Meet Our Administrative Centre

Our team based in SKIP’s Administrative Centre in Halifax works with our Regional Hubs, Affiliates, and Partners across the country to support, strengthen, and expand SKIP’s national network.

Managing Director

Ryan Underhill

Ryan brings 15 years of leadership experience in the youth development and health charity sectors. He has a passion for innovation, seeing leadership through the lens of strong collaborations in creating real change in our community. Ryan has been recognized as an outcome-driven leader with success in identifying clear pathways to achieving strategic goals, allowing for better and more impactful mission delivery. As a new father, Ryan has seen firsthand the positive impact that SKIP’s tool and resources can have, not just on kids, but in building confidence in parents to play a part in their kids’ pain management.

Operations Manager

Qaiser Haroon

BBA

Qaiser comes to SKIP with almost 10 years of professional experience with several international organizations in the Financial Services and International Development sectors. He has held a range of positions and handled varied job responsibilities including training, project coordination and management, operations management, grant writing and program development, budgeting, and project reporting. Qaiser is passionate about the wellbeing of children and youth. During his career in International Development, he has been part of multiple USAID programs countering violent extremism in Pakistan. In his most recent role, he supported several projects aiming to address the issue of recruitment and use of children as soldiers. 

Partnerships and Projects Coordinator

Liana Nand

MLIS

Liana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from Dalhousie University. Liana brings four years of public library and information management experience to SKIP, including programming for children and youth, project coordination and event planning, and outreach services. She is passionate about helping others and working with information professionals to better serve her community and improve the dissemination of information. Liana enjoys frequenting markets on weekend mornings, long walks, and a good cup of coffee. 

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Mylène Pinet

BPR

Mylène graduated with a Bachelor of Public Relations degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She previously worked at Nova Scotia Health as a Communications Assistant in physician recruitment, through which she deepened her passion for healthcare communications. With her own lived experience with pain, Mylène has a passion for bringing healthcare communities together and advocating for pain patients. Outside of work, you can usually find her on a Nova Scotian hiking trail or drinking coffee with her dog by her side.

Patient Engagement Coordinator

Isabel Jordan

B.Sc.(H)

Isabel Jordan was a founding member of the Rare Disease Foundation. Under her leadership, the organization built partnerships between families and researchers through their Microgrant Program. Isabel is the Strategic Lead in Patient Partnerships in the Chambers Lab at Dalhousie University, a knowledge mobilization network that seeks to bridge the gap between treatment practices and evidence-based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions. She is the mother of a young man living with a rare disease and has drawn on her lived experience in rare disease and disability to become a strong advocate for patient partnership in research.  

Communications 
Intern

Anna Leaper

Anna is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University. She is working towards a B.Sc. focusing on Immunology & Microbiology and Health Studies. She has experience as a social media strategist for science communication platforms as well e-commerce sites. Anna has a passion for making science accessible and interesting for all audiences, while combating misinformation. She is interested in continuing a career in knowledge mobilization or natural wellness. If she’s not working or at school, she can be found enjoying the fabulous nature and food that Halifax has to offer.