Jill Atkey


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Jill brings more than 20 years of research and leadership experience in the non-profit sector to her role as BCNPHA CEO. She is at the forefront of innovative housing research and policy development influencing decision-making at all levels of government, and is passionate about inspiring staff, collaborating across the community housing sector, supporting BCNPHA members and furthering the cause of affordable housing.

Phone: 778.945.2155

Lynda Dragan

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

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Lynda has been with BCNPHA since 2013 and is affectionately known as the heart of our organization. She brings a wealth of operational management experience to her role, including 30 years in the banking sector and provincial government advocacy.

Phone: 778.945.2165

Bryan Woo

Managing Director


Bryan cultivates and nurtures member and stakeholder engagement through data-driven leadership, collaboration, and relationship-building. He recently joined BCNPHA from the non-profit cultural sector where he developed a “rising tide raises all ships” outlook. By always putting members first, Bryan strives to advance the value and benefits of membership across the sector.

Phone: 778.725.1309

Finance & Administration

Marilyn Aceja Uy

Director of Finance and Administration

Marilyn joined BCNPHA to assist in fulfilling the strategic financial and operational objectives of BCNPHA as it continues to grow and fill the needs of its members. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and holds a BSc in Accounting and a BA in Behavioural Sciences.

Phone: 778.945.2168

Maria Montero

Financial Controller

Maria joined BCNPHA to support its growing financial and operational needs. She brings a wealth of experience in industries focused on property management, real estate development, seniors’ community living, and post-secondary education. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and holds a CPA, CGA designation.

Phone: 236.521.0616

Raquel Bautista

Accounting and Administration Support

Raquel joined BCNPHA to assist the Finance and Administration team. She has worked in the real estate industry for 14 years focused on bank financing, delinquency control and credit and collections. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Phone: 778.945.2163

Kyle Nguyen

Senior IT Manager

Kyle has a passion for using technologies to assist communities of all scales. He has spent the last six years working in non-profits, primarily focusing on improving business operations through automation and technology. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Phone: 778.731.2354

Ian Wastasecoot

IT & CRM Administrator

Ian supports the day-to-day tech operations of BCNPHA and creates automated workflows for the team to use in our CRM software. Ian brings to the team over 10 years of web development experience and seven years of technical experience.

Phone: 778.945.2152

Policy & Education

Marika Albert

Policy Director

Marika leads our research and advocacy efforts, as well as BCNPHA’s professional development and education programs. She tackles large-scale issues affecting the sector and advocates for tangible solutions through legislative, policy, and funding changes. Marika holds an MA in Sociology and in 2018 was recognized with an Honorary Citizen Award from the City of Victoria for her work on housing and homelessness research.

Phone: 778.945.2164

Angi Ross (on leave)

Education Manager (on leave)

Angi joined the BCNPHA team in August 2022 as the Education Manager and oversees the strategic planning of responsive professional development and learning offerings for BCNPHA members. Angi recently completed her MA in Community Development and comes to BCNPHA with a professional background in learning engagement, leadership, capacity building, and program design.

Phone: 778.730.2125

Jim Beaudreau

Education Manager

As Education Manager, Jim oversees the strategic planning of responsive professional development and learning offerings for BCNPHA members. Following an early career in health and education policy, Jim transferred his skills to professional planning and has been involved in wide variety of projects throughout BC ranging from community planning, housing research, and affordable housing development consulting for a diverse group of housing societies. Jim is highly skilled in research, communications and analytical thinking, and has considerable experience working on projects involving vulnerable populations. Jim received a Master of Arts in Planning in 2014 and a Master of Public Policy and Administration in 2009.

Kate Nielsen

Education Lead

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Kate combines her love of learning with a keen interest in adult education and more than 20 years of experience working in the non-profit housing sector to deliver BCNPHA’s suite of e-learning opportunities. She is a recent graduate of the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma (Adult & Continuing Education) Program and her ambition is to master all the online training tools in the universe, as well as stick to one Starbucks coffee per day.

Phone: 778.945.2156

Courtney Northrup

Education Programmer


Courtney joined the BCNPHA team in September of 2021 to assist the Education Team with providing learning opportunities to support our members and the sector. She comes to BCNPHA with a professional background in adult education, facilitation, and community development.

Phone: 778-945-2169

Jackson Freedman

Education Project Coordinator

Jackson joined BCNPHA in 2019 after earning a BA in Political Science, and has supported our education and policy work with a keen organizational focus. He uses data-driven analysis to support members with the tools they need to deliver affordable housing, and to develop effective strategies that address the affordable housing crisis in BC.

Phone: 778-725-1428

Erika Sagert

Policy Manager

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Erika works directly with members and leads research projects that build an evidence-based foundation for BCNPHA’s policy and advocacy work. She received an MA in Planning in 2017; throughout her five years with BCNPHA, Erika’s goal has been to help our sector advance social, economic and environmental justice and equity.

Phone: 778.945.2167

Andrés Peñaloza

Senior Policy Analyst

Andrés leads and supports many of BCNPHA’s research and policy initiatives with his expertise in strategic planning and policymaking. He holds a MA in Public Policy and Global Affairs and a BA in Urban Planning and worked as a city planner for over five years before moving from Venezuela to Vancouver.

Phone: 778.725.1418

Sruti Penumetsa

Policy Analyst

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Sruti leads the sector-wide census that will help drive the future of our understanding of non-profit housing in the province and advance the interests of the sector. She holds an MSc in Design and Urban Ecologies and a B. Architecture and joined BCNPHA in 2020.

Phone: 778.725.2205

Partnerships & Programs

Arwa Hasan (on leave)

Marketing and Membership Manager (On Leave)

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Arwa has been our direct line to BCNPHA members since 2008 and is committed to improving the member experience and supporting the sector through timely information, resources and tools on a wide range of topics. She brings an educational background in business and marketing to her role in ensuring the BCNPHA brand is consistently recognizable and top of mind in discussions on affordable housing.

Phone: 778.945.2152

Mauricio Ruiz

Business Development and Engagement Manager

Mauricio joined BCNPHA full-time in 2020, after supporting the team during the 2019 Housing Central Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Commerce and has public, private and non-profit experience in the areas of marketing and value chain integration. As the Business Development and Engagement Manager, he applies his relationship-building skills to connect with members, to promote the benefits of our member programs for societies and tenants, and to find products and solutions that strengthen the capacity of the sector.

Phone: 778.945.2160

Tanya Cromwell

Events Producer

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Tanya brings the community housing sector to life through BCNPHA’s in-person and online events. From concept to completion, Tanya awakens our senses in the pursuit of creating a holistic experience for delegates to ensure everyone is energized and inspired to effect positive change in their communities. She is a continuous learner, a passionate social justice advocate, and pursues a keen interest in dance, film, music and storytelling.

Phone: 778.945.2166
BCNPHA staff member Mike Bitzer

Mike Bitzer

Membership and Analytical Marketing Lead


A recent addition to the BCNPHA team, Mike has previous experience using data-driven insights to grow organizations and their impact. His goal is to help housing become more affordable for all British Columbians by using his analytical knowledge.

Phone: 778-735-1797

Sarah Payne

Communications Manager

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Sarah is our resident storyteller, having shifted from a 14-year career in newspaper reporting to BCNPHA in 2017 to help shine a light on the incredible work of our organization and the community housing sector. She holds an MA in Journalism and a deep connection to northern BC, and would love nothing more than to hear how your organization is delivering affordable housing in your community.

Phone: 236.521.0617

Stephen Thomson

Digital Communications Specialist

Stephen helps BCNPHA share valuable information and stories from the non-profit housing sector through social media, email newsletters, the website and other channels of communication. He has over a decade of experience working in post-secondary education and journalism.

Phone: 778.945.2159
BCNPHA staff member Gaby Ortiz

Gaby Ortiz

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Gaby has over seven years of experience in marketing and corporate communications. She is driven by curiosity, and treasures respect, trust, and ethics. She enjoys diversity and connecting with people. Open communication and working with a purpose are deeply valuable for her, which is why she feels honored and privileged to be part of the BCNPHA team.

Phone: 778.725.1266
staff member Taryn Stickney

Taryn Stickney

Web Content Coordinator

Taryn is a graduate of BCIT’s Computer Science Technology Diploma program, joining BCNPHA as the Web Content Coordinator. (She) will be working with the Partnerships and Programs team to update and maintain web content. (He) is committed to improving user experience and helping members access the information that is relevant to them. (They) are returning to BCNPHA with past experience as the Housing Central Conference 2022 Conference Assistant. (He) is excited to be back and bringing (her) technical experience to the team!

Asset Management

Ian Cullis

Director, Asset Management

Ian develops funding solutions, incentive programs, and curriculum to support building renewal while coaching non-profit housing providers through capital planning, maintenance planning, and building retrofit projects. He is driven by a passion for sustainable buildings, the desire to help others, and a sense of accomplishment when people have access to more sustainable housing solutions.

Phone: 778.945.2153

Jackie Kanyuk

Senior Program Delivery Manager, Asset Management

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Jackie brings an extensive background in new construction and sustainable design education, as well as a LEED AP certification, to her asset management role. She joined BCNPHA in 2017 and enjoys fostering a culture of energy management with affordable housing professionals through capacity building, facilitation, strategic partnerships and energy project coaching.

Phone: 236.521.0619

Sandeep Kumar

Property Management Software Coordinator

Sandeep is your go to for all things Arcori; as a property management software coordinator he’s helping to implement this resource for more than 300 societies across BC. Having joined BCNPHA in early 2021, Sandeep is excited to connect with members and help them get the most time- and money-saving features from their Arcori software.

Phone: 778.945.2151

Chelsea Nicholson

Building Energy Specialist

As a Building Energy Specialist, Chelsea provides energy audits and energy coaching to help identify emission and cost savings for non-profit housing providers. Chelsea acquired a Master of Environment in Australia. Her background includes working as a building energy retrofit officer at the University of Melbourne and as a sustainability consultant. She is passionate about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs while improving occupant comfort.

Edward Beckett

Building Energy Manager

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Edward continues to leverage his extensive industry knowledge and experience as a Red Seal Electrician in connecting the benefits of energy management with asset management, since joining BCNPHA in 2021. His win/win, enthusiastic approach to finding energy management solutions will help reduce operating costs and GHG emissions produced while enabling building improvements across your portfolio.

Phone: 778.945.2158

Patrick Nnoka

Building Energy Specialist

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Patrick is a Building Energy Specialist for BCNPHA. He is a recent graduate from a chemical engineering program with a diverse working background, ranging from working in non-profit to energy efficiency. Patrick is passionate about creating sustainable and energy-efficient communities and aims to use his experiences to make a positive impact.

Phone: 778.736.1258

Stephan Baeuml

Building Energy Specialist

Stephan is a German-trained engineer (Mechanical and Industrial) and Certified Passive House Consultant with a passion for energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. He worked for decades in non-profit project management and design-build construction. At BCNPHA, he brings his expertise to the affordable housing sector. His focus is providing building energy audits and retrofitting to lower energy use and GHG emissions, and increase comfort and sustainability for members and occupants.

Phone: 778.725.1295

Sabrina Yan

Property Management Software Coordinator

Sabrina has joined the BCNPHA Asset Management team as property management software coordinator. With many years of residential and commercial on-site property management experience, she fully understands the needs of our members, and she will help all the societies and associations use Arcori property management software smoothly and efficiently.

Phone: 778.735.1807

Brian Jung

Senior Program Delivery Manager, Asset Management

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Brian has been coaching non-profit housing providers to make improvements to their portfolio of buildings through energy efficiency and capital planning since he joined BCNPHA in 2015. He holds an MSc in Forestry, as well as certifications in sustainable energy management and measurement and verification.

Phone: 778.945.2157

Maggie Myagmar (on leave)

Building Energy Specialist

I have a degree in Sustainable Energy and Environment, and a diverse background in electrical and lighting design. Having joined BCNPHA in 2021, my focus is conducting energy audits to explore potential energy conservation and efficiency retrofit options. This work helps non-profit housing societies find sustainable and cost-effective building systems solutions to reduce GHG emissions.

Phone: 778.945.2161

Richard O’Malley

Building Energy Specialist

Richard Is a Building Energy Specialist at BCNPHA. Richard studied Sustainable Energy and Building Technology at Humber Facility of Applied Technology where he developed a passion for reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Prior to this, Richard worked for a housing association in Wales (UK) giving him the opportunity to support vulnerable families with their housing needs. Richard’s goal is to support people to lower their energy bills and environmental impact while improving their quality of life.

Phone: 778.200.9692
BCNPHA staff member Khaled Issa

Khaled Issa

Building Energy Analyst

Khaled supports non-profit housing societies with energy benchmarking to help identify opportunities in their buildings for efficiency improvements and GHG emissions reductions. He also assists the BCNPHA asset management team with their building data requirements and reporting. Khaled holds a MSc (UNB) and a PhD (UofC) in Mechanical Engineering, along with a certification in Building Controls and Energy Management (BCIT). He has experience in the building energy efficiency and clean transportation sectors. Khaled is passionate about working at the intersection of energy efficiency and data analytics, and aspires to apply his skills towards advocating for non-profit housing societies.

Gabriel Berenguer Vieira

Building Energy Manager

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Gabriel joined BCNPHA in 2020 to support non-profit housing societies across BC with building condition assessments, energy audits, energy retrofit coaching and more. He holds a BSc in civil engineering, along with an MSc in energy efficiency and sustainable buildings, a post-graduate diploma in project management, and is a LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP and PMP.

Phone: 778.945.2170

Allison Paquet

Building Condition Assessor


Allison assists non-profit housing societies with building condition assessments and capital planning services. Having joined BCNPHA in 2022, Allison brings experience completing building condition assessments and depreciation reports in the private sector. Allison hopes to help grow the BCNPHA services to serve more non-profit societies throughout the province.

Phone: 778.945.2155
BCNPHA staff member Marina Moura

Marina Moura

Building Condition Assessor

Marina joined BCHPNA in 2023 as a Building Condition Assessor. She has an extensive background in civil engineering and holds a post-graduate diploma in project management. Marina also has previous experience with building condition analysis, and project and quotation coordination from the private sector.

Phone: 236.521.0616