Meet the Board

Chair: Sandra Christensen-Moore

Sandra Christensen-Moore is a Métis, bilingual (French), Crown Prosecutorpracticing out of the Fort Saskatchewan Crowns Office. She is proud to serve the public of both Treaty 6 and Treaty 8 territories.  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. 

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." 

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.”

Secretary: CJ De Jong

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 : 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 : David Campbell

David describes himself as a “passionate, enthusiastic learner with an affinity for the life sciences helping others, and performance art.” David is currently a Bachelor of Science student with a specialization in Biochemistry and obtained a certificate in biomedical research. In 2016, David was part of Outreach, the queer and ally student association at the U of A and was part of planning their annual Pride Week Amateur Drag Show, one of the largest in Western Canada. David is an active member of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose Social Association, where he does drag performances to raise funds for local queer and allied charities.

Why David is a Hero for Zero: “Our understanding of HIV is better than ever, and with this we have an increased ability and responsibility to work toward our Vision of Zero. The programming offered by HIV Edmonton can be a game changer for people among many different communities. Educating, increasing awareness, and supporting those living with HIV regardless of the journey they have walked gives just a taste of the incredibly important work HIV Edmonton does".

Director: Jill Delure

Jill is a Registered Social Worker with Alberta Health Services at the Edmonton Operational Stress Injury Clinic.  Jill provides trauma-focused treatment to veterans, still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and RCMP members with Operational Stress Injuries.  Jill also has extensive experience providing individual and group treatment to people living with addiction and mental health concerns.  Jill received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling from St. Stephen’s College, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary.  Jill began her career working with people living with and affected by HIV in 2002 with Kairos House, a residence that provides accommodation and compassionate care to individuals living with HIV and AIDS. She then worked at HIV Edmonton as a support and outreach coordinator and remains passionate about the work that HIV Edmonton does.

Why Jill is a Hero for Zero: "A number of people living with HIV have been important teachers in my life. I volunteer because I want to be a part of an organization that works with people living with HIV to reduce stigma".

 

Director: Thomas Kuperus

Thomas is currently working as an experienced probation officer with the Government of Alberta. Thomas comes to HIV Edmonton with over nine years of leadership experience as a director, co-founder, and board member of Sunrise of Life, an international organization working with street involved youth in Tanzania. Tom has been an integral part of administering rehabilitative initiatives to vulnerable children in Tanzania in an effort to provide sustainable behavior change.  Working within the Canadian criminal justice system, he is passionate about working with those affected by and at risk of acquiring HIV, both locally and internationally.  Tom has been the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship through Rotary International, and the Government of Alberta Community Leadership Award.

Why Thomas is a Hero for Zero: “Working in the Justice System I recognize that reaching Zero can only be achieved through the combined efforts of many. I believe the collaborative approach of HIV Edmonton will be influential in achieving Zero". 

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.”. 

Director : Conar O'Neil

Conar is a physician and Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of Alberta’s Division of Infectious Diseases. He has a specific interest in HIV (including PrEP) and viral hepatitis and practices primarily out of the Misericordia Community Hospital and Kaye Edmonton Clinic. He studied Biology and International Development Studies and then Medicine in Winnipeg before completing residency training in Calgary (Internal Medicine) and Edmonton (Infectious Diseases).  Conar is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety through Queens University. Conar volunteered for Nine Circles, a community-based HIV organization while in Winnipeg.

Why Conar is a Hero for Zero: “The privilege of caring for patients with HIV is one of the reasons I went in to medicine and I am looking forward to contributing my experience at the broader community level. I strongly believe that through these efforts we can improve the lives of people living with HIV”.

Director : Morgan Wadams

Morgan is a registered nurse with a background in the penal system in Canada and currently works at the Edmonton Remand Centre. Morgan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015 and is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Alberta. Morgan has always enjoyed educating others, which is why he serves as a teaching assistant within the Faculty of Nursing. Morgan has received numerous scholarships such as the Alberta Registered Nurses Education Trust and the Don Mazankowski Graduate Scholarship in Nursing. Morgan’s research interests explore the lived realities of people living with HIV who have previously been incarcerated and are transitioning into and out of correctional facilities. Currently, Morgan is a fellow with Universities Without Walls, a cohort of HIV researchers that seeks to move HIV-related evidence into practice with a focus on community-based research. Morgan has served as a volunteer at HIV Edmonton and at the Nursing Graduate Students Association (U of A). Morgan’s drive for working alongside individuals living on the margin of society led him to join the HIV Edmonton team.

Why Morgan is a Hero for Zero: A lot of people living with HIV are invisible in society – they are often neglected, stigmatized, and discriminated against because of their various labels and social positioning. As a board member, I wish to attend to these issues by working alongside HIV Edmonton and the incredible people this organization serves”.