Staff and Council Members

BC and Yukon Division, Burnaby

Council Members

The Board of Directors includes people who have MS or have loved ones living with MS. Board members are recruited for both their commitment to ending MS and for specific skill sets that provide the BC & Yukon Division the stewardship necessary to advance the work and priorities of the membership. A recruitment priority includes recruiting member from communities in different parts of BC and Yukon.

Roberta Stewart, Chair
Roberta J. Stewart is a lawyer with Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP in Prince George. Her practice includes corporate/commercial transactions and loans, residential conveyancing, wills and estate planning, and estates.

Roberta was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where she lived until she moved to attend the University of Saskatchewan to obtain a B.Comm. in 1999 with a double major in finance and economics. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, College of Laws and graduated in 2003. She articled at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP and was called to the bar in May 2004.

Tracey Fresneda, Vice-Chair
Tracey is a Manager, Global Accounts for HelmsBriscoe, the largest meeting site selection company in the world. Prior to joining HelmsBriscoe, Tracey held senior positions in the broadcast industry, where she managed the marketing and promotional activity for some of the biggest media brands in Western Canada. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations to provide support for a variety of fundraising events and campaigns.

A former Big Sister, Tracey was the recipient of the Big Heart Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Big Sister; she has also received the Divisional Award from the MS Society for Exceptional Achievement - Media.

Tracey has a personal connection to MS as her sister was diagnosed in 2001. In addition to the BC and Yukon Board, she is very proud to participate in the MS Ambassador Program, WAMS (Women Against MS), MS Bike and MS Walk.

Roger Merkosky, Treasurer
Roger is a financial executive with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles. After earning his B.Comm from the University of Alberta, he began his professional career with KPMG, Edmonton, earning his Chartered Accountant designation.

Roger later joined InBev, parent company of Labatt, in roles including North America CFO based in Toronto, Global Head of Audit based in Brussels, Global VP Financial Reporting also based in Brussels, and CFO of InBev Croatia, based in Zagreb. Roger relocated to Vancouver in 2007 and recently held the role of VP Finance for Mr. Lube. He is currently an independent consultant.

Roger has a connection to multiple sclerosis in that a member of his family began living with MS over 30 years ago. Roger looks forward to contributing his extensive experience working with business and not-for profit boards and audit committees to the MS Society.

Roger is a sports enthusiast and spends much of his free time doing sports. He’s looking forward to participating in the Scotiabank MS Walk, the MS Bike Tour, and MS Ski events.

Marco Iannuzzi, Director
Formally educated at Harvard and MIT, Marco is a professional football player--Grey Cup champion--for the BC Lions as well as the lead Investment Advisor of his wealth management team at Canada's largest investment firm RBC Dominion Securities. Intertwined between the two careers is his passion for philanthropy, mentorship & community. Marco & his wife have three children & live in Lower Mainland BC.

At Harvard Marco initially studied economics while pursuing pre-medicine. It was then when he co-founded his first financial firm focused on currency trading. He later explored the realms of engineering, architecture & environmental science which led him to enrol at MIT. This sparked the birth of his first architectural firm, which was later dissolved to allow for his return to the Wealth Management industry.

Marco is inspired by his mother who lives with MS, and is committed to being an ambassador for several charities and community initiatives.

Chelsea Seaby, Director
Chelsea Seaby is a senior human resource leader with over fifteen years of progressive experience. She started her career working with a multi-national consulting firm focusing on benefits consulting, and then moved into a human resource leadership role within Intrawest Corporation. Most recently she was at lululemon athletica as Vice President of People Resources. She left lululemon in 2010 to spend more time with her young family and give back to her community.

Chelsea is a founding member of Community of Eleven (C11), a “collaboratory” of eleven spirited leadership and organization development professionals who serve to support those making positive changes in the world. C11 is currently working with a women’s shelter and the MS Society, BC & Yukon Division.

Chelsea also volunteered with the Dalai Lama Centre to prepare for the September 2009 Connecting for Change Dialogues. She is always looking for new challenges and opportunities to enrich the lives around her.

Tyler Pronyk, Director
Tyler was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. He is currently working as an executive in the private sector, at the head office of one of Canada’s best managed and fastest growing national restaurant chains. His team manages the distribution system and non-food purchasing for over 850, mostly franchised, restaurants. He also leads the organization’s environmental strategy.

Tyler joined the board in April 2013. He also co-chairs the events committee and the nominations/governance committee. He currently lives in Richmond with his wife and three young daughters.

Marilyn Lenzen, Director
Marilyn is a graduate of BCIT in Business Administration and has been employed in both public and private industry in administration, sales and marketing and training capacities. After being diagnosed with MS in 2000, Marilyn began volunteering with the MS Society, to ensure that the MS Society’s services would be there for others affected by MS in the future.

Marilyn started at the grassroots level organizing a vibrant self-help group and a highly successful Scotiabank MS Walk fundraising event in North Vancouver. Marilyn, is recognized for her many valuable contributions to the governance of the MS Society at the divisional and national levels, including Past Chair of the BC and Yukon Division and a member of the Renewal Task Force and most recently chairing the Volunteer Engagement Task Force.

Marilyn continues to participate in fundraising through the MS Walk and Bike events and helps to raise awareness of MS through public speaking and the MS Ambassador Program.

Craig Elliott, Director
Craig Elliott is a Principal in a Mid-sized Western Canada based accounting firm. Having worked in Public Practice for over 15 years I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations helping them to achieve their goals. As a long time member and supporter of the MS Society, when the opportunity arose to contribute as a board member I was eager to join. I am excited to help improve the lives of those affected by MS by contributing on the board of both the BC & Yukon Division and the Lower Mainland Chapter of the MS Society.

Ricki Lambeck McConchie, Director
Ricki Lambeck McConchie has made steady and generous contributions to the society since joining the VLAP committee in 2004 and becoming a member of the MS Society in 2005. McConchie is also the founding member and former Chair of the Board of Directors for The Arthritis Research Centre.

McConchie has practiced law for over 31 years, and is a partner at the law firm McConchie & Company. She works as an employment lawyer and engages in workplace training and harassment disputes.

Dr Jacqueline Quandt, Director
Dr. Jacqueline Quandt is the Associate Director of the MS Research Group at UBC and leads the Neuroinflammation Lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine. Her research is focused on understanding the role of the immune system in both damage and repair of the brain and spinal cord as a result of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Quandt is an MS Ambassador for the BCY Division, and is an avid MS Society fundraiser with her UBC Remyelinators MS Walk team.

Staff Members

Tania Vrionis
President of BC & Yukon Division
Phone: 604-602-3217

Emma Chapman
Director of Development
Phone: 604 602-3200

Keith Johnston
Director of Programs & Services
Phone: 780-471-3034

Megan Newman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 780-440-8760

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