul’s Hospital
- Ivor Luk Senior Partner, Deloitte
- William Maclagan Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Henry F. Man President & CEO, Magellen Developments
- Daniel Nocente Corporate Director
- Ms. Sue Paish, Q.C. CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
- Mr. Gary Segal Vice President, Kingswood Capital Corporation
- Dr. Robert D. Sindelar Professor and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
- Marcia Smith Senior Vice President, Sustainability and External Affairs, Teck Resources
- Mr. Sam Sullivan, C.M. Vancouver False-Creek MLA
- Mr. David A. Thompson
- Mr. Hari B. Varshney, FCA, O.B.C. President, Varshney Capital Corp
- Mr. C. (Kip) Woodward President, Woodcorp Investments Limited
- Kathryn Young Managing Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search
Meet Our Future Leaders
St. Paul’s Foundation’s Future Leaders are a group of young professionals working together to make a difference in the community. Their mandate is to raise awareness and support for the innovative programs and ground-breaking research at St. Paul’s and other Providence Health Care sites. Click here to learn more.