President: 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.

Past 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.


President Elect: Sarah Bonato


Treasurer: Irma Sauvola

Irma Sauvola is the Librarian Supervisor at the Health Sciences North.  I received my Master of Library and Information Science degree from Western University and my Bachelor of Sciences degree from Laurentian University.  2018 is the second year of my two year term as the OHLA Treasurer / Membership Coordinator.  I look forward to an eventful year in 2018.

Secretary: Stephanie Sanger

Stephanie Sanger is the Clinical Outreach Librarian at McMaster University. She holds an MLIS degree and a Kinesiology degree from Western University. Stephanie has been a librarian at McMaster University for the last 2.5 years and before that was a clinical librarian in Regina, SK. Her interests include collection assessment, systematic review searching, and assessing the value of a clinical librarian.

Conference Planner: Karen Lints

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: Amanda Caputo

Amanda Caputo is the Health Informationist/Librarian at Sault Area Hospital. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science and Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Algoma University (cum laude). Amanda’s interests lie in copyright and clinical librarianship, including evidence based medicine and knowledge translation. Outside the library world, Amanda enjoys cooking, and reading. This is her first year serving on the Executive Committee and she is excited to work with everyone and contribute to OHLA and health librarianship as a whole!

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!