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Meet the Team
Please welcome our executive team members elected and appointed for the 2021-2023 term:
Elizabeth (Liz) Lee, President – Liz Lee is a nurse practitioner at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. She has worked for over 12 years in various clinical settings in the community and within the University Health Network, spanning the continuum of chronic liver disease from diagnosis to transplantation.
She obtained a Master of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner (Adult Emphasis) from the University of Toronto. She has a Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification in Gastroenterology and has completed an NP Fellowship to support her clinical training in hepatology through the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).
Her main clinical focus is on the management of patients with advanced liver disease and alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD). She works on developing quality improvement initiatives and research projects aimed at optimizing clinical management in these patient populations. She maintains a separate practice in managing patients in general hepatology. She is an AASLD Special Interest Group (SIG) Steering Committee member for ALD and is a founding member of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL SIG) on ALD.
She has a keen interest in clinical education and fostering the growth of hepatology nurses. She is a Hub Member for ECHO Ontario Liver, a provincially funded initiative supporting a virtual learning community for primary care providers (PCPs) to support their management of patients with liver disease. She also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.
On a personal note, she is an outdoors enthusiast, with her most recent trips (prior to pandemic) through the Yukon River, Patagonia and West Coast Trail. She aspires to paddle the Nahanni River in Northwest Territories in the future.
Lisa Douglas, Board of Director – I am a Nurse Practitioner in Calgary, Alberta. I started working in Hepatology at the beginning of 2013 after spending the bulk of my nursing and NP career in Cancer Care, focusing primarily on hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplant.
I work in the Outpatient Hepatology Clinic at the University of Calgary Medical Clinics/Foothills Medical Centre. My clinical focus includes care of cirrhotic patients, managing patients with hepatocellular carcinoma including coordinating our weekly Multidisciplinary Hepatobiliary Tumor Board meeting, and transitioning/supporting patients to palliation when appropriate. Outside of work, I am married and together we share a mischievous cat. In ‘usual times’, we travel regularly, often to attend various music and sporting events, and I have been a longstanding volunteer for our local summer exhibition/festival.
Wendy Schaufert, Board of Director – I have worked in Calgary for the majority of my nursing career my first job was a Cardiac Medical /Surgical RN. After 15 years in the area , I moved to Endoscopy nursing for quite a few years and now the last 8 years in Hepatology.
My current role -Nurse Clinician for the Nurse Led High Risk NAFLD Clinic in Calgary , AB – This role includes triaging referrals, seeing patients in consult and continued long term follow up for NASH and Cirrhotic patients., teach in a multidisciplinary workshops to educate our patients on their disease condition and management.
Our clinic covers Calgary and Southern Alberta as well as north to the Red Deer area. I started the clinic in 2014 with a low-risk NAFLD focus which then changed in 2017 to a High-Risk NAFLD clinic. I participated in the development of the NAFLD clinical care pathway with Dr. Mark Swain, also participated in the development of the Provincial Clinical Care NAFLD pathway in 2020 along with Hepatologist in Alberta, RN’s and Rural GP’s I have been a member of CAHN since 2015
Lori Lee Walston, Treasurer – Lori Lee has over 34 years of nursing experience from neonatal nursery to geriatric rehabilitation, medicine to surgery. The last 20 years were in the field of Hepatology where she worked both clinical and research with Hepatitis C patients. She started working with interferon alfa and participated in all the clinical trials that eventually brought the current treatments to market. She retired from nursing at the end of 2019 and now resides in Saskatchewan enjoying the good country life. Lori Lee has been a member of CAHN since its inception. She has held the position of Treasurer since 2014.
Sarah De Coutere, Regional Events Chair – Sarah obtained her diploma in nursing in Halifax, Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary and her Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is a hepatology nurse practitioner working in Halifax with a practice which primarily includes people with end stage liver disease, hepatitis B and C, fatty liver disease and autoimmune liver diseases. She has been the co-chair for the Atlantic Hepatology Nurses Meeting since 2017, past board member for CAHN (2019-2021) and CAHN CLM co-chair from 2019-2021. She is passionate about encouraging nurses to share their stories with each other locally, nationally and internationally, to appreciate each others successes and challenges, and to ultimately influence practice for overall improved health experiences for all.
Leo Yamamoto, Conference Co-Chair – Leo Yamamoto is a clinical research nurse at the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre (VIDC), a nonprofit research and medical centre providing multidisciplinary care to the inner city population of Vancouver. He started at VIDC in 2018 working with some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable groups with complex social and medical needs. Leo works within an interdisciplinary team consisting of infectious disease specialists, pharmacists and nurses who are dedicated to engaging and treating individuals with HIV and HCV. Leo is also involved in numerous investigator-initiated research and blinded interventional studies at VIDC. Outside of work, Leo enjoys keeping active by practicing Muay Thai and is involved in Vancouver’s street dance community whose style of dance is called Locking.”
Lindsey Lenters, Special Projects Chair – Lindsey is the Hep C Nurse at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, part of the Toronto Community Hep C Program. She is relatively new to the world of hepatology nursing, having worked previously as an emergency department nurse and as a public health program coordinator. She is looking forward to expanding her network & deepening her knowledge of hepatology nursing!
Lindsay Myles, Education Chair – Lindsay Myles is a nurse practitioner with practices in both primary care and hepatology in Barrie, Ontario. She sees patients referred with all liver diseases and collaborates with the community group of gastroenterologists. Lindsay has always valued the importance of continuing education amongst the nursing profession and is looking forward to doing this in my more formal role with CAHN.
Colina Yim, Standards & Competencies Chair – Colina is a nurse practitioner working at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (TCLD) where she has practiced for 3 decades. She obtained her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Toronto and has a current adjunct appointment at the Faculty of Nursing. Her clinical expertise includes viral hepatitis and decompensated liver disease.
Her professional leadership activities, nationally and internationally, have been notable, particularly as the founder of the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN), past-chair of the National Education Committee of the Canadian Liver Foundation, past co-chair of the Canadian Nurses Association Special Hepatitis C Project, and the founder of Hepatitis B peer support group. In 2012, she received Canada’s esteemed Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions in the liver community.
Her research interests include stigma and the socio-cultural behaviour in patients with viral hepatitis. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a book on Hepatitis C. She has previously received research grants on several studies, mentored nursing students in completing research projects, and served as an abstract reviewer for the AASLD and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver. She believes nurses will continue to play an important role in the field of hepatology as it advances.
CAHN’s Executive Team continuing on their 2020-2022 terms:
Donna Zukowski, Past President (2021-2022) –
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’s passion for peer and client education inspired her to join CAHN’s leadership as Education Director and Board of Director. She now moves into her new role as President and
CEO. Donna has recently moved to Ontario and is excited to be starting a new position working with a specialty pharmacy.
Lesley Gallagher, Vice President – 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 living in the city and in northern regions of the province. Lesley continues to work 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 Vice President for the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN) and sits on the CAHN Board of Directors as Education Chair. In this role, she organizes the annual BC Nurse Leaders’ Education forum, attended by nurses throughout the province. Lesley represents CAHN, as a member of the Steering Committee for Action Hepatitis Canada. She is a member of the working group for the CTAC project, “Newcomers to Canada and Treatment Access”. and has recently been elected to CATIE’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Board Member. Lesley has a special interest in educating, treating and advocating for all individuals living with Hepatitis C.
Anna DeWolff, Board of Director and Membership & Communications Chair – I have been involved in Hepatology nursing for the past 13 years, running a small hepatitis C clinic within a rural community hospital. Prior to this, I primarily worked in critical care areas – ICU/CCU, PACU, Oncology. I am truly grateful that I have, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyed my career… all the interesting challenges found within a variety of different nursing areas, the opportunity of continually improving my knowledge base, but mostly, the privilege of sharing in life experiences of all the different patients/clients we help and work with each day! I have recently retired from my permanent nursing position and am now really looking forward to working with CAHN in this volunteer role!
Dimitriana Kuzyk-Bernier, Board of Director – I have been working at a community health clinic in Winnipeg for 38 years. Most of my clinical work has been in primary health. I started to work in the Community Hepatology Clinic in 2014 as a hepatology nurse. Our program is the first community-based hepatology clinic in Manitoba. Our clinic sees general hepatology/liver disease, although our main focus in treating hepatitis C. We are committed to meeting people where they are at and providing them with the care they choose, on their own terms. We practice person –centered approach to health care such as harm reduction, which focuses on keeping people safe and prioritizes self- determination. I have been married for 25 years and have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren. During my time off I like to spend it at our trailer near Lac Du Bonnet MB, hiking, swimming and bike riding. This will be my second term as a CAHN Board of Director. I am looking forward to continuing my work on the board with these amazing nurses.
Leeya Brind’Amour, Board of Director and Secretary – Leeya has been nursing for 30 years in a rural centre with a critical care background. The last 14 years she has been in the Liver Clinic in Nelson BC. She has two children and will be married 25 years this year. Leeya enjoys biking going to the gym, reading and cooking.
Dennaye Fuchs, Conference Co-Chair – With over 10 years of nursing experience, Dennaye began her specialized work in Hepatitis C and HIV as a Clinical Research Nurse in the Regina Infectious Diseases Clinic in 2016. Since that time, she has worked as a Hepatitis C Nurse serving southern Saskatchewan in a variety of settings, including provincial corrections, outpatient clinics, and outreach. Dennaye has been involved in the development and management of a variety of HCV micro-elimination projects that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of HCV individuals who inject drugs.
Participating on CAHN’s executive team is a fun and fulfilling way to help deliver education to hepatoloty nurses across Canada while becoming a leader in the field. Contact Danae at email@example.com to learn about open opportunities.