Our Staff


Executive Director

Mebrat Beyene


Mebrat is an Eritrean, born in Ethiopia and raised in Montreal. As executive director of WISH and co-chair of Living in Community, Mebrat supports women and initiatives related to the health and safety of women and gender-diverse people engaged in street-based sex work.

She has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for over twenty years. Mebrat has worked closely with women and women-serving organizations as a Programs Officer with Status of Women Canada; and served as executive director of PeerNetBC. She is also a recipient of the 2020 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit category.

In a volunteer capacity, Mebrat sits on the board of the Equality Fund; serves on the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Planning Committee, and also volunteers with the Vancouver Youth Choir. She lives in East Van, doing as much singing, adventuring and plotting with her son…much to their cat’s chagrin.

Director of Communications & Development

Estefania Duran


Director of Finance

Nancy Xu


Director of Programs

Ty Mistry


For 15 years, Ty has strived to foster inclusive environments for individuals engaged in sex work.  She has worked as an outreach coordinator, facilitator, educator, senior director, and social planner to develop health, safety, and anti-stigma strategies alongside sex workers, allies, collectives, and organizations.

At PEERS Vancouver, Ty had the privilege to lead a dedicated team in the delivery of rights-based, sex-worker centered programs and services, designed to aid in self-determined life transitions.

At the City of Vancouver, she was the lead planner responsible for the implementation of The City of Vancouver’s Sex Work Response Guidelines and the installation of The West End Sex Workers’ Memorial.

As the Director of Programs, Ty is honoured to support our mission-driven staff at WISH meet the diverse needs of the women we serve.
Outside of work, her happy place is anywhere in nature with her husband Bob.

Administrative Staff

Communications & Development Officer

Lauren Burrows Backhouse



T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 125)

Finance Manager

Carol Minchinton


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 126)

Finance and Office Coordinator

Jeanie Parkinson


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 105)

Grant Specialist

Elicia Loiselle

(they/them or she/her)


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 130)

Human Resources Manager

Laura Wicks


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 120)

Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Fryda Granados


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 121)

Workplace and Facilities Manager

Aja Lamb-Hartley


Programs Staff

Drop-In Manager

Kelsea Lawton


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 116)

Drop-In Supervisor

Sonya Kim



T: 604-669-9474

Drop-In Supervisor

Kelsey German


T: 604-669-9474

Housing Support Worker

Therese Barrozo



T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 103)

Indigenous Inclusion Manager

Grace Howse


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 113)

Indigenous Health & Safety Supervisor

Sophia Charleson



T: 604-669-9474

Inreach Coordinator

Jenny Sloman


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 106)

Inreach Worker




T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 115)

Kitchen Supervisor




Learning Centre Coordinator

Namorsh Reddy


Learning Centre Coordinator

Emily Hunter


MAP Van Manager

Star Deibert-Turner


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 114)

MAP Van Supervisor

Robyn Dekinder



T: 604-669-9474

Musical Therapist

Christina Tsikata


Shelter Manager

Michelle Bunton


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 110)

Supportive Employment Program Manager

Kat Dockrill



T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 104)

Supportive Employment Program Supervisor

Megan Banks


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 108)

Volunteer & Community Resources Manager

Carrie Hill


T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 122)