Pain BC Staff

Driving Positive Change in BC

Our dedicated staff is responsible for implementing Pain BC’s strategic plan and driving action in order to improve the lives of people in pain. Pain BC's work wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers: faculty, board members, support program volunteers, Committee members, and patient leaders.

Maria Hudspith

Maria Hudspith

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 has worked to bring Pain BC from concept to reality. Her work has involved mobilizing communities, engaging patients in organizational decision making, and advancing progressive agendas through policy change and program development. She is one of 15 Principal Investigators in the CIHR-funded Chronic Pain Network, the first national pain research network in Canada, and is the co-lead for patient engagement in the Network.

Maria is also the co-chair of the Canadian Pain Task Force, which was formed by the Government of Canada in March 2019 to assess the current state of pain in Canada and to recommend an improved approach to addressing pain in our country.

Daniel Silveyra

Daniel Silveyra

Director, Operations

Daniel manages Pain BC's operations and strategic initiatives. He has a background in economics and over 12 years of experience in project management, operations, strategy and human resources. He has worked for the consumer goods, financial services and consulting industries in Mexico (his country of origin), the UK and Canada. He is proud be part of the Pain BC team and is enthusiastic about driving positive change.

Helena Daudt, PhD

Helena Daudt, PhD

Director, Education

Helena leads Pain BC’s educational initiatives. She has more than two decades of experience as an educator and researcher in Brazil and Canada. Helena holds a PhD in Toxicology from Simon Fraser University and has supported health care improvement through research and education for nearly 15 years. Helena is passionate about building capacity among patients, their support network, and health care providers to ensure people receive high-quality care and experience the best quality of life possible. She is honored to be part of the Pain BC team.

Jen Hanson, Director of Innovation

Jen Hanson

Director, Innovation

Jen is Pain BC’s Director of Innovation, and has driven much of the organization’s work to catalyze change and build capacity among patients and providers in BC communities, including the development of Live Plan Be. Jen has worked in post-secondary, professional education, and technology for almost two decades. She is very proud to be part of Pain BC. 

 

Kathryn Sutton

Kathryn Sutton

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.

Magdalena Sweetgrass

Magdalena Sweetgrass

Director, Support Services

Magdalena leads Pain BC's Support Services programs for people living with pain. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing trauma counselling and trauma informed care to people across BC. Magdalena has worked as a counsellor, social worker and supervisor in a variety of settings including non-profits, health care and universities. She has supported diverse populations including people living with mental illness, substance abuse and those effected by violence and trauma.

Angela Heino

Angela Heino

Education Program Manager

Angela is responsible for Pain BC’s educational programs from inception to evaluation. She plans, oversees, and supports the development and delivery of courses, webinars, and educational resources. As a registered nurse with more than a decade of additional training and experience as an educator, Angela is passionate about building capacity among health care providers and supporting both interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. Her graduate research work focused on the exploration of women’s pain experiences in relation to pressing health concerns and the need for creating culturally safe care environments. Angela is proud to support Pain BC’s work to transform the way pain is understood and treated.

Arielle Spence

Arielle Spence

Education Lead

Arielle supports the development, delivery and evaluation of Pain BC’s education programs. Originally from Vernon, BC, they have been living in Vancouver for more than 10 years and bring a breadth of experience in fundraising, event planning, and communications from working at various arts and education non-profit organizations. They are a life-long learner and are passionate about promoting equitable access to health care. 

Carmelle Jaeggle

Carmelle Jaeggle

Social Worker

Carmelle supports the delivery, development, and evaluation of Pain BC's Support Services programs. She is a registered social worker who brings years of experience working with the Vancouver Downtown Eastside community, primarily in mental health and substance use. She utilizes a strength-based, anti-oppressive lens when interacting with clients, with an emphasis on empowerment. She is excited to be part of the Pain BC team to explore innovative ways of supporting the well-being of people living with pain.

Danielle Choptian

Danielle Choptian

Pain Support Line Lead

Danielle supports the development, delivery and evaluation of Pain BC's Pain Support Line program. She is a registered social worker and brings years of experience working in non-profits, health organizations and disaster relief, with a focus on supporting people with disabilities, mental illnesses, substance use and trauma. Danielle works from a trauma-informed and client-centred approach with an emphasis on holistic care. Danielle’s professional and personal experiences have shaped her passion and interest in supporting people living with chronic pain and she is proud to contribute to Pain BC's mission. 

Gregg Moor

Gregg Moor

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, inter-professional collaboration, tobacco control, integrative medicine, and substance use.

Kimberlee Budd

Kimberlee Budd

Support Services Administrative Coordinator

Kimberlee coordinates the administrative processes for Pain BC’s Support Services programs. Her unique administrative history includes extensive experience with volunteer support, event organization, and retail management. She is honoured to support Pain BC’s mission to transform the way pain is understood and treated.

Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Communications Coordinator

Leah supports the development and implementation of Pain BC’s communications initiatives. Originally from Toronto, ON, her communications background spans from work in the film, television and hospitality industries. Her personal and professional experiences have shaped her interest in changing how chronic pain is understood and she is proud to contribute to Pain BC’s mission.

Lillian Chumbley

Lillian Chumbley

Instructional Designer

Lillian is responsible for the design of Pain BC’s educational programs for health care providers, people living with pain, and our volunteer community. She brings twenty years of experience in designing and developing online learning modules, curriculum and resources. She has worked extensively across post-secondary education and has published academic research in virtual simulation and authoring.

Sharestha Drall

Sharestha Drall

Database and Systems Coordinator

Sharestha supports the development and management of Pain BC's databases and systems, including its health care provider database for people living with pain. She has a diverse background in operations and technology through self-guided learning on databases, IT, and computer programming. Sharestha is excited for the opportunity to use her interdisciplinary education in neuroscience, psychology and classics, as well as her lived experience, to support Pain BC's efforts in providing resources and supports to people living with pain.

Stark Chao

Stark Chao

Finance Manager

Stark Chao is a designated accountant with a strong sense of community. He has a diverse background in finance and accounting through working in the health care, technology, and heavy equipment sectors. He has spent more than eight years volunteering as a mentor for the Big Brothers organization and has recently joined the BC Lupus society as a Board member. He wholeheartedly shares Pain BC's vision of supporting and giving back to the community.

Tiasha Burch

Tiasha Burch

Operations Lead

Tiasha leads Pain BC’s operations and evaluation processes and manages its fund development efforts, coordinates internal processes, and assists with project and program management to help attain Pain BC’s mission. Her commitment to patient advocacy is driven by her diverse research and administrative background, as well as her lived experience and interdisciplinary education in political and health sciences. She is proud to take part in the progressive social changes made by Pain BC.

Tristen Wybou

Tristen Wybou

Support Services Program Lead

Tristen supports the day-to-day management of Pain BC's Support Services programs for people living with pain and provides leadership to program volunteers. He also provides direct support to clients, conducts program intakes and liaises with community stakeholders. His academic background in psychology and lived experience have informed his years in community services work as an aboriginal peer mentor, counsellor and coordinator.

Virginia Sou

Virginia Sou

Finance Manager

As a designated accountant, Virginia provides Pain BC with financial leadership and direction and develops effective financial control systems. Having spent the past 15 years in the real estate industry, she brings her knowledge, background and lived experience to support Pain BC in its mission to enhance the well-being of people living with pain.