Terry Lake, Chief Executive Officer
Terry Lake was elected and served two terms as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. He was appointed Minister of Health (2013-2017). Terry served on several provincial government committees, as well as vice-chair of the Treasury Board.
Previously, he served as Minister of Environment. He also enjoyed stints as Parliamentary Secretary for Health Promotion to the Minister of Health Services, and Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force to the Minister of Agriculture and Lands.
Terry was the Mayor of Kamloops from 2005-2008, and a city councillor from 2002-2005. He is a former Vice-President of the Union of BC Municipalities, and a former member of the BC Transit Board of Directors.
Terry and his wife Lisa have three daughters and 2 cats.
Mike Klassen, Vice President, Public Affairs
When not working to support the seniors living and wellness sector, Mike is president of the board of directors for PAL Vancouver, a successful social housing society that serves the creative and performing arts community. Other past board work by Mike includes being Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and as a director on the B.C. Small Business Roundtable.
As the Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, Mike was credited with leading a comprehensive industry-wide consultation that resulted in the largest and most successful plebiscite to adopt regulatory reforms in the B.C. wine sector’s history.
As BC Director for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Mike was recognized by Vancouver Sun business columnist Don Cayo for excellence in advocacy, citing his ‘clear and credible’ campaign leading a nine-member business coalition challenging costly ‘producer pay’ regulations. Mike later received a Terry Biggar Award for his leadership on this campaign.
He is a dedicated community volunteer, husband, and parent of a teenage daughter.
Cathy Szmaus, Vice President, Operations and Corporate Partnerships
Cathy has an extensive background in retail management and customer service, along with experience organizing political events at both the municipal and provincial levels.
Before joining EngAge BC, Cathy worked as a freelance writer and wrote a number of popular care provider profiles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and a post graduate diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia.
Not one to let her vacation days go unused, Cathy enjoys traveling across B.C. and abroad.
Rebecca Frederick, Director, EngAge BC
Rebecca is passionate about focusing on the issues and opportunities that face the seniors living and wellness sector so that seniors in B.C. have access to the best possible support and services.
Rebecca comes to EngAge BC from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. where she spent five years in a variety of roles, including leading the development and launch of the Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative and managing the Advocacy & Education Department. Prior to that she completed her Master of Arts degree in Sociology, with a focus on health and aging, at the University of Victoria.
When Rebecca isn’t working you can find her hiking in the backcountry (often with her dog) or baking up a storm.
Snezana Ristovski, Director of Programs
Snezana graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours in Public Policy & Administration as well as a Bachelor in Education.
Snezana started off her career in the banking and insurance industries specializing in business analysis, project leadership, process reengineering, continuous improvements, managing operations and organizational change which lead her to a new-found passion in helping people develop, feel cared for, valued and respected as a people manager. Snezana then went on to attain her Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.
In her personal time, Snezana likes to take local road trips, adventure on hiking trails, travel abroad, pick up a few new dance steps, and play board games with family.
Cora Schupp, Director of Finance and Member Services
Cora Schupp brings extensive experience in many facets of accounting, business ownership, the private sector, manufacturing, retail and marketing. She was a joint recipient of the New Canadian Entrepreneur Awards in 1998 under the Service category, and a nominee for the Surrey Cultural Diversity Award of 2004.
After successfully starting up and profitably running a floor maintenance company and a retail store selling janitorial products, she decided to become self-employed and use her expertise to help her clients with full-cycle bookkeeping, reporting and analytics.
After developing a full roster of clients, and becoming a published author (“Cleaning up in a Dirty Business” – a business guide), she decided to work for a non-profit organization that does good for the community.
Cora and her husband Hans sing in two choirs, a bluegrass band, and play in a community string orchestra.
Marjahn O’Connor, Senior Manager, Programs
Marjahn comes to EngAge BC with a background working in both customer service and non-profit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Simon Fraser University, where she pursued a specialized concentration in international security and conflict.
Prior to joining EngAge BC, Marjahn supported various workplace health and safety initiatives for B.C.’s continuing care sector as the Programs and Events Coordinator for SafeCare BC.
In her spare time, you can likely find Marjahn at the gym, in the mountains, walking her dog, or attempting to travel the globe.