Sally Abou-Zeki, MLT – President
Sally graduated with an MLS degree from the University of Alberta in 2017. She immediately started her career at Rocky Mountain Analytical (RMA), a division of LifeLabs LP, as a technologist specializing in ELISA and Mass Spectrometry in the Specialized Chemistry area. She is actively involved in quality and safety initiatives; currently serving as the Co-Chair on the Joint Health and Safety Committee and is also a member of the RMA Quality Committee. She took an active role in preparing the laboratory for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta inspection in the fall of 2018. Sally is self-motivated to seek out and take on new challenges and opportunities to continually improve her workplace and her own knowledge. Sally achieved her American Society for Clinical Pathology certification and her LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt in 2018 as well. Being in the early stages of her career, she will be a strong advocate for learning and development, quality and innovation, both in the MLT profession and in the laboratory itself.
Danielle Marchand, MLT – Vice President
Danielle graduated with honours from the MLT program at NAIT in 2005. She immediately began working at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre rotating through chemistry, hematology, and transfusion medicine departments. Currently, Danielle is working with the Connect Care team as a Credentialed Trainer and Facilitator overseeing multiple Central Zone Laboratory sites and enjoys being actively involved in initiative projects. Throughout her 15 years of clinical experience, Danielle has expressed a love for learning in the laboratory medicine field that includes certification in the area of Process Excellence as a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt with BMGI, as well as other health and wellness related education including: 200 hour yoga instructor, diploma as an orthomolecular holistic practitioner, and Level 3 Usui Reiki practitioner. She is currently registered in the post-graduate MLS program at the University of Alberta working towards her BSc MLS. Danielle is passionate about volunteering her time to improving laboratory services and patient care in Alberta and serves as a Council member for the CMLTA as well as on both the CMLTA’s Legislation Sub-Committee and Finance/Audit Committee.
Tracy Bucko, MLT
Tracy received her diploma in medical laboratory technology from the Kelsey Institute (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) in 1996. She has been fortunate enough to be employed in both hospital and non-hospital laboratories. Tracy worked for Gamma-Dynacare Regina from 1997 – 2006 and was also employed with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Authority for a short stint as a medical laboratory assistant (MLA) in Microbiology, and as a medical laboratory technologist, hematology and transfusions, from 1997 – 2007. In 2007, Tracy relocated to Alberta to work at the Red Deer Regional Hospital and continues her employment there to this day in biochemistry.
Tracy has a strong commitment to professional development and lifelong learning and has been fortunate enough to attend the last 3 DRIVE conferences in Edmonton and attend Clinical Chemistry Roundtables and other educational seminars whenever possible. Tracy believes strongly in giving back and working for causes close to her heart. While living in Saskatchewan, Tracy sat on the Council of the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists for several years as a general Council member.
Having heard from an external board member that there is not more interest in individuals being involved in giving guidance to their licensing body, Tracy decided to become involved to better understand the process for herself, and then to share this knowledge and promote interest in the CMLTA with her colleagues.
Pamela Churko, MLT
In 1988, Pamela graduated from the MLT program at NAIT. Following graduation, she worked as an MLA in a temporary position before securing an MLT position at Dr. Hanson and Associates (now DynaLIFE) in Microbiology. She worked as an MLT for 12 years in microbiology on the bench at Dynacare Kasper Medical Labs (DynaLIFE) and then in 2001, moved to Seattle, Washington to be a supervisor of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics and then manager of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics with LabCorp (largest laboratory in the USA) until 2009. After 2009, Pamela decided to try something new and broaden her knowledge base by working for Alere in their Point of Care division training office staff in physicians’ offices to use INratio, Cholestech, and Biosite point of care instruments. Working with non-laboratory staff was challenging but gave her a new insight on how the other side sees the laboratory.
Pamela realized she missed the expertise working with other MLTs and decided to go back to the laboratory and worked as a manager of Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics and then as a supervisor of Microbiology, Hematology, Coagulation, and Safety in the USA for 5 years before returning home to Canada in August 2017. Pamela currently works in Calgary at Alberta Precision Laboratories (formerly Calgary Laboratory Services) as a microbiology supervisor. Throughout her career, Pamela has experienced many mergers, acquisitions, building a new laboratory from the ground up (twice), diversity, advancements in technological changes, and changing culture with employees to boost morale and engagement.
Pauline Tomlin, MLT
Pauline graduated from the MLT program at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario then went on to complete an ART in microbiology. Several years later she completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences and in 2008, she was successful in completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Management and Policy both from the University of Alberta. Pauline’s MLT career started at Sacred Heart Hospital in rural Alberta and in 1981 she began her journey with her current employer the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health. Currently, she sits on the Enteric Parasitology Advisory Committee for Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT) at The University of British Columbia. She served for a year as a member of the Medical Microbiology Residency Program Committee at the UofA and is the coordinator for the Residency Teaching Bench at ProvLab. She is a lecturer and laboratory instructor for the advanced parasitology course at the University of Alberta and a guest lecturer for the parasitology lab at NAIT for the past several years. She helped organized and presented at several parasitology workshops with participants from across Canada and in June 2017, she was a presenter at CSMLS LABCON 2017 in Banff and has also been a convention speaker for the CMLTA in 2005 and 2006. In addition to her professional roles, she has been a volunteer peer counselor for over 30 years at the Pregnancy Care Centre in Edmonton and, for the past 12 years, has helped organized and coordinate a weekly ESL Communication Cafe for newcomers to Canada at Fellowship Baptist Church in Edmonton. She has volunteered provincially and internationally with different agencies (in 2012 she went to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse to help rebuild an orphanage that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake). Pauline is a life-long learner.
Jessica Wiebe, MLT
Jessica graduated with honours from the MLT program at SAIT in 2013. Her position right after graduation was with the hematology department at the Foothills Medical Centre for two years. Here she gained experience in some specialty hematology testing and bone marrow collections through the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Ready for some adventure, she made a big move to the Northwest Territories. For 4.5 years, Jessica worked as a lead MLT at the Hay River Regional Health Centre. During her employment there, Jessica got to work a great deal with validating new instruments and laboratory information system interface testing and setup. This helped ignite her interest in quality management, which eventually lead to her completing a certificate in Clinical Laboratory Quality Management, through the Michener Institute. Ready for another adventure, Jessica moved back to Alberta, where she now supervises the Devon General Hospital laboratory. In addition, to her supervisory role, she sits on the Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committee and is involved in multiple working groups for test implementation across the Edmonton Zone. Jessica is fascinated with all aspects of the laboratory profession and is looking forward to increasing hers and others awareness about legislation and regulation for medical laboratory professionals in Alberta.
Jennifer Carscallen - biography to follow
Domingo Chavez was born in Santiago, Chile. In 1973, while working on his mechanical engineering degree at the Technical State University in Chile and while working for the Public Work Ministry, the democratic elected government in Chile was overthrown in a coup d’état. As a result, Domingo lost his job and was deprived of his chosen career path. He was interrogated, tortured, and sent to a concentration camp. In 1974 with the help of United Nations and various humanitarian and religious organizations, Domingo moved to Argentina where he was joined by his fiancé Monica, and they later married in 1974. He and his wife moved to Canada in 1975 and settled in Edmonton and had two daughters. While in Canada, Domingo and his wife participated in various initiatives to denounce the violations of human rights that occurred in Chile during the military dictatorship. Both were deeply committed to re-establishing the democratization in their motherland. Domingo has been an active member of the Latin American community. In 1993, the Government of Chile appointed Mr. Chavez as the Honorary Consul of Chile until 2001. He has served in many positions dealing with cultural, media, solidarity, and human rights. He has also volunteered with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Teen Time. Domingo was a member of the Human Rights Commission and Multiculturalism and Education Fund for the Government of Alberta from 2000 until 2006. Domingo was a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 25 years and is currently employed at the University of Alberta Hospital as a nursing attendant.
Kate was born and raised in Calgary. She completed a dual diploma in Social Work and Disability Studies through Mount Royal University in 2015. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in social work through the University of Manitoba. Kate also works full time as a residential counsellor at an addiction treatment center for women and works casually for Money Mentors where she teaches children financial literacy skills in schools. Her primary work experience before moving into addictions was in the disability field. Kate’s favorite thing to do is to travel and experience different cultures. During her travels, she had the opportunity to volunteer in Ipoh, Malaysia in a Rehabilitation Center and at the Dresden Zoo in Germany. She likes to include volunteering as a part of her travels when she has enough time to do so. Kate’s current goal is to get into law school to study human rights law.
Monica was born in Saskatchewan but raised in Alberta. She completed a Legal Assistant Diploma in 1994. Monica has been employed full time with ATB Financial since 2000 where she currently holds the title of Community Manager for Sundre and Caroline. Her career choice has given her the flexibility to work in her community and also be part of many initiatives that make a real difference. Monica has taught financial literacy in schools, participated in the free income tax preparation, and mock interviews for senior high school students. She is passionate about volunteering in her community and is currently President of the Sundre and District Chamber of Commerce, Director of Greenwood Neighborhood Place, Director of the Sundre Ag Society, and Treasurer of Sundre Hospital Futures. Monica is very close to her family which includes her husband of 33 years, 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren.
Gary Zeitner - biography to follow
Marie Grabowski, MLT
Marie graduated with a Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma from NAIT in 2010. She was offered immediate employment at Red Deer Hospital Laboratory after completing her student practicum and has spent her full 10 years as a laboratory professional in Red Deer. The diverse structure of the lab in Red Deer allowed Marie to first work in hematology and transfusion medicine for 3 years and then make the leap into microbiology where she has worked for the last 7 years. The Red Deer Hospital laboratory supports a large area of Alberta and analyzes samples from both urban and rural communities which has helped Marie develop an understanding of both. Marie has taken on leadership positions including holding the current chair position with the technical professionals union for 5 years, delegating for the Red Deer & District Labour Council, sitting on her condo board, and spent 4 years as the Draw Master of a curling league. Marie also holds a diploma in Radio & Television.
Harpreet Manhani, MLT
Harpreet graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Alberta in 2016. Harpreet started her career in microbiology at the Red Deer Hospital. She is very passionate about healthcare and actively participates in projects to enhance healthcare structure and organization. Harpreet was recently involved in the validation and training of the staff for a new analyzer for testing Respiratory Syncytial virus, Influenza A and B; and now COVID-19. She also volunteered at the Red Deer Festival of Trees in November 2017 for raising donations towards implementing a front-end automation for the microbiology laboratory. To continue her ambition for healthcare, Harpreet joined the Connect Care project as a credentialed trainer for central zone laboratories where she has enjoyed her journey so far while gaining technical skills pertaining to information technology of the laboratory. Harpreet is pursuing a masters degree in healthcare administration. By incorporating the knowledge gained from this masters degree relating to healthcare budgeting, resource allocation, human resources management, healthcare structuring and organization, and strategic planning, Harpreet believes she can serve the CMLTA Council to continue to strengthen the field of laboratory medicine.
Jelili Mustapha, MLT
Jelili graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree with honours from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria in 2010. He worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientist from 2011 to 2015 at various hospitals in Nigeria. He then completed a Masters of Science degree in Environmental and Public Health with Distinction from University of Salford in the United Kingdom in 2015. During his studies in the United Kingdom, he was the student union Vice President (Science and Technology). From 2017 to 2018, he worked as a Biomedical Scientist in the United Kingdom before moving to Canada. He started as a Medical Laboratory Assistant at DynaLIFE Medical Labs and has recently received his national MLT certification. He is now employed as a MLT at DynaLIFE and Alberta Precision Labs, ProvLab North in Edmonton. Jelili has attended and presented at international conferences in the UK, Denmark, Austria and Netherlands. Jelili is a budding researcher with interest in infectious diseases and has authored and co-authored twelve peer reviewed publications in highly ranked journals. Jelili is actively involved in unionism. He is currently a member of the political action committee of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) and is a member and trustee of the Young Medical Laboratory Scientists Forum in Nigeria. He is a member of numerous professional associations and societies across Africa, Europe, and North America. Jelili is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist in Nigeria and Biomedical Scientist in United Kingdom.
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