Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute has a talented team of directors, managers, coordinators and assistants who are available to provide services, offer assistance or direct you to the most appropriate person or organization.


Dr. Robert McMaster
VP Research, Vancouver Coastal Health

Executive Director, VCH Research Institute

Lillian Manusha
Assistant to Executive Director


Faydra Aldridge
Director, Stakeholder Relations & Public Affairs

604.875.4111 x 66687

Vivian Sum
Communications Manager

604.875.4111 x 61777

Meaghan Hume
Communications Coordinator

604.875.4111 x 21511

Bernadette Amiscaray
Senior Writer

Kirsten Pendreigh
Senior Writer

Clinical Trials

Stephania Manusha
Director, Clinical Trials Administration

Patrick Altejos
Coordinator, Research Quality

604.875.4111 x 62023

Stefanie Cheah
Clinical Trials Project Manager, Permission to Contact

604.875.4111 x 68699

Janine Johnston
Privacy Advisor, Research

604.875.5600 x 61062

Wylo Kayle
Coordinator, Research Approvals


Jason Sim
Coordinator, Clinical Trials Administration

604.875.4111 x 62023

Kessie Xu
Clinical Research Liaison


Clinical Research Unit

Michelle Storms, BScN RN CCRP
Manager, Clinical Research Unit

Lynn Cunada, RN BSN
Research Assistant, Clinical Research Unit

604.875.4111 ext 69697


Kerri Abramson
Manager, Research Education & Internal Awards

604.875.4111 × 67793

Eric Liow
Research Education & Internal Awards Coordinator

604.875.4111 × 22656

Gemma Fletcher
Research Education & Internal Awards Coordinator

604.875.4111 × 69668


Karen Donaldson
Manager, Facilities & Administration

Norma Cooper
Assistant to Manager, Facilities & Administration

604.875.4111 × 61910


Joyce Wong
Finance Manager

604.875.4111 x 66210

Jana Berna
Finance Assistant

604.875.4111 x 68728

Research Grant Development

Elizabeth Cheu
Manager, Research Grant Development

UBC Office of Research Services at VCH Research institute

Susan O’Neil
Manager, Research Awards

604.875.4111 x 68455

Kristin Rasmussen
Grants Officer

IT Services (Provided by UBC MEDIT)

For operational support:
For network failure emergencies call: 1-877-266-0666

For assistance in planning your IT development:

Alice Kempff

Website access and troubleshooting:

Vivian Sum
Communications Manager

604.875.4111 x 61777