About the CMLTA
Karen Matejka, MLT, BSc – President
Karen received her MLT training at NAIT and completed a BSc in MLS at the University of Alberta. After graduation, Karen moved to New Zealand where she worked in transfusion medicine, microbiology, and genetic research. While in New Zealand, Karen also continued with post-graduate studies and completed a PhD in Microbiology. Karen has been back in Canada for the last seven years. During this time, she has taught molecular biology at both NAIT and the University of Alberta. Karen is currently working for the Alberta Provincial Lab in the Molecular Diagnostics Department.
Shelly Stevens, MLT, ART – President Elect
Shelly graduated from NAIT in 1987 and began her MLT career in a multidisciplinary lab in St. Paul, AB. After returning to Edmonton in 1989, she worked in microbiology at Dr. T. A Kasper & Associates and later moved to the microbiology lab at the University of Alberta Hospital where she worked in a variety of positons including Technical Supervisor for the Provincial Laboratory of Public Health, Quality Control Technologist and Research Technologist. Shelly also enjoyed several years on staff at NAIT where she had the opportunity to share her technical and quality management skills with future graduates from the NAIT School of Health Sciences. Shelly is currently working as a Quality Manager for Rejuvenation Health Services. She is a life-long learner and completed her ART in Microbiology in 1996. She is now pursuing a Degree in Technology Management at NAIT. Shelly is an active volunteer in her community and church and has been involved in a number of volunteer ACMLT and CMLTA activities over the years.
April Hillman, MLT – Past President
April completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Alberta in 2005. April has comprehensive professional experience through my previous work at Cold Lake Healthcare Center, University of Alberta Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, April is working in the cellular therapy lab of Calgary Lab Services at Foothills Medical Center. Her current position provides an exciting environment that allows participation and learning in the advances of science in an ever-evolving field.
Kim Alkalay, MLT, BSc
Kim graduated from SAIT with an MLA certificate in 1999 and worked as an MLA for 10 years in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. In 2010, Kim went back to school and completed her MLT Diploma at BCIT. Kim worked in Microbiology and then in core labs in hospitals in and around the lower mainland. During this time, Kim knew that she wanted to teach and began her Provincial Instructors Diploma through Vancouver Community College. Her first teaching experience was a contract teaching position at BCIT working with MLT students in the laboratory. In 2015, Kim's family moved to Calgary, Alberta so she could begin a permanent teaching position teaching both MLAs and MLTs at SAIT. Kim's professional passion is teaching medical laboratory science and inspiring future lab assistants and technologists. Her personal passion is family and furthering her own education. Kim is currently enrolled and finishing her Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree through Thompson Rivers University and is looking into a Masters of Adult Education through the University of Calgary.
Tarek Brahim, MLT
After finishing a BSc in Biological Sciences in 2006 at the University of Alberta, Tarek came to realize his passion for the healthcare field and took a particularly keen interest in pathology. Subsequently, he enrolled in NAIT’s Cytotechnology program. After graduating in 2014, Tarek commenced his career at DynalifeDx and is currently employed as a full-time cytologist. Since graduating, Tarek has also volunteered as a member of the Cytotechnology/MLT program committee at NAIT for 2014 and 2015. Tarek is still in the infancy of his career, and his passion and drive for helping achieve a high standard of work and providing competent services remains strong. Tarek believes innovation and ingenuity will progress the field of laboratory medicine, and he hopes to be an ambassador for these core values.
Christine Choma, MLT, BSc
Christine earned a BSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta in 2005 and a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from NAIT in 2007. Her MLT career commenced soon after graduation at the Provincial Laboratory (ProvLab) in the Molecular Diagnostic Department. While working at the ProvLab, she was a member of the Quality Team and participated in Internal Audits. In 2015, Christine began working in the Molecular Pathology lab at the UofA Hospital allowing her the opportunity to learn new skills on the bench and as a preceptor. Christine has volunteered with the CMLTA since 2007 as a member of the Continuing Competence Committee and later, the Legislation Sub-Committee. She believes her past volunteer experience with the CMLTA gives her a unique perspective on College matters and is looking forward to the next three years on Council.
Jasdeep Hazrah, MLT, BSc
Jasdeep has been working with DynaLIFE Diagnostics as a Cytotechnologist since graduating from NAIT in 1995. As a Cytotechnologist II, Jasdeep has participated in various departmental and organizational committees e.g. CAP inspection team, customer service team.
Jasdeep has also volunteered for his professional organizations – CMLTA and CSMLS. As a College Councilor from 2002-2004, Jasdeep has actively participated in strategic planning, fiscal legal oversight, and annual budget planning processes for the College. Jasdeep has also acted as liaison between committees and Council. Jasdeep has also volunteered as a co-chair of the CSMLS LABCON 2010 organizing committee in Edmonton.
Gloria Paulet, MLT
Gloria graduated honors from the MLT program at SAIT in 2012. She is currently working with Calgary Laboratory Services in the area of Immunohistochemistry and working on her BSc at the University of Athabasca. Prior to working as an MLT, Gloria spent over a decade in the social services field. This included sitting on various councils, committees, and sub-committees working on numerous community activities. Gloria has a strong belief in diversity in the work place and is an advocate of professional bodies being reflective of the communities they represent.
Dan Woods, MLT, BSc, CIC
I completed my three year diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from BCIT in 1986 and completed my baccalaureate MLS degree at the U of A in 2000. I came back to Alberta in 2004 to develop a new regional program for communicable disease control and infection control in Central Alberta expanding the program as director of Infection Prevention & Control for central and southern Alberta. With 25 years of experience in microbiology, infection control, and management; I assumed a position in corrections healthcare under Alberta Heath Services. I am committed to the CMLTA and its mandate of public protection and look forward to the next three years on Council.
Domingo Chavez was born in Santiago of Chile in May 22, 1946. In 1973 while working on his mechanical engineering degree at the Technical State University in Chile and while working for the Public Work Ministry, the democratic elected government in Chile was overthrown in a coup d’état. As a result Mr. Chavez lost his job and was deprived of his chosen career path. Mr. Chavez was interrogated, tortured, and sent to a concentration camp. In 1974 with the help of United Nations and various humanitarian and religious organizations, Mr. Chavez moved to Argentina where he was joined by his fiancé Monica, and they later married in 1974. Mr. Chavez and his wife moved to Canada in 1975 and settled in Edmonton and had two daughters. While in Canada Mr. Chavez and his wife participated in various initiatives to denounce the violations of human rights that occurred in Chile during the military dictatorship. Both were deeply committed to re-establishing the democratization in their motherland. Mr. Chavez has been an active member of the Latin American community. In 1993 the government of Chile appointed Mr. Chavez as the Honorary Consul of Chile until 2001. Mr. Chavez has served in many positions dealing with cultural, media, solidarity, and human rights. He has also volunteered with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Teen Time. Mr. Chavez was a member of the Human Rights Commission and Multiculturalism and Education Fund for the Government of Alberta from 2000 until 2006. Mr. Chavez was a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 25 years and is currently employed at the University of Alberta Hospital as a nursing attendant.
Aaron Zelmer, B. Admin., LSM
Mr. Zelmer is a native Albertan having grown up in the Calgary and High River area. He completed a 30 year career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police having attained the rank of Inspector. At the time of his retirement he was the Operations Officer at Richmond, B.C. and the chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee for the Vancouver International Airport. His career included general duty policing, organized crime and undercover investigations, instructing criminal law to recruits, detachment command, and Emergency Response Team/Armed Ship Boarding drug interdiction command. After his first career, Mr. Zelmer has been engaged as a consultant to the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan to facilitate the development of Organized Crime business plans, as well as a Security Consultant for a National Security Company. He was a Public Member on the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board, a Public Member adjudicator pursuant to the Alberta Health Professions Act, and a Public Member on Council for the College of Alberta Denturists. Mr. Zelmer currently instructs Ethics at MacEwan University. He is the Band Officer for the “K” Division R.C.M.P. Regimental Pipes and Drums as well as a volunteer at Edmonton Northlands in support of the Canadian Finals Rodeo. He builds and flies radio controlled aircraft as well as enjoys his woodwork shop. Mr. Zelmer is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.
Pursuant to section 12(1) of the HPA, 25% of the voting members of Council must be public members. Alberta Health is working to find a public member for the vacant position on the CMLTA Council.