Meet the Board

Chair: Sandra Christensen-Moore

Sandra Christensen-Moore is a Métis, bilingual (French), criminal defence lawyer practicing at Hatch McClelland Moore. Over the past several years, she has worked and volunteered with vulnerable populations through organizations such as: John Howard Society, Student Legal Services, Legal Aid Alberta, Youth Criminal Defence Office, and Boys and Girls Club. Sandra is both proud and passionate to live, work, and volunteer in downtown Edmonton.
 

Why Sandra is a Hero for Zero: "It's an honour to serve a community with an organization truly devoted to seeing its members thrive. Being a Hero for Zero is supporting HIVE's front-line advocacy in combatting stigma, discrimination, and inequality."

Vice-Chair: David Prestley

David is the current Theatre Administrator/Events Coordinator at the University of Alberta’s Timms Centre for the Arts where he is responsible for managing and coordinating the Studio Theatre as well as coordinating and contracting community stakeholder activities in the TIMMS. Prior to moving to Edmonton, the UBC Modern Languages Graduate performed on operatic and concert stages in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has worked in a variety of capacities on film, radio and television. He has stage, tour and event managed projects nationally and internationally.He is a life long advocate of the not-for-profit sector. 

Why David is a hero for Zero: "The face of HIV and AIDS has changed since the 1980s when I first became aware of it. We need advocacy and education that is current and relevant in order to get to Zero. HIV Edmonton provides that and I support that important work." 

Secretary : Felicia Michie

Felicia is a Strategic Advisor at the City of Edmonton, specializing in all aspects of organizational transformation including change management, leadership and competency development, business strategy and organization design. Felicia has an honours bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Winnipeg and a master’s degree in urban planning from Dalhousie University. She began her career as an urban planner in Winnipeg before moving to Edmonton in 2012. Her professional experience provides her with an intimate understanding of the interconnections between how we design our cities and the impacts on community health and wellbeing. Felicia is a passionate supporter of the arts, founding an organization in Winnipeg that attracts young professionals to support their local arts community through patronage and volunteerism. 

Why Felicia is a Hero for Zero: "I am a Hero for Zero because I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of dignity and acceptance regardless of circumstances. I am deeply inspired by the 1980s and 1990s Act Up movement which is a testament to how much can be achieved when a small group of passionate, dedicated and hardworking people come together to fulfill a common vision of treatment, compassion and support. HIV Edmonton continues this work in our community today of which I would be honoured to be a part".  

Treasurer: Lynne Kaiser

Lynne Kaiser is the Administrative Assistant at SAFFRON Centre (Strathcona Sexual Assault Centre) as a paid position and a prolific volunteer with many organizations in the Edmonton region (altView, Alberta School Councils Association, Edmonton Pride Festival Society, Basset Rescue Edmonton, and more). Lynne has a passion for helping people, giving back to her community, and lifelong learning; therefore becoming a Psychology student seemed like the right direction for her to go. Through Lynne’s involvement with Alberta Education she has been an advocate for wrap around services in Alberta schools, and greater education around social and health issues. Lynne is also a Lion’s Club member and lives their motto “We Serve”.

Why Lynne is a Hero for Zero: “I volunteer with HIV Edmonton to show the community how much I value this organization, how important the work is. Knowing that HIV Edmonton started as an idea around a kitchen table and grew into this supportive and educational organization is inspiring, I want to be involved and inspire others.”

Director : Luiz Costa

Luiz is an Oral Pathologist with over 20 years of in-depth experience in Brazil’s Unified health system. He was the first dentist to assist patients, and families in ambulatory and home-care HIV and AIDS services which resulted in ultimately training teams and establishing a thorough oral healthcare public network for systemically compromised patients. He has been engaged in health, education and wellness organizations both while living in Brazil and in Montreal.  Since arriving in Edmonton he began to volunteer at HIV Edmonton to contribute and provide his best knowledge and goodwill to those living with or affected by HIV  in his new home community.

Why Luiz is a Hero for Zero: "I am determined to demystify misconceptions by using new approaches and preventing prejudices through education, a mission I have committed to for decades. I believe that by collaborating with HIV Edmonton I can continue my role in cooperative social labor". 

Director: CJ DeJong

CJ is a Librarian at the University of Alberta, coordinating a number of centralized services for the U of A Libraries. Prior to and during his thirteen years as a librarian CJ has been extensively involved in association work including; founder of Pride on Campus at Red Deer College, president of the Manitoba Library Association, and most recently, chair of the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries. CJ has also been a passionate volunteer for HIV Edmonton for the past four years, volunteering at many events and helping organize the AIDS Walk, Light Up the City Red for World AIDS Day, and A Taste For Life. 

Why CJ is a Hero for Zero: "I strongly believe that the disproportionate impact of HIV on different communities signals that our society continues to not support all equally. It is important to me that HIV Edmonton continues to help build those much-needed supports by breaking down barriers and uplifting their clients".

Director: Jennifer Dodd

Jennifer Dodd is a Registered Nurse at the Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic in Edmonton. She possesses a 16 year background in nursing in both educational and clinical roles.  Jennifer is currently enrolled in graduate studies at the City University of Seattle studying counselling psychology.  She is also presently involved in a project funded by the Women’s Empowerment International Foundation and the Canadian International Development Agency which will be sending her to Mumbai, India on a research project in Nursing Clinical Mentorship in HIV care.  Previously, Jennifer served as a Volunteer at Streetworks, Boyle Street Co-op. 

Why Jennifer is a Hero for Zero " I choose to volunteer for HIV Edmonton because I wish to be a part of an organization that fights HIV and AIDS related stigma and discrimination. I want to be a hero for zero!"

Director: Amber Krasowski

Amber is a registered nurse with over 12 years of experience. She started her career as a frontline nurse at Streetworks, home to Edmonton’s consumption sites, and needle exchange programs. From here, Amber transitioned to providing primary care, and chronic disease management in various community settings. Amber takes pride in her ability to deliver health information in a way that patients will understand, keeping health literacy at the forefront of her discussions. In her off time, Amber can be found exploring Edmonton’s river valley, or be seen throughout the city, training her new guide dog pup - a beautiful German shepherd named Bonsai.

Why Amber is a Hero for Zero: “My earliest memories of being a Hero for Zero advocate began as a young girl in the late 80s - helping my parents seal envelopes with information pertaining to the HIV epidemic of the time. My passion for service, and push for zero new infections was molded at an early age and has been the foundation of my life‘s work as a registered nurse”.

Director : Ameeta (Ami) Singh

Ami is an Infectious Diseases physician and a Clinical Professor with the University of Alberta’s Division of Infectious Diseases with a special interest and practice emphasis in HIV and STIs. She was previously the Alberta Provincial Consultant for Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBI) and Medical Director of the Edmonton STI Clinic.  She studied medicine in the UK, received her postgraduate training at the University of Alberta and a Masters of Science (Epidemiology) at Harvard University.  She maintains her clinical practice at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton STI Clinic and the Edmonton Institution for Women.  She enjoys doing research in STBBI and teaching medical students and other trainees.  She has contributed to a wide range of local, national and international guidelines, programs and policies.  She is kept on the “straight and narrow” by her three teenage children and husband and enjoys spending time with them and travelling.  One of her personal goals is to practice yoga more regularly.

Why Ami is a Hero for Zero: “I originally had the privilege of serving on HIV Edmonton’s Board when I started my practice in Edmonton in 1998.   I was inspired to join the board again after some recent work with the energetic staff at HIV Edmonton on HIV related stigma and discrimination; I hope to continue to work with them in addressing this important issue". 

Director : Jake Tkaczyk

Jake grew up as a young gay man on a farm near Holden, Alberta and found there was and still is a large hole in how young people are being educated about sexuality, their well-being, and overall general health in rural Alberta. Jake is a performer, director, educator, and artist based in Edmonton and has newly graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. Fine Arts was a natural choice for Jake as he started his own theatre company as a young man of 16 years! Over the past ten years Jake has worked with Theatre Alberta working with their summer theatre school for teens Artstrek. Jake has always been involved with youth in various types of communities and he has a passion for advocacy and engagement and hopes to continue working on.

Why Jake is a Hero for Zero: "Being a‘Hero for Zero’ to me means having an opportunity to help young adults gain the knowledge and power to take control of their own health and to aim to provide more of a platform of education and outreach for all. We often talk about health as being a measure of someone’s fitness, and not in terms of the choices around mental health and sexuality. I particularly admire HIV Edmonton’s long-term vision of ensuring zero stigma and discrimination against people with HIV, and I believe that starts with education of young people". 

Director : Jose Tovillo

Jose is a Registered Nurse with years of experience in different settings including Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics. He is currently working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital's Emergency Department. A graduate of MacEwan University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program Jose is excited to be starting his Master in Nursing at the University of Alberta in September 2017. Jose has previously served as a MacEwan Ambassador and has been involved in different volunteer activities in Edmonton such as Habitat for Humanity, Dream Catchers (for Aboriginal Youth), Boys and Girls Club, and Mentorship Program for MacEwan International Students. Additionally, he continues to be involved in community through sports such as the Edmonton Sports and Social Club and the Edmonton Volleyball Association. His desire for volunteerism and community involvement, as well as his passion for health education and promotion, led to his interest in joining the HIV Edmonton Team. 

Why Jose is a Hero for Zero: "As a frontline health care provider, I work closely with patients and families who are affected by HIV. I am a Hero for Zero as I can use my voice, knowledge, and experience to help promote HIV awareness, education, and prevention- not only to individuals affected by HIV but to the Edmonton community at large. I believe all of these can help achieve the organization’s goal of Zero new HIV infections, Zero stigma and discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths.”.