2017-18 Board of Directors (from left to right): Treasurer Angus Izard, Brenda Nunns Shoemaker, Secretary Marcia McNeil, Vice Chair Steve McKerrell, Chair Bruce Dyck, VHF CEO & President Melanie Mahlman, Dennis Dodo, Dr. Alan Winter, Ruth Mogensen



Melanie Mahlman
President & CEO

Dipika Bose
Executive Assistant



Beth Cairns
Associate Director of Development

Garth Martens
Recognition Coordinator

Mandy Pui
Major Gifts Officer

Lisette Hay
Development Coordinator, Major Gifts


Tiffany McFadyen
Manager, Annual Campaign

Liz Fenje
Development Officer

Jim Johnstone
Development Officer, Annual Campaign


Alec McKay
Manager, Fundraising Operations

Peter Ferrell
Research Officer


Gaëlle van Erp
Manager, Communications


Tamra McQuitty
Director, Finance & Administration

Tim Stamper
Database Administrator

Jeremy Vosburgh
Manager, Finance

Lorri Hewitt
Gift Processing Officer

Brenton Howey
Finance Officer

Aasha Gill
Donor Services Assistant



Bruce DyckChair

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 McKerrellVice Chair

Steve McKerrell spent more than 20 years as Executive Chairman of one of Canada’s leading health supplement companies, following a career in the remote sensing industry, and is currently involved in the development of personal electronic healthcare devices.

Mr. McKerrell is a recipient of The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, having served his community as a volunteer on numerous boards and committees over the past 3 decades.  In 2014, Steve completed eight years with the Victoria Foundation including two years as Board Chair.  He currently also serves on the boards of the United Way Greater Victoria, and as chair of the Foundation for the Victoria Symphony.

Mr. McKerrell has lived in Victoria since 1990 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.

Marcia McNeilSecretary

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.

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 former Chief Financial Officer of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. He lead both the Finance and Information Technology Divisions. As former 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 has extensive experience as a financial executive in various industries including nine years in the rate regulated energy industry.

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.

Dr. Alan Winter

Dr. Winter was the President and CEO of Genome British Columbia,  the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government.

Alan is currently a director of Ontario Genomics, Geoscience BC, Oceans Network Canada and a member of UBC’s Research and Innovation Council. In 2007, he received a Leadership Award from Life Sciences BC (LSBC). In 2017 he received the Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement from LSBC and the Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award from the BC Technologies Industries Association (BC TIA).

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

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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Victoria Airport Authority. 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.

John Madden , Past Chair

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.