Board of Directors
Board Members serve a two-year term, with half of the board positions being open for election each year. Board elections are held in April. You can connect with us about joining the board here.
Alecska is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary artist from France. Her photography and video works have been exhibited, published & screened at several galleries, theatres, and artist-centers in Europe and Canada. Alecska is also an experienced administrator, passionate about connecting people with resources and each other. Since immigrating to this land, she has been active with arts organizations in various capacities: administration, development, programs, events, communications. She is thrilled to join the Board and provide her skills to an organization that engages the community about the environment through the arts.
In her spare time, Alecska rescues houseplants and walks her housemates’ dogs.
Albert is a lawyer with a downtown Vancouver law firm. He has lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood area for over 20 years and has always had an interest in local art and culture. He joined the board of Still Moon Arts Society as a way of contributing to the community that he has grown up with. On the weekends, he can often be found exploring the rapidly-changing neighborhood while walking his frisky Shih Tzu-Poodle.
Susanne "Sookie" Jespersen
Sookie has developed strong instincts in storytelling while producing, directing and writing factual series for A&E, Discovery, National Geographic and more. Her work has taken her behind the scenes at a wide variety of exciting arts events as well, including Canada Day in Ottawa, the Montreal Jazz Festival and Carnaval in Quebec City.
Her latest project was producing After The Storm on Crave. In this role she spent a year interviewing people affected by the recent floods in B.C., learning much along the way about various facets of environmental stewardship, flood mitigation and food security, as well as indigenous perspectives on land use.
She has always been fascinated by Still Creek, walking or biking along its path during lunch hour and talking to environmental and municipal experts about its history.
Nadine (she/her) enjoys working with people who are continually weaving skills and knowledge: Learning from one another to develop individual and collective strength. Nadine works at a charity in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and is dedicated to supporting the growth of transformative community organizing within our community. She is excited by the opportunity to build equitable relationships and support the development of skills and knowledge for all community members.
In her free time, Nadine enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains and volunteering for organizations that are environmentally and socially focused.
Member At Large
Brooke is a former environmental scientist who made a career switch to music and live events after an extended parental leave when her daughter was born. She has a graduate degree in soil chemistry from the University of Alberta and recently completed a certificate program in Event Marketing from BCIT. She worked in environmental consulting for 10 years prior to her parental leave. She is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Rogue Folk Club and is responsible for managing most of the operations of the folk club.
Originally from Edmonton, Brooke has lived in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood for over 15 years. She was first introduced to Still Moon Arts through their Moon Festival and has been attending with her family since 2017. She also participates in the Still Creek Streamkeepers group. Brooke is excited to continue to contribute to Still Moon Arts, which offers such a unique, community-based integration between arts and science.
Member At Large
Joe has always enjoyed exploring nature and the community around him, from the suburbs of Toronto to East Vancouver, with stops in Nigeria, Switzerland and northern Quebec along the way.
Joe has been a high school teacher, information specialist in engineering companies and is now research liaison at BCIT. He is active with the Green Team and Cycling Committee at BCIT, and has board experience with the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association.
Joe has lived in East Van for over 30 years. In recent years he has been more involved with Still Moon Arts as a community volunteer, and joined the board in 2022 to become more involved with the Still Moon Arts community. When he’s not working or volunteering he’s usually on his bike or in his garden, or weaving with ivy and willow.
Member At Large
Chao has been living in the Renfrew neighbourhood since 1988. He recently retired as a professional staff and technology manager for Faculty of Applied Science for 38 years. He was a volunteer and director of Renfrew Collingwood Annex Art Council in 2019. He is currently serving his third term as a director and now treasurer for Renfrew Park Community Centre Association, and serving his second term as Member at Large of the Board for Still Moon Arts Society. He has served as a volunteer for Variety Club BC since 2007. Chao is a photography hobbyist for nature, travel and community events photos. He is a “passive environmentalist” for engineering solutions for sustainable urban neighbourhoods. He wishes to continue his volunteering service to the neighbourhood for years to come.
Member At Large
Cassandra (she/her) grew up in beautiful Renfrew-Collingwood and has volunteered and worked around the neighbourhood including the Renfrew Park Community Centre, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and Adrian Dix’s Community Office. She is currently the Executive Assistant at the Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society. She has a deep passion for working with seniors and is committed to strengthening and making community-based healthcare services more accessible to older adults and their loved ones.
Cassandra is of Chinese-Vietnamese heritage, speaks Cantonese, and is the middle child of 3. In her spare time, you can find her baking sweets at home or spending all her money on desserts at local bakeries and cafes, hanging out with family and friends, biking, or playing volleyball. Cassandra has long admired Still Moon Arts Society for their commitment and care in making art fun, engaging, educational, and accessible to everyone in the community. 15 years after her first volunteer experience with Still Moon, she is excited and honoured to be contributing back as a board member!
Member At Large
Madelyn is an avid cooperative enthusiast, musician, and social and environmental justice advocate. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Quest University Canada and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from BCIT. Madelyn had the joy of working as Still Moon’s Moon Festival Production Manager for the 18th and 19th editions of the festival. In February 2022, she joined the BC Co-operative Association as their Co-op Education Coordinator to help advance knowledge of the co-operative business sector. She is very excited to continue supporting Still Moon’s incredible work as a board director.
Member At Large
Immersed in the outdoors, Lama started her journey into nature at 16 years old and became a mountain guide at 18. After obtaining a master’s degree in Architecture, she discovered her passion for sustainability and integration within the field. This drove her to focus on renovating and restoring rather than destroying mountains and constructing new buildings. In 2016, she co-founded an outdoor adventure and environmental team called Moon Monkey in Lebanon, aiming to share outdoor experiences worldwide, especially the Himalayas of Nepal.
Throughout her career, Lama actively engaged with various NGOs, including the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa in Lebanon and Pompiers sans Frontières in France. Her work with these organizations focused on environmental causes and strategies for resilience in the face of natural disasters. These experiences expanded her knowledge in project management and community building.
Currently, since relocating to Vancouver in November 2022, Lama is dedicated to deepening her understanding of the local ecosystem and the city’s original and present inhabitants. She seeks to exchange knowledge, collaborate with others, and contribute to making the city more sustainable. Additionally, she is pursuing certification as a Project Manager Professional from the Project Management Institute.