Executive Team

Karin Kirkpatrick, LLM, MBA, CPA, CMA

Karin Kirkpatrick joined Family Services of Greater Vancouver as CEO in January, 2017. She is a visionary leader bringing expertise in strategic planning, financial management, human resources, and governance. Karin comes to Family Services from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she is an adjunct professor in the organizational behavior and human resource division. Previous positions held include Assistant Dean of the Sauder School of Business; CEO of the Private Careers Training Institute Agency, a provincial crown corporation regulating the private post-secondary sector; and CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, a grant making organization supporting non-profit groups in sustainable housing projects. Karin is a provincial appointee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia, and was previously on the boards of the Vancity Community Foundation and the BC Council for International Education. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM), International Law and Practice, from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Human Resource Management, from Royal Roads University, and both a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Lesley Anderson, BA, BEd
Director, Giving and Fund Development

Lesley has committed her career to social justice, community development, and environmental sustainability initiatives of local and national impact for over 30 years.  She is honoured to have led program and resource development at MOSAIC, YWCA, Vancity Community Foundation, Tides Canada and The Bloom Group. She currently volunteers as the B.C. representative to Canadian Women’s Foundation Violence Prevention Grants Committee and with the Inner Activist Leadership Development Project.

A lifelong learner, Lesley holds undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in sociology and from UBC in adult education.

Lise Beauchesne, BSW, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
Director – Specialized Family Supports

Lise Beauchesne has worked in the social work profession for the past 35 years across three provinces – Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Lise has worked in a variety of urban and rural settings, including community and hospital based mental health programs, university counselling centres, social work education, front-line practice in health care, and most recently, a Professional Practice Leader of social work within a provincial tertiary health care environment. She brings an extensive background in social work clinical practice, clinical supervision, reflective practice, mentorship, inter professional collaboration, and community relations. This is complemented by her advanced knowledge and experience in social work leadership, operations and professional management, strategic planning, and change management. Lise is passionate about collaborating with community partners and drawing upon collective wisdom of the group to learn how services can be more accessible and designed to meet an array of needs for children, youth, adults and families optimize their a quality of life. This passion is deeply rooted in her values of advocacy, social justice, and commitment to creating a more compassionate society. Lise holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University, a Master of Social Work and a Doctorate of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jessica Denholm, BA, MA
Vice President

Jessica Denholm has worked in the non-profit social services sector for nearly 25 years. Her work first began with dual diagnosis clients and then with youth in residential A & D settings. She came to Family Services to assist in the development and operation of the new youth detox program in 1993. She eventually moved from program management in youth services into employment services and is still currently overseeing the new Work BC Employment Services Centre contract. Jessica also has a keen interest and passion for quality improvement in social services work and is the agency’s lead in accreditation, risk management, privacy, and CQI. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology from SFU and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Calum Scott, BCS
Director of Youth Services

Calum Scott has worked in the Social Services sector with a focus on vulnerable and at-risk youth for the past 15 years. Calum believes a collaborative approach is vital for our work to truly move the needle on the issues facing today’s youth. He has chaired and participated in many different community collaborative efforts and has experienced the success that comes with grassroots, community engagement. Calum is committed to the important work of Directions Youth Services and actively promotes the vision of  a community that embraces all youth and ensures that every child and youth has a decent place to live, enough to eat, and the tools, support and guidance needed to reach their potential and lead safe productive lives.

Lisa Whittaker, BA, MEd
Vice President – Counselling, Trauma, and Victim Services

For over 20 years, Lisa Whittaker has worked in the social service sector, focusing on the advancement of marginalized women and children involved in the criminal justice system for crimes they’ve experienced or witnessed. As a senior leader, Lisa works closely with advocacy groups, community agencies, funders and major donors, and with federal, provincial and municipal government to bring unique solutions to the complex issues facing our society today. A sought after presenter, Lisa has spoken both nationally and internationally on Family Services innovative police partnership model which sees police and social workers working collaboratively on the most high-risk domestic violence cases. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in the Department of Education from Brock University.

Leah Zille, BCom
Director of Marketing & Communications

Leah Zille is an accomplished marketing & communications professional with seventeen years experience in the areas of social marketing, brand management, communications, strategic planning, and community development with a demonstrated passion towards building strong communities. She has been involved in the not-for-profit sector and community in both a volunteer and professional capacity, currently serving as a provincial appointee on the Port Moody Police Board, and previously on the boards of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, and a parent cooperative preschool. Leah holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from the University of British Columbia.