Our Team

Meet the Team at Louis Brier

Our commitment to exemplary care allows us to attract — and retain — some of BC’s best and brightest eldercare professionals. Though we each bring our unique strengths to the Louis Brier Home & Hospital, we’re united by our commitment to delivering excellent, professional service.

SNIDER CAMPUS MANAGEMENT TEAM:

David Keselman, CEO

David brings over 20 years leadership experience in executive roles held in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, most recently as the Vice President, Patient Services at Stanton Territorial Health Authority in Yellowknife and prior to that, as the Executive Director of the Toronto, York, Peel, and Barrie sites of the Victorian Order of Nurses.  His educational background includes a Doctor of Health Administration from the Central Michigan University, a Masters of Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours) from the University of Toronto. David has a broad background in innovation, leading clinical operations, and implementing quality initiatives. David is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada and an Associate Instructor in both the Ryerson University School of Nursing, and the faculty of Health Studies at Athabasca University.

Tony Holtzhausen, CFO

Tony is the Chief Financial Officer, joining the Louis Brier Home and Hospital and Weinberg Residence in May 2016. He is responsible for finance, accounting, information systems, purchasing and reception. His experience spans over twenty five years in finance, accounting and operations in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive healthcare finance experience having moved from Saskatchewan where he was the Director of Finance for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Tony is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Angela Millar, Executive Leader, Resident Care Services

Angela Millar brings almost three decades of healthcare experience including more than ten years of senior leadership in Residential Care.  Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts degree, a Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (OT) as well as certificates in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.  Angela’s experience in organizational change, facilitative leadership and healthcare administration  as well as her commitment to quality improvement and resident and family centred care support our Mission to provide exemplary seniors care.

JoAnne Fernando, Manager, Quality & Risk

JoAnne Fernando has worked at the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2010.  In her new role of Quality & Risk Manager, JoAnne is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development and ongoing monitoring of risk management and quality improvement programs for the facility.  JoAnne also serves as one of the Accreditation leads for Louis Brier’s May 2018 Accreditation survey. Her educational background includes a Bachelors of Arts (Psychology) from UBC, a Bachelors of Social Work from UVIC, and a Masters of Social Work (specializing in Leadership in Human Services) from the University of Calgary. JoAnne is also currently completing a certification in the Integrated Quality Management through HealthCareCAN.

Melissa Tadeson, Manager, Housekeeping & Laundry Services

Melissa Tadeson joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital in Nov. 2011. Melissa has over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry having managed housekeeping services at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Hilton Vancouver Airport and the Marriott Hotels. Melissa holds a Diploma in Business Management, a Certificate in Effective Management, and has taken a course on Guidelines for New Managers at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

My passion for cleaning, interest in environmental sanitation, and my love for the elderly inspires me to come to work every day. It is rewarding to have a great housekeeping and laundry team who supports and makes the residents feel at home”.

Dylan Xu, Manager, Food Services

Dylan is the manager of food service department, joined us in August, 2017. He is a registered dietitian who graduated from McGill University. He did all his studies and training in Montreal and worked closely at Jewish General Hospital and Jewish eldercare center. This gave him a solid experience in Jewish food service setting in hospitals and long term care home.

He then moved to Chilliwack BC to work as a food service supervisor at Chilliwack General Hospital which gave him a strong background in doing all kinds of ordering and managing staff in the kitchen.

He is very excited to work at Louis brier and happy to be a member of this wonderful team.

 Lunadel Daclan – Infection Control Practitioner

Lunadel joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital in August 2017 when the Infection Control Practitioner position was newly created. Her role is to plan, develop, implement, manage and evaluate infection prevention and control programs with the intent of minimizing the risk of infectious disease for residents, staff, family members, companions, volunteers, and visitors. She acts as a liaison between LBHH and Vancouver Coastal Health regarding infection prevention and control guidelines and also in cases of infectious disease outbreaks. Lunadel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology. She has extensive experience in planning, leading, organizing and evaluating quality and improvement programs in private sectors.

“Being able to contribute to improving the quality of life of our residents by doing our best to prevent the development of new infections and prevent the transmission of existing infections between residents, staff, family members, companions, volunteers and visitors gives me much joy, fulfillment and purpose.”

 

SNIDER CAMPUS RESIDENT CARE TEAM:

Vlad Portnik, RN, Clinical Coordinator and Educator

Vlad joined Louis Brier Home and Hospital/ Weinberg Residence as Clinical Nurse Educator in September 2017. His educational background includes Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He prides himself on his positive energy, teamwork and love of education. He has a diverse clinical nursing background that is critical to care team success and resident well-being. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings with varying levels of acuity and specialization, including endoscopy, chemotherapy, cardiac diagnostics, dialysis, medicine and surgery. His diverse background and resourcefulness provide a unique perspective with which to develop focused education and continuous quality improvement for Louis Brier staff.

My philosophy and approach to learning and teaching is if you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L means “First Attempt In Learning”.

Nicole Encarnacion, RN, Clinical Coordinator and Educator

Nicole is incredibly honored to be working with an amazing team of diverse and compassionate individuals. Her background in acute care spans for more than 10 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nursing.

Nicole is passionate about leading by example and building trust by being authentic and transparent with her leaders, peers and team. She holds herself accountable to the same expectations she holds for her team as her guiding philosophy. She is a self-starter and always strives to approach life positively.

Rabbi Hillel Brody, Chaplain

Rabbi Brody provides spiritual counseling for all residents and oversees the Chava and Abrasha Wosk Synagogue. In addition to his Rabbinic Ordination, which was granted by the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, NYC, Rabbi Brody holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University in Fredericton, NB. He’s been a Rabbi since 2004 and has been at Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2009.

“You never know what type of amazing and fascinating individual you’re going to meet when you knock on a new resident’s door for the first time. I am never disappointed.”

Edy Govorchin, Leader of Recreation, Culture, Music Therapy and Volunteer Coordination

Edy leads a broad expanse of recreational and cultural programming with a team of very dedicated professionals, including recreational therapists, music therapists, art therapists and activity program coordinators. She also oversees a department of 300 volunteers who provide additional services for our residents. Edy trained as a Recreation Therapist at Douglas College and is a Certified Practitioner in Dementia Care Mapping, certified through the University of Bradford. She’s been in the profession since 1995 and has been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2001.

“I am delighted to be working with a wonderful team of seven incredibly gifted and creative  individuals. What I love most about my work here is being able to create and offer leisure and recreational opportunities for the older adult. Offering opportunities for residents to explore, learn, create and engage in meaningful activities makes my job not only rewarding, but fun.”

Laurie Moore, Physiotherapist, Leader of Rehabilitation Services

Leading a team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants, Laurie ensures that residents maximize mobility, strength and balance and reduce their risk of falls. Laurie holds a BSc(PT) from Queens University and has been in the field since 1981. She’s been with the Louis Brier Home & Hospital since 2011.

“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to care for our seniors. I really appreciate how the care team and staff at LBHH work together so cohesively and with so much caring to look after the residents.”