- Lorne Epp
- Executive Director
For close to 20 years Lorne’s been focused on the work of More Than A Roof Housing Society as an emerging leader in reducing and eliminating all forms of homelessness. As a graduate of Brock University College of Education his vocational background includes teaching, real estate and 18 yrs. of project management in the development / construction industry. In 1992 Lorne was invited to join the board of More than A Roof as a volunteer director and in 1995, accepted the leadership role of Executive Director. He was also privileged to be a part of the inaugural board of the B. C. Non Profit Housing Association and since then, has had a long-standing involvement with, and commitment to, the nonprofit housing sector. Lorne and his wife Margaret make their home in the Fleetwood area of Surrey. They have one married daughter and one granddaughter. His personal interests include wilderness adventures, motorcycle riding, cinematography, reading and guitar.
- Don Kroeker
- Board Co-Chair
Don Kroeker graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Environmental Studies. He moved with his wife to the Lower Mainland in 1983, shortly after their marriage. Don’s career has focused on the construction Industry. With his Environmental Studies background he has taken a keen interest in new innovations within the construction industry towards a more responsible approach. With a LEED AP designation, he brings sound leadership to the projects he is involved with. He is currently providing Project Management services for a Seniors Residence under construction in Vancouver.
Don has been involved with More than a Roof as a Director and Chairman of the Society since the late 1980’s. He finds deep satisfaction through his involvement in the organization as it has grown from a society responsible for one small apartment in Vancouver to being a multi level provider of Housing and so much More. He provides
sound and stable oversight to the organization. With his wide experience within the development and construction industry his guidance to the organization as it manages the bricks and mortar aspects of the More than a Roof portfolio is appreciated.
- Gerry Sportack
- Board Co-Chair
Gerry is a registered architect and has been on the MTR Board since 2001 holding Director, Chair and Co-Chair positions. He graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture with a Bachelor in Environmental Studies 77’ and a Bachelor of Architecture 79’. His internship was completed at Armour Blewett and Partners in Vancouver working with in teams on various projects such as the award winning Oakridge Centre.
Gerry established his own firm, Array Architecture in 1988. He was also a founding partner of Omicron Architecture in 1999. Gerry continues to work under the banner of Array Architecture with an emphasis on improving social and environmental wellbeing. In order to provide the best possible solutions for clients, his firm is structured around specific sector models that include Places of Worship, Healthcare, Education, Commercial office/retail developments, and Residential including single and multi-family. “This focus on a range of community based environments allows us to understand the trends, pressures and forces acting on these sectors so that we can better develop informed solutions for our clients.
Our value added approach is based on maintaining a sound contextual understanding of the needs of our clients and the environments in which they function, grow and prosper.”
Gerry’s passion and collaborative approach is about contributing to the building of community in tangible ways. A sampling of some of his work can be viewed here: https:// www.dropbox.com/s/y9vgaaa0cobhh9b/Array%20Projects.pdf?dl=0
Array Architecture received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel for The Brook Condominiums. The Brook is a LEED Platinum equivalent project using geothermal exchange, a solar heated water system, grey water retention and reuse and a high R value building envelope.
- DJ Devries
- Vice Chair & Secretary
Overseeing the daily operations of his family’s commercial real estate holdings, DJ’s
expertise is in all aspects of real estate investment. He manages a variety of properties consisting of multi-tenant, industrial, manufacturing and distribution facilities situated in Surrey and Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Having been trained and apprenticed as a journeyman, DJ knows the nuts and bolts of quality construction. Years of hands-on experience in acquiring, overseeing and managing his company’s holdings has provided him with the negotiation skills to retain tenants as well as successfully deal with banks and mortgage companies.
DJ’s Specialties are real estate investment, tenant improvements, tenant negotiation, tenant retention, construction, and property management of owned industrial holdings. This experience serves More Than A Roof well.
- Marie-Louise Fast (Stolz)
Marie-Louise Fast (Stolz) was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and Bachelor of Law in 1983. She has been in private practice as a lawyer since 1984 and has been operating as “Fast & Company Law Firm” since 1988. Her area of practice is primarily solicitor’s work with a focus on real estate, corporate and commercial, and estate work. She is a member of the Law Society of B.C. and occasional lecturer for People’s Law School and Continuing Legal Education. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada. She has participated in the Pro Bono Legal Aid clinic.
Having obtained her A.R.C.T. (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) diploma in cello while in high school, and studied at the Musikhochschule Detmold in Germany, she also remains active musically, whether playing in orchestra’s (cello) or singing in various choirs. Politically, she has acted as official agent in two previous elections for Vancouver South MP Wai Young.
She is a former member of board of directors for the Early Music Society of Vancouver, a past chair and current board member of More Than a Roof Mennonite Housing Society (‘MTR’), and a longstanding board member of Pinegrove Place complex care home in Richmond, B.C. She and her husband also own and operate “Haddon House”, a bed & breakfast located in Burnaby, B.C.
- Dave Hillhouse
After Graduating from Simon Fraser University, Dave articled with the Chartered Accountant firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG). He also is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds the CPM® and CRES designations. In 1980 he founded a property management firm managing apartment buildings, over 780,000 sq ft of commercial property, and four residential properties. He has served on a number of charitable and civic committees over the years in Prince George. Dave and his wife have enjoyed designing and building their home on a beautiful lake near Prince George. They have two sons, two wonderful daughters in-law and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include playing with grandchildren, fishing, landscaping and tinkering around the house.
- Doug Kasper
Doug joined the board of More Than A Roof in 2010 and holds over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Over the past 16 years, he has specialized in Seniors Care and Residential facilities. During this period, he has assisted development phases and overseen the construction of numerous Campus of Care projects, as well as Assisted Living projects, and major renovations to existing facilities. Since January 2006, Doug has incorporated his own construction company – Kasper Development Corporation, where he has been involved in Construction Development and became the General Contractor for numerous Residential Care and Assisted Living projects throughout British Columbia that, together, hold a construction value of over $250 million dollars.
He continues to work and create respected relationships with Owners, Consultants, and Sub-trades to fulfil the projects from the initial concept stage to the final stages of occupancy, while keeping everything on budget and on schedule. His gift of problem solving, as well as his attention to detail and commitment to excellence is reflected in the quality of every project that he has been involved in. On a personal side, Doug enjoys spending his off-time with his family – fishing and going on motorbike camping road trips with his wife of 30 years, Carma.7
- Corey Siemens
Corey joined the board in December of 2015. Having studied English and Sociology at Simon Fraser University, Corey is a general contractor for his family’s business offering a hands-on approach to building and an exceptional commitment to customer service. Specializing in both high-end custom and affordable single family residences, Corey has gained experience making practically based, effective decisions that have spurred growth and maintained stability for the business.
Looking for an opportunity to help with homeless and poverty issues, as a board member with More Than A Roof, Corey is making a difference by contributing to the decision making process as it relates to his experience in business and project management. His interpersonal skills developed through managing trades, city officials and homeowners offers sound communication with other members of the organization as well as tenants from a “team player” approach. Corey has experience as an advisor to the board of Nation’s Cry and their work in Sierra Leone, as well as being an active volunteer in his local faith community. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife and three young children.
- Cindy Serre-Revell
Cindy has nearly a decade of non-profit management experience in international development. She has worked with a variety of international organizations, including the United Nations, and several non-profit organizations. She currently works at Union Gospel Mission where she coordinates community engagement actions.
Cindy’s areas of expertise include grant writing, program development/management and community engagement. During her career, she has successfully identified and leveraged partnerships with governments, civil entities, and other stakeholders. This collaboration has served to guarantee commonly desired outcomes: sustainability, budget adherence, poverty reduction, and local empowerment.
Cindy has lived in Tanzania, Martinique, Haiti, Switzerland, France, and Canada. She has been involved with projects in Africa and Central Asia. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband, Roger.
Cindy has joined the board of More than Roof in December 2015. Passionate about community development, she is convinced by the value of offering a caring and welcoming affordable housing model. Cindy feels privileged to serve on the board of More than a Roof.
- Rachel Wiebe
Rachel currently serves as an accountant and financial consultant for numerous charities, non-profit organizations and businesses. She has been a senior accountant for Loewen Kruse Chartered Accountants since 2002, acting more recently as Director of Finance at
Kibaale Community Centre in Uganda. In that time, Rachel has developed a passion to empower leaders and build capacity with non-profit organizations. She is an active member of her community, volunteering her time to work with children in her faith community and provide transitional support for new Canadian immigrants. She graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Rachel is a board member for both More than a Roof Mennonite Housing Society and ACTS Canada.4