Meet the ICD Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets that have all been impacted by diabetes in one way or another. These people are passionate about the vision, mission, and values of ICD, helping us to create and achieve our goals and objectives. They oversee the activities of our organization and offer guidance throughout so that we can keep delivering the best programs and services to you!
Chair of the Board
Nancy is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of corporate strategy and relationships, policy and public affairs, marketing, communications, charitable initiatives, organization development and human resources.
As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, for Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Nancy provided leadership and forward-thinking for the evolution of Saint Elizabeth as an innovative social enterprise. Nancy also played an instrumental role in Saint Elizabeth’s incredible journey of growth during her 24 years of service.
Nancy’s experience in the Health Care System includes fifteen years as a Board Director for the Saint Elizabeth Foundation. Other experience includes leadership roles in Hospital, Provincial and Municipal Governments.
Nancy’s education includes: a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioural Science, a Bachelor of Arts-Recreation Administration and a Bachelor of Physical Education.
Nancy has a son who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for the past 12 years. After her son participated in a series of events with I Challenge Diabetes he became involved as a volunteer leader. Nancy saw how valuable the organization had been in helping her son grow and contribute to the community so when the opportunity to join the board of ICD was presented she jumped in wholeheartedly.
Treasurer of the Board
Richard completed an undergraduate degree in Accounting and successfully passed the UFE in 2013 for his Chartered Accounting designation. Richard currently resides in Vancouver where he works in the Private Enterprise & NPO Practice Group at a mid-sized Chartered Accounting firm. Through Richard’s work history, he brings experience in all areas of NPO financial matters including governance, CRA compliance, and internal control implementation. From a young age Richard has been involved with various Diabetes organizations including fundraising events with the JDRF as well as event planning for ICD. His highlight was participating in Cyclebetes in 2009, biking across Canada with a relay team to raise awareness and funds for the JDRF. Richard was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 6 and has been living with it for over 20 years.
Founder, I Challenge Diabetes
Chris has extensive training in leadership, including: Varsity Rowing team captain, Chair of Northeastern University’s “Student Athlete Advisory Committee” & America East Conference SAAC, Sport in Society’s founder of “Just Run” for children with disabilities. Athletically winning a spot on Team Canada, competing in world cup, championships, PanAm Games and Olympics with many gold medals over his 8-year career and a national Inspiration award and international athletic achievement award. He has founded programs within 8 different diabetes specific organizations & brought many new concepts to the community as the CEO of I Challenge Diabetes since 2007, maintaining a very low cost for it’s tremendous impact.
Kristi is a wife to a loving husband, Paul, for 11 years. She is a mother of 3 kids; daughter Charlee (age 10, diagnosed T1D at age 2), son Anthony (age 6, diagnosed T1D at age 5), daughter Isabella (age 3, keeps her on her toes!).
Kristi became a stay at home mom after 8 years in the group insurance industry, where she specialized in customer service, administration, and claim review. Her focus was on out of country claims, as well as regular and complex diabetic claims. Like many parents in the T1D community, she left her career in the insurance industry to be closer to her kids school, and to be readily available for Charlee’s diabetes needs during the school day.
Now, Kristi runs a home based business called The North Shore Cabin, where she sells women and children’s clothing.
Since their first child was diagnosed, Kristi has been very prominent in the diabetic community. She has been actively advocating with local school boards, challenging outdated policies and regulations surrounding T1D. She has also been a steady volunteer for ICD, specifically with the Diabuddies School Tour.
Co-Secretary of the Board
CherieAnne is an Administrative Assistant with more than 20 years in Office Management, Support Staff Management, Training, Supervision and Event Planning. CheriAnne feels the same passion, commitment and dedication to those who deal with Diabetes as her son Spencer is a Type 1 Diabetic. He was diagnosis in September 2006 and at that moment, their lives changed and took on a new meaning. It has been CherieAnne’s goal to assist her son, family, community and anyone she comes in contact with who deal with this disease on a daily basis. She strongly believes that knowledge is power and sharing it can change a life. CherieAnne hopes as a Director that she will be able to assist with her years of experience in Administration, Finance, Fundraising and Outreach. Her son Spencer has attended many events with ICD and she has been proud to watch him grow gaining more confidence and independence with his Diabetes Management.
Co-Secretary of the Board
Alan is a professional engineer engaged in the design and certification of helicopter modifications and located in Vancouver. He has a bachelor’s and master’s in the field of mechanical engineering and aerodynamics. His 30+ years of military and civilian aviation work have provided a broad spectrum of technical and management knowledge and skills. His involvement in diabetes began when his daughter was diagnosed at age 4, where he took an active role in the management process. As a result, Alan and his wife Liz were soon teaching the diabetes clinics their coping strategies. Outside of work, Alan has been a passionate volunteer with Scouts Canada for 15 years, teaching and leading youth on numerous outdoor adventures. As well, his work on outdoor risk management for watercraft journeys has been published. Alan’s involvement with ICD began as a participant on a ski trip, but quickly progressed into co-leading 3 other events, including the 2013 Bowron Lakes trip. He brings his pragmatic approaches to policy, procedures and writing skills to the board and organization.