Board of Directors

Our Board is made up of members who share the vision that all learners are healthy, engaged and connected.  Our members come from diverse backgrounds with experience in education, health and business.  DASH’s Board is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 elected board members.

Karen Wonders
Director, Chair

Karen has spent over 35 years working in health care in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. She obtained a diploma in nursing from Algonquin College in Ottawa, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria, and a Certification in Community Health Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. Karen lives in Prince George, BC and currently works for Northern Health as a Program Lead for Public Health Practice. Throughout her career, Karen has successfully led a variety of teams and health related programs. She has been an active volunteer as a board member with DASH BC for the last 4 years, and currently holds the position of Board Chair. The work and mandate of DASH aligns very well with her passion for health promotion and her interest in the health and well-being of children and youth.

T: 250-565-7360 C: 778-349-6952 E:

Carla Bullinger

Director, Vice-Chair

Carla has worked as an adult educator, literacy practitioner, program manager and community developer for more than 20 years.  She is passionate about life-long learning and working collaboratively with others to create communities and schools in which all children, youth and families can thrive. She currently works as the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy in Williams Lake, BC.

T: 250-267-8249 F: 250-398-7871 E:

Jennifer White
Director, Treasurer

Jennifer has lived on Haida Gwaii for over 40 years.  She taught for 32 years in School District #50 and spent those years as an elementary and secondary classroom teacher, a librarian, a special education teacher, and as a District literacy support helping teacher. She has continued to support education with volunteer work for a local Youth Mentoring Program.  She has also been part of the local Operation Refugee Haida Gwaii committee supporting new Canadians to BC.

T: 250-559-4208 C: 604-318-3350 E:

Erin Takeshita
Director, Secretary

Erin Takeshita is a seasoned leader in the high-tech space serving in senior leadership roles spanning Project Management, Business Development and Operations. Most recently Erin served as Interim Director of Engineering at Canada’s MDA. Erin is a strong advocate of life-long learning and is passionate about the creation of opportunities that enable our children’s futures. Born and raised in BC and now a resident of Vancouver, Erin is proud to support DASH BC’s vision and the amazing team behind it.

T: 604-974-5275 E:

Heather Allen

Heather worked in healthcare in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia for over 38 years.  Her nursing career was primarily in Maternity Care and Public Health working in the field and later on in administration.  Her passion was in prevention and she obtained her Masters of Science in Health Promotion in 2004.  Under her leadership, Interior Health developed the Healthier Schools, Healthier Students project.  The project funded Health Promoting School Coordinators in the majority of school districts located within the Interior Health Region.  When Heather retired in 2012, she joined the Board of Directors at DASH BC and has led an active role in policy development, board recruitment and retention as well as holding the position of Vice Chair and Board Chair. 

T: 250-689-1780 E:

Janice Fichtner, Director –  T: 250-296-4308 C: 250-398-0349 E: