Our Board of Directors is currently seeking new members. If you are interested please contact our Executive DIrector, James Kelly.
Patrick Grayer, Chair: Patrick is from East Vancouver and has spent the last 20 years raising his children in and around the Commercial Drive area. He worked with people with mental disabilities for many years before pursuing an undergrad degree in history at Simon Fraser University. Patrick then worked as a youth worker at an educational and recreational program for at-risk youth in Vancouver operated by a non-profit organization. He enjoyed this work immensely and was often impressed by the resilience of the youth that attended the program, as well as their desire to learn and grow. Patrick went on to law school at the University of British Columbia and now works out of an office in East Vancouver where he mainly practices criminal and family laws, including services to youth. His desire to pursue a career in law was partly inspired by experiences with the criminal justice and corrections systems that young people shared with him. When not working Patrick enjoys time with his family and friends, good food, travel, playing hockey, and reading fiction. He joined the Peak House board in order to continue to be involved in providing services to youth in his community.
Kelly Ngan: Vice Chair: Kelly has been involved with the Board since early 2014, first as a board member, then eventually fulfilling the vice chair role. She holds a BA in Philosophy, a BBA in Human Resources, a graduate certificate in Project Management and continues to take courses as her schedule allows. She currently holds a position as a project coordinator/manager for a global firm specializing in the engineering, manufacture and installation of attraction rides. Kelly has previously worked in a client-facing capacity at BC Housing and joined the Board at Peak House to continue to be involved with the community in providing support to those in need. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, learning how to swim or starting new adventures.
Christine Smith, Secretary: Christine is the Director of Development at Seva Canada and has more than 10 years experience working in and for the charitable sector. She started her career in Toronto at the Children’s Aid Foundation where she held roles in program delivery, marketing and online fundraising. Christine also has experience with fundraising consulting, having worked for Hewitt & Johnston Consultants, as well as non-profit technology, having worked for both Raised Eyebrow Web Studio and Chimp.net. Although she is a transplant from Ontario, Christine is a Vancouver girl at heart. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, doing yoga or eating sushi.
Mike Mannella, Treasurer: Mike Mannella is Treasurer for Peak House. A Chartered Professional Accountant (formerly Chartered Accountant) by profession, Mike currently works as a consultant to the Private Equity sector and their portfolio companies. Prior to that, Mike has held a number of positions over a long career including Partner in a Big Four accounting firm, CEO of a publicly listed technology manufacturer, and Principal Consultant in a performance improvement consulting firm. His prior experience also includes working in volunteer roles as treasurer for Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse, board member and coach for Peace Arch Soccer and treasurer for the Canadian Hearing Society. Mike lives in South Surrey with his wife and two children. He is an avid skier and enjoys cooking and travel.
Jennifer Gregg: Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and is a registered clinical counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She started her professional work in youth group homes and supporting families in crisis. Over the past 14 years, Jennifer has worked extensively within the fields of couples therapy, mental health, and addictions (process and substance). In addition to working in her own private practice, Jennifer holds a contract with the British Columbia Responsible/ProblemGambling program and is a member of the local mental health short term assessment team. She is currently being trained in Feedback Informed Treatment and is even further inspired to continue working with resilient and tenacious clients. In her spare time, Jennifer has a passion for travelling and learning about other cultures. She also loves to hit the golf course and dive on the ball field. Her family consists of two beautiful daughters, a supportive spouse and a tiny dog that rules them all.
Caitlin Grisack: Caitlin Grisack is a restorative justice facilitator, trainer, and advocate specializing in providing service to at-risk youth and the victims of serious crime and trauma. She has worked in diverse areas of law enforcement, including: strategic planning and communication, community programs and education, victim services, youth services, and extra-judicial measures. Caitlin is also an experienced workshop creator and facilitator, with special interest and expertise in working collaboratively with large institutions and culturally diverse communities. Currently she coordinates the Burnaby RCMP Youth Services Restorative Justice Program. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Criminology and Political Science from Simon Fraser University and is a certified Community Justice Forum Facilitator Trainer. In her spare time she can be found adventuring up in the mountains or down by the sea, checking out live music, or exploring the city. She is passionate about people, food, and travel.