President: Sandra Kendall

Sandy received her Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Toronto. Since then she has worked in corporate, public and not-for-profit libraries and has extensive business experience. She has presented at major library conferences including IFLA, Internet Librarian and the Medical Libraries Association, and has published in major Canadian journals.  In her current position as library director at Mount Sinai Hospital, Sandy has been able to be involved in a variety of projects and committees, such as the Research Ethics Board at Mount Sinai, as well as the Toronto Addis Adaba Academic Collaboration.

Past President: Rachel Couban

Rachel joined the National Pain Centre as a research librarian in October 2013. She supported systematic reviews at the Cochrane Back Review Group and the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto before joining the NPC to undertake similar work. Rachel graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

President Elect: Natalia Tukhareli

Natalia Tukhareli is the librarian at the Scarborough Rouge Hospital in Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a PhD in Linguistics/Psycholinguistics. Her professional experience includes service in libraries, teaching in post-secondary institutions, and extensive scholarly research in various fields of the humanities and social sciences. Over the past seven years, Natalia has been actively involved in bibliotherapy. She has developed and facilitated a number of bibliotherapy-based reading programs in libraries and community organizations to promote wellbeing and resilience. Natalia is a frequent conference speaker and a published author. Her other interests include music, “art cinema”, gardening, and tennis.

Treasurer: Irma Sauvola

Irma Sauvola is the Library Supervisor at the Health Sciences North | Horizon Santé-Nord. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University. I am looking forward to serving my term as OHLA Treasurer and Membership Coordinator. I hope this coming year will be as fruitful as the past year.

Secretary: Bailey Urso

Bailey Urso is a librarian at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, ON. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from Western University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Bailey has been a librarian at Health Sciences North for the past 4 years. Outside the library world, Bailey is a yoga instructor and a knitting/sewing/crafting enthusiast.

e-License Coordinator: Debbie Arsenault

Debbie Arsenault is the interm e-liscence coordinator.  If you are interesting in becoming OHLA’s new e-Liscence Coordinator, please contact her via email.

Conference Planner: Orien Duda

Orien Duda is a librarian/archivist at Windsor Regional Hospital in Canada’s southernmost city. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Oakland University. Aside from health sciences librarianship and archival science, his other interests include records and information management and disaster information management. Orien is happy to be returning to the Executive Committee and is again excited to be part of the planning process for the OLA Super Conference.

Assistant Conference Planner: Karen Lints

Karen Lints is the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies Librarian at Sheridan College. She holds a Master of Information and Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Classical History from the University of Toronto. As 2017 is her first year on the Executive Committee, she’s looking forward to making a positive contribution to the Ontario Health Library Association.

CE Coordinator: Caitlin Carter

Caitlin Carter is the Pharmacy Liaison Librarian at the University of Waterloo, and holds an MLIS degree from Western University (2010). Caitlin’s main duties include providing research services and instruction to School of Pharmacy students, staff and faculty. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo Library, Caitlin worked as a clinical librarian, and attended rounds on the ICU twice weekly, as well as assisted hospital staff with research and instruction requests. Caitlin has presented two papers and a lightning talk at the 2012 and 2014 CHLA Conferences.

Interested in joining our team? e-mail us!