Board of Directors

Among the many volunteers that enable Richmond Food Security Society to build food security in our city, are those who serve on our Board of Directors.

 

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the direction and sustainability of the organization. They provide direct support and guidance to the Executive Director and staff through policies in strategic planning, as well as personnel and financial viability. Board members promote and communicate with the broader public and connect new people and ideas to staff. The Board of Directors ensures that our programs and activities have enough resources and are aligned with our mission and vision.

 

Please check our current volunteer opportunities if you are interested in joining the Board.  We are extremely grateful to have a talented and diverse group of volunteer directors sharing their knowledge and skills.

Gerry MulhollandPresident – Gerry Mulholland

 

Gerry holds a Diploma in Urban Land Economics and works as a consultant based out of Richmond. His primary role is to work with clients to understand how economics relates to land use, development, and planning. Growing up, his father instilled in Gerry an appreciation for agriculture with a hobby farm in Langley that had chickens, cows, and horses, along with a large vegetable garden. He and his wife maintain a backyard vegetable garden at their house in Steveston.

Norm GoldsteinVice President – Norm Goldstein

 

Norm is a mathematician who has lived in Richmond for 23 years. He served for three years as a public school trustee in Richmond, as well as on two other boards: the Richmond Jewish Day School and the Sharing Farm. Norm loves cooking (without added sugar and white flour products) and has nurtured veggie plots since his parents showed him the basics as a toddler. His wife affectionately calls him the “food police” and “security chief”, so Norm feels right at home at RFSS fighting for food security.

Nikki HollinsonSecretary – Nikki Hollinson

 

Nikki’s passion for food systems and social justice took root at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), where she graduated in May 2016. She is a former Community Programs Volunteer at RFSS, and has served as Secretary on the Board since September 2016. She plans to pursue a master’s degree at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC to better prepare herself to be actively involved in policy change, and position herself as one of the few food systems planners in BC.

Stephanie FanTreasurer – Stephanie Fan

 

Born and raised in Richmond, Stephanie graduated from the Sauder School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Accounting. She currently works in KPMG’s audit practice and has over three years of auditing experience. She is also an active member of KPMG’s Enterprise group, which includes private companies, municipalities, as well as other not-for-profit organizations.

William TsuiDirector – William Tsui

 

William is a Co-Founder and COO of xPressTap, a mobile payments company. He is responsible for the original product and business development in Canada, before bringing the technology to Silicon Valley. An all around hands-on operator, he manages an effective team in development, legal processes, security, marketing, and fundraising. He is passionate about environmental sustainability, health, and food security. In his spare time, you can find William tinkering at his hobby aquaponics grow beds growing organic greens. Find William on LinkedIn

Keefer PelechDirector – Keefer Pelech

 

Keefer was born and raised in Richmond with a love for home-grown produce.  After completing a degree in cultural anthropology, he is interested in connecting with and growing the local sustainable food community.  

Director – Payal Batra

 

Dr. Payal Batra is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Food systems (ISFS), KPU. At ISFS, she is working towards developing a comprehensive long-term research program in community nutrition and health, as it relates to sustainable bio-regional food systems. Dr. Batra completed her PhD. in Nutrition Science from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Her research focused on the interplay between eating behavior and weight loss with a specific focus on processed foods. She has also worked internationally in India and West Africa on a range of household nutrition research initiatives.

Luther SyDirector – Luther Sy

 

Luther pursued a degree in Human Resources Management because he found the need to focus on the people within organizations. The same need in the Lower Mainland, coupled with his fondness for gardening, are the reasons for which he joined the RFSS Board of Directors. Luther can be found serving in the various community meals and food bank distributions around Richmond.

Ian Chang

Director – Ian Chang

 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Ian has earned his Bachelors of Commerce and masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.  For three decades Ian has worked for the City of Richmond as a City Planner and was Involved in a full range of city and regional planning activities from formulating citywide and local area land use policy plans to formulating sector specific land use policies.  He was the co-chair of the Richmond Agricultural Advisory Committee whose role was to provide feedback to Council on land use and policy proposals affecting the agricultural community and to forward local farmers concerns regarding local agricultural issues. Ian was also involved in the Building Community Society, which was instrumental in planning Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside area, including input to reviewing the Vancouver Chinatown revitalization plan.  In his spare time, Ian enjoys teaching Tai Chi, growing his own vegetables and cooking nutritious meals.  He is also an avid Jazz buff and combined with his love for travel and can be found visiting international Jazz venues and exploring historical sites around the globe.