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Staff

The Asthma Canada Team
Vanessa Foran

Vanessa Foran

President & CEO

Vanessa Foran provides more than 20 years’ experience as an NGO leader working with patient groups such as the Canadian Diabetes Association Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario and Parkinson Canada. She also led a Canadian health coalition – Neurological Health Charities Canada, participated in numerous advocacy initiatives working with the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Best-Medicines Coalition and Chaired the Health Charities Coalition of Canada’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Her eldest daughter has lived with asthma from a very young age, providing Vanessa with direct experience and a passion to improve the lives of Canadians affected by this chronic disease.

 

Zhen Liu

Zhen Liu

Manager, Operations & Administration

Zhen has over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She has a strong belief in the positive impact that charities make on children, youth, families and community members across Canada. She joined Asthma Canada as she wanted to empower individuals affected by asthma, provide them with the opportunity to engage in meaningful programs and access resources that would improve their overall health and well-being.

 

Michael Duchesne

Michael Duchesne

Manager, Development & Fundraising Communications

Michael has a background in professional writing and communications, with a passion for telling stories that inspire people to take action. Having lived with asthma since childhood, he understands the importance of forwarding Asthma Canada’s mission and stopping asthma attacks from claiming lives.

 

Kristin Valois

Kristin Valois

Manager, Communications, Programs and Public Engagement

Kristin is an experienced communcations professional who is driven to develop materials that educate, inform and inspire. After spending over a decade in client services, she understands the importance of connecting with community to truly understand their needs. She’s passionate about empowering the asthma community to live their lives to the fullest.

 

Jenna Reynolds

Jenna Reynolds

Director, Programs & Services (currently on maternity leave)

Jenna comes from a diverse background in international development before beginning her work in health and patient-centred care at Asthma Canada. Growing up in a family where everyone had asthma, she learned the importance of education and good asthma control early on and believes strongly in self-advocacy and supportive empowerment.

 

Mehnaz Rahman

Mehnaz Rahman

Manager, Communications & Public Affairs (currently on maternity leave)

Mehnaz has a background in non-profit communications, with eclectic experience in arts based organizations as well as social enterprises. As someone who has lived with asthma since she was a child, she brings a passion to help improve the lives of Canadians with asthma and raise awareness about this chronic disease.