President: Marta Michas
Vice-President: Jody Nelson
Past President: Thane Chambers
Interim Treasurer: Nicole Loroff
Secretary: Nicole Loroff
Student Rep (2nd year): Kayla Reddecliff
Student Rep (1st year): Claudia Zelmanovitz
Executive Member Bios
Marta Michas (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.
Jody Nelson (Vice President/President-Elect)
Jody Nelson is a nursing librarian at MacEwan University, with primarily liaison responsibility for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Department and the Department of Interprofessional Education and Simulation Learning. Prior to her current role she was the Instructional Design Librarian at MacEwan, and the liaison librarian for MacEwan’s 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.
Thane Chambers (Past 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.
Nicole Loroff (Secretary & Interim 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.
Kayla Reddecliff (Student Representative)
Kayla Reddecliff is a second-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.
Claudia Zelmanovitz (Student Representative)
Claudia Zelmanovitz is a second-year student at the Library and Information Technology program at MacEwan University. She has an M.D. degree and previous experience with scientific research. She would like to connect her medical background to health literacy programs, also to research projects. She is excited about contributing to the NAHLA community and engaging the MacEwan students in the association activities.