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.

Liss Cairns

Program Manager
Liss Cairns
Program Manager

Liss is a neurodivergent 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 professional disability-centered 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 Program Managers at Plan Institute (PI). Their work includes managing PI’s free national Disability Planning Helpline Service; managing the Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning workshops; supporting the Access RDSP program in collaboration with Disability Alliance BC (DABC) and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS); and assisting with the Disability Without Poverty movement wherever possible. Liss is also on the Board of Directors for DABC and continues to be a health mentor for the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program, which they first joined in the fall of 2022.

Team member Rachael

Rachael Plant

Program Manager
Rachael Plant
Program 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.

Alissa Segal

Communications Manager
Alissa Segal
Communications Manager

Alissa proudly joined Plan Institute in 2023. She has a creative work background but decided to pivot her career and received a Master of Business Administration in 2022 from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Having previously worked and volunteered at non-profits, Alissa is dedicated to using her career to empower and lift others.

Khair Hamzah

Program Coordinator (on leave)
Khair Hamzah
Program Coordinator (on leave)

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. Khair strongly believes in the merits of financial literacy and future planning and is excited to bring his experience and passion to his role as Plan Institute’s Program Coordinator.