MEET THE CALGARY EXECUTIVE!
Jessica Naidu, Co-Chair
Jessie is currently a research/project coordinator working in Population-Public Health with Alberta Health Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts on Communication Studies. Her professional and research interests are health equity and social justice in healthcare on both global and domestic scales. She is dedicated to advocating for the rights of those who experience poverty, prejudice and other barriers to health and well-being. Jessie’s primary objective is to bring social justice advocacy to all areas of her life including her work in healthcare leadership, her volunteer endeavors and her community participation.
Jessie fancies herself somewhat of a culinary and cultural aficionado. In other words, she loves to eat and watch T.V. with a few museum visits thrown in for good measure. She puts down the fried chicken and gets up off the couch once in a while to “enjoy” a run or a workout (on mute, if it is Gillian Michaels), which she hopes will afford her a long lifetime of T.V and pizza time. Her current favourite authors are Rohinton Mistry, Lawrence Hill, Lionel Shriver and Paula Deen (the latter of whom writes a mean mac n cheese recipe).
Georgia Carstensen, Co-Chair
Georgia is the Manager of Health Promotion and Outreach at the University of Calgary. Georgia completed a Master’s Degree in International Public Health at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2012, and prior to her move to Calgary worked as a research officer and project coordinator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in Australia. Georgia also has a Masters of Pharmacy and her experience working as a pharmacist has led to a keen interest in the field of healthcare leadership and knowledge translation.
When she’s not working, Georgia is often hiking or skiing in the mountains, reading books and trying to teach herself Spanish.
Theresa Tang, Vice Chair
Theresa Tang recently moved to Calgary and transitioned out of coordinating the clinical operations at Trillium Health Partners (THP) and was a Senior Analyst in their Strategy Management & Project Management Office. THP is Canada’s largest academic community hospital and is based out of Mississauga, Ontario. Her previous work in knowledge translation has brought her around the world at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and also supporting evidence informed policymaking in Sydney, Australia. Her work at University Health Network’s Centre for Innovation in Complex Care and supporting the launch of Trillium Health Partners’ Institute for Better Health has provided her diverse experience in research and innovation. Theresa graduated from McMaster’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program. She believes that it is important for emerging health leaders to pursue an understanding of unmet needs in the healthcare system, consider the future of healthcare, and engage in activities to foster innovative solutions to health challenges.
Lisa Murphy, Director of Events
Lisa Murphy is a health professional with a background in both clinical and basic science research. Prior to her current role in Clinical Research in Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Calgary, Lisa completed non-for-profit work with the Canadian Cancer Society in areas of public engagement. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree specializing in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, during which she completed a thesis project in medical genetics. Lisa has moved from Halifax, to Ontario, and now to Calgary. The work and academic experiences she has gained along the way have granted her the opportunity to develop a variety of skills such project management, communication, public speaking, event planning and analytical skills. When not in the office, Lisa can be found hiking in the mountains, camping, biking or cooking!
Alastair Linds, Director of Communications
Alastair Linds is a longtime resident of Calgary graduating from Mount Royal University. He worked as a Media and Communications Specialist for the Calgary Board of Education before a position in new media marketing for an advertising company. He developed a passion for helping unemployed and underemployed Canadian newcomers discover new communications and technical skills working as an instructor for the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society. Alastair is currently working as a Communications and Web Coordinator for Alberta Health Services in the Primary Health Care Portfolio and as an Communications Instructor and course developer for Mount Royal University.