Driving Positive Change in BC
Our staff, made up of a group of experts, is responsible for implementing Pain BC’s policies and driving action. They report to the Board of Directors and manage our day-to-day operations. Pain BC's work also wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers: faculty, board members, event volunteers, Committee members, and patient leaders.
Job Title: Executive Director
Maria joined Pain BC in June 2010 as the inaugural Executive Director. With two decades of experience in community development and systems change, Maria contributes specialized guidance to achieve tangible results. Most of her work has involved mobilizing communities, democratizing organizations and advancing progressive agendas through policy change and program development.
Maria is honoured to be a part of the growth and development of this exciting and much needed organization.
Job Title: Director, Education
Jen leads Pain BC’s education initiatives and oversees the organization’s work to catalyse change and build capacity among patients and providers in BC communities. She also drove the development of Live Plan Be, Pain BC’s unique online self-management tool. Jen has worked in post-secondary, professional education, and technology for almost two decades. She is very proud to be part of Pain BC.
Job Title: Director, Strategic Initiatives
Nicki leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of Pain BC’s strategic initiatives, including those emerging from the 2017 Provincial Pain Summit. Building on her two decades of experience in strategic and operational planning and implementation, Nicki engages Pain BC’s extensive network and community to conceptualize each project as part of a system and plan strategically for optimum processes, outputs, and outcomes.
Job Title: Director, Communications
Kat leads Pain BC’s communications initiatives. She brings more than a decade of experience in communicating for progressive non-profits, with a particular focus on marginalized communities including those living with HIV, poverty, substance use and mental illness. She has worked as a journalist, writing for local and international publications, and has contributed to guidebooks on food and travel. She is proud to contribute to Pain BC's significant efforts to transform the way pain is understood and treated in BC.
Job Title: Program Manager, Support Services
Dorota manages the Support Services programs at Pain BC. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 20 years of experience in providing counselling and social work services with focus on women’s, children’s and family issues. She brings cross-cultural experience in social services networks across Poland, Ghana, the US and Canada, working with government and community agencies to promote child and family welfare.
Job Title: Project Manager
Gregg plans, leads and coordinates all aspects of multi-stakeholder, provincial, local and internal projects for Pain BC. With more than 15 years experience in managing interdisciplinary health projects aimed at health systems improvement in Canada and the US, he shepherds projects from start-up through completion to help attain Pain BC’s organizational goals. His background spans systems theory and methods, primary care, interprofessional collaboration, tobacco control, integrative medicine and substance use.
Job Title: Education Lead
Mark Nazemi has an interdisciplinary background in education and pain management with over a decade of experience teaching and developing post-secondary courses. In addition, he holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University with a focus on reducing the anxiety experienced by chronic pain patients when using immersive 3D compositions of environmental sounds. His research has been featured at international conferences including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and European Pain Federation, as well as through media outlets such as CBC radio and BC Business.
Job Title: Communications Coordinator
Sim supports Pain BC’s communications efforts, including managing its social media presence and its websites painbc.ca and liveplanbe.ca. She hosts the monthly Pain Waves podcast, which brings together leading experts on pain-related topics and people living with pain. Sim brings years of experience in providing patient-facing support and services to diverse populations, including those living with mental illnesses, substance use, HIV and poverty, as well as rural populations and university students.