Executive Team

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
Acting CEO

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 fifteen years experience in the areas of social marketing, brand management, communications, strategic planning, and community development with a demonstrated passion towards community building initiatives and stakeholder management. She has been involved in the not-for-profit sector and community in both a volunteer and professional capacity, currently serving 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.