Our Leadership

William B. Mollard

President

William Mollard has served as Chief Operating Officer for The Salvation Army BC Division, and has held several executive healthcare positions in hospitals and care homes across Canada. Outside of his tremendous success in executive leadership roles, Bill has been Senior Pastor of two churches in BC, and is decorated with the Canadian Medal of Bravery (1987).

Happily married to his wife, Darlene, for over 30 years, Bill says, “It’s been the joy of our lives to enjoy each other.” With a heart for the poor and a desire to make a real difference in the lives of those in need in our communities, Bill Mollard brings a valuable perspective to UGM.

Dan Russell, DMin

Director of Programs

Dan joined the staff of UGM in January 2007. As Director of Programs, Dan is responsible for the overall delivery of UGM programs into the community. He loves the opportunity to care for the poor in the name of Christ, and seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect and dignity that is extended to those we serve.

Before coming to UGM, Dan and his wife Karen served as missionaries in Austria for 14 years. With a Doctorate of Ministry from Carey Theological College, Dan is passionate about excellence and integrity in a faith-based organizational context. He’s also passionate about his three awesome kids, Andreas, Christopher and Mikaela.

Grace Lynn Reeve, MAL, CPHR

Director of People and Culture

Grace Lynn has an entrepreneurial bent, having spent many years running a successful consulting practice. She is passionate about creating and sustaining a culture in which staff and volunteers feel valued and are equipped to serve a complex clientele with excellence, while also maintaining healthy boundaries and good self-care practices. Grace Lynn holds an MA in Leadership, Business, from Trinity Western University, is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, and has her Certified Leadership Coaching designation. She provides oversight to the Volunteer Resources and Human Resources & Payroll teams.

Grace Lynn and her husband, Ken, divide their time between Vancouver, Princeton and Abbotsford – placing a priority on family and church involvement.

Mary Lum, CPA, CA

Director of Finance

Mary brings an adaptive, dialogic, critical thinking and collaborative approach to her role as Director of Finance. Responsible for the operational and capital budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, and risk management processes at UGM, she draws on her experience at both management and governance levels within established not-for-profit organizations as well as grassroots community groups.

Born in the lower mainland, Mary has remained hyper local - in her education, marriage with Jerry, and raising of Chris and Matt. Whether hybrid homeschooling her sons, journeying with and mentoring other women in her spiritual community, or walking alongside those less advantaged especially single moms, Mary's focus and passion has been to cultivate and nourish the inner capacity in those right around her. She enjoys a good biography, a walk in nature, some gardening, and a slightly edgy cultural event.

Ryan Koch

Director of Resource Development

Ryan has extensive fundraising experience with a number of organizations in education, healthcare, and social services. As Director of Resource Development, he is responsible for strategic leadership and managing the development and implementation of UGM’s annual fundraising and communications plan in order for UGM to continue to serve our guests. He is passionate about bringing hope and healing to the lives of the guests served.

Ryan lives in Langley, BC with his wife Laura and their three daughters and dog. They’re active members of their church, and spend as much time with their family of five as possible. Along with family life, Ryan and Laura are also known as “The Kwerks”, a folk-pop band that tours the Lower Mainland and province.

Derek Weiss

Director of Community Engagement and Social Enterprise

Derek has an extensive professional background in communications, community engagement, and digital marketing. As Director of Community Engagement and Social Enterprise, Derek oversees UGM’s social enterprises and UGM’s ongoing efforts to better align with key community stakeholders and the public at large. He is dedicated to sustainable innovation and partnerships that will help to transform communities.

Derek lives in Langley with his wife Claire. He enjoys reading the Globe & Mail and Quora daily, and singing karaoke. He holds an Master of Arts Degree from Regent College, has taught post-secondary courses in English Literature and Academic Writing, and has co-authored a study on housing affordability and homelessness in Vancouver.

Rob Thompson

Director of Housing and Support Services

Rob joined the staff of Union Gospel Mission in 2004 as an Associate Chaplain working in front line ministry. Since then he moved into Program Development, creating the Church Relations department and overseeing the Satellite Ministries in the city of Mission and New Westminster. Most recently he has managed the Hastings Chaplaincy and Outreach team, supporting the emergency shelter, case management and the daily meal program. Prior to UGM, Rob was a pastor to youth for over 25 years in Montreal and Vancouver.

As Director of Housing & Support Services, Rob oversees UGM’s Housing, Maintenance, Custodial and Kitchen Services. Rob believes Housing is a critical part of UGM’s Continuum of Care. Rob says, “Housing is not simply brick and mortar, it is an opportunity to create a caring and supportive community, where lives can be transformed”. With a Doctorate in Leadership from George Fox University, he is passionate about integrating individuals’ assets to strengthen teams and build community.

Married to his wife Terri, they have three young adult children. He enjoys family time, church community and the occasional car show!

Our Board

Jim Barkman

chairperson

Partner, Bigfoot Crane Company Inc.

Stanley Martin

Vice Chairperson & Secretary

Lawyer, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Laurie Bristow

Treasurer

President, CFO on the Go!

Cheryl Bear

Nadleh Whut’en First Nation

Teresa Black Hughes

Senior Financial Planner & Investment Advisor; Rogers Group Financial

Kathy Chan

Finance Professional, Self-Employed

Almira Chow

Retired as Guest Services Coordinator for Canucks Sports and Entertainment

Robert Pasman

Pasman Smith & Co. Ltd.

Doug Powell

Critical Infrastructure Protection Professional & Project Manager, BC Hydro

Trevor Wilson

Family Practice Physician