Board of Directors

Tracey Carpenter, President
Kerry Harding, Vice-President
Jeff Mercer, Treasurer
Barb Willson, Secretary
Stephanie Isaac, Member at Large
Joelly Segal, Member at Large
Sabrina Roberston, Member at Large
Heidi Scorgie, Member at Large
Dr. Shreya Moodley, Member at Large
Jackie Bonsal, Member at Large

Staff

Samantha Aitken, Provincial Coordinator
Patty Rippel, Administrative Assistant
Kristi Coldwell, Hearts of Gold Coordinator, Lower Mainland
Krista Molia, Heart Beats Coordinator, Vancouver Island
Megan Madsen, Hearts of Gold Coordinator, Vancouver Island
Hege Bolthof Hoegler, Gala Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Tracey Carpenter, President
Tracey joined CHN when her daughter Avery was diagnosed with ALCAPA in 2009. Avery has had two open heart surgeries, her ALCAPA repair immediately after diagnosis, and her mitral valve repair two years later. The Carpenters have two daughters Chloe and Avery. Tracey has a bachelor of commerce degree and has worked for her family business in industrial sales for her entire career. Tracey was thrilled to be a part of the organizing committee for the CHN “Growing Up with Heart Disease Conference” in 2012 and she is a family resource parent for CHN. “I am very thankful for the support that we have received from the CHN and its members throughout our journey. Knowing that you are not alone in this sometimes surreal experience of being a heart parent has been a tremendous comfort and I am so honoured to be able to help other families through their journeys. I look forward to collaborating with our more experienced board and helping to carry the CHN and its membership forward. Even though all of our stories are unique we find common threads that join us together and help to make us stronger when we know we are not alone.”

Kerry Harding, Vice-President
Kerry is an art educator who has been teaching grade 6 and 7 for the last 20 years. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband Scott and her two boys, Fraser and Kailen. Kerry has been connected with the Children’s Heart Network since 2007, shortly after the birth of her second son Kailen, who was born with transposition of the great arteries. Today he is a very active 14-year-old with a special heart. Kerry is excited to continue to work with the Children’s Heart Network and offer her expertise as an educator and mother of a child with CHD. She has previously served on the CHN conference planning committee, organized February 14 walks to bring awareness to congenital heart defects, and offered art workshops for the Children’s Heart Network. As a board member, Kerry is able to give back to an organization that has done so much for her family. “I have always felt a sense of connection and understanding with the families from the Children’s Heart Network.”

Jeff Mercer, Treasurer
Jeff joined the CHN as Treasurer in September 2014. He has over 30 years of accounting, business, and management experience in engineering, technology, and manufacturing environments.  Jeff is currently Controller for Highland Foundry, where he oversees finance and administration.  Previously he has been Director of Finance at Lance Bissett Ltd., Director of Finance for Paradigm Environmental Technologies, Controller for Westbay Instruments, and Division Controller for Schlumberger Water Services. Over his career he has been responsible for accounting, treasury, human resources, risk management, IT, and administration.  Jeff resides in Pitt Meadows with his wife, Darlene, and has a son, Matt. He has a strong sense of compassion for those in need. “I am delighted to be able to give back to the community and contribute my time and expertise to this important children’s charity.” Jeff holds a Diploma of Technology in Financial Management from BCIT and is a CPA and CMA.

Barb Willson, Secretary
Barb is a registered nurse who has spent 17 years working with heart kids and families. Barb is one of the founders of the Hearts of Gold Youth Youth Program. While she no longer works in heart care, she continues to have a desire to support heart kids and families. “My niece has grown up with a heart condition and as an aunt I’m so grateful for the support she has received along her journey.” Barb lives in Vancouver with her husband Gordon. “I enjoy volunteering on the board so that every heart child and family has access to peer and family support.”

Stephanie Isaac, Member at Large
Stephanie joined the CHN board in January 2014. She grew up in Victoria and trained and worked as a social worker in Victoria and in the UK, before moving to Vancouver with her husband, Charlie, and their three children, Chloë, Rhys, and Drew. Stephanie first became involved with CHN as a volunteer in 2010. Her niece Mila, was a heart child, who, sadly, passed away in August 2012. Stephanie’s sister and brother-in-law started Mila’s Fund to enable heart kids living throughout BC to enjoy the experience of camp.

Joelly Segal, Member at Large
Joelly was thrilled to join the board of the Children’s Heart Network in 2017. She lives in Vancouver with her husband Jory and their four children, Zane, Emmett, Shae and Mattea.  Joelly first became aware of The Children’s Heart Network in 2009 when her daughter Mattea was born with a VSD, and shortly after became a volunteer and then a resource parent.  Joelly is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting families and children.  Joelly has an extensive background in hospitality and event management.

Sabrina Robertson, Member at Large
Sabrina is from the Fraser Valley, where she lives with her husband, Tim, and two sons, Zachary and Jacob. She worked in customer service for 18 years before pursuing her career in education. She now works as an education assistant with the Abbotsford School District. Her family got involved with CHN in 2010, as her son Zach was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. He’s had two patch repairs, a stent, a shunt, and a valve replacement surgery. Sabrina has served as a parent support for CHN, as a member of the planning committee for the 2017 Growing Up With Heart Disease Conference, and as a host for the family camps at Stillwood. She joined the board in 2017.

Heidi Scorgie, Member at Large
Heidi is a CPA and has worked in public practice in South Africa and Canada for 23 years. She and her family moved to BC from South Africa in late 2015. Along with her husband Barry, daughter Grace and son Adin, Heidi lives in West Vancouver. In 2016, Heidi connected with the Children’s Heart Network when Grace was diagnosed with an electrical heart condition, and had a pacemaker installed. Heidi joined the board in 2017, and enjoys supporting and giving back to heart network families.

Dr. Shreya Moodley, Member at Large
Dr. Moodley is a cardiologist at BC Children’s Hospital. She was born in Durban, South Africa, lived in the UK, and then after university came to Canada. “Pediatric medicine resonated with me; it fulfilled my desire to make my life’s work helping others, with a patient population that really stole my heart. I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families over the years and watching them grow. This long-term relationship is a unique privilege. Pediatric cardiology is a challenging but very rewarding career. My area of expertise is echocardiography. In particular I perform fetal echocardiograms, diagnosing congenital heart disease during pregnancy. I have two young children who light up my life, I love travelling, and I am also told that I am a good cook.”

Staff

Samantha Aitken, Provincial Coordinator
Samantha has been a member of the CHN since 2006. She initially became involved as a board member for three years and then eventually took on the role of provincial coordinator. She lives in Vancouver with her husband Rob, son Jackson, and daughter Danielle. She holds a bachelor of commerce from UBC and worked in the restaurant/purchasing industry for the majority of her career. “Our daughter, Danielle, was born with congenital heart disease and had a large VSD repair at three months old. As the mother of a heart child I felt it was important to give back and volunteer in some capacity. This led to me volunteering on the CHN board and ultimately to my current role as provincial coordinator. It is truly gratifying to be able to help a family that has a child recently diagnosed with congenital heart disease, and I am so happy to be working with a very committed board of directors.”

Patty Rippel, Administrative Assistant
Patty has a background in bookkeeping and accounting and will be focusing on finance and other administrative duties.  Patty has been a heart mom since 1992 when her son Connor was born. She was first introduced to CHN as a parent and she remembers how great it was to find someone to talk to who had gone through similar experiences. Patty then got involved with CHN  as a resource parent helping to support other parents whose child has just been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Patty lives in Maple Ridge with her husband Ted.  She is a mother of two grown sons, Kyle and Connor. As a child, Connor underwent repairs to correct his transposition of the great arteries and a VSD repair, and he has transitioned to St. Paul’s PACH clinic. He is now a young adult working for the family business while attending university.

Kristi Coldwell, Hearts of Gold Coordinator, Lower Mainland
Kristi graduated from University of Victoria with a degree in child and youth care and currently works as a child life specialist in the pediatric emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Born with a heart defect, Kristi underwent three open heart surgeries prior to her heart transplant at the age of 17. Because of this Kristi has a unique awareness of and insight into what it means to be a teenager with a heart condition, as well as what it means to persevere in the face of adversity. In her spare time Kristi enjoys going to the beach with her husband and two dogs, spending time in her garden, and taking advantage of a shoe sale!

Krista Molia, Hearts Beats Coordinator, Vancouver Island 
Krista graduated from the University of Victoria child and youth care program in 2003 and is a certified child life specialist working as a casual employee at Victoria General Hospital. Since 2005, Krista has been the coordinator for the Vancouver Island Hearts of Gold program. She also helps in organizing and facilitating quarterly Heartbeat events for the island families. Through the years working for CHN she has greatly felt privileged to have developed relationships with the inspiring young people and their families. Memories made at Camp Summit, Zajac Ranch, and numerous adventures in Victoria will always be remembered with many smiles. When she is not working with families and children at the hospital, Jeneece Place, and Vancouver Island Hearts of Gold she is found enjoying the west coast life with her husband and three daughters.

Megan Madsen, Hearts of Gold Coordinator, Vancouver Island 
Megan was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and feels privileged to still call it her home. Megan graduated from the University of Victoria in 2012 with a child and youth care degree and became a certified child life specialist in 2013. She has spent much of her life working with children, youth, and families across a variety of settings. Megan first started with CHN in 2016 when she covered a maternity leave for Krista Molia and recently returned to facilitate the VIHOG youth group in September of 2019. Megan is grateful to have the opportunity to connect with the Island youth and their families and is thankful to be a part of such a supportive and caring network. Megan also works as an FASD keyworker with Beacon Community Services, a non-profit organization in Victoria. When she isn’t working, she is enjoying life with her husband and young son.

Hege Bolthof Hoegler, Gala Coordinator
Hege is a TV director at Global News. She grew up in Norway, but moved to Canada upon meeting her husband Darren. They have two boys, Mattias and Marcus, and became members of CHN when finding out in 2005 that their first-born had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Mattias has undergone multiple surgeries and lives with only half a functioning heart, lung disease, and many other health challenges. Hege was one of the first four members of the Heart Mama Coffee Group that started up in Steveston, where she lives. She is a resource parent at CHN and has written articles and been part of publishing a book with doctors and medical staff about tube feeding in Scandinavia. Since 2012 she has produced the Miracle Weekend Telethon for BC Children’s Hospital on Global TV, and as of fall 2018 she has taken on the job of event coordinator for the CHN Annual Wine Gala that takes place every spring.