Dianne Milsom - President
Dianne has lived in Richmond since 1989 and has been an active member of her community all these years. She has been a member of the RASS Board since 2014, serving as President for 6 of those 7 years. Her previous Board experience was as a member at large and Secretary with Touchstone Family Association from 1995 to 2005. She is also serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation.
Dianne has been retired from her work as a Speech/Language Pathologist since 2014. Dianne has divided her time up to stay balanced: doing volunteer work, staying fit, pursuing creativity in writing and fabric arts, and enjoying the richness of relationships. Dianne has a partner, a son, a daughter-in-law and 2 granddaughters.
Yasmin Rahman - Vice President
Richmond has been Yasmin's home for the past 30 years where she has been actively involved in the community professionally and as a volunteer. She is the co-founder of businesses within the Canadian pharmaceutical industry. Through her work with physicians has created specialized programs that assist patients with their medication management preventing hospital admissions and readmissions. Yasmin has developed and implemented pilot projects for mental health and addictions focusing on early intervention and prevention. Yasmin's approach to healthcare programs encourage community, family and professionals to work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes.
Yasmin has consulted for the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs and currently serves on an Advisory Board for the City of Richmond. Yasmin was recognized by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce as a finalist for Innovation of the Year, Business Excellence Awards and was also an award nominee in the category of Business, Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction. She has completed her MBA at Simon Fraser University and continues to expand her business presence globally. Yasmin has volunteered with RASS since 2017 and looks forward to serving on the Board and aligning the strategic goals of RASS.
Ken Anderson - Treasurer
Ken lived in Richmond for many years prior to moving to other provinces to pursue his career. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held the role of Chief Financial Officer in both municipal government and regional health authorities. Ken recently returned to Richmond and is involved with varied volunteer activities. In addition, he travels, hikes and bikes. Ken is married with two adult children.
Sandra Gebhardt - Secretary
Sandra Gebhardt has 28 years of experience working in the Not for Profit sector; 17 years as Executive Director. She spent most of her career working with the children, youth and families providing programs and services that focused on “early intervention and prevention.” In her capacity as Executive Director Sandra oversaw multiple government contracts as well as numerous Accreditation processes. More recently Sandra has been working with seniors and she soon realized that many of the issues seniors were dealing with were similar to those being dealt with by youth.
Over the years she has worked with and chaired a variety of boards and committees for both large and small organizations. She is currently the chairperson of the Richmond Seniors Advisory Committee; a past member of the Richmond Community Foundation Board; the Federation of Community Social Services of BC and the Kiwanis Club. In 2008 Sandra was the recipient of United Way of the Lower Mainland's Award for Excellence as well as the Spirit of the Crane Gold Level Award for Business. She and her family have lived in Richmond for 47 years.
Cyrene Beavis - Director
Cyrene was recruited as a Board member in 2014, serving as co-chair for various ad hoc fundraising committees for RASS. Prior to that she was an active volunteer with RCRG who trained & volunteered as Senior Peer Counselor assisting isolated seniors; RASS along with RCRG initiated the Community Action Ambassador Program in 2014 to help advocate for seniors & promote various services offered by local non-profit organizations. My contribution to the board has also been mentoring RCRG Youth Now Leadership Program.
Previous career experience in excess of 20 years was in Sales & Marketing of promotional products. My simple fulfillment in life comes from a unique sense of nurturing & inspiring others to create a positive outlook despite countless adversities. I’ve been a resident of Richmond for almost 40 years providing safe housing to International students in our community since 2005.
Anand Dhatt - Director
Anand has lived in Richmond for 10 years throughout which he has enjoyed engaging in the local community through a variety of volunteer endeavours. Anand began to work with RASS via the Richmond Cares Richmond Gives Youth Now program through which he learned about non-profit board governance and has been a board member since 2018. After studying at UBC, Anand is currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Ottawa.
Debbie Samsom - Director
Debbie completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UBC, and has been a Registered Psychologist since 1991. In 1993, she co-founded Back in Motion Rehab Inc., a company specializing in healthcare and employment services. Debbie held the position of CEO of Back in Motion for 20 years, and under her leadership, the business grew from five people working in one small office in Richmond to over 300 people across 16 locations in Metro Vancouver. Debbie continues to be a part owner of Back in Motion, and serves on their Board of Directors.
Throughout her career, Debbie has focused on supporting people to achieve their full potential. Her greatest sense of accomplishment comes from helping others overcome personal challenges so that they can lead happy, healthy lives. Her passion since stepping down from Back in Motion is to assist organizations to build psychologically healthy workplaces, and more broadly, to spread the word on how we can all create lives of fulfilment and wellbeing.
An avid contributor to the community, Debbie has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise since 2011, and currently serves as Past President. Debbie is also a successful and disciplined multi-race marathoner, and has participated in races globally including Boston, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam and Berlin.
Penny Chan - Director
Penny Chan has over 25 years' working experience in managerial and administrative positions in the Print and Broadcasting Media, as well as in Education, Public Relations and Marketing. She held the position of Corporate Development and Circulation Manager of Sing Tao Daily for 16 years, and was Program Coordinator for both the Vancouver School Board's Continuing Education and International Education Departments for over twelve years.
During her career Penny earnestly participates in a wide spectrum of volunteer work. She served on the Board of Directors of SUCCESS for six years where she took on several roles including Vice Chair (Public Affairs), Co-Chair of annual fundraising events, and Community Chair of the SUCCESS Multi Level Care Home Fundraising Cabinet which had helped to build one of the largest and most established seniors care home facility in the Lower Mainland. In addition to her many community involvements, she was a member of Fairchild Television's Program Advisory Committee for seven years. Penny is currently a member of the City of Richmond’s Seniors Advisory Committee, and is Co-Chair of the Vancouver Chapter of OtherHalf Chinese Stem Cell Initiative (a partner of Canadian Blood Services established by the Sing Tao Foundation) where she constantly works with many youth groups, students, business organizations and community leaders for the recruitment of stem cell donors.
Penny has lived in Richmond for 35 years since immigrated from Hong Kong in 1986, and is eager to contribute her services to the City through her diverse career and volunteer experiences.