Conference Committee

Planning Committee

Elena Lopez | Conference Co-chair, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCMG, Clinical Geneticist, Developmental Pediatrician, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Bruce Pipher | Conference Co-chair, MD, FRCPC, Medical Lead Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Support team/Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Caron Byrne, BA, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Developmental Disability Mental Health Team – VIHA; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Angela Clancy, Executive Director, Family Support Institute

Leanne Dospital, MA, Advocate for Service Quality, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Head, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital; Psychiatrist, Vancouver and Fraser Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services; Clinical Professor, Department of
Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Theresa M. Grech, MC, CCC, CPRP, Canadian Certified Counsellor; Clinician, Early Psychosis Intervention, Fraser Health; Clinical Faculty, Developmental Disorders Program, University of British Columbia

Kristina Hiemstra, Director, UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education

Nancy Jokenin, BA, RSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, Prince George Campus, University of Northern British Columbia

Ashok Krishnamoorthy, MD, MRCPsych, ABAM, FRCPC, Provincial Medical Consulting Team; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Barbara Laird, BEd, Parent of an adult daughter with Down Syndrome, and Educational Consultant

Rod Macdonald, MSW, Regional Manager – Community Resource Team, Health Services for Community Living and Choice in Supports for Independent Living, Home Health Portfolio, Fraser Health Authority

Gwen Miller-Watt, BA, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker (British Columbia College of Social Workers), Research and Innovation Project Lead Community Living BC

Charmaine Miranda, Registered Psychologist, Compass Clinic, British Columbia

Michelle Schmidt, PhD, Director of Instruction, Student Support, School District No. 36, Surrey, BC