Improving the lives of children

Board of Directors

The Children's Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Demner, President

Elizabeth is a community volunteer of long standing. She has served on the boards of St. George’s and Crofton House schools, and was President of the Junior League of Greater Vancouver. She has been President of The Children’s Foundation for 13 years, and she is very proud of her association with this outstanding social-profit agency.

Steven Mah, Vice-President

Steven had a long and successful career at Telus where he held positions in Marketing, Sales, Project Management and Engineering. Steven brings his diverse experience as well business acumen to the board table.

Simon Chen, Treasurer

Simon is a senior manager in KPMG's tax department and has been with KPMG since 1999.

Donovan Plomp, Secretary

Donovan Plomp is a partner in the Labour & Employment group of McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver. He has appeared as counsel in matters before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as before the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and grievance arbitration panels. He also has extensive experience drafting employment contracts restrictive covenant agreements, and other employment related documents, as well as advising on a wide variety of workplace issues including privacy, disability, and the application and interpretation of collective agreements.

Barbara Constantine

Barbara Constantine is a business management and community engagement professional with a strong media background. She served as a TV host with CBC, CKVU (now Citytv), and Knowledge Network, and  produced large-scale events and projects for the City of Vancouver (Olympic and Paralympic Operations) and BC Children’s Hospital (Children’s Miracle Network Telethon). Her commitment to youth includes volunteer involvement with Big Sisters, Girl Guides, Scouts Canada, United Way and Variety Club, and she is proud that her son and daughter also volunteer with youth. Barbara is honoured to lend her skills in support of the outstanding services the Children’s Foundation provides to children and families in the Lower Mainland.

Danny Lee

Danny is an account executive with HootSuite and serves large corporate clients around the world. He is a graduate of the Sauder School of Management at UBC.

Marsha D'Angelo

Marsha is a faculty member in the Applied Communications and Public Relations Departments of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Prior to joining KPU, Marsha was a group account director with Cossette Communications where she led international media campaigns and provided senior communications counsel to corporate and education clients. Marsha holds an MA in history from the University of Toronto. She is a contributing writer to the recently published Fundamentals of Public Relations and Marketing Communications, is a freelance communications consultant and past recipient of UNICEF’s Dorothy McKinnon award for outstanding volunteer service. Marsha is the recipient of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Vashti Singh

Vashti has been working in Marketing and Communications for the past 15 years. She is passionate about children's issues, and about working to improve the lives of children and families and strengthen communities.

Costel Serbea

Costel Serbea is the Director of Operations at BW GLOBAL Structures, one of Canada’s most innovative companies and the leading provider of solutions for the global issues of food and water. Costel is a former military professional, who combines natural curiosity, grit and business acumen to lead optimum business performance and drive growth. He has experience in managing the sale cycle, development and delivery of multi-million dollar projects and is passionate about building relationships. Costel earned his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and furthered his passion for business by earning an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.


Naomi Giberson

Naomi is a community curator built for companies that benefit health, habitat and the human spirit. She applies her background in Neuropsychology, Business Development and Social Impact to her work in the venture capital space. A passionate advocate for science, preventative health, mental wellbeing and equality, Naomi invests in and supports Digital Health and Social Impact companies. With a long-term interest in mental health and supporting vulnerable members of our community, Naomi first worked with The Children's Foundation on a pro-bono consulting project during her Master of Management at Sauder. Naomi then joined the Board to continue to support The Children's Foundation in its life-changing work.