Board Executive

Finlay Sinclair, Board Chair

Finlay Sinclair

Board Chair, MCIP, RPP, Emergence Developments

Finlay is an urban planner and land developer and has also been involved with senior leadership in health care, local government, and university education in British Columbia for the past 30 years. Finlay has seen firsthand the devastating impact that chronic pain has on people and their families and he is deeply committed to building a system of care for people with pain in BC.

Dr. Karen Wanger, Board Vice-Chair

Dr. Karen Wanger

Board Vice-Chair, GP, Sea to Sky Corridor

Dr. Wanger practises Family Medicine and Urgent Care in the Sea to Sky Corridor where she relocated after a career in Emergency Medicine and Paramedic Medical Direction in Vancouver. She has both professional and personal experience with the impacts of chronic pain. She joined Pain BC to help fill the gaps in the system for people living with pain.

Sara Maseko

Sara Maseko

Board Treasurer, CPA

Sara Maseko is a Chartered Professional Accountant practicing in Vancouver, BC. She began her career working in public practice for 12 years, building a knowledge base in private enterprise services, primarily focused on taxation and financial accounting. In her student days, she realized an affinity towards not-for-profit audits as a means of finding the “softer side” of auditing. Today you’ll find Sara working for herself as a freelance consultant, wearing a number of different hats, ranging from business finance management to corporate and personal tax preparation.

Joanne Archer

Joanne Archer

Board Secretary, RN, BTech, MA, CIC

Joanne has worked in health care since 1977 in wide variety of roles and settings. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing and her masters degree in disability management. During her career, Joanne has had a bird's-eye view of the impact chronic pain has on people. She is excited and honored to be on the board of Pain BC as she recognises how much room for improvement exists for pain management both for health care providers and individuals who live with chronic pain.

Members at Large

Michelle Adkins

Michelle Adkins

LL.B, First Nations Health Authority

Michelle Adkins is a member of the Haida Nation, who currently works as an Executive Director with the First Nations Health Authority. In her capacity, Michelle provides support to the Chief Operating Officer, as well as executive leadership in First Nation Primary Care initiatives and development of an Urban/Away from Home Strategy. Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in the federal government. As a lawyer, Michelle spent most of her federal career managing Canada’s federal legal aid program. As Director General, Michelle managed litigation for the Department of Indian Affairs, before accepting a position with the Department of Finance as executive responsible for management of Tax Policy.

Wesley Buch

Wesley Buch

R. Psych, Behavioural Health Care

Wesley Buch is a registered psychologist who practices in the area of clinical and rehabilitation psychology. Wesley’s career began in the Back Education & Evaluation Program of WorkSafe BC. He consulted to the Complex Chronic Diseases Program, BC Women’s Hospital, 2012-2013; the BC Medical Association’s Practice Support Program for Chronic Pain, 2013-2014; and then joined the Board of Directors of Pain BC. 

Dan Buchner

Dan Buchner

Founder and Principal, praktikel

Dan is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur, educator, and leadership facilitator. He believes in the power of innovation and leadership to positively impact society. Using his practical experiences in business and life, he shifts thinking, transforms perspectives, and inspires action to advance organizations and communities. Dan has served on and chaired the board of directors of National Board of Certified Counselors. Founded by USAID, his recent work has involved using innovative thinking as an economic, leadership and social development tool in South Africa, El Salvador, Jordan, and India. Having experienced the impacts of chronic pain on his family, Dan is passionate about advancing Pain BC and its mission.

Dr. Phillipa Carrie

Dr. Phillipa Carrie

Chiropractor, Cedar Coast Chiropractic

Philippa Carrie brings her experience of working as a chiropractor in Victoria for the last nine years to the Pain BC board. In her practice, she regularly works with people in chronic pain and helps patients navigate a complex medical system while advocating on their behalf. She works with a non-drug, conservative treatment method that patients often turn to when faced with chronic pain and she understands the importance of having caring, qualified health practitioners working together to manage a patient’s condition.

Rob Chiarello

Rob Chiarello

Sr. Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Privacy Officer, Pacific Blue Cross

Rob brings more than 20 years of experience to his role in providing strategy innovation and direction as Sr. Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Privacy Officer. With extensive knowledge of private and public health care in Canada, Rob leads the organization in best practices for team management, recruitment and labour relations. Through progressively more senior roles at Pacific Blue Cross, Rob has developed a deep understanding of organizational culture and leading workforces through transformational change. Rob is an active member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) and is also Chair of Burnaby Family Life, a not-for-profit agency that provides social programs, child care services and workforce re-entry training to help children and families in the Burnaby area to reach their full potential.

Sarah Sandusky

Sarah Sandusky

Merritt Chapter Coordinator, Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Sarah is dedicated to community wellness. She collaborates with local physicians in Merritt BC to drive innovation in access to sustainable health care. She serves on an advisory committee at CADTH (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) where her perspectives contribute to a knowledge base that will inform health care decision makers in Canada. After two decades of working with non-profit organizations focused on homelessness, addiction, education, health, and human rights across Canada and abroad, Sarah brings strategic leadership, fundraising, and communications expertise to the Pain BC Board of Directors. She has experienced the impact of chronic pain both personally and professionally.

Kataneh Sherkat

Kataneh Sherkat

MBA & CPCC, Director, Executive Search, Peeples Inc.

Kataneh has worked in the Human Resources and Consulting business for over 25 years, supporting organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. She has advised on Boards in the areas of executive search, strategic planning, and executive review. She has also founded a non-profit organization focused on scholarships, and has served as the Vice Chair for two other non-profits. Having lived with chronic pain for 22 years, she understands the tough landscape pain patients are faced with when accessing support services.