Trustee and Chair Biographies
Chair and Pharmacist Trustee
Sheryl is a dedicated pharmacy researcher and educator, and a member of CSHP for her entire career. She has a B.Sc. (Pharm.) from the University of Manitoba and a Pharm.D. from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1991). Her early experience as a clinical pharmacist in general medicine and critical care at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg fostered an interest in infectious diseases and subsequent post-doctoral research fellowship in antimicrobial pharmacotherapy, specializing in pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics. Sheryl had been a member of the IDPSN since its inception and held the position of chair/chair-elect in 2002 to 2004. She maintains an active pharmacy license, in addition to her research and teaching, through a nil salary appointment at the St. Boniface Hospital. Sheryl is a Professor at the University of Manitoba’s College of Pharmacy, where she has served as Associate Dean (Academic) [2004-2011] along with membership on numerous University and professional committees and working groups. She is passionate about the integration of research, education and practice, and extends this philosophy to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has provided research opportunities to dozens of pharmacy students, introducing them to hands-on research and inspiring many to pursue higher education.
Sheryl brings relevant experience with an appreciation of the Foundation’s mandate and value in promoting and supporting patient-centred pharmacy practice and research in Canada. She was a member of the CSHP Research Committee from 2010 to 2014, and during that time, collaborated on an evaluation of the Foundation's research grant program. Sheryl has maintained an active research program resulting in over 150 cumulative peer-reviewed publications and national/international poster presentations. Her current work focuses on treating life-threatening staphylococcal infections, improving antimicrobial therapy for patients undergoing dialysis, and optimizing surgical prophylaxis including a study, supported by a CSHP Foundation grant, of cefazolin prophylaxis in cardiac surgery.
Kerry Wilbur graduated from Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 1997. Following completion of the hospital pharmacy residency program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2000. Kerry accepted a position as a Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where she was responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients admitted to internal medicine and acute care for elders units. In 2002 she assumed the co-coordinator role of VGH’s pharmacy residency program and served as chair of the BC hospital pharmacy residency committee.
During this time she also held a Clinical Associate Professor position in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, where she instructed and precepted residents and PharmD students and supervised several pharmacy residency and undergraduate projects.
In 2007 Kerry relocated to Doha, Qatar, to be part of the founding faculty of the country’s College of Pharmacy at Qatar University, which was the first international program accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). She held various positions there including Coordinator of Continuing Professional Pharmacy Development, Director & Experiential Coordinator of the PharmD program, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. In 2011 she completed a Masters of Science in Public Health through the University of London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2017, Kerry returned to the University of British Columbia where she is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of Entry-to-Practice Education.
Since joining CSHP as a pharmacy student, Kerry has had the privilege to serve CSHP in various provincial and national capacities, including membership on the National Research Committee and reviewer for the National Awards program and the CJHP.
I was born on the southern tip of Nova Scotia, the 7th child in a family of 8. At the age of 17 I left my birth village to work with my father’s uncle in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. After a 2-year stint in the military, I went to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, subsidized by the G.I. Bill, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree. In 1989, I graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University.
My career in the pharmaceutical industry spans several decades. Some of the companies I have worked for, which include Baxter Healthcare (Travenol), Abbott Laboratories, Hospira, Sandoz, Paladin Labs, and Apotex, have been bought, sold, merged, consolidated, annexed or disappeared. I have held various staff and management positions in sales, marketing and operations in Canada, Australia and the United States. Currently, I am Account Manager for SteriMAX Inc. and based out of Alberta.
The various positions and companies I have worked for in the pharmaceutical industry have given me a unique perspective in this ever changing environment, and I have used this acquired knowledge to impart to my colleagues the importance of hospital pharmacy practice. Over the years of working with and building relationships with hospital pharmacists and hospital technicians I have been privy to the development and evolution of hospital pharmacy practice. My national coverage has given me a lens through which I can see how differently the provinces deliver healthcare in their respective geography.
Trustee, Foundation Chief Administrator and CSHP Chief Executive Officer
As a veteran of the association world, Jody has worked most recently as the Executive Director of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and with other volunteer-led membership associations such as the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences, and Engineers Canada. With a B.A. Honours (Carleton) and an MBA (Ottawa), she has demonstrated capabilities in creating member value, organizational sustainability, and strategic direction.
As CEO, Jody will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Society in accordance with the strategic direction established by the Board of Directors. As the chief administrator of both CSHP and the CSHP Research and Education Foundation, the CEO is responsible for the management of CSHP’s office, its human resources, and the financial affairs.
Gaylene is a Therapeutic Specialist in Hospital Care for Sanofi in Western Canada and is responsible for the hematology and nephrology portfolios in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Edmonton. She has been with Sanofi for almost 13 years and holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Health Studies degree from the University of Regina. She has also completed certificates in Project Management and the Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership through Business and Professional Development program at the University of Regina.
Gaylene has been involved with CSHP for many years in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and most recently Alberta as part of her role with Sanofi. She is a lifelong learner and values the opportunity to study alongside and support the pharmacists she works with.
Gaylene looks for opportunities to work alongside pharmacists to help meet their needs —including being an active partner in developing and implementing VTE Policies and Procedures in order to meet Accreditation Canada requirements and affecting patient care by assisting with Quality Improvement initiatives.
Monique is the manager of Pharmacy Clinical Informatics at the University Health Network in Toronto. Monique obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and has worked in a number of clinical and management positions in pharmacy throughout her career.
Monique’s current management portfolio includes the implementation and support of computerized programs linked to the clinical aspects of medication ordering and medication management for the Pharmacy Department as well as Drug Utilization Evaluation.
Her clinical areas of interest include infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship. Her clinical practice site is with the Infectious Disease Consult Service at the Toronto General Hospital and she is a preceptor for the Infectious Disease rotations for the UHN Residency program and the entry to practice PharmD candidates from the University of Toronto.
Monique has been an active member of CSHP throughout her career. She has participated at the provincial level as Ontario Branch chapter chair and chair of the Ontario Branch Drug Use Evaluation Professional Specialty Group. Nationally she is an active member of the Infectious Disease Professional Specialty Network (PSN) and the Clinical Informatics PSN. In January 2007 Monique was granted the distinction of Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists by the CSHP Board of Fellows.
Monique’s contribution to her profession has been recognized by her peers through the receipt of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Awards in 2001 and 2008, the Dan Dasko Pharmacy Administrator Award in 2009, the Ontario Branch William McLean Clinical Pharmacist Award (2004) and the Ontario Branch E. Amy Eck Award (1994).
Public Member Trustee
Marlo Taylor is President of Gage Communications Inc., a full-service, strategy-first Canadian communications firm.
Marlo has more than 17 years’ experience in public relations and communications, working at large and mid-sized Canadian firms, providing senior-level counsel to various healthcare and consumer clients.
In addition to strategic communications planning and execution, Marlo has also helped her clients navigate complex industry issues and mitigate crisis. She is an engaged and creative partner, helping clients think through and activate powerful traditional and online marketing and advocacy campaigns that engage both industry professionals and consumers.
Marlo is a board member of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation, working to help promote pharmacist-led research in Canada. She is also a board member of One Spark whose mission is to provide barrier-free opportunities for women experiencing violence to generate income through entrepreneurship. In addition, Marlo teaches Public Relations, Media Relations and Presentation Skills at Humber College.
Marlo is a graduate of Queen’s University, has a certificate in graphic design from Lambton College and holds a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.
Dr. Lori Wazny completed her B.Sc.(Pharm) from the University of Manitoba, a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Research Fellowship in Nephrology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She has practiced in Nephrology for the past 14 years, first at London Health Sciences Centre and currently with the Manitoba Renal Program. In Manitoba, she serves as a provincial resource for drug-related research and clinical drug issues as well as coordinates the clinical pharmacy activities of the Manitoba Renal Program pharmacists while maintaining an ambulatory care practice in the Renal Health Clinics.
Dr. Wazny's research focus has been on cost effective use of erythropoietic stimulating agents as well as publications promoting standards of practice and a funding model for renal pharmacists. She has published 43 peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters, including the Chronic Kidney Disease chapter in the 2014 edition of Dipiro's Pharmacotherapy.
Dr. Wazny has been a CSHP National Awards Appraiser since 2010 and has received CSHP research awards from the Manitoba and Ontario branches and a National CSHP award for Specialties in Pharmacy Practice.
She holds faculty appointments with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Pharmacy and the University of Florida Working Professional Pharm.D. program.
Heather graduated from the University of Toronto before completing a pharmacy residency at McMaster University Medical Centre and then a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Wayne State University. She went on for additional training as a Cardiovascular Therapeutics Research Fellow at Hartford Hospital. Heather’s current position is Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/Leader in the Heart and Vascular Program at St Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor (status only) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She is passionate about difference that pharmacists can make in the care of individuals with or at risk of cardiovascular disease. She shares this passion with students both in the classroom and at the bedside as a preceptor.
Heather has been a member of CSHP since her residency. She first served as the chair of the Manitoba Branch Education committee and during her term developed a physical assessment course for pharmacists. Since then she has served as chair the national Membership Committee, Education Services Committee, the PSN Coordinating Committee in addition to being an award appraiser and reviewer for CJHP. Heather was granted Fellow status in CSHP in 2013.