Board of directors


Bryan Croeni AIA, MA, LEED AP is a Director of Seattle office of a global Canadian architecture firm and co-founder of its strategic consulting practice. His decades of professional practice in architecture and design have informed a passion for engaging clients in the technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors in transformational approaches to strategic workplace planning and change management. Over 35 years of practice, Bryan’s focus has gradually migrated from bricks and mortar considerations to human factors as the primary drivers of successful organizational responses in a world where the only constant is change. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon, a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from UCLA and a Master of the Arts in Organizational Design from Seattle University.
Gary Holdgrafer holds a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he engaged in teaching, research and major administrative responsibilities, including being department chair and faculty associative dean. He has been associated with the Haven since 1992 as a program participant, intern, and faculty member, teaching courses with his partner, Mary Holdgrafer. He has served on several boards and advisory committees in the past. Now that he lives on Gabriola Island he intends to recycle as a participant in Haven courses, as it seems he still has much to learn.
Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer holds an undergraduate degree in Home Economics from Pittsburg State University and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Alberta. Following a long career in education she embarked on a second career as an artist, creativity coach and mentor. She has been associated with the Haven since 1992. She received her Diploma in Counselling in 1998. Currently she teaches two courses at The Haven, Healing Stitches and Creative Aging. She was instrumental in developing the Artist in Residence program at the Haven. Mary and her husband Gary have recently moved to Gabriola Island.
Dale Kelly B.Ed., MA, has thirty-two years experience as a group facilitator. His career includes teaching in public school, adult education, and university. He has received several awards: among them a UNESCO Fellowship to study Polish culture in Poland, awarded for leadership in international understanding and the Hilroy Fellowship, a Canadian national award for innovation in education. On three occasions he had the honor of conducting the annual two-week Thompson Fellowship leadership training for Third World teacher leaders in Ottawa. Dale has conducted workshops and seminars in Canada and, as well, he has led international leadership programs in Ghana and Sri Lanka. Since retiring in 2001 he has pursued his longtime interest in Zen, studying with Roshi Shinzan Miyamaei, Abbot of Gyokuryuji temple in Japan. He became a lay monk in the Rinzai tradition in 2006. He found much overlap with his Haven experiences and Zen training.
Dea Lloyd has been many things: a seller of soap and a vendor of books, a tree planter, a bill collector, a student, a secretary, a traveller, a researcher, a birdwatcher, and most recently a lawyer working in public service. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate in Law. Dea’s experience at The Haven began with her first course in 1999 and continues to this day. It spans workshops led by its founders and early leaders, Ben Wong, Jock McKeen, and Joann Peterson; courses with many capable newer faculty; and exciting non-curriculum programs such as the Inner Activist. Dea is excited to serve on the Board and give back to The Haven, which has been a wellspring of well-being and inspiration over the years.
Jan Pullinger holds an M.A. in Communication, a B.A. in Canadian Studies, and Diplomas in Counselling and Group Facilitation from The Haven. She is also a certified instructor in the Creative Journal Expressive Arts methods. Jan served as a Member of the B.C. Legislature and Cabinet Minister between 1989 and 2001 where her work with the not-for profit sector was recognized by the United Nations. After politics, Jan was elected to the Board of the B.C. Cooperative Association for four years and worked as a Communication Consultant to entrepreneurs, non-profits, and co-operatives. Jan now assists with core programs at The Haven and is moving into developing and leading her own.
Julian Young PhD has worked as a therapist for over 20 years. He has presented at colleges, universities and conferences on a wide variety of topics within the realm of human sexuality and gender. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Julian started attending programs and interning at The Haven in 1987. He is delighted to have the opportunity to give back to The Haven by serving on the board.


Friends of the Haven Foundation Board

  • DeWitt (Bud) Baldwin
  • Andrew Bing, Chair
  • Bryan Croeni