Charlford House Board of Directors
Kathryn Sainty, President
Kathryn has enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career. She is a very active member of a number of professional organizations, including CBACB’s Women Lawyers Forum. Kathryn has been involved with non-profit and charitable organizations throughout her legal career, including co-founding the Canadian Women Voters Congress and as President of Building Bridges with Rwanda Society. Registrar of the Supreme Court of BC from 2001 to 2014, Kathryn has recently returned to private practice, specializing in mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting.
Nancy Matheson, Vice President
Nancy has worked as a management consultant and a lawyer, and has held several management positions in the community sector. She has developed and used sophisticated system and problem analysis skills, married with a talent for helping people and organizations plan for and implement change. Nancy has provided services in the areas of governance, facilitation, strategic and project planning, organizational and project assessment, alternative service delivery, development and adaptation of project management plans and the tools to implement the plans. Nancy joined the Board of Charlford House in June, 2014.
Ken Painter, Treasurer
Ken Painter is a CPA who has been working in the retail and natural food industry for years. While looking through the CPA job boards, he came across a posting to become a Board Member for the Charlford House Society for Women. Addiction and recovery has had a significant impact on Ken's life. Consequently, when he saw this positing for an organization dedicated to helping people learn how to integrate recovery into their lives, he felt this was an excellent opportunity to utilize his skills and give back to a cause very important to him.
Jessica Todd, Secretary
Jessica Todd has a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in political science from Kwantlen Polytechnic and a post-baccalaureate diploma in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. Currently, Jessica is an outreach team leader at SAFE in Collingwood, a part-time researcher with SFU, and runs a non-profit art workshop for women out of the Carnegie Center, called the Downtown Eastside Women’s Art Collective. In her spare time, Jessica art directs independent film projects, and enjoys reading, writing, cooking and eating delicious meals.
Chris Craven, Director
Chris currently works at Lykki, a made-in-Vancouver office supply company. She worked in management with Regis Framing prior to joining Lykki, and is an active Charlford alumna. Chris joined the Board in 2009, and is very grateful for the significant part that Charlford House has played in her recovery journey.
Carmelina Tropeano, Director
A long-time Burnaby resident, Carmelina joined the Charlford House Board in June, 2014. She has a background in criminology and finance, and currently works with Vancouver City Savings Credit Union. She is an active volunteer for community events such as Financial Literacy Seminars, Italian Member Appreciation and Italian Days on the Drive. Carmelina and her husband Cristian have three young children who keep them on their toes.
Lori Kilburn, Director
Lori’s career spans over twenty five years helping wealthy individuals, municipalities, companies and institutions navigate the complex world of investments. She holds numerous prestigious industry designations including Certified Investment Manager, Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, Canadian Portfolio Manager and Canadian Securities Institute. Lori has been involved with non-profit and charitable organization throughout her investment career, including Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, Canadian Cancer Society, The Cmolik Foundation and Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. Lori joined Charlford House Board in June, 2015.
Laura Johnson, Director
Laura's career has spanned the non-profit and private sectors, where she has developed proficiencies in human resources, communications, and fundraising. With a background in recruitment marketing, Laura also has over 15 years' not-for-profit experience, including peer support for adolescent substance abuse counselling programs and coordinating civic youth initiatives. She has worked for over a decade at non-profit home care provider Greater Vancouver Community Services Society; she recently expanded her role in Human Resources to manage Communications and Fund Development. Laura is also a longterm North Burnaby resident and proudly joined neighbouring Charlford House's board in 2016.
Janice Craig, Director
Janice, a CPA, CGA, has enjoyed a challenging and diverse career in corporate financial management of public companies, locally and abroad, and as a management consultant to private sector clients. A woman who enjoys the fulfillment of helping and mentoring others through her nonprofit involvement, Janice has utilized her leadership and communication skills as a Board member, treasurer and secretary with Encompass Support Services Society in Langley for 12 years, and is still actively involved as an executive member with the Cinderella Project after 13 years. Currently Vice President of Administration with Conuma Coal Resources, Janice brings to the table a strong background in corporate management, reporting, strategic planning, budgeting, and change management.