As a not-for-profit society, St. John’s has a Board of Governors made up of business and community leaders who are current or past parents. The Board sets the strategic direction of the school and in partnership with our Head of School, ensures the school is successfully achieving our vision and has the resources to reach our goals.

Our Board Members

List of 11 items.

  • Pamela Jefcoat, Chair

    Pamela (Pam) Jefcoat and her partner, Glenn Matthiesen, have two children at St. John's: Zoe in the MYP and Niklas in the PYP. Pam has a law degree and holds a Master in Public Administration from University of Victoria and has been practicing law for the past 16 years. Pam was previously a partner at the law firm of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP and at another boutique municipal law firm in Vancouver. Pam is currently the managing partner of Civic Legal LLP. Prior to moving to Vancouver to practice law, Pam lived in Victoria where she interned at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and worked at the Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Pam also spent time overseas working at the law firm of Shook Lin & Bok in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    Pam was elected as a Governor in 2015. She currently serves as Vice Chair and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Committee on Governors.
  • Grant Christoff, Vice Chair

    Grant and his wife, Leah, have a son, Caleb, in the MYP. Grant is a graduate of the University of Victoria Law School and is now an adjunct professor at his alma mater. Since 2015, Grant has served as legal counsel with the First Nations Health Authority. Prior to this, Grant was the Director of the Aboriginal Law Section at the Department of Justice. Grant also serves on the Risk Management Committee.
  • Darrell Chambers, Secretary

    Darrell Chambers and his wife Jenny Jung are the parents of Ellie in the DP. He has been involved in other non-profit Boards for many years. Darrell, born and raised on the prairies, holds a master’s degree in both business and education and has lived in Vancouver for over 20 years. He has worked across Canada in real estate and land development, small business development, manufacturing and banking and as a university instructor. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Darrell lived for 10 years in Zurich where he worked as a business consultant for ReviSwiss and for a Private Swiss Bank.

    Darrell was elected as a Governor in 2012. He is Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Governors and is past Chair of the Building and Facilities Committee.
  • Lee-Lynn Gan, Treasurer

    Lee-Lynn Gan has a daughter, Claire, in the PYP. Lee-Lynn is a Chartered Accountant and senior manager at KPMG, specializing in tax planning for Canadian corporations and their shareholders. KPMG’s National Tax practice also relies on her technical expertise on a wide variety of tax issues.

    Lee-Lynn was elected as a Governor in 2014 and re-elected in 2017. She is currently Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. She also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Committee.
  • Jeff Guise

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Guise and his wife, Kim, have two children at St. John’s: Kiefer in the MYP and Georgia in the PYP. Jeff is the Managing Director of Connor Clark & Lunn Private Capital, part of Canada’s largest private-owned money management firm. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the money management industry. He is involved in oversight of the firm’s investment functions, product development and large scale project management. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Wine Festival and the Vancouver Playhouse. His family participates in the Kerrisdale Little League, Whistler Club programme and charity events such as the BC Children’s Hospital ChildRun and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light the Night Walk.

    Jeff was elected as a Governor in 2015 and is Chair of the Advancement Committee and the Endowment Investment Committee.
  • Gloria Leong-Sit

    Gloria Leong-Sit and her husband, Colin Edwards, are the parents of Jack in the MYP and Sloane in the PYP. Gloria has a Bachelor of Commerce and Asian Studies from the University of Alberta. She started her career in Sales and Marketing with Fairmont Hotels, working across Canada in Alberta and Ontario. She has also worked as a Client Development Manager for the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and as a Director, Business Development, for the Mercer Creative Group in Vancouver.

    Gloria was elected as a Governor in 2016. She is a member of the Advancement Committee and is also serving in her fourth year as a Class Parent.
  • Judith Mewhort

    Judith Mewhort is a past SJS parent and was elected to the Board in 2017. She is the managing partner of Montridge Advisory Group Ltd., a consulting firm, since 1997 and is responsible for the financial and strategic operations. Judith has the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations and has a background in taxation and risk management. Previous non-profit experience includes serving as the treasurer of Wesbrook Preschool from August 2005 to August 2007, and serving on the fundraising committee for the Vancouver FC and Fusion FC soccer club.

    Judith was elected as a Governor in 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee.
  • Michael Murphy

    Michael Murphy and his wife Gail are the parents of three boys: Jason and Matthew, both class of ’18, and Kieran who is in the DPMichael joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC in 1999 and is currently a Professor. Within the department he is the Director of Graduate Programs with an enrollment of approximately 100 graduate students, and a member of the executive committee. Michael received his PhD from UBC in 1993, worked as a senior fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle and as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Tokyo before returning to Vancouver. 

    Michael was elected as a Governor in 2017. He is a member of the Committee on Governors.
  • Natasha Prodan-Bhalla

    Natasha Prodan-Bhalla and her husband Sonny Bhalla are the parents of Maya and Leila, both in the MYP. Natasha is an active member of the school community, volunteering for numerous events over the last five years. Natasha is currently working as the Nurse Practitioner and Primary Health Care Lead in the Nursing Policy Secretariat in the Ministry of Health and as a Nurse Practitioner at BC Women's Hospital. She is the founding President of the BC Nurse Practitioner Association and was the lead for their work on primary care transformation in BC. She is also a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. She holds a Master of Nursing / Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Toronto with a minor in the Ethnic and Pluralism Collaborative Program and completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Natasha recently completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado focusing on influencing health care policy and health systems change. Her skills for the board include expertise in leadership, change management, policy development and project management.

    Natasha was elected as a Governor in 2017. She also served on the Committee on Governors.
  • Allan Russell

    Allan Russell and his wife Jennifer have two sons, Wesley and Charlie, both in the PYP.

    Allan is a partner at EY, where he serves as Quality Enablement Leader for the Canadian firm’s Assurance practice. In this role, he is responsible for implementing quality initiatives and for identifying and responding to risks to audit quality. Allan has been with EY for nearly 25 years, and previously served as an audit partner for financial statement audits of publicly traded companies in the mining and industrial products sectors.
  • Linda Thyer

    Linda Thyer and her husband Pierre currently have two children at St John's, Maxime in the MYP and Juliette in the DP.  They have been part of the St. John's family since 2009.

    Linda grew up in rural BC near Nelson and completed her medical training in family medicine and sport medicine at McGill. She practiced for several years in Montreal and in Northern Quebec before moving to Vancouver nearly 20 years ago. Linda currently practices at SFU Health and Counselling Services where she serves the student population. She is passionate about having a healthy planet for future generations and is an active member of several community and health environmental organizations. When not working, Linda and her family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

    Linda serves on the Strategic Plan Committee and was also a class parent for several years.

Board Committees

St. John's School Society members also serve on the five board committees.

List of 5 items.

  • Advancement

    Jeff Guise, Chair
    Angela Dudek*
    Laura Jeffery
    Gloria Leong-Sit
  • Committee on Governors

    Darrell Chambers, Chair
    Diana Chen
    Lana Li
    Michael Murphy
    Richard Pearce
    Kyle Stamm
  • Finance

    Lee-Lynn Gan, Chair
    Judy Chan*
    Catriona Cheng*
    Marian Jakovcic
    Judith Mewhort
    Bobby Ning
    Jill St. John*
    Bryan Yu
  • Risk Management

    Pam Jefcoat, Chair
    Grant Christoff
  • Strategic Planning

    Michael Murphy, Chair
    Jonathan Buchwald
    Angela Dudek*
    Trevor Gale*
    Lee-Lynn Gan
    Stacey Lee
    Valerie Little
    Chris Leung
    Allan Russell
    Linda Thyer

    *denotes ex officio members. Head of School and Chair of the Board are ex officio members on all committees.