2016-17 Board of Directors (from left to right): Chair John Madden, Past Chair Cathy McIntyre, Treasurer Angus Izard, Marcia McNeil, Ruth Mogensen, Dennis Dodo, Secretary Steve McKerrell, VHF CEO & President Melanie Mahlman, Brenda Nunns Shoemaker. (Not pictured, Vice Chair Bruce Dyck).



Melanie Mahlman
President & CEO

Dipika Bose
Executive Assistant


Susan Gee
Director of Development


Beth Cairns
Associate Director of Development

Garth Martens
Recognition Coordinator

Mandy Pui
Major Gifts Coordinator


Tiffany McFadyen
Manager, Annual Campaign

Development Officer

Liz Fenje
Development Coordinator


Alec McKay
Manager, Fundraising Operations

Laura Siberry
Research Officer


Gaëlle Madevon
Manager, Communications

Taryn Malcolm
Communications Officer


Tamra McQuitty
Director, Finance & Administration

Tim Stamper
Database Administrator

Jeremy Vosburgh
Manager, Finance

Lorri Hewitt
Gift Processing Officer

Brenton Howey
Finance Officer

Aasha Gill
Receptionist & Support Services Clerk



John MaddenChair

John Madden is Vice President Human Resources at the BC Assessment Authority (BCAA).

Prior to joining BC Assessment Mr. Madden held senior human resource positions at TransLink and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. He began his career in the airline industry, where he worked at Canadian Airlines for nearly 20 years in both Vancouver and Calgary. Mr. Madden has also been a Board member at Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities in Langley, an agency that provides therapeutic equine services to the disabled. Prior to moving to Victoria John was also a volunteer at GF Strong, a lower mainland health facility providing rehabilitation services to spinal cord and brain injured clients.

He has been a member of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors since 2011.

Bruce DyckVice Chair

Mr. Dyck served as the President of the Chew Group of Companies from 1990 to 2014 (retired).  The Chew Group has a total annual volume of approx. $15 to $20 million.

Mr. Dyck has served on various boards within the industry and the community. He has served as the Chairman of the Island Equipment Owners Association, Chairman of the Rock Bay Landing Liaison Committee and a committee member of the BC Roadbuilders Association.  Mr. Dyck was also part of the successful Facility Study and Capital Committee for the Burnside Gorge Community Association.

Mr. Dyck received his Bachelor of Arts, Economics (Honours) at the University of Victoria.

He joined  the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors in 2014.

Steve McKerrellSecretary

Steve McKerrell spent more than 20 years as Executive Chairman of one of Canada’s leading health supplement companies, following a career in the geophysical exploration industry.

Mr. McKerrell has been a volunteer for three decades, including serving on the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and as Chair the AGGV Foundation for three years.  He also served as a founding and working Board member of Arts Sustainability Victoria, as Governor of Glenlyon Norfolk School Board, and is currently on the GNS Strategic Planning Committee.  In 2013, Steve wrapped up eight years with Victoria Foundation including two years as Board Chair, and is currently a member of the Governor’s Circle for Governor General David Johnston’s Smart & Caring Communities initiative.  He is a Board member for United Way and is Board Chair of the Victoria Symphony Foundation.

Mr. McKerrell has lived in Victoria for the past 24 years with his wife Barbara. He has two adult daughters; Tricia in Calgary and Dianne in Victoria.

He joined the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.

Angus IzardTreasurer

Mr. Izard is a founding partner with the accounting firm Cameron Izard Snell. His primary areas of focus include providing tax and business advice for businesses and high net worth individuals.

Mr. Izard believes in giving back to the community. He is currently on the board of the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence and in the past has served with the Victoria Read Society, Estate Planning Council of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Foundation, the Cowichan Rugby Club and Cowichan 4-H Beef

He joined  the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors in 2013.

Board Members

Dennis Dodo

Dennis Dodo is the Chief Financial Officer of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and a member of the Executive Management Committee. He leads and oversees both the Finance and Information Technology Divisions, and has shared responsibilities for government and regulatory affairs. Mr. Dodo has extensive experience as a financial executive in various industries including nine years in the rate regulated energy industry.  As Vice President of Shared Financial Services for Ontario Power Generation, he had many strategic achievements such as leading the financial function on one of Ontario’s largest infrastructure projects.

Mr. Dodo is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration (Accounting) from Revier College in New Hampshire, as well as a Graduate Certificate in International Finance and Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia.

This is his first year as a member of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors.

Marcia McNeil

Marcia McNeil is a partner with boutique law firm Sheen Arnold McNeil and has practiced in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law for more than 25 years.

Representing clients in the private and public sectors, Ms. McNeil has appeared before British Columbia’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative tribunals, including the provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunal, labour arbitrators and the BC Labour Relations Board.

Ms. McNeil has been recognized annually in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in employment law since 2012.  She was the Chair of the BC Industry Training Appeal Board and the Vice-Chair of the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board of British Columbia. She was also a sessional lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Victoria in 2013.

She joined the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.

Ruth Mogensen

Ruth Mogensen is a retired Human Resources executive with over 20 years’ experience as a leader in human resource management.  She has held senior roles with IBM Business Consulting and Price Waterhouse Coopers and has also held human resource positions in the oil and gas industry, post-secondary education and legal sector. Ms. Mogensen is a Master Coach and facilitator and is skilled in succession planning, recruitment and retention strategies, compensation and performance management.  She brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of employee relations and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. She holds a  CHRP designation.

This is her first year as a member of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors.

Brenda Nunns Shoemaker

Brenda Nunns Shoemaker is a retired healthcare executive.  She was the Vice President of two teaching hospitals in Ontario, the founding President of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres and President of the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation. She served for nine years on the Island Health Board of Directors, including several years as Chair of the health quality committee. She was the recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee medal for voluntary service.

Ms. Nunns Shoemaker has been on several boards at the local and national level, in the fields of education, athletics and health. She was also a consultant and faculty member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

She joined the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.

Cathy McIntyre , Past Chair

Cathy McIntyre is principal and founder of Strategic Initiatives Inc., a nationally recognized Victoria-based market research firm founded in 1997. Strategic Initiatives Inc counts among its clients many of the leading businesses in Western Canada, a host of well-recognized local companies, and many not-for-profit organizations. Ms. McIntyre has worked in the not-for-profit sector, public sector, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer environments. She has significant experience in opportunity assessment, positioning, branding, marketing, advertising and communications, customer satisfaction and new product development. Cathy currently sits on the Senate of the University of Victoria. She is a former Director of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, the United Way of Canada (where she recently chaired that organization’s National Brand Strategy Task Force), the United Way of Greater Victoria (where she was Board Chair in 2003), and the University of Victoria Alumni Association (where she chaired the Board from 2000 to 2003).

She has been a member of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors since 2011.