Our Team

Meet the Plan Institute team. Click on our images to learn more or to connect!

Stephanie Debisschop

Executive Director
Stephanie Debisschop
Executive Director

Stephanie joined Plan Institute in 2012 to coordinate the education and awareness program of the Registered Disabilities Savings Plan, a savings vehicle developed and campaigned for by PLAN to assist Canadians with disabilities on their long-term financial stability. She has since moved into the role of Executive Director of Plan Institute. Stephanie has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Human Security and Peace-building, and has spent 10 years working with nonprofit organizations on disability issues, as well as working internationally on community integration initiatives. Stephanie has a strong belief in the right to full and equal citizenship for all those within the community, and is thrilled to be a part of the Plan Institute team.

Jessika Grant

Director of Finance
Jessika Grant
Director of Finance

Jessika joined PLAN and Plan Institute in 2010 and is currently Plan Institute’s Director of Finance. Jessika deeply believes in inclusive and supportive communities that allow everyone to be themselves and contribute their gifts.

Jessika oversees Plan Institute’s finances, manages organizational budgeting and provides financial reports to our auditors, Board of Directors, membership, funders, and government bodies.

Yaya Wang

Accountant
Yaya Wang
Accountant

Yaya started out as Plan Institute’s Accounting Administrator in 2012, and has since become the main Accountant. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Diploma from BCIT in Accounting. She loves working with people, travelling and is teaching herself how to bake.

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Rachael Plant

Project Manager
Rachael Plant
Project Manager

Rachael joined Plan Institute in September 2021. Previously, she worked for a small non-profit in the UK developing communication tools for people with disabilities and also held a grant writing role at a feminist multi-service charity based in Toronto. With a background in publishing, she strongly believes that accessible information can empower individuals to live in safety and security.

Khair Hamzah

Project Coordinator
Khair Hamzah
Project Coordinator

Khair joined Plan Institute in January 2022 with a desire to make positive impacts with his community footprint. Khair has a Bachelors degree in Engineering and after years working in project management on large-scale industrial mega-projects, he decided to transition to more value-driven work in the non-profit sector. Having personal experience with disability, and a strong belief in the merits of financial literacy and planning, Khair is excited to bring his project management experience and talent to Plan Institute.

Bronwyn Kent

Communications Manager
Bronwyn Kent
Communications Manager

Bronwyn joined Plan Institute as Manager of Communications in 2016, after having worked as Communications Coordinator at PLAN for three years

Prior to this she spent several years working for a non-profit in Mexico City, and has also studied and worked in publishing and graphic design. At Plan Institute you’ll find her working on the newsletter, designing marketing collateral, managing our websites and promoting Plan Institute events.

In her free time, she is a watercolour painter and loves to garden.

Liss Cairns

Project Manager
Liss Cairns
Project Manager

Liss is a nonbinary person who has had lifelong mental health related disabilities and is currently their wife’s caregiver. They graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology from SFU and were provided with their first disability-centred experience through the university’s cooperative education program in 2017. Through the various personal and professional experiences with disability Liss has had, their passion for impacting meaningful change and supporting an intersectional and holistic approach to disability management and services has only grown stronger.

Liss is currently one of the Project Managers at Plan Institute (PI), a national nonprofit devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Their work includes managing PI’s free national Disability Planning Helpline Service, supporting the Access RDSP program in collaboration with DABC and BCANDS, and assisting with the Disability Without Poverty movement wherever possible. Liss is also on the Board of Directors for Disability Alliance BC (DABC) and has also been accepted into the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program as a Mentor for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 term.

Megan Balog

Megan Balog

Administrator
Megan Balog
Administrator

Megan joined Plan Institute in March 2022 with a desire to build inclusive and sustainable communities. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Environment in Global Environmental Systems and Sociology, as well as a certificate in Social Justice. Throughout her degree, Megan held a variety of student positions in community-building, outreach, and administration that allowed her to discover her love of working in advocacy. Megan has many personal connections to disability and identifies as neurodivergent. She is passionate about lowering barriers, and about sustainability and equity in community life. In her spare time, she can be found wandering local parks and beaches, trying out new crafting mediums, and making music with her choir.