Board of Directors
Dr. Alisa Lipson
Founder & President
Alisa Lipson is a pediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UBC. She has a longstanding interest in child development and learning, and has had extensive involvement with schools in the lower mainland. She is a local educator for physicians in pediatric medicine and developmental pediatrics.
Dr. Alice Ho
Alice Ho is a family physician who has been working in Vancouver for more than 30 years. Through her work, she understands the value of Learning Buddies Network’s mission to inspire young students to learn and to foster leadership in student volunteers. She is proud to be a board member since 2008. Furthermore, all three of her children had been involved with Learning Buddies Network in senior positions for many years.
Travis is a Director in the Transactions group at Grant Thornton LLP. Originally from Ontario, he studied Math and Accounting at the University of Waterloo before working for Grant Thornton in Toronto, earning his professional designations before transferring to the Vancouver office in 2017. Travis has multiple family members teaching elementary school in Ontario and is motivated to give back to students by his experience seeing the impact dedicated educators can have.
Margaret Kalaski is a former national track and field coach and retired Special Education Department Head at Vancouver’s Eric Hamber Secondary School. She continues to support student learning though private practice and her involvement with the Learning Buddies Network.
Joanna is a graduate student at UBC, a scientist-in-training studying pacemaker channels of the heart. She previously volunteered with LBN as a program coordinator and would like to further contribute to LBN’s organizational development as a board member. She is excited about supporting LBN’s mission, which is to provide educational support for children who need it the most.
Maria Medic is an educator, retired Principal, and an Instructor/Supervisor in the Richmond Educational Assistant Program. As the former Principal of Blundell Elementary where many of her students benefitted from LBN tutoring, she knows first-hand the difference that LBN makes in student attitudes and abilities. She is pleased pay it forward and support LBN’s on-going mission, so that other students may too receive the gifts of literacy and numeracy.
Deb Collins a is retired elementary principal who has seen the benefits of the Learning Buddies Network in her school in Richmond. Deb works for the Richmond Education Assistant Program as an instructor and practicum supervisor along with her volunteer work with LBN. She is excited to continue her relationship with education in this new role with the Learning Buddies Network as she supports children and their mentors grow in their love of learning and teaching.
Bernard Pinsky, Q.C. is a lawyer and partner with a major Vancouver law firm, practicing corporate and capital markets law. Bernard has been involved over many years with community charities and organizations, including leadership positions in the Jewish and general communities. Bernard’s knowledge of board governance, rules and organization is his contribution to LBN.
Honorary Board Members
Judy Boxer-Zack, Fundraising Professional and Former Manager of LBN programs
John Kibblewhite, Principal in Richmond School District and Former School Staff Mentor for LBN
Emma Kim, Pharmacist and Former Manager of LBN programs
Alison Lee, Co-founder of LBN, winner of YWCA Young Women of Distinction for her work with LBN, Fellow in Emergency Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital
Leah Wong, Retired Learning Assistance Teacher and Author of LBN’s First Tutor Manual and Program