Meet our team members

Elizabeth Goodfellow
Health Professional, Professional Practice Leader

I have been connected to PROP for many years and remember the early days of the Program. Currently, I provide professional practice services to PROP and also work as one of the clinical on-call Respiratory Therapists. I also work as the CPAP Coordinator/Educator for the VCH Sleep Disorders program and as an accreditation surveyor for both Accreditation Canada and the BC Diagnostic Accreditation Program. I hold a master’s degree in Health Sciences (Athabasca) as well as a fellowship with the CSRT. I also have a long history of volunteering with both the provincial (BCSRT) and national (CSRT) professional groups. I am a peer reviewer for the CSRT journal and the current president of the BCSRT.

Esther Khor
Manager, Respiratory Therapist

I joined BCITS in 2011 as a Respiratory Therapist. Prior to that, I did my training and critical care work in Calgary, AB before moving to lovely BC with my husband. As an RT, I wanted to work in the non-profit sector of Health Care. Not surprisingly, the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) fitted like a glove the moment I met the independently-minded clients and their dedicated care givers. Empowering clients to take charge of their respiratory care is a role that I am proud of.

Dr. Jeremy Road
Health Professional, Professor of Medicince UBC

Dr. Road is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and a Respirologist at Vancouver Hospital and UBC. He is the Medical Director of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program. His research interests include respiratory sleep and neuromuscular disorders, COPD and respiratory tract infections. His current area of basic research is respiratory muscle fatigue and injury in loaded breathing.

Jerzy Pacek
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I was born in Poland. I came to Canada in 1991, and after graduating from the BCIT Biomedical Engineering program in 2006, was hired by BCITS as a biomed technician. In my spare time, I enjoy watching a good movie or reading an interesting book.

Kevin Choi
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I was born in Seoul, South Korea. When I was 11 years old, I came to Canada on my own to study. According to some research, the average person spends 80,000 hours of their life working and I really enjoy working as a Biomed at BCITS. My biggest passion is to be happy and help others as much as possible. Besides my work, I like to play soccer and basketball with my friends. One day, I will conquer Mt. Everest and go and live on Mars.

Lily Cheung
Respiratory Therapist

I have been with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach (PROP) team since July 2014. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which pairs nicely with my career as a Respiratory Therapist! In the last 10 years, I have been fortunate to meet many incredible people through the work I have done with adult and pediatric acute care, hyperbarics, research, and education. Since working with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP), I have been inspired by the ingenuity and individuality impressed upon me by our clients. The work here has truly been most rewarding and I look forward to the ongoing journey of sharing knowledge and developing partnerships with the community.

Nancy Lear
Peer Network Facilitator

I have been working at BCITS since November 2015 and bring with me over twenty years’ experience volunteering in the non-profit sector providing service, motivation and leadership to disabled groups and individuals. I have a B.A. in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a diploma as a Career Development Practitioner at Simon Fraser University. Being a CSIL [SEE’ CIL] employer and ventilator-dependent since 1993, I am familiar with what questions to ask. I listen closely to each Peers’ needs and concerns as they move forward towards their independence. I volunteer at Neil Squire Society, Canadian Assisted Travel Society and with the Access Awareness Committee for Burnaby/New Westminster area. In my spare time, I enjoy wheelchair square dancing, exploring my surroundings, shopping and various social activities.

Patrick Cho
Respiratory Therapist

I joined BCITS in 2013 and during my time here, I have gained enjoyment and knowledge while working with clients all over B.C. I have a Bachelor’s of Science from Simon Fraser University and I did research in cancer drugs and medical devices prior to becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist. My clinical training included Surrey Memorial, Vancouver General Hospital, and I also worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital before coming aboard.

Richard Bing
Office Administrator

I started in the office as Office Administrator in April 2016, so I am still learning the ropes. My past experience has been working for the Positive Living Society of BC, my main role there was database development and administration but as so often in a non-profit environment, I found myself helping out where ever I was needed. I especially enjoyed working with the members helping out on the member retreats and other society events. When I am not working or looking after my elderly mother, my interests include running around the sea-wall, socialising with friends and travel. I am looking forward to working at BCITS.

Rodel Mangahis
Materials Manager

It feels like it was only yesterday when I joined the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program back in 2002. I have been fortunate and so proud to work with a dedicated team that shares the same passion of making a significant difference in people’s lives. The best part of my job is meeting our determined clients and devoted family members and care workers who continually are an inspiration to me. I love playing musical instruments in my spare time. I also enjoy creating simple works of art, using various media.

Roger Desmarais
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I have been with BCITS since 2006. I am a big fan of retro video games and have lots of LEGO. Those who know me well agree that I am very colourful. I am also a big dog-lover and always very tempted to play with them when visiting clients!

Ruth-Marzetti
Ruth Marzetti
Executive Director

I joined BCITS as the Executive Director in November 2015. My passion is in the non-profit sector and I am motivated by working for organizations that are deeply committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I look forward to working with the board and staff in learning more about the needs of clients and incorporating their feedback to enhance our service delivery. My other passion is my road bike and staying active.

Samiko Guest
Biomed

I’ve been working as a Biomed at BCITS since 2008. My favourite colour is yellow, I think jellyfish and mushrooms are derived from the same ancestor, and I was born in the year of dog. My mom used to tell me that dog people are very royal and will never starve to death.

Sherry Shea
Respiratory Therapist

I have been a Respiratory Therapist for over 18 years and have been with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) since the spring of 2015. Even though most of my career has been in Critical Care in Hospitals, joining the team here at the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and working in the community has felt very natural. Problem solving, troubleshooting and collaborating with clients to support and foster autonomy and independence has always been a primary focus for me, one where everyone wins.

Sodany Taing
Respiratory Therapist

I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I graduated as a respiratory therapist in December 2012 at Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON. Immediately after, I packed my bags and off I moved to the beautiful British Columbia that I now call home. There I began my career at Vancouver General Hospital. Now many years later, I begin my exciting new chapter of my career into the world of home ventilation or as many of us call it, PROP, the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program.

Stephen Hendradjaja
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I have been working as a biomed at BCITS since 2001 and enjoy working with people and bringing joy to others. When I’m not glued to work, I like to cook and hunt for mushrooms.

Wayne Pogue
Manager, Biomedical Engineering

I joined BCITS as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist in 2006, shortly after the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and the Technology for Independent Living Program (TIL) joined forces, and have had the privilege of seeing the 2 programs grow together. After an enjoyable day at the office, heading up the most amazing team of biomedical engineering technologists, there’s nothing better than spending some quality time with my family, playing hockey with the guys, or cheering on the local teams.

Wendy Lawrence
Registered Nurse

I have been a part of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) team since September 2013. I completed my BSN at UBC in 1985 and began my career in nursing working in acute SCI until 1989. I then entered BCIT to complete a diploma in paediatric intensive care and practiced at BC’s Children’s Hospital ICU. Throughout my career as an RN, I have worked closely with my Respiratory Therapist peers both in the hospital and community settings. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring an accumulation of skills, knowledge, and experience to an organization that puts a personal touch on supporting individuals with respiratory needs in their homes.

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