Board of Directors

Jody A. Rodgers, Chair

Jody is originally from Princeton, New Jersey in the USA.  She was inspired by a classmate in grade 3 to become a plastic surgeon and held onto that goal until its realization. As a child she studied flute paying at the Julliard Precollege and then went to Yale University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in music (flute) performance (Yale School of Music) and met her future husband.   She obtained her Medical Doctorate degree at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a Howard Hughes Fellow at the Surgical Branch of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland. She trained in Boston, Massachusetts in both General Surgery (Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard University) and then in Plastic Surgery (Harvard combined program, Beth Israel /New England Deaconess Hospitals. She retired from clinical practice when she immigrated with her family to Quadra Island in 2015. Jody and her husband, Blake, married in their first year of residency. Blake became a spine surgeon and has been a researcher and inventor in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He retired in 2017. Their three wonderful children are scattered across the globe each working to make the word a better place.

Jody is still an avid musician and is a fibre artist. She participates in the Island Voices Chamber Choir and Quadra Singers. As a fibre artist, she has made costumes and costume-props for Theatre Quadra and treasures her amazingly talented friends with whom she dyes fibre, spins, knits, and weaves. Learning something new every day from these wonderful people and opportunities is a tremendous gift! Quadra Island Foundation has allowed Jody to contribute to our precious community in new ways. She is Chair on the Board, acts as Privacy Officer and the QIF website maintenance point-of-contact.

Marc Doll

Marc Doll, Vice Chair

Bio coming soon…

Kate Holmes

Kate Holmes, Secretary

Bio coming soon…

Ann Sutton

Ann Sutton, Treasurer

Bio coming soon…

Karen Sveinunggaard

Karen Sveinunggaard, Member at Large

Karen has been enjoying all of the outdoor activities that Quadra has to offer since first visiting in 2003. As soon as they stepped foot on the island Fred and Karen knew they had found a little piece of paradise, purchasing property in 2004 and building their vacation get-away and then retirement home over the next 15 yrs (with the support of Quadrate Ventures). After finally being able to retire full time to the island in 2021, Karen has been volunteering with the Quadra Island and SRD Emergency Management Programs.

Karen has spent 35+ years working to build strong and resilient individuals, organizations and communities. As a systems thinker, she is always looking for the synergies and possibilities that emerge through collaborations, innovation and bold thinking. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Masters in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Alberta, and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. She is also trained in strategic design planning and future-focused thinking, leadership development, organizational evaluation, community development, and conflict resolution. Over her career, Karen has worked as a strategic leader and consultant for not-for-profit organizations and municipal, provincial and First Nation governments.

Karen and Fred have three adult children who reside in BC, AB and ON. She is looking forward to working with the QIF and continuing to build a resilient and thriving community for generations to come.

Mitsuru Hirano, Member at Large

Mitsuru “Mich” Hirano moved to Quadra Island in 1979, attracted by a challenging job, the island’s rugged natural beauty and pioneering spirit. Mich met the love of his life, Juaneva Smith, on Quadra and they married soon thereafter. Mich has been involved in Quadra’s community affairs for many years serving as School Trustee representing the Quadra, Cortes and Read island communities’ for 6 years and as Chair of the School Board for 3 of those years. Mich was also involved in Quadra Recreation’s Community Center Building Committee and helped in the development of the tennis courts at Blenkin Memorial Park. Mich and Juaneva were away from Quadra for 15 years, seeking warmer weather and career opportunities, but returned to live in retirement on Quadra in 2015.

Mich has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Environmental Studies Degree from York University. Mich has a background in business, land use planning, and specializing in community economic development. Mich has working experience in Canada and the United States advising senior government officials, business leaders, First Nation governments, native Hawaiian and cultural organizations on matters related to land use planning, permitting and economic development. Past memberships include: Canadian Institute of Planners, Planning Institute of BC, American Institute of Certified Planners, and American Planning Association.

Mich is glad to be part of Quadra Island Foundation because it’s a way to give back to the community