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.

Vice 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.

Treasurer – 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.

Yan LauVice President – Yan Lau

 

Yan is a Product Manager for an ERP banking software company. He’s a Project Manager at heart and a true task master in every sense of the word. Yan is also a Chartered Professional Accountant where he’s worked in various strategic roles within several international organizations. Outside of work, Yan has a plethora of hobbies including cycling, running, flying, and eating.

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

Henry YaoDirector – Henry Yao

 

Henry Yao is a passionate Richmond community advocate, who is extensively involved in both local non-profit groups and the political scene. Henry graduated from UBC with a degree in psychology and spends most of his working career serving youth in our community. He champions causes fighting for the future generation’s prosperity and security. Climate change is the biggest challenge to modern society; food and water security will be the greatest threat to the community. Henry is deeply disturbed by the lack of awareness and will to fight for the community’s food and water security. This is why Henry is honored and excited to be one of many dedicated board members serving Richmond Food Security Society.

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.

Director – 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.