Meet the Team
President & CEO
Robert is a creative and engaging executive that has built a solid reputation as an effective organizational leader. During his tenure as CEO, he has greatly improved the organization's finances, increased staff retention, improved programming, built strong partnerships with stakeholders, and has grown the organization through a merger with the PEI Lung Association. He is passionate about continuing to improve lung health in both NS and PEI.
Senior Manager of Finance
Maria joined the team in April 2016 as the Sr. Manager of Finance. She is happy to bring to the team more than 25 years of accounting and office management experience at a locally-owned retail and wholesale company.
Director of Communications
Michelle is responsible for advancing the Lung Association of Nova Scotia's mission by leading a comprehensive communications and marketing program that strengthens and protects the brand and delivers measurable results toward business objectives. Michelle oversees communications and marketing planning and execution, executive communications, media relations, internal communications, & creative services.
Manager of Fund Development
Tracy has a twenty year career in fund development working in management capacities for the Canadian Red Cross, both provincially and throughout Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada and for client specific events in the area of corporate sponsorship and engagement. Tracy has extensive experience in corporate relations, business and partnership development, event management, grant and proposal writing, strategic planning for results and general management.
PEI Director of Operations
Julia has been leading the PEI office since 2018 and is responsible for coordinating our Island based programs. She has an undergraduate in Health Promotion and a Master of Public Health.
Julia brings with her 10+ years of experience working in Tobacco Reduction and has extensive experience as a project leader on tobacco related initiatives both within the non-profit and government sector.
Since beginning her role, she has helped bring new lung health programming to Islanders, built strong partnerships with stakeholders and successfully advocated for changes to vaping prevention legislation.
Manager of Health Initiatives
Brett started working with us in 2019 as a Senior Research Assistant. After completing a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research at Dalhousie University, he returned to LANS to help develop our health initiatives projects. Brett has expertise in tobacco and vaping control, smoking cessation, and adolescent health and he has held a leadership role for several research projects on these topics. What Brett enjoys most about his role at LANS is using evidence-based research to advocate for and promote policies that improve the health of Nova Scotians.
Manager of Donor Relations
Lynette has an extensive background in business administration, being self-employed for over 20 years and in business management for six years.
Lynette does data entry, records, receipts and processes all gifts that pass through our doors. If you have a question or concern about our direct mail campaigns, tax receipts or your personal donation record, Lynette has the answers. Lynette’s background in volunteering and her communication skills make her an excellent volunteer supervisor.
Diane joined the team in early 2005 as the Office Manager, wanting to make a difference after her father survived lung cancer. With a solid background in office administration, Diane provides administrative and other support to her CEO and co-workers. In addition, she manages reception and keeps the office space running smoothly.
Lacey joined the team in January 2021 as Operations Coordinator. Prior to this she was an intern with LANS in her final semester of her BSc in Health Promotion at Dalhousie. During this time she developed a passion for advocating for the lung health of Nova Scotians. Lacey oversees radon education/programs, and manages our COPD Support groups, among other things.
Abbey recently joined the LANSPEI team in May of 2022 as Communications Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island with a major in Applied Communications, Leadership, and Culture. Her role entails the coordination of daily communications of the Association, developing and managing promotion and public-facing communications, including print, website, social media channels, and video assets. Abbey is looking forward to advocating lung health in both NS and PEI.