BOARD & STAFF

Board Members

Steve Billington, MA (Urban Planning)

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.

Candace McGuire

Candace McGuire, (B.A. Cmns) has over 20 years of experience in public education communications, including event planning, community and stakeholder engagement, media relations, and strategic communications planning. Candace has volunteered with local charitable organizations and developed fundraising skills on assignment with the United Way. Candace has a wealth of experience navigating the health care system in support of her son, who has NF1.

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.

Jill Taylor (M.Ed, PMP)

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.

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.

Alison Watts-Grant

Alison Watts-Grant (B.A. Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) has experience in the non-profit sector working as a support worker for adults with disabilities. Alison brings to the board event-planning skills from her time organizing student-lead conferences at The University of British Columbia. She also brings leadership skills from being the president of the student-run club for her degree program while at The University of British Columbia. As a young person living with NF1 Alison is very passionate about the mission of the Tumour Foundation. She is thrilled to be able to bring her unique perspective to her work with the board of the Tumour Foundation.

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.

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.

Kalika Smith

Social Media Coordinator
Kalika is very passionate about community and giving back. She loves using her passion of marketing along with social media to put a voice to a cause. When Kalika is not working or volunteering, she loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and dogs.

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.