Meet Our Staff

JANICE PERRINO, CFRE – CEO

Janice Perrino joined the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in August 2016. She brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership, vision, and fundraising, and her expertise has already greatly benefited the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Joining us from the Okanagan, Janice was the former Executive Director for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, located at the Penticton Regional Hospital. In that role she managed the Foundation, the SOS Café, and various business ventures to raise funds for medical equipment in healthcare facilities throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen Region.

Prior to that, Janice worked for the BC Cancer Foundation at the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna.
Janice has successfully lead several medical equipment campaigns including fundraising for two MRI machines, a CT Scanner, and Digital Stereotactic Mammography machine, a Digital Imaging Department, Surgical Suites, and Moog & Friends Hospice House. She helped spearhead the major campaign for a new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. Over the last twenty years Janice has been instrumental in raising more than $45 million.

Furthermore, Janice served two terms as the Mayor of Summerland, was the Chair of the Regional Hospital District for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), and was a two-term City Councillor in Summerland. She retired from politics in December 2014.
Janice has also served at the leadership level in many community organizations including as a Board Director for Okanagan College, as Chair of the Summerland Olympic Committee, and Past-President of the Summerland Rotary Club. She has been a motivational speaker for Boards, local Societies, and various business groups. Additionally, she has enjoyed serving as the speech and leadership coach for two youth groups (teenage girls) for more than ten years.

Janice has successfully achieved her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has reached the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) with Toastmasters International, is a recipient of the Outstanding Resource Women of Honour Award, and the Women of Distinction Award for Career Leadership.

Phone: 250-755-7937
janice@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

FOUNDATION STAFF

SUSAN J. RYAN, CPA, CMA, CPHR - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

SUSAN J. RYAN, CPA, CMA, CPHR – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Originally from the UK Susan moved to Canada and settled in the Yukon for a number of years before moving to the Cowichan Valley in 2003. Susan has been with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since November 2003 and is the Chief Financial Officer for the Foundation. She handles the preparation of the financial statements, financial reporting to the CEO, all HR functions for the Foundation, Estates and Planned Gifts, and financial and management oversight for two for-profit businesses.  Before moving to the Island, Sue was the Vice President & CFO for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Board, and prior to that the Director, Finance & Administration for the Government of Yukon Department of Justice.
Susan holds both the CPA, CMA professional accounting designation and the CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) designation and currently serves as the Chair of the Board for CPHR BC & YK.
Previous Board positions include Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee for CPHR Canada, Secretary and Executive Committee member for the Queen Margaret’s School Board of Governors, Member, CMA Canada Board, President, CMA Whitehorse, Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada Board, Member, Kaushee’s Place Women’s Transition Home Board, and Founding Member of the Whitehorse Daybreak Rotary Club.  She has been a presenter at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Canadian Conference and at the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference. Sue was also an instructor for the Business Administration Program at Yukon College.
Sue is inspired every day by our donors, by our volunteers, by our staff, and by the work that we do to support the hospital.  “I like to think that my work supports all staff and helps them to do their best work for the cause”.

Phone: 250-755-7936   Cell: 250-709-1271
susan@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

BRENDA ROSITANO, BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, CFRE - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

BRENDA ROSITANO, BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, CFRE – DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Originally from Prince George, BC, Brenda moved to Nanaimo in 1999 and has been with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation since June 2000.

Working closely with the CEO, Brenda develops our Annual Fundraising Plan, and then works with Foundation Staff to determine the best way to implement the plan so our goals are met.  Brenda also takes care of all our Third Party and Community Fundraisers and generously shares her time with individuals and organizations so they get the most out of their first time fundraising experience.  Brenda is also at the helm of Golf for Life, one of the most successful and longest running golf tournaments on Vancouver Island, and Run for Life, our annual 5K family oriented Run.

 A former teacher, Brenda has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia and in 2015 received the Certified Fund Raising Executive Designation (CFRE).  Brenda also sits on the selection committee of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce’s “Business Achievement Awards”.

Brenda is actively involved with her community, and is committed to raising funds for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.  She often says “when you have a major health crisis, you will come to NRGH first, and it’s great to know you will get exceptional care when you walk through those doors”.

Please reach out to Brenda if you are interested in a community fundraising event:

Phone: 250-739-5765
Email:  brenda@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

REBECCA TAYLOR - DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA RELATIONS

REBECCA TAYLOR – DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA RELATIONS

Originally from Edmonton, Rebecca moved to BC in 1998 and, after living in a few locations, returned to the island in late 2017. Rebecca brings with her over two decades of combined experience in the non-profit and private sectors with an extensive background in fundraising, marketing and communications, client relations, event management and community engagement.

Upon completion of a BFA from the University of Alberta and an Arts Administration Certificate from MacEwan University, Rebecca worked in the arts and culture sector in Alberta. Upon moving to BC, Rebecca worked in the private sector in a number of areas before returning to the non-profit sector in 2008 where she held both regional and national fund development management roles with Diabetes Canada.

Rebecca is excited to leverage her diversity of skills and experience at the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation and help make a positive impact for the thousands of people who use the services of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital each year.

Phone: 250-739-5764
rebecca.taylor@viha.ca

TARA MAY - MANAGER OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES

TARA MAY – MANAGER OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES

Tara comes to the Foundation with over 18 years experience in the Finance Department of our local Credit Union, where she was responsible for everything from accounts payable & payroll, to treasury and investments. 

She is responsible for the day to day accounting and month end reporting for the Foundation, as well as the subsidiary companies Code Brew and Lifeline.

Tara is passionate about being of service and giving back.  She spent over 2 years as a 911 Operator and Dispatcher for the RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue.  Tara continues to help out as a Detachment Services Clerk whenever possible.

“I have very dedicated friends and family that work tirelessly in the health care field, and I am proud to be working for a group that does so much to provide our nurses, doctors, and technicians the tools they need to provide the best health care services we can.”

Phone: 250-740-2651
tara.may@viha.ca

NANCY SCOTT, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

NANCY SCOTT, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Nancy Scott is the first person to greet you when you enter our office.
Nancy moved to Nanaimo from Winnipeg in 1992 and brought with her numerous years of experience in customer service, office management and finance. Nancy has worked with the Foundation team since November 2006.
Nancy’s work is diverse, but taking care of our donors when they come into our office to make a donation is the most important part of her day. Nancy makes sure our database is accurate and up to date, and also provides support to our CEO and Board of Directors. 
“I love what I do at the Foundation and for the community! We help make our hospital a better place for us all!” 

Phone: 250-755-7950
nancy@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

LYNN TANIGUCHI, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

LYNN TANIGUCHI, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Lynn has been with the Foundation since 1999 as the Development Assistant.  Lynn takes diligent care of the Foundation database to ensure that all donor information is current and up to date. She works closely with the Development team on mail campaigns and prepares statistical reports when requested.  Lynn goes above and beyond to provide accurate information. “My biggest success is enjoying what I do and feeling I am helping to make a difference in the work the Foundation does”.

Phone: 250-740-2622
lynn@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

NANAIMO LIFELINE

TAMARA PATON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TAMARA PATON – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tamara Paton comes to us from San Diego, California where she worked in Health Care Management and Training for 15 years. Tamara is the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Lifeline Program and while she is new to this role, she has been with the Nanaimo Lifeline Program since 2010.
Tamara is passionate about helping seniors and the medically at risk to live safely and independently in their own homes. Tamara is proud to be a part of the Foundation and providing top-of-the line medical equipment helps ensure the best health care outcomes, making a difference in the lives of many. 

Phone: 250-739-5768
tamara@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

JOAN RYAN, DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

JOAN RYAN, DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Joan is the Director of Special Projects for the Nanaimo Lifeline Program. Having managed this program for more than 28 years, she is transitioning towards retirement and is spending her last couple of years working with special projects which promote the program and support our staff as we incorporate enhanced technology and new equipment into the Nanaimo Lifeline program.

Joan was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and moved to BC as a teenager with her family. She and her husband Bruce have been married for 43 years, and they have three children and two grandchildren. Joan completed high school in Campbell River and went on to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, where she trained as a computer operator – in the days of punch cards! She completed several courses at North Island College, holds a certificate as a professional in volunteer management, and continues to attend workshops and seminars designed to keep current within her profession. Joan is also an experienced public speaker and trainer and passes along her training in team building and coaching as opportunities arise.

Joan is a member of The Rotary Club of Nanaimo, Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC, and the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada. In addition, she serves on several committees and belongs to the Nanaimo Seniors Services Network and the Oceanside Health Living Association – organizations that focus on the needs and challenges of older adults.

Phone: 250-739-5767
joan@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

CODE BREW AT NRGH

LORRIE MOHL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

LORRIE MOHL – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

 Lorrie has been with the Foundation since 2015 and is currently the Business Development Manager for Code Brew and the Foundation.  Lorrie is from Qualicum Beach and has over 24 years’ experience in business management and tourism marketing. Previously she was a Resort Manager, the Executive Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, and the owner/operator of two tourism businesses in Tofino.  
 Lorrie has served as a Board of Director for the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, Parksville-Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, Mid-Island Wildlife Watch Society (Brant Wildlife Festival), Parksville Beach Festival Society, Tourism Vancouver Island, Tofino Vacation Rental Association, as well as on two task force committees for Tourism BC with regards to recreation sport fishing and the Visitor Information Centre network.  
Lorrie’s experience in community relations is a natural fit for helping the community raise money and ensure our local hospital can provide quality healthcare. “Most everyone needs their local hospital at some point. Regardless of age, income, or occupation, we all know someone who comes in for weekly dialysis, cancer treatments, or has had a knee or hip replaced.  The Hospital Foundation is a charity that serves so many in so many different ways”.     
Lorrie is very proud to work alongside so many great volunteers who also want to help support their local hospital; she learns from them every day.  

Phone: 250-755-7691 ext 52244
Lorrie@nanaimohospitalfoundation.com