Martin Hill, Board Chair
Martin Hill is from the 6-Nation Iroquois Confederacy. He has worked in a variety of fields and has graduated from law school. Martin is most proud of the success Red Fox is having supporting youth to gain self-confidence, leadership skills, and to achieve their goals in employment and higher education.
Cassie Tagseth, Secretary
Cassie first connected with Red Fox through a project connecting local organizations with UBC Kinesiology students in 2008. She has stayed involved with Red Fox in various roles since then, ranging from volunteer to Children’s Program Manager to Society member. The children and youth in Red Fox programs showed her the joy, confidence, and connection that can be built from quality recreation experiences, and inspired her to pursue a career in education. Cassie is currently a physical & health education teacher in Vancouver, and is proud to be a Red Fox board member since 2019.
Jeff Quach, Treasurer
Jeff was involved with Red Fox working in different capacities before joining the board in 2020. He started as a Program Coordinator helping deliver programs and mentoring youth. He then became the Operations Manager, fulfilling administrative and financial roles. Jeff has several years of experience working in accounting and finance in the not-for-profit sector. He is currently working as a Financial Analyst in Healthcare. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, an Accounting Diploma, both from UBC, and has completed his education to become designated as a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Cathy Brown, Board Director
Cathy Brown is delighted to be a member of the Red Fox Board of Directors. She got to know Red Fox through BC Social Venture Partners (SVP) where she is a past Board Member and Chair of the Opportunities Committee. She and a colleague worked with Red Fox’s Executive Director through the investment process, and Red Fox was an investee of SVP from 2015 to 2018. Cathy works in the software industry – having held senior sales and project management positions at Anderson Consulting, Computer Associates, Pivotal Software, Salesworks Systems, iPipeline Software and Traction on Demand.
Cathy is actively involved in Vancouver community projects, having also served on the boards of Potluck Café, a DTES Social Enterprise, and other SVP investees. In her spare time Cathy loves to walk her dog Jackson and to compete on the squash and tennis courts.
Phyliss Sauvé, Board Director
Phyliss Sauvé is the Indigenous HIV Prevention & Support Worker at the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Surrey. She has many years of experience in advocacy and community development. She is a life coach and a public speaker. Phyliss is a proud grandmother and spends a lot of time with her grandchildren. She joined the Red Fox Board of Directors in 2019.
Red Fox Society was created in 2011 with the help of three founding board directors: Grant Gisel, Maria Burglehaus and Korina Houghton. We thank all three of them for their many years of service.
Grant Gisel, Board Chair
Grant Gisel was first introduced to Red Fox in 2009, when he was a member of Social Venture Partners Vancouver. Grant was assigned as a mentor to Red Fox and he quickly became passionate about the organization and our mission. Grant was one of the first members of our advisory committee which was set up in 2009 and lasted until Red Fox became a registered Charity and Society in 2011. Grant was instrumental to Red Fox becoming a Charity and Society and he was the Founding Board Chair from 2011 to 2017. He shared with wisdom and experience from his many years of success in business and people management. Sadly, Grant passed away in September, 2020. His legacy lives on through his contributions to Red Fox as well as through the impact he had on so many in his business and personal life. We thank Grant for his dedication and vision and we will miss him.
Maria Burglehaus, Board Director
Maria has worked for as a Community Dietitian for 20 years, most recently with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Healthy Living Program. In her current role, Maria consults with community agencies regarding resources for nutrition and healthy living education. Maria enjoys how food connects people. Much of her work has been with Indigenous people and with the multicultural community. She witnessed the wonderful, meaningful work of Red Fox while working several years as dietitian at the medical and social services agency, Sheway. Maria has published in the Journal of Aboriginal Health, the Canadian Journal of Public Health, the Journal of the Canadian Mental Health Association: BC Division and Positive Living Society of BC’s magazine. She received a BC Medical Services Foundation Award and the Community Nutritionists’ Council of BC award for Excellence in Community Nutrition.She has a Masters of Science from UBC. She is a Registered Dietitian. She is a member of the East Vancouver Aboriginal Diabetes Coalition and the BC College of Dietitians. Maria is a board member of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection Advisory Committee and the Vancouver Food Policy Council.
Korina Houghton, Board Director
Korina is a project manager in the resource sector and the proud mother of Kailyn. She became connected to Red Fox when she was the Chair of the Vancouver Park Board in 2007, through the Vancouver Park Board’s Active Communities Initiative. Korina joined the Red Fox Advisory Committee in 2009 and is a great entrepreneurial role model to Red Fox youth.