Our Team

Louis Brill

President and CEO

louisbrill@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 22

Louis Brill became the President and CEO of the Lung Association of Nova Scotia in 2006. With a commitment to improving lung health and advocating for the well-being of Nova Scotians, Louis lobbies government and works nationally with partners to ensure the Lung Association continues its mission of helping Nova Scotians breathe easier. He served as the Co-Chair of the Atlantic Respirology and Critical Care Conference and Lung Cancer Pathways project. In addition, he previously served as the President and CEO of Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

Louis is very active in the community having served as a Past Chairman of Athletics Nova Scotia. He is the current Regional Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. In the past he has served as a member of the successful 2011 Canada Winter Games Site Selection Committee and as a board member of the Regional Residential Services Society, The Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Nova Scotia Hospice and Palliative Care Society. Louis was a founding member of the Kiwanis Club of Halifax Harbour. Athletically, Louis served as Athletics Coach at the 1993 Canada Games, Head Coach of Rinnan Athletics and Cross Country Coach at Dalhousie University. He is a member of the Halifax Running Club and has competed in the Boston, New York and Chicago marathons. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and served 13 years in the Reserve Navy.

In 2011 Louis was named to the Halifax Ambassadors Club and in 2013 he was presented the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal recognizing his significant contribution to the Special Olympics movement.

He lives in Halifax with his wife Yvette and two children Chris and Arianna.

 

Maria Caines

Sr. Manager of Finance

mariacaines@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 35

Maria joined the team in April 2016 as the Sr. Manager of Finance. She is happy to bring to the team more than 25 years of accounting and office management experience at a locally-owned retail and wholesale company.

 

Kaitlin Fralic

Manager of Fund Development & Special Events

kaitlinfralic@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 27

Kaitlin joined the team in March 2016 as the Manager of Fund Development and Special Events.  At the office she leads fund development events and programs such as our two annual runs (Lung Run and Runway Run), the Lung Book and works closely with community partners.  Kaitlin is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and currently is part of the organizing committee for the AFP Maritime Conference being held in Halifax in Spring 2017. 

Kaitlin received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in History from Mount Saint Vincent University before going on to receive an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations as well as a Deaf Studies Certificate from NSCC.  She is also currently enrolled in an online graphic design course.

Kaitlin grew up in Liverpool, NS, but has been in Halifax for the past 10 years.  She curled competitively for 15 years, but in recent years has picked up a love for traveling, recently visiting Spain and Costa Rica.  Future travel plans include Switzerland and Croatia!

In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her nephew Casey and training for her second half marathon in the Fall.

 

Diane Grant

Office Manager

dianegrant@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 33

Diane joined the team in early 2005 as the Office Manager, wanting to make a difference after her father survived lung cancer.  With a solid background in office administration, Diane provides administrative and other support to her CEO and co-workers.  In addition, she manages reception and keeps the office space running smoothly.

A strong walker, Diane has participated in various marathons; some for fun as well as to fundraise. This year she raised money for the CUA Lung Run and in previous years participated in the Bedford 5K for Lung Cancer and the Bluenose 10K for Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society.

Diane is also passionate about our environment and all living things.  In her spare time, she enjoys films, spending time with friends and checking out local hot spots. 

 

Caitlin Gray

Manager of Communications & Special Events

caitlingray@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 28

Caitlin joined the team in February 2016 as the Manager of Communications & Special Events. She has two years of public relations experience working in the non-profit sector. Coming from The Maritimes Energy Association, she gained extensive experience with event planning, social media management, writing for external audiences and media relations. At the office, Caitlin is responsible for all aspects of communications including managing the website and social media platforms, developing communications plans for all of our various programs and events as well as handling any media inquiries.

She received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in French as well as her Certificate of Bilingualism from Mount Allison University in 2013 before going on to receive an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC. She is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as well as a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). 

Having been a former figure skater, she now coaches skating part-time. In her spare time, she enjoys being around family and friends, hiking outside or curling up on the couch with a good book.

 

Lynette Hollett

Manager of Donor Relations & Event Reception Coordinator

lynettehollett@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 37

Lynette joined the team in 2011 as the Manager of Donor Relations and Event Reception Coordinator. She has an extensive background in business administration, being self-employed for over 20 years and in business management for six years.  She volunteered with The Lung Association of Nova Scotia for 5 years before coming to work with us.

Lynette does data entry, records, receipts and processes all gifts that pass through our doors.  If you have a question or concern about our direct mail campaigns, tax receipts or your personal donation record, Lynette has the answers.  Lynette’s background in volunteering and her communication skills make her an excellent volunteer supervisor.   

In her spare time, Lynette enjoys running and spending time with her grandson.

 

Robert MacDonald

Director of Health Initiatives

robertmacdonald@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 23

Robert joined the team in 2011 as the Director of Health Initiatives and has a background in government policies and programs. From 2006 to 2009 he worked in the Nova Scotia Premier’s Office and prior to that was employed by the Department of Community Services.

He earned his Bachelor of Recreation Management degree from Acadia University and earlier in his career promoted healthy active living as Programs Manager at Canlan IceSports in Oshawa, Ontario.

Robert has dedicated many volunteer hours to coaching soccer, hockey and baseball to the youth of his local community.

In his spare time he enjoys participating in many sports, especially golf and hockey in addition to visiting all parts of Nova Scotia.

 

Sam Warshick

Sr. Manager of Fund Development

samanthawarshick@ns.lung.ca

(902) 443-8141 ext. 29

Sam joined the team in February 2016 as the Sr. Manager of Fund Development.  With a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications From Bishop’s University and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC Sam was a natural fit for fundraising.  She has had a career focused on fundraising in the non-profit sector working for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Halifax Grammar School and Canadian Red Cross.

With a passion for giving back to her community Sam has been a soccer coach with Dartmouth United, a volunteer for the Canadian Liver Foundation, a fundraiser in the Blue Nose Marathon and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nova Scotia Chapter.  Most recently she accepted the role as co-chair for the 2017 Maritime Fundraising Conference.

When Sam is not planning events and raising money you can find her teaching spin classes or playing softball. 

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