Our Team


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

Robert is a creative and engaging business professional that has built a solid reputation as an effective advisor and team leader. He developed a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing Nova Scotians when it comes to lung health during his tenure as Director of Health Initiatives with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia (LANS).

His long-standing relationships with experts in lung health and his involvement in a number of organizations and action groups, have propelled him forward as a lung health expert in his own right. Robert passionately believes in the LANS mission, including the improvement of lung health in Nova Scotia through research, education, advocacy & patient services.

Over the years, Robert has exhibited an enthusiasm for active living through both his volunteer work and in his career. Prior to joining LANS, Robert enjoyed promoting healthy living as the Programs Manager for a major sporting facility. His past roles have also included overseeing and implementing government policies & programs during his many years working at various levels of the Provincial Government.

When Robert isn’t leading the LANS team, you can usually find him on the golf course (or at the hockey rink – when the golf courses aren’t open)


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.


Lynette Hollett
Manager of Donor Relations
(902) 443-8141 ext. 26

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. 28

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. 

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
Director of Communications
(902) 443-8141 ext. 23

Michelle is responsible for advancing the Lung Association of Nova Scotia's mission by leading a comprehensive communications and marketing program that strengthens and protects the brand and delivers measurable results toward business objectives. Michelle oversees communications and marketing planning and execution, executive communications, media relations, internal communications, & creative services. Michelle has been with the Lung Association of Nova Scotia since 2017. Prior to her current position, she worked in corporate marketing for 15 years.


Tracy White 
Manager of Fund Development
(902) 443-8141 ext. 25 
Tracy has a twenty year career in fund development working in management capacities for the Canadian Red Cross, both provincially and throughout Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak Canada and for client specific events in the area of corporate sponsorship and engagement. Tracy has extensive experience in corporate relations, business and partnership development, event management, grant and proposal writing, strategic planning for results and general management.

In her spare time Tracy enjoys musical events, walking, camping, the beach, travel, animals and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Brett Hopkins
Manager of Health Initiatives
902-443-8141 x25

Brett started working with us in 2019 as a Senior Research Assistant. After completing a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research at Dalhousie University, he returned to LANS to help develop our health initiatives projects. Brett has expertise in tobacco and vaping control, smoking cessation, and adolescent health and he has held a leadership role for several research projects on these topics. What Brett enjoys most about his role at LANS is using evidence-based research to advocate for and promote policies that improve the health of Nova Scotians.


Lacey Sutherland
Operations Coordinator
902-443-8141 x33

Lacey joined the team in January 2021 as Operation Coordinator. Prior to this she was an intern here at LANS in her final semester of her BSc in Health Promotion at Dalhousie. During this time she developed a passion for advocating for the lung health of Nova Scotians.

In her spare time, you can usually find her at the barn with her horse Alec, or spending time with her partner and friends.


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