President: Jody Nelson
Vice-President: Megan Kennedy
Past President: Marta Michas
Treasurer: Nicole Loroff
Student Rep (2nd year): Jennifer Lakosky
Student Rep (1st year): Lakshmi Balaraman
Executive Member Bios
Jody Nelson (President)
Jody Nelson is a nursing librarian at MacEwan University, with primary liaison responsibility for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and the Centre for Professional Nursing Education. Prior to her current role she was the Instructional Design Librarian at MacEwan, and the liaison librarian for the Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work, and Child and Youth Care programs. Jody earned her MLIS from the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies, has an MA in English Literature from Carleton University, and has been a member of NAHLA since 2016.
Megan Kennedy (Vice-President/President Elect)
Megan is a public services librarian at the University of Alberta. Her primary liaison areas are the Faculty of Nursing and the Department of Geriatrics within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to starting at the Scott Health Sciences Library in January 2020, Megan worked as a liaison librarian for various health faculties at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining NAHLA in early 2020, Megan was President of the Saskatchewan Health Libraries Association. She is a graduate of the UBC School of Information, earning her MLIS in 2016.
Marta Michas (Past President)
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 – Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. She is currently working in MacEwan University Library. Before completing her MLIS degree at U of A, Marta earned MSc degree in physics and PhD in biophysics. She has been a NAHLA member since 2015 and was on the CHLA Conference Planning Committee in 2017.
Nicole Loroff (Treasurer)
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 evidence-informed practice. Previously, she was an Academic Library Resident with the University of Alberta Library 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.
Jennifer Lakosky (Student Representative)
Jennifer Laskosky is a second year student in the Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. She has an interest in academic libraries, particularly health sciences, as well as special libraries. Jennifer joined NAHLA as a general member in early 2020 and she is excited to join NAHLA this year as a student representative.
Lakshmi Balaraman (Student Representative)
Lakshmi is a first year MLIS (online) student at UAlberta. She aspires to be a health sciences librarian. A fun fact about Lakshmi is that she is multilingual!