Our Team

Robert MacDonald
Interim CEO and President
(902) 443-8141 ext. 22

Robert joined the team in 2011 as the Director of Health Initiatives. With a background in government policies and programs, he worked in the Nova Scotia Premier’s Office from 2006-2009. Prior to his time in the Premier's Office, he 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.


Maria Caines
Sr. Manager of Finance
(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.


Sam Warshick
Director of Fund Development
(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. 



Lynette Hollett
Manager of Donor Relations
(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.


Diane Grant
Office Manager
(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. 


Michelle Donaldson
Communications & Special Projects Manager
(902) 443-8141 ext. 23

A native Nova Scotian, Michelle has enjoyed volunteering and engaging in non-profit work for many years. Inspired by the volunteer work her father was always engaged in, she wanted to follow in his footsteps. This resolve stuck with her through University, leading her to get her BPR from Mount Saint Vincent University; and ultimately a job in the not-for-profit sector. Michelle is currently leading Health Initiatives and Communications at LANS, and is happy spending her days helping to ensure Nova Scotians breathe better, one program at a time.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hitting up the gym.






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