Kristy Kerr is the Executive Director of the BCCDC Foundation, where she is responsible for strategic direction, partnerships, organizational development, operations, and the consistent achievement of the mission, vision and mandate of the Foundation. Kristy manages day-to-day administrative functions, including finance, HR, and award management, as well as strategic functions, including fund development, marketing, communications, and building the profile of the Foundation. Kristy has worked in different research management and grant- writing roles, as well as international development and global health.
Kristy has a Masters in Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and an Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. Kristy is very passionate about health promotion, prevention, equity and the social determinants of health. One of her passions is global health, focusing on the community level and building local capacity. Kristy has spent time working in Zambia and Kenya on various community-based initiatives. Her interests include the use of health promotion strategies and principles to advocate for human rights, social justice, and health equity.
Kristy is a Board Director for McLaren Housing Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization that provides housing and support services to people living with HIV who have low/limited income, are inadequately housed or are at risk of homelessness. She is dedicated to this work, as well as other community development activities. Kristy has been with the BCCDC Foundation since July 2013.
Lisa Young is the Operations Coordinator of the BCCDC Foundation, where she is
responsible for daily operations/business functions, finance, communications, coordination of the internal funding program, and provides support for the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Lisa holds a CAP-OM designation from International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and has held leadership positions within the organization. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in the research/academic and non-profit worlds, having supported researchers at Dalhousie University for over 12 years, and volunteering/working for various non-profits across Canada. She currently volunteers with Dress For Success, who work to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive at work and in life. Lisa joined the Foundation in October 2016.
Kim Acedo is the Communications Officer of the Foundation, where she supports and executes marketing and communications activities to raise the profile, reputation, and reach of the BCCDC Foundation, and public health broadly. Her work supports the Executive Director in achieving the BCCDC Foundation strategy to successfully grow our influence and impact as a public health charity, build our reputation, and fulfill our mission.
Since working at the Foundation, Kim has grown a particular interest in health promotion, gender, and health equity, and is currently pursuing a Professional Development Award in Gender and Sexuality. Kim has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She joined the Foundation in February 2020.
Director of Operations
Matthew Wright is the Director of Operations of the BCCDC Foundation, where he is responsible for operational leadership of programs and projects that meet the overall strategic goals of the organization. Matthew works with and supports the Executive Director and the team in fulfilling the strategic plan and priorities, organizational and financial growth and sustainability, the consistent achievement of the mission, vision, and mandate of the BCCDC Foundation, and ensuring the Foundation continues to successfully grow its reputation, influence, and impact as a public health charity.
Matthew has a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Integrated Management Studies, as well as a Private Pilot’s License. He brings over 11 years experience in operational planning and project management within the non-profit sector that he has fostered throughout his career, such as leading initiatives to support BC Cancer Foundation and as a member of the Leadership team with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Matthew has a passion for healthcare and community engagement, showcased through his interest in event planning and fundraising. He currently volunteers his time coaching with the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club. Matthew joined the BCCDC Foundation in October 2021.
Director of Development
Natasha believes that philanthropy can help create systemic change. She brings nearly 20 years of progressive experience at equity and health organizations including YWCA Metro Vancouver, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and West Coast LEAF. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and has an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT.
Committed to social justice and equity, diversity and inclusion, she volunteers with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Chapter as a mentor and longstanding member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) committee. Natasha is grateful to work and live with her wife and daughter on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
She joined the Foundation in late 2021 and has overall fund development strategic, leadership, programmatic, operational and financial responsibilities. She collaborates with the Executive Director and team to raise funds to achieve the strategic plan and priorities, ensure organizational and financial sustainability and the continued growth of the Foundation’s reputation, influence, and impact. Natasha is excited to work with volunteers, supporters and stakeholders to advance the Foundation’s vital work at this critical time.