Directors and Staff

Directors and Staff
Frances Sasvari

Frances Sasvari Director


Frances Sasvari is currently a Director at RoadSafetyBC, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and is based out of Victoria.

She has a BA (Sociology), BSW, LLB and started with the BC Public Service in 1993. Frances is proud of her positive relationships with colleagues at all levels throughout government. Her other excluded positions include Director, Transformation (MCFD), and Director, Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.

“I decided to be on the Board of the BCEEA because there was a lot happening in the excluded employee world that I felt I did not fully understand. I wanted to understand better and to ensure that my colleagues in the BC Public Service were fully informed as well.”

Elaine Abanto

Elaine Abanto Vice-President


Elaine Abanto is the Director, eHealth Contract Management, Ministry of Health, based in Victoria. She has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a BA in Psychology.

She started with the BC Public Service in 1999 as a co-op student, and as an auxiliary analyst in 2003 at Service BC. Elaine is proud of an accomplishment at the start of her public service career, when she led a team that created, NetworX, a ministry-wide group supporting new professionals. Other excluded service positions held include Manager, BCeID Program and positions at the Office of the CIO/Shared Services BC and Service BC.

“I decided to be on the Board of the BCCEA because I’ve benefitted from the association’s career development services in the past and wanted to give back by doing what I can to help other excluded employees through the BCEEA’s services.”

Barb Searle

Barb Searle Treasurer


Barb Searle is the Director, Financial Accounting, Operations, Systems & Reporting (FinOps) for the five Natural Resource (NR) ministries, working in Victoria. Her post-secondary education included studies at Camosun College, Langara College, BCIT and CMA/CPA with majors in business administration, as well as systems and accounting.

Barb started with the BC Public Service in 1990,as a co-op student, and accepted her first management position in 2004. One accomplishment she is proud of is being part of the Treasury Board Staff (TBS) team that developed the underlying code that produces the current version of the annual budget “Blue Books” (Estimates and the Supplement to the Estimates).

Another accomplishment is building a network of multi-agency strategic alliances that benefit financial staff and enable them to provide exceptional corporate services to clients across the five NR ministries. Other excluded service positions Barb has held are Director, Financial Planning & Reporting, and TBS Senior Estimates Analyst. “I decided to be on the BCEEA Board to give back to the agency that helped me when I needed support.”

Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley President


Mike Kelley is the Director, FrontCounter BC & Authorizations Provincial Team, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). He is a Certified Service Manager (CSM) from the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service, 2013, has a Master of Economics (UBC, 1988), and a BA in Economics (Concordia University, 1987).

Mike has been with the BC Public Service since 1990. One of his accomplishments he is proud of is the OneStop Business Registry, as it spanned over 200 partnerships to work, and all three levels of government. Other excluded service positions held include Director, Business Service Desk for the Natural Resource Ministries, FLNRORD; Director, eLicensing BC, FLNRORD; Director, BCeID, Ministry of Citizens’ Services; and Director, OneStop Business Registry.

“I decided to be on the BCEEA Board because I care about helping people who need help. Being able to have some influence on achieving that success, and hearing stories about the support that has been given to members, often life-changing, is truly heart-warming.”

Lyn Blenkinsop

Greg Goodwin


Lyn Blenkinsop is the Regional Director, Island Region, BC Coroners Service, working from Victoria. She has training as a Radiation Therapist, Medicolegal Death Investigator, and adult educator.

Lyn has been with the BC Public Service since 2002. She is proud of creating and maintaining an effective team in the Island Region. Her previous excluded position was as Coroner, Island Region, BC Coroners Service.

“I decided to be on the BCEEA Board because I wanted to give back after calling on BCEEA for advice.”

Greg Goodwin

Greg Goodwin


Greg Goodwin is the Executive Director, Design, Co-ordination & Outreach Branch, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, based in Victoria. He has a BSc (Environmental Conservation) from McGill University and holds a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.

He has been with the BC Public Service since 1993, taking a leave of absence between 2001 and 2006 to work in Egypt to support small and medium enterprise development. Greg is proud of managing numerous transitions—12+ DMs, 12+ ADMs, six elections, and two government transitions. Other excluded positions held include Director/Executive Director in Small Business Development, Community Enterprise, Government Agents, Forest Community Transitions, Regional Economic Policy and Programs, Rural Development.

“I decided to be on the Board of the BCEEA because I felt it was important to lend a voice to the effort to ensure that excluded employees are given due consideration by government for the responsibilities they take on and the dedication they show.”

Barb Lusk

Barb Lusk Director


Barbara Lusk is currently the Area 4 Services Manager for Service BC, based in Quesnel.

She started her career with the BC Public Service in 1979 and is proud of having started as a summer student and worked her way through six levels of advancement, all within Service BC to her current role. Barb has Certified Service Manager (CSM) designation and has been an excluded employee since her job as a Government Agent with Service BC in 2008.

“I decided to be on the Board because I feel the BCEEA is a great organization working to assist people in need. Being on the Board is an opportunity to be part of finding solutions for those people.”

Shelley Mendez

Shelley Mendez Director


Shelley Mendez is the IMIT Project Director, Facility Management Procurement Project, based in Victoria. She has a Project Management Professional Certificate, Master Certificate Project Management, and a BA Economics and Computer Science.

She has been with the BC Public Service since 1997. Shelley is proud of ensuring value is created for the BC government through focusing on the right work done by the right people. Her previous excluded position was Director, Information Management Branch.

“I decided to be on the BCEEA Board to promote the great work of the BCEEA in supporting and advocating for the ongoing needs of excluded employees.”


Liz-Gilliland Executive Director

Executive Director

Liz Gilliland is the Executive Director of the BC Excluded Employees’ Association.

She has over 20 years of progressively senior level provincial government experience in leading organizational and cultural change management initiatives, overseeing integrated service delivery projects, and managing a variety of key operations, programs and policies. She has held positions in regional BC offices, Ministry headquarters and spent two years working for the Deputy Minister to the Premier. Liz was also an Assistant Deputy Minister in several Ministries.

Liz has a passion for people development and facilitates learning and professional development. She has taught at UVic’s School of Public Administration and has instructed at Royal Roads University’s Centre for Applied Leadership and Management.

“It is a rare opportunity to focus solely on individuals – their work-life challenges, passions and aspirations. Promoting BC public service employees’ success at work is truly rewarding.”