Current Executive

2018/2019

President: Thane Chambers
Vice-President: Marta Michas
Past President: Janice Kung
Treasurer: Laura Hamonic
Secretary: Nicole Loroff
Student Rep (2nd year): Tabatha Plesuk
Student Rep (1st year): Kayla Reddecliff


Executive Member Bios

Thane Chambers (President)
Thane Chambers graduated from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta in 2007. She spent the past 10 years working a health librarian at the J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta. She been a member of NAHLA since she was a student and has been involved in many aspects of NAHLA. From 2009-2011 she was the Vice President, President, and Past President, has presented at various Leading Edge Workshops, and was on the CHLA Conference Planning Committee this past year. She is very interested in the longevity of NAHLA and ensuring that it is relevant to its members. She is looking forward to this opportunity to contribute to the NAHLA executive for the second time.

Marta Michas (Vice President/President-Elect)
Marta Michas is an aspiring health librarian with a strong research background in both basic science and health sciences. She spent last seven years supporting various health research projects in Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence, Cochrane Child Health Fields, Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta Department of Pediatrics, Department of Oncology; she currently works as a research coordinator in Pulmonary Division at the U of A. She completed MSc degree in physics and PhD in biophysics and currently, she is at her final semester before graduating with MLIS degree at U of A. She has been a NAHLA member since 2015 and was on the CHLA Conference Planning Committee in 2017.

Janice Kung (Past President)
Janice Kung is a Health Sciences Librarian at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta, with liaison responsibility for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to her current role, she was the Business Reference & Subject Librarian. She was the liaison to the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) at Concordia University in Montreal. Her interests include library instruction, social media, research data management, and measuring research impact. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and completed her MLIS Degree in November 2013.

Laura Hamonic (Treasurer)
Laura Hamonic is an Academic Library Resident at the Science and Technology Library at the University of Alberta. Her current role is primarily focused on library assessment. Having just completed her MLIS at the University of Alberta last may, she previously served on the NAHLA executive as the Student Representative from 2015-2017.

Nicole Loroff (Secretary)
Nicole Loroff is currently a Librarian with Alberta Health Services located at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. In this role, she works with all types of health care professionals and researchers to support the evidence-informed practice. Previously, she was an Academic Library Resident with the University of Alberta Libraries focusing on student engagement and outreach. She is also a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta (2015). This is Nicole’s first time serving on the NAHLA executive, and she is looking forward to engaging with and learning from the community.

Tabatha Plesuk  (Student Representative)
Tabatha Plesuk is a second-year student at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at MacEwan University, and she currently works with AHS in a nursing role. She is interested in combining her undergraduate degree with an MLIS and eventually working in a health sciences library. She is excited to learn all that she can from the NAHLA community.

Kayla Reddecliff (Student Representative)
Kayla Reddecliff is a first-year SLIS student at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies and she currently works as a student public services assistant at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library. Kayla is new to health science librarianship, and she is excited to learn about the field from the NAHLA community.