Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is a distinguished group of leaders whose tireless work, commitment and strategic decision-making have made an impact in communities across British Columbia. The dedication, commitment and wisdom they bring to our boardroom not only guides our work, but reflects our values. We are proud to work with such a knowledgeable and generous group of individuals.
Anne Cooper has more than 30 years of experience in district office, with 20 of those as a Superintendent of Schools in BC. She holds a B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon.
Anne received the BC School Superintendents Association Distinguished Service Award in 2006, has been a two-time recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence, received the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Champion award in 2013 and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her contribution to public education.
Retired, but still active in her community, Mrs. Cooper serves on many committees in Revelstoke.
Since 2012, Leslie has led a unique role at BC Cancer Foundation as Director Corporate Governance. Prior to that, educational advancement was the focus of her career at the UBC Alumni Association for more than 10 years, the last two leading the not for profit as Executive Director. She was responsible for managing and developing programs to serve 200,000 alumni and was part of a small team that negotiated with the university to put in place a progressive and integrated model to optimize alumni programs and services at UBC. Since then, she joined a consortium of Educational Advancement professionals, which developed a comprehensive metrics system to measure alumni engagement, helping educational institutions justify and measure their relationship building programs. She served on the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education National Board for four years as Professional Development Chair. In 2014, she successfully attracted the national award for best Corporate Governance by the Governance Professionals Association, which recognized the excellence in organizational leadership and the highest of standards for the BC Cancer Foundation. Currently, she also serves on the Vancouver Foundation’s North Shore Resident Advisory Committee, which provides grants to support projects to enrich communities and build neighbourhoods that respect and celebrate diversity.
John is responsible for the financial affairs of Concert Properties Ltd. and Concert Infrastructure Ltd. He joined Concert in 2011 after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Prior to John’s involvement with the Games, he worked in a range of financial positions in sport, entertainment and industry.
John is a member of the Olympic Order and was a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of Sport BC.
Linda practiced law for 24 years, primarily as the Senior Vice President, Law and Human Resources at ICBC. Leaving the practice of law in 2002 to train as an executive coach in the US, she leads her own coaching practice working with lawyers to advance their practices. Linda is a past chair of Capilano University and current director for the Credit Counseling Society, which encourages individuals to become more financially literate. She received the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 2008. A past chair of the BC CBA Women Lawyers Forum, she is currently on the WLF national executive.
Valerie Overgaard retired from the Vancouver School District after two decades in the District Office. Her last position, which she held for much of that time, was Associate Superintendent responsible for programs. Valerie’s career spanned 38 years, and included teaching positions in public schools, administrative and teaching roles at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, and working in curriculum for the Ministry of Education. A highlight in Valerie’s career was her position as Senior Researcher on the Royal Commission on Education. She completed degrees in all three of B.C.’s major universities: B. Ed. from UBC, M.A. from UVic, and PhD from SFU. Literacy has been an interest for much of her time as an educator and she has been involved with organizations supporting literacy since her retirement.
Grace Kuo brings diverse financial experience to the Decoda Board. She began her career with KPMG, and eventually became an Audit Manager there, while obtaining her designation as a Chartered Accountant (CA). She then gained experience in the financial industry, working for Leith Wheeler Investment Council, where she was a manager of mutual funds, and then transitioned to Canfor, where she currently holds the title of Director, Treasury.
Grace enjoys the educational side of finance and accounting, where she assisted students obtain their accounting designations at Simon Fraser University and Langara College.