Foundation Staff

Mel Zajac, Chairman
Mel’s present project The Zajac Ranch for Children is his most ambitious project yet. Mel’s drive, determination and devotion to his dream of creating a camp for children who otherwise would never have the opportunity to go to camp has become a reality.

View complete biography of Mel Zajac.

Carmen Zajac, President
Carmen has served as the President of The Zajac Foundation for over 15 years and as President of Zajac Ranch for Children for over 8 years. Part of Carmen’s role as President is to meet with government officials, voluntary health organizations, corporations and service groups to ensure the development of the Zajac Ranch, which provides a unique camping opportunity for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses and disabilities. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two sons.

Sheila Smith, Executive Assistant / Office Manager
Sheila joined The Zajac Foundation in 2008 as Executive Assistant / Office Manager with over 25 years of office administration experience in the private sector. Sheila is proud to be able to contribute to an organization which provides such a wonderful opportunity for children with medical needs to experience summer camp.

Devon Orth-Lashley, Sales & Registration Coordinator

Devon moved to British Columbia in 2012 to attend UBC and has since found a passion working in the non-profit sector. Her background includes non-profit, hospitality, administration and sales. She spent many years at summer camp in her home province of Ontario, both as a camper and staff member, so working with Zajac Ranch for Children is the perfect fit!


Ana Merino, Development Coordinator
Ana moved to Vancouver in 2013 from El Salvador to study International Relations at UBC. Her dream has always been to work at a non-profit that provides opportunities and spaces for vulnerable or marginalized communities to thrive. Ana loves reading, writing, and storytelling – all of which she gets to do working at The Zajac Foundation! She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an organization that changes the lives of children with medical needs in the place she now gets to call home.