Board Bios

Board of Directors' Bios

2017-2018 Board Members:


Randy is a Certified Management Accountant with a career spanning forty-one years in both the public and private sectors. Randy retired in 2013 as the secretary treasurer for School District No. 22 (Vernon). Randy has served on various boards and committees in Vernon and in Alberta both in not for profit and professional organizations.

Randy became a Director in 2014, Treasurer in 2015 and President in 2016. He is looking forward to bringing his senior management and board member experience to North Okanagan Hospice Society.


Jennifer is a retired lawyer who practiced in the insolvency and commercial litigation areas for over 25 years, first at a large firm in Vancouver and more recently at Nixon Wenger in Vernon. 

Jennifer and her husband moved to the Lumby area in 2007 and love the rural lifestyle. She greatly values the services offered by NOHS and has been on the Board since 2010, serving as Vice-President, President and is now Past President.


Vyvian Burton is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with extensive HR experience spanning almost 30 years in manufacturing, forestry, construction and heavy equipment. Prior to launching her HR consulting business in 2012, Vyvian was the Vice-President of Human Resources for Ainsworth Lumber Company in Vancouver and previously was the head of Human Resources for Tolko Industries Ltd. in Vernon.

Vyvian feels fortunate to have lived in the North Okanagan since 1975. She joined the NOHS Board in 2014 and became Vice President in 2016 and is proud to contribute to such a well-respected organization.


Jack Falk is retired from executive level financial and administrative experience in Universities and Colleges and has served on an extensive variety of public and private corporation and society boards. He retired from the position of Vice President Finance and Operations at the University of Victoria and currently is on the Board of MSFHR and is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Jack lives in Vernon with his wife Susan, enjoys golfing and attends the Vernon Alliance Church.


David has lived in five provinces across Canada and joined the community of Vernon, BC in 1999.  David worked with a not-for-profit within British Columbia for 29 years, the last 15 years in Vernon.  He is a husband to Carol since 1982, and father of four.  Dedicated to working with those in need within our community he has been a public spokesperson, volunteer coordinator, staff supervisor and fundraiser, plus a Board Member of Food Banks BC, which is the BC Provincial Association. 

David is also Chaplain for Vernon Fire Rescue Services.  He loves to play hockey, ride his Goldwing motorcycle and dance.  In fact he and Carol won the couples competition and raised the most funds in the 2011 NOHS fundraiser Dancing With The Vernon Stars.  David became a Director of the NOHS Board in 2015 and Secretary in 2016.


Jaron was born in Cranbrook, BC and grew up in Calgary, Alberta.  Jaron is the Manager of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services in Vernon and Armstrong.    Jaron moved to Vernon in 2009 and now calls Vernon home.  As a second generation funeral director and 16 years in the profession of caring for families after a loss and having his own personal dealing with family members in hospice,  Jaron understands the importance of the need for Hospice both personally and professionally in a community.  Jaron has been on the Board of NOHS since 2013.


Sustainability is Karen’s passion. Helping others to plan and be resourceful has been her mandate for over 25 years. She has been a Board member, fund development officer, coordinator, leadership team member, event planner, volunteer engagement supervisor, and the “hands and feet” for many projects. Whether she is working with individuals or organizations she encourages others to aspire to dignified, comfortable and significant lives. Karen, a financial consultant with Investors Group, has experience in planning, finance, strategic planning, policy and mediation.

While Karen is originally from Winnipeg, she and her husband Ross have lived in Vernon for 10 years.  They enjoy having their children, Adam and Rachael, still in Vernon. Her work-life balance includes visiting with friends, reading for book club, skiing and being active. She joined the NOHS Board in 2016.


Cheryl recently retired from a 24 year career as a Realtor. For 20 years Cheryl has been involved in fund raising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In 1998 she co-founded the "Chicks with Sticks Golf Tournament" in Vancouver. Then in 2002 she moved to Vernon with her husband and founded "Wine Woman and Woods Golf Tournament." To date "Wine Women and Woods" has raised over $1 million for Breast Cancer research and diagnostic equipment.

Cheryl joined the NOHS Board in 2016.


Dave Kennedy is a retired doctor who started his professional career in Kimberley, BC in 1980 as a family doctor, followed by 20 years in Ontario training and practicing anesthesiology and critical care. He and his family returned to BC, arriving in Vernon in 2004. 

Dave has served on a hospital board and on committees of a health profession regulatory college in BC. He is married with two grown children and very much enjoys living in Vernon. Dave is pleased to serve on the NOHS Board, which he joined in 2015.


Tracy has been a lawyer since 2008 and is currently practices law at Nixon Wenger in the areas of business, real estate, and estate planning.  Tracy, her husband, and son moved to Vernon from Fort St. John in 2013.  She is now resident in Armstrong, working in Vernon, and volunteering for various endeavours around the Okanagan. 

Though her spare time is limited, she enjoys the beach and digging in her garden.  Tracy joined the Board of NOHS in 2017 and is excited to be part of such an experienced team.


Diane is recently retired from a 35 year career in public education, most recently having served as a Director of Instruction for the Vernon School District. She has served on not-for-profit Boards and  committees in her local communities and at the provincial level, endeavouring to enhance opportunities for youth.

Diane is married with two adult daughters and returned to the Okanagan in 2011 after living elsewhere in the province for twenty years.  Diane joined the Board of NOHS in 2016.