Board

 

Bruce Chan

Bruce is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the TK Trust Company Limited, the Trustee of The TK Foundation.

Appointed a Board Director in May 2015 and Chair in November 2016, Bruce is a Portfolio Manager with Anglemont Financial Services, an affiliate of the Kattegat Trust, a charitable trust endowed by Torben Karlsoej and the majority funder of The TK Foundation.

Bruce also serves on the Board of BC Ferries, one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 24 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. He is also active on not-for-profit boards.

Prior to joining The TK Foundation, Bruce spent nearly 20 years in a variety of senior positions with Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK), including serving as CEO of Teekay Tankers, publicly listed New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TNK).

Before joining Teekay, Bruce was with Ernst & Young, LLC in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

 


 

Arthur F. Coady

In his relationship with The TK Foundation, Arthur is presently a Director and Chairman Emeritus of The TK Trust Company Limited, the Trustee of The TK Foundation. He was a close friend of J. Torben Karlshoej.

Arthur joined the Teekay Group in 1989 and was subsequently appointed an Executive Vice President and a Director of Teekay Shipping Corporation as well as serving in various other positions within the Teekay Group. Arthur resigned from his various positions with The Teekay Group in 2000 and became a founding member and Chairman of The TK Trust Company Limited and now continues to contribute part of his time as a Director of such company.

Arthur has also served on the boards of several community institutions in the Bahamas including The Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Bahamas Financial Services Board and The Rotary Club of Nassau. He presently is a director of the Lyford Cay Foundation and a Director and past Chairman of The Bahamas Maritime Training Institute.

Prior to accepting such positions in Nassau, Arthur was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Burstall & Company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada concentrating on Corporate, Commercial, Banking and Securities and Health Law.

Arthur holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

 


 

Susan Karlshoej

Susan is a founding Board member of The TK Trust Company Limited, the Trustee of The TK Foundation. Susan works with The TK Foundation Board and staff to oversee daily management and carry out the Board’s strategy in both operations and funding. In wholehearted support of The TK Foundation’s hands-on philosophy, she relishes the face-to-face discussions and program site visits with grantees and grant applicants.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Criminology, Law, and Society and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University California, Irvine.

 


 

Jeff Schaffer

As Vice President of Client Services at JMC Philanthropic Advisors, Jeff Schaffer draws on a 25-year background in nonprofit management, having worked for both philanthropic and community based organizations and as a volunteer himself. Much of his experience has entailed working across sectors to develop innovative responses to complex social challenges. He is motivated to seek channels for philanthropic engagement that achieve the desired leveraging of donor investment.

Jeff previously worked as Vice President and Southern California Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners, where he oversaw programs advancing affordable housing and community development, including partnering with the City of Los Angeles to launch the New Generation Fund, a $50 million lending facility, and Restore Neighborhoods L.A. (RNLA), a nonprofit agency implementing foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation efforts.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Jeff served as Assistant Vice President for Grant Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where he managed a $60 million grant portfolio including initiatives on chronic homelessness in the U.S. and global potable water development overseas. Jeff previously served as associate director at both Beyond Shelter and Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles. He also worked as a public relations account executive and a congressional field representative, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, where he is an adjunct associate professor at the Price School of Public Policy. He additionally serves on the boards of Restore Neighborhoods L.A., and Angels Nest Transitional Living Program.

 


 

Captain Kuba Szymanski

Kuba graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland. He served on board tankers climbing the ranks until reaching the position of master. In 2001, Kuba came ashore as a marine superintendent, then marine manager, DPA (Designated Person Ashore), CSO (Company Security Officer), and internal auditor. After 17 years in third-party ship management, Kuba moved to the Ship Owners office. He has been with InterManager since 2010 and currently serves as Secretary General.

Kuba has been lecturing on Risk Management, Information Management, and Management of Change in the International Business School on the Isle of Man for Superintendency Courses since 2006. He is also very active in racing his First 40.7 in the Irish Sea and United Kingdom waters.

 

Staff

 

Susan Karlshoej

Susan is a founding Board member of The TK Trust Company Limited, the Trustee of The TK Foundation. Susan works with The TK Foundation Board and staff to oversee daily management and carry out the Board’s strategy in both operations and funding. In wholehearted support of The TK Foundation’s hands-on philosophy, she relishes the face-to-face discussions and program site visits with grantees and grant applicants.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology with an emphasis in Criminology, Law, and Society and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University California, Irvine.

 


 

Patricia Benevenia

Program Manager Patricia Benevenia brings a wealth of experience to foundations and non-profits on all aspects of the grant administration process. With over 20 years working for major non-profits such as the Orange County Community Foundation, Orange County Bar Foundation, and Girls Incorporated, she has worked in grant identification, selection, administration, management, and planning. She currently provides professional advisory and consulting services to foundations and non-profits on all aspects of grant planning and management.

As Program Manager for The TK Foundation, Patricia is the front line communicator with non-profit organizations seeking a grant from the Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for working with qualified project applicants to best represent their proposal to the Board of Directors for approval. She is also involved with strategic planning, data collection, data management, grant planning, grant management, and grant oversight.

 


 

Esther Blair

As the Administrator in The TK Foundation’s corporate office in Nassau, Bahamas, Esther is responsible for maintaining the grants management software in addition to all duties necessary in running a corporate head office. She is also the corporate secretary of the TK Trust Company Limited, the parent company of The TK Foundation.

Prior to joining The TK Foundation, Esther worked as Corporate Secretary to J. Torben Karlshoej and his group of companies under the umbrella, Teekay Shipping Limited, Bahamas and as a professional Trust Officer to Oceanic Bank and Trust Limited for 16 years.

Esther holds a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Finance and Economics from The College of The Bahamas and La Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.