Our Board of Directors

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Our Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction of NBIS, and helps us form community partnerships that support our Peer Support, Education, and Navigator Programs.  We are grateful for their dedication. Learn more about becoming a NBIS Board Member.


Miki Flynn, President

Miki Flynn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice. She has experience working in addiction and recovery, brain injury recovery, trauma resolution, grief and loss, and crisis management. Her work in brain injury recovery includes supporting individuals who are attending VIU, returning to work, healing from trauma, and learning new skills for independence. Miki believes that thriving brain injury recovery involves survivors, family, and our community. She also recognizes that recovery is often intertwined with other life factors and does not occur in isolation. In her counselling work, Miki loves supporting clients who are experiencing changes in their lives, and assisting them in moving towards more joy, peace, and passion.

Heather Stadler, Vice President

Heather Stadler is a retired Human Resources Professional and is committed to volunteering in her community.  With over 35 years of experience in the education sector, she gets pleasure in supporting others through her work.  Her background has given her a range of leadership, guidance and mentoring skills.  She appreciates opportunites to collaborate with others to iniatiate new balanced programs that streamline business processes.


Wendy Idema, Treasurer

Wendy Idema, CPA, CGA, retired from the Director of Finance position at the Regional District of Nanaimo in 2018. Previously, she worked in a variety of financial positions for the Province, local governments and other organizations during her career. Wendy is very proud to have been born and raised on Vancouver Island and has lived in the Nanaimo area for 12 years. She looks forward to being able to support the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society's Board of Directors and staff in the delivery of programs to the community. 

Ashleigh Wasner, Secretary

Ashleigh is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, with training through the Brain Injury Association of America as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is currently the Director of Care for Bill’s Place Support Services which provides housing and personalized support to individuals whose lives have been impacted by acquired brain injury. Ashleigh works directly with families, multidisciplinary teams, and individuals with brain injuries ranging from mild to severe. Along with volunteering as a member of the NBIS Board, Ashleigh also presents NBIS's "Understanding Brain Injury" public workshop.  When not working and volunteerting Ashleigh enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband a four kids.

Tina Jennissen

Tina has a long history in the field of social work ranging from clinical, academic to community work.  Most recently, she worked with a stroke population in the Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and was instrumental in getting the Nanaimo Brain Injury Society Peer Support program launched at NRGH.  She also has extensive experience in community organizing and community development. For ten years she worked as a Practicum Coordinator at Vancouver Island University (VIU), where she carefully cultivated placements for students in the Social Services and School and Community Support Worker programs.  This led to a vast network of community connections and an opportunity to work collaboratively and creatively with community organizations.  Additionally, she taught a variety of courses part-time in several program areas in the Human Services department of VIU.  Her previous Board experience includes Clay Tree Enterprises, the Nanaimo Women's Resources Society and serving on a micro board for a young person with an intellectual disability.  She has been involved in community-organizing projects in her home community of Lantzville (e.g.  Lantzville Block Watch, Shangri La Trail Enhancement project). She recently joined the newly-formed Lantzville Community Association. 

Rick Bevis

Rick Bevis is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at VIU, Nanaimo. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Education, Counseling Psychology and Human Performance from Michigan State University. At VIU, Rick leads coursework that focuses on Leadership, Coaching Education and Sport and Physical Activity for individuals of varying ability, and distinct populations. Areas of Community engagement include Sport Psychology consults with emerging elite athletes from a variety of sports, including athletes working to “return to play” after a concussion. Rick has lived in Nanaimo since 1990, and is looking forward to providing support to NBIS and their programs.


Rana Van Tuyl 

Rana Van Tuyl is a social sciences researcher and consultant supporting the development of workplaces and communities to co-create places of psychological safety and belonging. With a multidisciplinary background in social sciences research, communication, management, community investment, and business administration, Rana is passionate about working alongside organizations to address complex systemic challenges through her social business—Celebrate Our Differences. Pursuing a doctorate in social sciences from Royal Roads University, Rana’s research interests embrace the connection between authentic inclusion, psychological safety, and communication to co-create places of belonging that enable people to participate more fully in workplace and learning environments. The daughter of a father who acquired a brain injury after a workplace accident, Rana is honoured to join NBIS to support people who have lived experiences with ABI. 

Rebecca Scott

Rebecca Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from Yorkville University. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Director with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and started In Balance Counselling Ltd. in 2010. Rebecca has experience working with government agencies (MCFD), Not-for-Profit Organizations, Employee Assistance Programs, and private practice. Rebecca enjoys working with individuals and families struggling with various issues, opening their eyes to change, and helping facilitate that change.