BOARD & STAFF

Board Members

Jill Taylor (M.Ed, PMP)

President
Jill Taylor manages research infrastructure projects in Victoria. Following her son’s diagnosis with NF, Jill became a member of the Tumour Foundation and has learned a great deal through the symposiums and other resources. She is passionate about improving the quality of care for those affected by NF, especially for those living outside the major centres of BC.

Steve Billington, MA (Urban Planning)

Past President
Steve Billington, MA (Urban Planning) has worked as a consultant in communications and in a government advisory capacity for 16 years. He is currently involved in major construction project community liaison for the regional government. Steve has a son with Neurofibromatosis and is very supportive of BCNF moving toward the goal of establishing a clinic for people of all ages with NF diagnoses to turn to for guidance and ongoing medical support through all stages of life. Steve has many years of experience as a board member and board chair with not-for-profit endeavours, volunteering with various charitable organizations, and active support of fundraising and community activities in the Lower Mainland over the past 30 years. Steve has recently taken on the role of President for the Tumour Foundation of B.C.

Suneeta Bangar, CPA, CGA

Treasurer
Suneeta Bangar has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance, with involvement in various industries, including charities and non-profit organizations. She currently works for a provincial non-profit organization as a finance manager. Suneeta has a young daughter with NF1 and is very passionate about creating awareness for neurofibromatosis and advancing care for those living with NF.

John (Ioannis) M Stylianou

As a scientist, John (Ioannis) M Stylianou Ph.D., spent 18 years conducting research to identify the genetic causes of common and rare diseases, starting with his PhD research in Scotland before moving to the US and more recently Canada. He has led research teams in university medical schools, non-profit research organizations, as well as the pharmaceutical industry. After contributing a wealth of discoveries to the genomics revolution, John is now Director of Precision Medicine in the Ministry of Health, where he works closely with his colleagues and stakeholders across the healthcare system and health authorities, to improve health outcomes for almost 5 million British Columbians through the delivery of precision medicine. John is passionate about complex genetic diseases that are difficult to treat and traditionally neglected, like NF, and how modern and complex medicines along with improved care delivery can positively impact patients and their families.

Nitin Gaba, MBA

Nitin is a versatile business strategist with an entrepreneurial flair and substantial success in developing and executing effective business and marketing strategies, with 5+ years of experience in four different countries. He has worked across various industries from real estate and construction to transportation and tourism, having helped several organizations achieve their unique goals and objectives. Over the years, he has evolved from being a high performing entrepreneur to a business consultant who assists executives, startups, and investors in implementing strategic planning, recruiting & training top talents, appraising team performances and developing efficient business strategies. Outside the workplace, Nitin has been a part of several fundraising, outreach and advocacy initiatives with various charitable organizations for 10+ years and also sits as a board member for 2 other non-profit organizations.

Shelby Michaels, CPA

Shelby Michaels has experience working in a global public accounting firm where she has worked with various companies on compliance, controls and financial reporting and analysis. Her experience spans across several industries including the Non-Profit Sector, Charitable organizations, International Public Companies and the Tech industry among others. Shelby currently works in the Tourism industry as a finance and governance advisor and project manager. She is excited to contribute to the Tumour foundation of BC’s mission to empower those affected by NF.

Danison Buan

Danison Buan has over 11 years of experience with an entrepreneurial background and substantial accomplishment in implementing and developing various business models. He also runs a charity that specializes in diverting viable food from grocery stores and suppliers to organizations that provide food to at-risk individuals. Leading is the skillset that encourages him to start on new adventures and gathers individuals to grow together. Being on board as a member and chair in many other charities and non-profit organizations, Danison aims to expand his influence on those who thrive to make a difference in society

Lauren Yip

Lauren Yip (Bachelor of Science, Bacterial Pathogenesis and Microscopic Human Anatomy) is a strong advocate for reducing health inequalities. As a passionate leader with skills in mobilizing resources to effect change, over the last 7 years she has contributed in executive roles in mental health awareness, anti-cyberbullying, and poverty alleviation initiatives, and has conducted research in the field of novel antibiotic alternatives. Having served as Senior Events and Logistics Director and now Co-President of a local humanitarian organization, her experience serving marginalized populations has driven her to explore pertinent societal issues and connect with vulnerable individuals. Lauren hopes to further the mission and expansion of The Tumour Foundation, empowering individuals with NF, and providing them with a strong support network. She currently works as a Mental Health Program Assistant in psychiatry.

Fatima Waqar

Fatima Waqar ,(MBBS) has clinical experience of working in public and private tertiary healthcare setting. She is currently working as a General Physician on a Telemedicine Platform. With the determination to start her residency training in Canada, she is actively involved in professional development opportunities. Her passion is to start a practice that is patient centred and evidence based. She joined Tumour Foundation of BC to share her knowledge and experience with the community of NF to manage the diverse presentations associated with neurofibromatosis.

Interested in joining the Board? Please get in touch with our Executive Director by email at info@tumourfoundation.ca for more information.

Staff Members

Desirée Sher

Executive Director
Desirée brings extensive non-profit experience to her role as the Executive Director at the Tumor Foundation. Having worked at NF Canada, the BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation, and the Learning Disabilities Association, she has become a strong advocate for the children and adulates battling NF. Desirée loves inspiring others and works as a coach and mentor for new leaders in the charitable sector.

Delina Squire

Administrative Assistant
Delina has a strong background in administrative processes and has worked as an Executive Assistant in many positions. Delina is an expert at software programs, project management and bookkeeping. Delina enjoys her life in Victoria, BC and her family life outside of work.

Brandy Meisner

Community Engagement Coordinator
Brandy has been involved with the Tumour Foundation for the last six years as a member, and as a volunteer supporting other families. She has participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge six times, and has supported the Foundation in fundraising through her social media community. Brandy has a background in the health and wellness field, which has helped her with the challenges that come with having a child with NF. She joins the staff team with a deep passion and motivation to help the Foundation with our mission to improve the lives of families living with NF.