Board of Directors

The Richmond Community Foundation doesn’t have the biggest Board of Directors, but what it lacks in size, our Board Members make up for in passion, dedication, and enthusiasm.

Dave Frank | Chair
Dave Frank Square 200 Dave spent five years as the Director – Marketing and Public Relations for St. John Ambulance, arguably the leading not-for-profit charitable enterprise in BC, playing the leadership role in modernizing St. John’s brand and products to the benefit of almost 120,000 students a year, 2000 Volunteers and 125 employees. He was a longtime Board Member (and past Chair) of Canada’s leading campus-based community radio station CiTR; recently on the Board of DOXA: Vancouver’s Documentary Film Festival and Society; and, is currently the Chair of the Richmond Community Foundation plus on the Board Executive Committee of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives – two of Canada’s most entrepreneurial community groups.

Dave built/owned/operated a leading international transportation and economic development consulting company as well as the ICC International Commercial Centre, at the time Canada’s foremost multimodal freight gateway trade zone. He constructed and managed two major research teams in the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sauder School of Business, one examining industry productivity and (roughly twenty years later) the application of intelligent transportation systems to freight security; has been a senior executive member of a regional cargo and air ambulance airline; was elected two terms to the UBC Board of Governors; and, once as President of the UBC Student Society.

Despite a focus on enjoying life, he somehow completed both a B.Sc.(Physics) and MBA(Transport) at UBC many moons ago.

However, his most important activities are being the best Spouse he can with Meg Comiskey, Dad for Taryn and Jaryd (both completed university two years ago) and answering to a cat named Bahs-tet.

 

Julie Halfnights | Vice Chair
julie-halfnights-200 Julie is an active community ‎leader who has volunteered in a wide range of capacities and with a diverse portfolio of interests over her past 29 years in Richmond. She chairs the Community Foundation’s Grants and Scholarships Committee.

Julie retired from paid work in Delta’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department in 2015. She feels strongly that, as Richmond grows and changes, we must maintain and support all residents so they can enjoy the quality of life her family has experienced here.

 

Frank Claassen | Treasurer
Frank Claassen Square 200 Frank has volunteered his time throughout his career to many organizations in Richmond and Vancouver. They include the United Way, Volunteer Vancouver, Heritage Hall Preservation Society, Seafair Minor Hockey Association, Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association, Richmond Arenas Community Association, Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia, Richmond Olympic Oval, the City of Richmond, and the Richmond Community Foundation.

Frank is currently the Treasurer of the Richmond Community Foundation and Chair of its Finance Committee. He is also Chair of the Richmond Arenas Community Association. He brings his professional and personal expertise to every organization he associates himself with. He enjoys the volunteer experience and seeing that his contributions make a difference in his community.

Frank is a partner at Claassen Partners Inc, a firm of chartered professional accountants located in Richmond. Throughout his career, he has provided accounting, assurance, financial consulting and tax services to the public. He enjoys providing his professional skills to the volunteer community as much as possible.

Frank and his wife Bev have resided in Richmond since 1979 and have raised two children.

 

Elaine Ho | Director
Elaine Ho 200 Elaine is a fourth year Marketing and Business Technology Management student studying at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is interning at SAP Vancouver as a Product Management Intern. Elaine joined the Richmond Community Foundation after becoming Chairperson for the Richmond Youth Foundation, the youth branch of the RCF. Elaine joined the Richmond Youth Foundation in 2011 as a General Committee member, co-chaired for 2013’s Zenith-in-Action youth competition, and co-chaired for the Internal Relations pillar in 2014. Away from the desk, Elaine enjoys exploring Greater Vancouver for delicious food and taking leisurely walks around Steveston Village.

 

John Jiang | Director
John Jiang 200 John Jiang is a non-voting member of the Richmond Community Foundation board. He is here as part of the Youth Now Program, which offers select youth with recognized leadership potential to serve on the board of a non-profit organization. John graduated with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia in May 2015. He now works as a Research and Development Engineer in Training for a pharmaceutical company called Vanrx Pharmasystems. During his spare time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, and hiking in the mountains.

 

Maureen Koss | Director
maureen-koss-200 Maureen joins the Richmond Community Foundation upon her retirement from her rewarding career as the Executive Legal Assistant to the senior partner in a downtown Vancouver law firm.

Her many community volunteer positions include 35 years with Scouts Canada as a pack leader, trainer and administrative scouter. Her last active 10 years was spent as the District President of the Richmond Scout District. She also served 8 years of her 10 years involvement with the Richmond Music School Board of Directors as its President and Board Chair.

Maureen and her husband Gary have lived in Richmond since 1980 and raised 3 children.

 

Stephen Ng | Director
stephen-ng-200 Stephen Ng is this year’s Youth Now leader sitting on the Richmond Community Foundation Board. Stephen recently graduated in May 2016 from the UBC Sauder School of Business with a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing & Sustainability. He has directly applied his studies to his career as he currently works as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for a green-minded energy management company called Kambo Green Solutions.

Stephen is passionate about all things marketing and has long-term career goals to eventually enter the non-profit industry. This career aspiration has led him to take part in the Youth Now program and as a born and raised Richmondite, he is excited to give back to the community in a new and impactful way. In his free time, you can find Stephen in the gym, on the volleyball courts, or on the slopes of BC mountains.