Meet VVAF's Board of Directors
The VVAF's Board sets our course, empowers our team, safeguards our resources, and ensures we sail within ethical waters. And yes, they do it all without any pay.
Currently, the Vice President of Strategic Growth for the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF) and the President of the VVAF Board Sky has been involved in Global Events for 10 years and is a Health and Well-being expert. She is a sought-after corporate trainer and manages the planning, execution, and strategic growth of our organization. She is a yoga instructor, ACE-certified professional trainer, Sports Performance Specialist, and Group Fitness Instructor and is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Skyla has studied acting, psychology, and of course art. Her list of exhibitions of her work is long and varied and includes multiple countries. Sky is the author of 'Master Your Mindset' and the founder of the publishing company 'SKY LILAH'. Sky is extremely passionate about assisting others to reach their full potential, realizing their dreams and learning how to collaborate as a productive and imaginative team.
Diana Mogensen is the co-founder of Art Ignites, her responsibilities include connecting youth to community through the arts. Diana is currently pursuing post graduate studies in public engagement in cultural spaces with an emphasis on youth and mental health at the University of Victoria’s Museum Studies Program. She holds a Teaching Certificate in BC and continues her passion as a Docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She serves on the Board of Directors at Roedde House Museum, and is a certified Forest Therapy Guide, with a certification in 2019 from the Association Of Forest Therapy Guides and Programs in California. Passionate about biophilic design and connecting nature and interior spaces to metal and physical wellness, she is proud to say she studied Biophilic Design with the founder of Terapin Bright Green and through the American Interior Design Society.
Our Executive Director and Founder, Lisa Wolfin, graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA in 1982. Winning the Most Creative Design award set her on the path to working at Dior in Paris. Upon returning to Vancouver, Lisa started her own business in 1987 called “Wear Wolfin Designs” producing a high-end line of ladies' clothing. Ultimately, Lisa gave up her business to raise 3 amazing children. These days Lisa spearheads VVAF and is continuously building the foundation. She creates opportunities for emerging artists by mentoring and helping them obtain funding. She provides outlets for artists to connect and collectors and travels to other countries in her quest to truly unite nations through art. Her attitude is “more make more” and welcomes all those interested in connecting and educating everyone through art and continues to inspire all who come into her fantastic aura of creativity.
During her professional career, Simone worked in the Finance and Controlling sector in Germany and France. At the end Simone was the Head of Finance & Administration and Deputy Commercial Manager of an international construction company in Qatar, until the birth of her children. Besides pursuing her professional career, it was always important to Simone to use her skills, volunteering and contributing to the wellbeing of her community. She assumed, among others, the responsibilities of the Board Member for Human Resources & Finance and Deputy Chairman of the German International School Doha in Qatar. After settling down in Canada, Simone took over the role as PAC treasurer for a secondary school and later started volunteering as Accountant in VVAF where she could combine her passion for numbers with her interest in Arts.
Jeff is a retired pharmacist who enjoyed a fulfilling healthcare career. Now, as a dedicated patron of the arts, he actively supports VAHMS and VVAF, championing the celebration and promotion of Asian Canadian culture. Jeff plays a vital role in fundraising efforts, significantly contributing to the growth and success of both organizations in recent years. Leveraging his extensive network within the city's social scene, he diligently works to ensure the success of every event he participates in, aiming for excellence.