Our Team

Joan Kluge
Joan Kluge
Finance Officer

Joan Kluge has over 20 years of experience working in the public sector. She has general and financial management experience gained in positions at the non-profit, municipal and federal government levels. Joan has formal training in public policy and public administration, with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Joan is dedicated to the public sector and she loves helping non-profit organizations succeed. She is thrilled to join the team at Technology for Living! Joan originally hails from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and currently lives in Ladner, BC with her husband and two young children.

Ruth Marzetti
Ruth Marzetti
Executive Director

I joined BCITS as the Executive Director in November 2015. My passion is in the non-profit sector and I am motivated by working for organizations that are deeply committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I look forward to working with the board and staff in learning more about the needs of clients and incorporating their feedback to enhance our service delivery. My other passion is my road bike and staying active.

Elizabeth Goodfellow
Elizabeth Goodfellow
Health Professional, Professional Practice Leader

I have been connected to PROP for many years and remember the early days of the Program. Currently, I provide professional practice services to PROP and also work as one of the clinical on-call Respiratory Therapists. I also work as the CPAP Coordinator/Educator for the VCH Sleep Disorders program and as an accreditation surveyor for both Accreditation Canada and the BC Diagnostic Accreditation Program. I hold a master’s degree in Health Sciences (Athabasca) as well as a fellowship with the CSRT. I also have a long history of volunteering with both the provincial (BCSRT) and national (CSRT) professional groups. I am a peer reviewer for the CSRT journal and the current president of the BCSRT.

Wendy Crawford
Wendy Crawford
Registered Nurse

I have been a part of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) team since September 2013. I completed my BSN at UBC in 1985 and began my career in nursing working in acute SCI until 1989. I then entered BCIT to complete a diploma in paediatric intensive care and practiced at BC’s Children’s Hospital ICU. Throughout my career as an RN, I have worked closely with my Respiratory Therapist peers both in the hospital and community settings. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring an accumulation of skills, knowledge, and experience to an organization that puts a personal touch on supporting individuals with respiratory needs in their homes.

Wayne Pogue
Wayne Pogue
Manager, Biomedical Engineering

I joined Technology for Living as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist in 2006, shortly after the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and the Technology for Independent Living Program (TIL) joined forces, and have had the privilege of seeing the 2 programs grow together. After an enjoyable day at the office, heading up the most amazing team of biomedical engineering technologists, there’s nothing better than spending some quality time with my family, playing hockey with the guys, or cheering on the local teams.

Sodany Taing
Sodany Taing
Respiratory Therapist

I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I graduated as a respiratory therapist in December 2012 at Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON. Immediately after, I packed my bags and off I moved to the beautiful British Columbia that I now call home. There I began my career at Vancouver General Hospital. Now many years later, I begin my exciting new chapter of my career into the world of home ventilation or as many of us call it, PROP, the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program.

Sherry Shea
Sherry Shea
Respiratory Therapist

I have been a Respiratory Therapist for over 18 years and have been with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) since the spring of 2015. Even though most of my career has been in Critical Care in Hospitals, joining the team here at the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and working in the community has felt very natural. Problem solving, troubleshooting and collaborating with clients to support and foster autonomy and independence has always been a primary focus for me, one where everyone wins.

Rodel Mangahis
Rodel Mangahis
Materials Manager

It feels like it was only yesterday when I joined the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program back in 2002. I have been fortunate and so proud to work with a dedicated team that shares the same passion of making a significant difference in people’s lives. The best part of my job is meeting our determined clients and devoted family members and care workers who continually are an inspiration to me. I love playing musical instruments in my spare time. I also enjoy creating simple works of art, using various media.

Ean Price
Ean Price
Innovation Strategist

I have lived in the Okanagan since 1986 and have been a PROP client since 2001. I was also a Technology for Living board member for 6 years. I own and operate a small tech company, with a passion for independence through technology. In my free time I enjoy traveling overseas and volunteering with local non-profit organizations including the Tetra Society, Neil Squire Society and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. In 2016, I was proudly elected President of Kelowna’s Disabled Sailing Association of BC. Having Spinal Muscular Atrophy II, I have worked with and developed a wide range of assistive technology. I hope by collaborating with my peers we can continue to bring innovation to Technology for Living.

Dr. Jeremy Road
Dr. Jeremy Road
Health Professional, Professor of Medicince UBC

Dr. Road is a Professor of Medicine at UBC and a Respirologist at Vancouver Hospital and UBC. He is the Medical Director of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program. His research interests include respiratory sleep and neuromuscular disorders, COPD and respiratory tract infections. His current area of basic research is respiratory muscle fatigue and injury in loaded breathing.

Ace Ganotisi
Ace Ganotisi
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I officially joined the team at Technology for Living in October 2019 shortly after graduating from the Biomedical Engineering Technology diploma program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. After spending a month or so as a practicum student here, I fell in love with the main goal which is to help our clients live more independently through the provision of assistive technology and support. I knew I had to become a part of the team here and I have loved every second of it so far. As far as hobbies go, I enjoy being outdoors and watching or playing all kinds of sports including volleyball, baseball, and American football. I also listen to music whenever I can and I am constantly annoying my fellow team members with my humming and whistling.

Jerzy Pacek
Jerzy Pacek
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I was born in Poland. I came to Canada in 1991, and after graduating from the BCIT Biomedical Engineering program in 2006, was hired by BCITS as a biomed technician. In my spare time, I enjoy watching a good movie or reading an interesting book.

Lily Cheung
Lily Cheung
Respiratory Therapist

I have been with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach (PROP) team since July 2014. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which pairs nicely with my career as a Respiratory Therapist! In the last 10 years, I have been fortunate to meet many incredible people through the work I have done with adult and pediatric acute care, hyperbarics, research, and education. Since working with the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP), I have been inspired by the ingenuity and individuality impressed upon me by our clients. The work here has truly been most rewarding and I look forward to the ongoing journey of sharing knowledge and developing partnerships with the community.

Daniel Behrner
Daniel Behrner
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

I have recently joined Technology for Living in November 2019, as the newest Biomedical Engineering Technologist. I graduated from BCIT’s Biomedical Engineering Technology Diploma program in 2019. Prior to that I have acquired a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2015 and an Associate Certificate in Computer Aided Design at BCIT in 2017. Over my educational experience I have helped to develop a wide range of fully functional engineering prototype projects at both UBC and BCIT. One of which is being utilized today at Technology for Living, the Chameleon. I look forward to seeing how it may help improve the lives of our clients. In my spare time I enjoy a verity of hobbies, such as playing soccer, building custom furniture from scratch, traveling, hiking, reading comics, and playing video games.

Richard Bing
Richard Bing
Office Administrator

I started in the office as Office Administrator in April 2016, so I am still learning the ropes. My past experience has been working for the Positive Living Society of BC, my main role there was database development and administration but as so often in a non-profit environment, I found myself helping out where ever I was needed. I especially enjoyed working with the members helping out on the member retreats and other society events. When I am not working or looking after my elderly mother, my interests include running around the sea-wall, socialising with friends and travel. I am looking forward to working at BCITS.

Patrick Cho
Patrick Cho
Respiratory Therapist

I joined BCITS in 2013 and during my time here, I have gained enjoyment and knowledge while working with clients all over B.C. I have a Bachelor’s of Science from Simon Fraser University and I did research in cancer drugs and medical devices prior to becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist. My clinical training included Surrey Memorial, Vancouver General Hospital, and I also worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital before coming aboard.

Nancy Lear
Nancy Lear
Peer Support Facilitator

I enjoy meeting new people and getting people connected. My role at Technology For Living (TFL) is to be supportive, engaged and assist our members through different collaborations. I support new peers who are coming onto the program and also those who have been around a while! I have over thirty years’ experience volunteering in the non-profit sector and this has prepared me for my role. With my Bachelors of Arts degree in English, it has helped me in my work as well as in my leisure. I have worked on TFL projects such as the Peer History Project, Peers on Pages (POP!) writing workshop, and the Simon Cox Student Design Competition. I am an avid writer and some of my articles are featured in the Balance newsletter. I grew up in a family of nine children in Newfoundland, relocated to BC in 2013 and joined TFL in 2015. I am full of energy, when I’m not connecting with our peers, I can be found square dancing, travelling abroad and around BC. If you want to talk to me about peer issues or just have a friendly chat, send me an email or call me!

Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison
Project Specialist

Richard has extensive experience working in for non-profit organizations in various support and administrative roles. Education includes a BA in Honours English from York University a Business Administration Diploma, completion of the Office Admin & Technology program at BCIT. He moved to BC in 1992 because of the magnificent beauty of the province and his inexplicable obsession with the Vancouver Canucks. His interests include writing, kayaking and spending time with his partner and dog. “I believe this organization is doing important work. I am very excited to be part of the Technology for Living team.”

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