President: Megan Kennedy
Vice-President: Ali Foster
Past President: Jody Nelson
Treasurer: Nicole Loroff
Student Rep (2nd year): Lakshmi Balaraman
Student Rep (1st year): Natalia Yatsyuk
Executive Member Bios
Megan Kennedy (President)
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.
Alison Foster (Vice-President/President Elect)
Ali Foster is a Librarian with MacEwan University with liaison roles in Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, and Massage Therapy. Prior to MacEwan, she was the Access Services Librarian with Brescia University College from 2013-2015. She earned both a BAH, Biology and English (2009) and a BEd (2010) from Queen’s University and an MLIS from Western University (2013). She has served on the Executive and/or select Committees of the following organizations: Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (2018-Present), The Greater Edmonton Library Association (2016-2018), and The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (2015-2020). Her professional interests include creating opportunities for student involvement in library work, Universal Design for Learning in eLearning, and user-centred design in libraries. She has been a member of NAHLA since early 2021.
Jody Nelson (Past 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.
Nicole Loroff (Treasurer)
Nicole is an alumnus of the School of Library of Information Studies at the University of Alberta and currently works as a Consultant with the Digital Customer team at Deloitte Canada. Previously, she served as a Librarian with Alberta Health Services for four years, working with clinicians and health care professionals to support evidence-informed practice and research. She’s also held a variety of roles in academic, public, and special libraries. Nicole has been on the NAHLA executive for four years and served as Secretary prior to taking on the Treasurer’s role.
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!
Natalia Yatsyuk (Student Representative)
Natalia Yatsyuk is a first-year student in the Library and Information Technology Program at MacEwan University. She has a desire to be a library assistant as well as showing interest to be volunteer in academic library. This is first time Natalia assisting NAHLA as a student representative in 2021.