Josephine De Virgilio 
Executive Director

Joshua Millard
Operations Manager

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.

Bernard Pinsky
Board Member

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.

Margaret Kalaski

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.


Linda Civkin

Linda Civkin is a retired elementary school teacher, with some experience teaching English as a Second Language. She has an extensive background in volunteering, event planning, promotion, and sales.  She has volunteered within the arts & culture community, as well as in health-related and educational charities.  Linda currently lives in Richmond and grew up in Vancouver.

Maria Medic

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.

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