Staff

Driving Positive Change in BC

Our staff, made up of a group of part-time 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. 

 

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Maria Hudspith

Maria Hudspith

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.

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Jen Hanson

Job Title: 
Director, Education and Engagement

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. 

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Jamie Ong

Job Title: 
Community Engagement Co-Ordinator & Digital Consultant

Jamie not only manages Pain BC's social media and web analytics, but she is also our Community Engagement Co-ordinator, expanding our presence and offerings across the province, particularly in rural and remote communitues. She has over 8 years of experience in digital marketing, and strongly believes in data-driven strategies. She is passionate about Pain BC's mandate and is proud to be a part of an organization that makes such an impact in local communities.  

 

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Geraldine Eliot

Job Title: 
Communications Consultant

Geraldine joined the Pain BC Communications team in 2015, adding her expertise in writing, communication strategy, and content marketing. She holds a Master's Degree in English from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and is passionate about advocating for disadvantaged communities, education, and creative storytelling. 

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Leah Chang

Job Title: 
Educational and Communications Consultant

Leah is a dedicated educator and trainer who aims to make eLearning and professional development accessible, enjoyable, and impactful. She contributes to Pain BC’s learning technology and educational offerings for people in pain and health care providers.

Leah has also enjoyed contributing to Pain BC’s social media channels, fundraising campaigns, newsletters, events and other Pain BC communications since she joined the team in 2014.

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Andrea Thomson

Job Title: 
Administrative Assistant

Andrea takes care of the many administrative tasks of the organization, including coordinating event logistics.