Meet the Board
Ken MacDonald is a Senior Consultant with the firm Elevate Consulting, specializing in project management, business analysis and process design. A University of Alberta graduate, Ken has also earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, as well as certification in Change Management, Business Process Management and Reengineering, Personnel Administration and Adult Learning and Training. Ken has been very active in the volunteer sector having served on several non-profit boards and committees, including a prior term on the Board for HIV Edmonton. He is a strong supporter of the local arts scene and has a great interest in food culture, having attained his Culinary Arts Diploma from NAIT.
Why Ken is a Hero for Zero: "I volunteer with HIV Edmonton is that I recognize the need and believe in the value the organization addresses within our local community. HIV Edmonton has a long history in Edmonton of offering invaluable assistance and education and I want to do what I can to support that continuing into the future."
Susan has a long history with HIV Edmonton dating back to 1989 when she became a volunteer. In the many years to follow she has been involved in many aspects of the agency work such as; NAMES Quilt, AIDS Walks, Black and White affair, Volunteer educator, Board member , ACCH Board Rep. Vice-Chair and Board Chair. Not only does she bring with her passion, commitment and compassion as a Health Educator with the STI Clinic Edmonton she also brings unlimited knowledge. Susan commitment doesn’t stop there; she is also a volunteer with the Sexual Assault Centre. She has also been very well trained by her Birman cats since January 2011.
Grant has an interest in public policy issues and a background in public policy development. Grant's previous volunteer work has included community-based organizations with a focus on harm reduction and social determinants of health.
Why Grant is a Hero for Zero: “I volunteer with HIV Edmonton because I am inspired by people who advocate for the marginalized and who choose to build communities of acceptance and not rejection".
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."
Poliana Barbosa is a PhD Candidate in Psychology at the University of Alberta. She has been studying infant and child development during the past years, always asking herself how can she use her knowledge to help infants and children at risk for developmental disorders. Poliana has also been involved in teaching, and recently has received a graduate teaching award at the University of Alberta. While living in Brazil she volunteered to work with the non-profit sector. She offered psychological support to children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer, as well as to their family. She has also worked with patients with renal deficiency helping them to fight discrimination and to live a quality life. Poliana has also experience counselling and offering emotional support to parents of preterm babies. She truly believes in diversity and that each person is special and deserves to feel that way.
Why Poliana is a Hero for Zero: “I hope for a world with zero discrimination, where we all are celebrated by being humans, that is, loving and caring beings. What makes us special is our ability to love and care, to attach and to bond. I only find meaning in my life by loving people around me, by belonging. We are all lovable, incredible and special, and we all deserve to belong. We should never believe we are better than others or in the position to judge: because we are not. I dream with and believe in a world with zero discrimination”!
Jennifer Dodd is a Registered Nurse at the Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic in Edmonton. She possesses a 16 year background in nursing in both educational and clinical roles. Jennifer is currently enrolled in graduate studies at the City University of Seattle studying counselling psychology. She is also presently involved in a project funded by the Women’s Empowerment International Foundation and the Canadian International Development Agency which will be sending her to Mumbai, India on a research project in Nursing Clinical Mentorship in HIV care. Previously, Jennifer served as a Volunteer at Streetworks, Boyle Street Co-op.
Why Jennifer is a Hero for Zero " I choose to volunteer for HIV Edmonton because I wish to be a part of an organization that fights HIV and AIDS related stigma and discrimination. I want to be a hero for zero!"
Sandra Christensen-Moore is a Métis, bilingual (French), criminal defence lawyer practicing at Hatch McClelland Moore. 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. Sandra is both proud and passionate to live, work, and volunteer in downtown Edmonton.
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."
Matthew joined the team at HIV Edmonton in 2011. Upon moving out West, he immediately volunteered to serve on the board of HIV Edmonton after serving as the Board Chair of HIV/AIDS Regional Services in Kingston, ON. A keen proponent of community-based leadership, Matthew has extensive volunteer experience across Canada. He has revised risk management policies, attended provincial HIVand AIDS conferences, initiated Board work plans, and reviewed strategic plans. As a member of two at-risk communities – queer and visible minority – Matthew believes in the meaningful participation of marginalized populations in HIV Edmonton’s response to the epidemic. He is a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces, posted to 1 Service Battalion, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Master of Public Administration from American Military University, and is currently earning a Master of Science in Project Management with Boston University. He enjoys working up a sweat while training for marathons in the river valley over the summer or indoors at hot yoga over the long Prairie winter.
Why Matthew is a Hero for Zero: “I am a Hero for Zero because of the continuing HIV epidemic in marginalized communities in Canada and abroad. Collective action – volunteering, research, fund raising, education, and outreach – by a community of change makers is the only way we can achieve the goal of zero new infections, zero stigma, and zero deaths.”
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.”
Luiz is a Brazilian-Canadian clinician-researcher, currently pursuing a career in Medical Microbiology. His main interests are the prevention, early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of viral infections. His commitment to the local LGBTQ community is ever growing; since the end of two consecutive terms serving Team Edmonton Sports Association’s board as treasurer, Luiz has been actively involved in the foundation and steering of the grassroots Edmonton Men’s Health Collective, where he is a member of its lead team and the coordinator of its sexual heath workgroup. As a film enthusiast, he can often be found at a theatre near you watching a movie or volunteering for a local film festival, like Rainbow Visions or Northwestfest.
Why Luiz is a Hero for Zero: "I believe that normalization of HIV testing, expansion of harm-reduction policies and access to novel prevention tools - like pre-exposure prophylaxis - are key in achieving our goals of zero new infections, zero stigma and discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. I am in for the fight and up for the challenge".
Ami is an Infectious Diseases physician and a Clinical Professor with the University of Alberta’s Division of Infectious Diseases with a special interest and practice emphasis in HIV and STIs. She was previously the Alberta Provincial Consultant for Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBI) and Medical Director of the Edmonton STI Clinic. She studied medicine in the UK, received her postgraduate training at the University of Alberta and a Masters of Science (Epidemiology) at Harvard University. She maintains her clinical practice at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton STI Clinic and the Edmonton Institution for Women. She enjoys doing research in STBBI and teaching medical students and other trainees. She has contributed to a wide range of local, national and international guidelines, programs and policies. She is kept on the “straight and narrow” by her three teenage children and husband and enjoys spending time with them and travelling. One of her personal goals is to practice yoga more regularly.
Why Ami is a Hero for Zero: “I originally had the privilege of serving on HIV Edmonton’s Board when I started my practice in Edmonton in 1998. I was inspired to join the board again after some recent work with the energetic staff at HIV Edmonton on HIV related stigma and discrimination; I hope to continue to work with them in addressing this important issue".