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President/CEO: Denise Thomas
Denise Thomas, MHS, BScN, RN, is a returning CAHN member. In 2001-2006 she worked at St. Paul’s Hospital’s Immunodeficiency Clinic as Clinical Nurse Leader and started the first HIV/HCV Co-Infection nurse-led clinic with Dr. Val Montessori. Since then, she has traveled to Africa, living and working to address HIV from 2006-2010. Currently she is the HIV/HCV CDC Nurse Coordinator with BC’s First Nations Health Authority and CAHN’s Vice-President.
Vice President / BOD: Lesley Gallagher
In 2005, Lesley Gallagher began her work as a Hepatitis C Clinical Research Nurse, at the Pender Community Health Centre in the DTES of Vancouver, B.C. In 2013, Lesley moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to assist in developing a Hepatitis C treatment program, for patients in the city and in northern regions of the province. Lesley continues to work as a Hepatitis C Nurse Clinician for Vancouver Coastal Health, at both Pender Clinic and Raven Song Clinic and in Saskatoon, for the Saskatchewan Infectious Disease Care Network (SIDCN). Lesley is the treasurer of CAHN and sits on the CAHN Board of Directors. She represents CAHN, as a member of the Steering Committee for Action Hepatitis Canada.
BOD: Martine Stomp
Martine is one of Sanguen Health Centre’s Hep C Treatment Nurses. She has been with the team since Sanguen was founded in 2007. Originally trained in the Netherlands as a Registered Nurse she moved to Canada in 2002. Martine’s role at Sanguen is diverse. She provides testing and HCV treatment at various locations, educates patients and health care providers about Hep C and occasionally trains other nurses interested in the field. She has a strong passion for harm reduction, street outreach and reaching people that would otherwise not easily access health care services.
BOD: Michelle Crosby
Michelle Crosby has been working in frontline Hepatology and HIV for most of her career as a registered nurse. Starting in the 80's on the GI wards of St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, to the last 16 years working in Hepatology and HIV care in rural and remote communities on Vancouver Island. She has been a member of the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses since 2003 and on the CAHN Executive since 2009. Recently she left frontline nursing to become the manager of chronic disease management (including HCV and HIV) for Northern Vancouver Island.
BOD: Liza Abraham
Liza began her nursing career in 2006 as Hepatology RN working in the community. After 8 years gaining experience with a wide range of patients, she recently joined the Positive Care Clinic team at St. Micheal's Hospital. Her focus has been to implement a nurse-lead Viral Hepatitis Clinic, collaborating with team members in an out-patient, multi-disciplinary setting to coordinate care for patients with HCV. Liza's role continues to evolve and now includes research and preceptorship.
Director of Education / BOD: Donna Zukowski
Donna has worked in Hepatology nursing and HIV/HCV treatment/care, since 2006, in a clinic that has a rural/urban catchment area. Prior to this role she worked in an Outreach Street Clinic and ICU. Since 2012 she has enjoyed teaching casually at the University of BC, Okanagan in the faculty of nursing and also preceptors nursing students clinically. Donna has a passion for peer and client education and is excited to be a part of the CAHN leadership team.
Treasurer: Lori Lee Walston
Lori Lee has worked in the field Hepatology for close to 17 years. She has a colorful nursing background that includes maternity, geriatrics, neonatal, surgical and medical experience. Lori Lee has worked with clinical trials in various areas for over 25 years. Currently she manages patients at the LAIR Centre, coordinating research trials for new treatments for HCV, HBV, NAFLD and PBC, as well as working with patients in the clinic who are undergoing standard of care treatment. Lori Lee has been a member of CAHN since its inception.Lori Lee has worked in the field Hepatology for close to 17 years. She has a colorful nursing background that includes maternity, geriatrics, neonatal, surgical and medical experience. Lori Lee has worked with clinical trials in various areas for over 25 years. Currently she manages patients at the LAIR Centre, coordinating research trials for new treatments for HCV, HBV, NAFLD and PBC, as well as working with patients in the clinic who are undergoing standard of care treatment. Lori Lee has been a member of CAHN since its inception.
Conference Co-Director/Secretary: Kathy Poldre
Kathy works at Toronto General Hospital. She initially worked as a staff nurse on a GI/Haematology ward and then as a clinical educator with the Nutritional Support Program providing education to staff nurses and patients about the care of permanent feeding catheters for intravenous and enteral feeding. Kathy currently works in hepatology as a hepatitis support nurse and research coordinator, trialing new therapies for chronic hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma. Kathy also worked as a Quality Assurance Facilitator for the College of Nurses of Ontario and their Quality Assurance Program. Kathy has been a member of CAHN since 2000 and has held various positions on the CAHN Executive since 2001. She is also on the Conference Planning and Standards/Competencies Committees.
Conference Co-Director: Sharon Bojarski
Sharon graduated from the Atkinson's School of Nursing in 1975 in Toronto, Ontario. She held the position of Clinical Manager of the Liver Study Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital until its closure 2 years ago. During that period of time, she conducted many clinical trials in the field of Hepatology. Currently, she's aiding in the development of the Research Department of the William Osler Health System and conducting clinical trials in numerous fields of study including Hepatology. As a founding member of CAHN, she has held various Executive positions and her goal in returning to the Executive is to help mentor the future leaders of CAHN.
Membership East: Shannon Taylor
Shannon has spent most of her 20+ years in nursing engaged in front line, community driven primary care with a clinical focus on HIV and HCV. She has a passion for peer education, social justice and improving health systems navigation for stigmatized and vulnerable gruops. Shannon has worked with and learned from individuals in a variety of urban and remote settings: in Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. These experiences have given her a deep understanding of regional and population-based trends and disparities in health care across the country. Shannon currently works with the Toronto Community Hep C Program.
Membership West: Tracy Hodson
Tracy Hodson is a public health nurse who works in Gilwest Clinic in Richmond, which provides HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C- related services. Tracy is a member of CAHN since 2014 and currently serves on the Executive as Membership West Chair for a two-year term. Tracy is passionate about hepatology and working with key affected populations and bleieves in the work that CAHN does to inform, educate and advocate for Hepatitis C policies, testing and treatment, and furthering other hepatology services.
Past President: Cheryl Dale
Cheryl is the nurse practitioner with the Hepatology and Liver Transplant service at London Health Science Centre. She also manages a private hepatitis clinic and consulting business focusing on liver disease-related projects. Her clinical interests include viral hepatitis, end stage liver disease and HCC. She is a past president of CAHN, and a member of CASL, AASLD, and ITNS. For enjoyment she travels and plays fastball and ball hockey.