About Us


“Inspire growth and leadership with a lasting impact on the ever-dynamic field of health within the Edmonton community.”


Nicole Whitaker (Tri-Chair)  works at Alberta Health Services as the Executive Associate to the Chief Medical Information Officer. Nicole has been with Capital Health/Alberta Health Services since 2005, and has held various project coordinator and project manager positions; primarily within the Accreditation Department and Quality and Healthcare Improvement portfolio. She has a keen interest in project management and process improvement, and has her Project Management Professional designation through the Project Management Institute.   Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, and plans to pursue a Master’s in Health Administration. Prior to her co-chair role, Nicole served as a Member-at-Large, and supported EHL communication work.
 M. Ha Meilai Ha (Tri-Chair) currently works for Covenant Health in Acute Care Services at the Misericordia Community Hospital as Project Manager/Coordinator. She has a wealth of experience on multiple provincial initiatives that have impacted the quality and delivery of patient care. Most recently she has worked as Project Manager/Coordinator, managing the provincial planning, implementation and evaluation of the strategic and corporate medication management program across the Covenant Health continuum. Previously she was a Project Manager in Innovation and Business Development with Covenant Health. Her other experience includes 4 years with Alberta Health Services as a Planning Consultant with Quality and Healthcare Improvement and as a Program Consultant with Addictions and Mental Health.Meilai is a Project Management Professional (PMP), has a Bachelor of Science and certificates in change management and process improvement. She has been a member of EHL since 2013, and prior to taking on the Tri-Chair role in 2016, she served as Project Manager (Events). She is excited to be part of the growing community and looks forward the EHL adventures ahead.
K. Poong Kimberly Poong (Tri-Chair)  graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Public Policy and Management. She has worked in various health care settings including neurosciences, trauma, medical-surgical, community health and liver transplant research. She was also a Nurse Educator for Streetworks at Boyle Street Community Services. Kim has served on both the Alberta Community Council on HIV and the Edmonton Social Planning Council Board of Directors. Currently, Kim is a Program Manager with Alberta Health Services where she provides management and leadership to front line managers and staff of the adult emergency mental health teams at the University of Alberta and Royal Alexandra Hospitals as well as several community addiction and mental health programs. Kim is passionate about quality improvement, data analytics, system transformation and leadership in healthcare. Kim has been a member of EHL Edmonton since 2010 and previously served as the node’s Membership Coordinator.
 A. Thaver Alisha Thaver (Past- Chair) is the Manager of Governance Support in the Office of the President and CEO at Covenant Health. Prior to this, she was an Engagement Consultant in the Engagement and Patient Experience Department of Quality and Healthcare Improvement, Alberta Health Services. She is passionate about community engagement and effective governance to improve and transform the health system in a meaningful way.  Alisha holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Alberta and has obtained certificates in Adult Education, Facilitation, Public Participation and Governance. She is a Member-at-Large on the Canadian College of Health Leaders Northern Alberta Chapter Executive Board and was previously a Co-Chair for the Edmonton Node of Emerging Health Leaders and is pleased to remain active in the Past-Chair role.
 E. Cheung Eugene Cheung (Treasurer) works for Alberta Health Services as a laboratory supervisor in the Sturgeon hospital laboratory. Prior to working there, he was supervisor in the Special Chemistry and Endocrinology lab at UAH and has also worked as a technologist in the Transfusion Medicine laboratory. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and a Master of Public Health in Public Health Leadership. Currently he is completing his Certified Health Executive designation through CCHL.  He joined EHL in 2011 and is excited to be part of the executive board in 2014. He is looking forward to the opportunity and thrilled to see what EHL can offer for it’s members this year.
summer Summer Wesolosky (Event Planner) is the Program Manager Integration and Alignment – CoACT, AHS.  Her primary focus is engagement of external stakeholders and integration with partnering portfolios across the organization.  She has worked in various diverse portfolios across AHS, including Quality and Healthcare Improvement, Contracting Procurement and Supply Management, CancerControl and IT.  Summer is passionate about promoting a patient-centric, quality focused health system that is innovative and promotes the transformative agenda. In addition to her BSc from the University of Alberta, Summer is currently working towards her PMP designation through the Project Management Institute.
madiha Madiha Mueen (Mentorship Coordinator) is currently a Project Coordinator at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta where she is involved in the project management of two primary care studies. One study is focused on patient engagement in advance care planning and the other is a lifestyle intervention to reduce risk factors for cancer through personalized nutrition and physical activity advice. She has previously worked with the Health Technology Assessment and Adoption division of AHS on advancing a culture of innovation in AHS. Madiha holds a MPH with specialization in Health Policy and Management and a BSc. She is interested in the use of evidence-based decision making in health, and making health information and policy more accessible to the public in a meaningful way to incorporate end-user knowledge and aid knowledge translation. She looks forward to working with the EHL executive to help cultivate future health leaders.
A. Yang Alicia Yang (Mentorship Support) is a recent graduate from the Master of Science program in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta. She currently works for Covenant Health as a Patient Relations Intake Coordinator where is the initial point of contact for patient/family/staff. She also supports patient engagement and patient and family centred care projects in her role. Prior to working for Covenant Health Patient Relations, Alicia worked as a research assistant for the Centre for Health Promotion Studies for more than two years. She is very passionate about working with the community to develop new platforms that connects patients, residents and families with healthcare providers and platforms that build value and diversity.
faisal Faisal Shafiq (Membership Coordinator) currently works as Senior Project Manager with Alberta Health Services and has been with AHS since 2011. Faisal has held Project Manager Positions with Quality and Healthcare Improvement, Continuing Care, Addiction Mental Health and Information Technology.  He has implemented various provincial initiatives that have impacted the quality and delivery of patient care. Most recently he has worked as Project Manager with EMS, managing the provincial EMS Dispatch CAD implementation Project. In addition he has worked with not-for-profit and UN organizations for more than a decade in various countries. He completed his MA in International Research Bioethics (MIRB) from Monash University in Australia and certificates in change management and process improvement from AHS. He is also a member of the Pediatric Parents’ Advisory Group (P-PAG) – University of Alberta and is excited to be a part of the EHL executive board in 2016.
inna-bw-1-small Inna Morgan (Social Media Coordinator) is a Policy Analyst with Public Health and Compliance at Alberta Health. Inna is dedicated to policy development and process improvement. Prior to her career at Alberta Health, Inna spent six years in marketing and operations at various start-ups and organizations. She is an avid networker with a strong interest in mentorship and leadership cultivation. Inna holds a BAS from McGill University and a MPH from University of Alberta.
 img_3304 Anna Brown (Communications Coordinator) is a Projects and Process Analyst for Alberta Health in the Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office of the Professional Services and Health Benefits Division. She is Registered Nurse and has practiced in the emergency and urgent care settings, where she developed a passion for developing health policy to improve the health of populations, particularly in the area of health system funding. Anna recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. She joined EHL in 2014 and is excited to be a part of the executive board in 2016.
krystal Krystal McLay (Member-at-Large) works with Covenant Care’s operations managers as well as engages in the budget and external reporting processes as Manager, Business Support. Krystal is passionate about helping Covenant Care stretch its dollars to support inspiring, engaging, and innovative seniors’ communities.   Prior to entering the health care industry Krystal spent 7 years with a public accounting firm and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation. The majority of her work involved financial statement audits of not-for-profit organizations.  She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.  This is Krystal’s first year with EHL but she is excited to be a part of the team.