Danielle Marchand, MLT – 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 as the Tech II / Site Supervisor at the Leduc Community Hospital – Laboratory department. Previously she worked 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 improve 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.
Jessica Wiebe, MLT - Vice President
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 an adventure, she made a big move to the Northwest Territories. For 4 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 to further ignite her interest in quality management, which eventually led to her completing a certificate in Clinical Laboratory Quality Management, through the Michener Institute. Ready for yet another adventure, Jessica moved back to Alberta, where she worked as the Tech II at the Devon General Hospital laboratory for 3 years. After this Jessica worked as a Credentialed Trainer with the Alberta Connect Care Project for a year, where she loved getting to meet Laboratory Staff from all around the province. She is currently working with Roche Diagnostics - getting to combine her love of instrumentation while still training Laboratory Staff. 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. In addition to being the Vice President for the CMLTA, Jessica also volunteers on the Legislation and Finance/Audit Sub-Committees.
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 into 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.
Marie Grabowski, MLT
Marie graduated with a Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma from NAIT in 2010. She was offered employment at Red Deer Hospital Laboratory after completing her student practicum there and has been a laboratory professional in Red Deer since. The diverse structure of the lab in Red Deer allowed Marie to first work in hematology and transfusion medicine and then make the leap into microbiology where she currently works. 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 various positions with the technical professionals union including Chair and Job Steward, delegating for the Red Deer & District Labour Council, and as an executive member on her condo board. Marie is an avid curler having participated in competitive bonspiels winning two silver medals as an Ook at NAIT and volunteering locally including Draw Master for the former Hospital and Friends Social League for four years. Marie also holds a diploma in Radio & Television and is in the process of attending NAIT to attain a Bachelor in Technology Degree with electives focusing on healthcare organization and management.
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 gained technical skills pertaining to information technology of the laboratory. Harpreet is now working as a Medical Informatics Education Lead with the Chief Medical Information Office of Connect Care, Alberta Health Services. Harpreet is pursuing a master's degree in healthcare administration. By incorporating the knowledge gained from this master's 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 Master of Science degree in Environmental and Public Health with Distinction from the 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.
Jelili is currently a Medical Laboratory Technologist at DynaLIFE Medical Labs, Edmonton. Jelili is a budding scientist with an interest in infectious diseases and has authored and co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of numerous professional associations and societies across Africa, Europe, and North America. Jelili is a Registered Medical Laboratory/Biomedical Scientist in Nigeria, USA, and United Kingdom.
He has also volunteered with numerous not-for-profit organizations in Edmonton.
Jennifer Carscallen is CEO of Arletta Environmental Consulting, an environmental consulting firm specializing in greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions quantification, contaminated sites management, remediation, & reclamation across western Canada. Jennifer holds an M.Sc in Environmental Engineering and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary. She has a P.Biol (ASPB) and P.Ag (AIA) designation within the province of Alberta. Jennifer currently sits on the board of Canary Biofuels, a privately held Lethbridge-based biofuel corporation. She has previous board experience as Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee at the Montessori School of Calgary and as a Director of the Calgary Youth Science Fair.
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.
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 is an experienced construction professional who works with business owners and senior business leaders to help develop and improve their people and organizations. His board experience includes serving on the boards and executive committees of the Alberta Const. Safety Assoc., Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Const. Assoc., and Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Const. Assoc., including terms as Chair of both the ARHCA and the WCRHCA. Gary is a Registered Engineering Technologist (Civil) and holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.
Joanne Lethbridge-Pompana - biography to follow
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