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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Nicki Kahnamoui

Nicki Kahnamoui

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.

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Jamie Ong

Job Title: 
Community Engagement Lead

Jamie engages rural and remote communities to develop local pain programming and supports. This bottom-up approach allows communities to benefit from pain programs that serve their unique needs. Jamie comes from a strong communications background and has an interest in the health care and environmental sustainability sectors. She is passionate about Pain BC's mandate and is proud to be part of an organization that makes such an impact on underserved communities across BC.

 

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Leah Chang

Job Title: 
Education Lead

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.