PCLA Board

Cheryl Evans

President, Board of Directors

Cheryl comes to us with over 30 years of mental health experience working at Woodlands School, Riverview Hospital as well as the Burnaby Center for Mental Health and Addiction. She has extensive experience working with youth with functional and cognitive disabilities as well as adults with progressive degenerative diseases that affect their mobility. Cheryl returned to school and completed her Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from Douglas College in 2014. Cheryl has broadened her already extensive experience as a Psychiatric Nursing working with clients challenged by mentally illness and who are also experiencing chronic addiction issues. Cheryl’s practice is guided by the Trauma Informed Practice Model.

In Cheryl’s spare time she likes to spend time in her garden. Cheryl is a life long learner and regularly completes supplemental online learning courses that enhances her professional practice such as the Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program and Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I.

Vinay Nand

Past President, Board of Directors

Vinay comes to us with over 11 years of experience including healthcare business management, project management, public relations, and scientific research. Vinay completed his Master of Business Administration as well as his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Microbiology with a minor in Kinesiology degrees at Simon Fraser University. He also earned his certification in Project Management, and Strategic Leadership at the University of British Columbia. Vinay has been with the Provincial Health Services Authority since 2009 as a Strategic Planner/Project Manager in the Strategic Planning and Transformation department and recently he has transitioned into an Senior Manager position within Lower Mainland Laboratory services.

In his free time Vinay enjoys going on trips, photography and is an avid hockey fan!

Lisa Castle


Lisa Castle has been a proud resident of New Westminster since 1994. She enjoys the conscience and spirit of community of the residents of New West, as well as the interesting balance of old and new.

Lisa retired in December 2017 from her role as the University of British Columbia’s Vice President Human Resources, holding the most senior HR role at UBC since 2002. She had an integral role and responsibility to enhance the University’s ability to achieve its academic purposes through its people, and sustain a culture of mutual respect, positive relations, wellbeing (including mental health) and outstanding contribution.

Currently, Lisa has established a consulting practice focused on strengthening organizations and their workplace practices.

She has served on a number of boards and associations, including as an ex officio member of the VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation HR Committee.

Lisa has both her Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees.

Patricia Stevens


Patricia has extensive experience in the healthcare and university sectors in a leadership positions with a focus on strategic planning, governance, utilization management, quality improvement and performance measurement. She is known as an innovative results oriented problem solver with a solid reputation for high ethical standards, reliability, motivation and realizing organizational goals and objectives. She earned her B.Sc. at UBC and MBA at SFU. She has served on many boards and associations.

As time permits, Patricia, a certified kundalini yoga instructor, can be found in the yoga studio or out walking in nature.

Neil Arao


Neil is currently a Manager of the Rehabilitation Clinic and the Complex Wound Care Clinic for Fraser Health Authority. Neil has a Masters of Social Work and has spent his career as a counsellor or manager for Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Detox, PLEA, and Children of the Street Society. Neil is a Board member for Chrysalis Society and has volunteered for the Vancouver Crisis Centre and the Centre of Integration for African Immigrants.

Mark Zuberbuhler

Executive Director

Mark Zuberbuhler is the Executive Director of PCLA . Mark has spent the last several years as Board President and Interim CEO for the Pacifica Treatment Centre, Board member for the Alzheimer Society of BC and was previously at the University of British Columbia in the Information and Learning Technology group.

Jessie Reid


Jessie earned her RN at Cariboo College in Kamloops (now known as Thompson Rivers University) and then her Master in Business Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Jessie owns and operates J. Reid Enterprises ltd. through which she provides independent consultation services in health care and health education. The company is also involved in other business ventures. Jessie worked in the acute care system for 25 years, over 10 of which was as the Vice President of a community hospital.

Since 2001 with the establishment of her company, her work has focused in the area of mental health and substance use. She is currently employed by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services as the Executive Director for Project Development and is on contract with Sentry Correctional Health Services as the Discharge Planning Lead.

In her spare time, she likes read, spend time at Cultus Lake and travel.

David Depner


David’s background is accounting and finance, with 19 years experience in property management as controller and accounting manager, 4 years as the operations officer for a non-profit organization here in the Lower Mainland and 10 years in finance as an advisor with De Thomas Wealth Management.

In his spare time he spends time with family skiing, cycling or fishing.

Karmen Blackwood


Karmen is Principal of KC Blackwood Strategy Consulting. Karmen has a wealth of experience and expertise in senior leadership, visioning and strategic planning, business, operational and financial planning, and management, business development and partnership/alliance-building, and leadership development strategies.

Karmen is a senior leader and board director who brings experience from roles she has held, such as Executive Director, Executive Education at SFU Beedie School of Business, Director of Continuing Studies & Executive Education at Capilano University, Director, Stakeholder Relations, Finance & Operations at the BC Council for International Education and various Director and Senior Consultant roles at UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Education. Karmen has served on various boards including the North Vancouver Chamber and the York House School Foundation.

Karmen is a three-time graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), holding a Bachelor of Arts degree (English Literature major), a Diploma in Urban Land Economics, and a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance & Strategic Management specializations).

Indy Rai


Indy is an accountant at MNP LLP with a passion for working with private businesses to achieve their goals. Indy specializes in clients from the real estate and construction industry to professionals such as doctors and lawyers.

Indy’s community and volunteer experience began in 2015 when he started working with the KidsPlay Foundation, an organization which provides underprivileged children an opportunity to play organized sports to gain confidence and learn the power of teamwork and leadership. Indy has also been part of both the Surrey and Vancouver Boards of Trade since 2016 and has taken part in many events over the years.

In his spare time, Indy enjoys playing and watching various sports, reading, hiking, and traveling.

Journey towards Independence

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