- Jennifer Mabugat Chan – President
- Simon Palyfreyman – Treasurer
- Sarah Lucas – Board Secretary
- Dr. Minn N. Yoon – Member at Large
- Noelannah Neubauer – Member at Large
- Dr. Hongmei Tong – Member at Large
Jennifer Mabugat Chan, BScN, BSBA, RN, GNC©
Jennifer is a Health Compliance Officer for Government of Alberta. Previous experience includes, Director for Clinical Operations of a Supportive Living organization wherein she was fortunate to partake as a Project Lead launch of U.K’s first Dementia Care Butterfly homes® in Canada. Jennifer is affiliated as a Regulatory Committee member with professional associations including the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Other involvement includes, as a Member of the Council for a Health profession regulatory college under the Health Professions Act, and actively participated as a member Provincial Dementia Advisory committee (representing Alberta Seniors Citizen Housing Association). Beforehand, she held the position as a Board of Director /General Manager in the hospitality industry and property management, respectively for over 15 years.
Simon Palyfreyman, RN, PhD
Simon is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. He completed his Masters and PhD at Sheffield University in the UK. Prior to moving to Edmonton he was a nurse in the UK caring for those with chronic and acute wounds. Many wounds are a result of the ageing process and occur in the older population. The focus of his research is on measuring the impact of wounds on older people and other groups. Simon has published in a wide variety of journal and presented at local, national and international conferences.
Sarah Lucas, BA, MSc Gerontology
Sarah is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Continuing Care Branch in the Ministry of Health where she has worked for the past 5 years. Before working in government, Sarah worked in long term care and at the University of Alberta for a research project in long term care. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Science in Gerontology.
Dr. Minn N. Yoon
Member at Large
Dr. Yoon is an associate professor at the University of Alberta, School of Dentistry. She obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto. The research from her dissertation focused on the oral health of vulnerable long-term care populations. Specifically, she has investigated the relationship between oral health status and the risk of developing aspiration pneumonia, explored inter-professional perceptions surrounding oral care, and the translation of evidence-based practice at the frontline of care provision. She continues her work in looking at oral health for vulnerable and marginalized populations using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Noelannah Neubauer, PhD (Candidate)
Member at Large
Noelannah is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and is supervised by Dr. Lili Liu. She is the chair of the student liaison group for the Edmonton Chapter, is funded through Mitacs Accelerate in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, and is a Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) with AGE-WELL under work package 6. Her PhD thesis is focused on developing a conceptual model that guides choices of interventions to manage critical dementia-related wandering, and to examine wandering behaviour in persons with dementia from perspective of risk, rather than disease progression.
Dr. Hongmei Tong
Member at Large
Dr. H. Tong is an Assistant Professor of the School of Social Work, MacEwan University. Dr. Tong received her Master of Law in Sociology from Fudan University, and Master of Social Work from The University of Hong Kong. After several years of teaching social work in Fudan University in Shanghai, China, Hongmei came to Canada for PhD study and completed her PhD degree in Social Work at University of Calgary in 2013. Dr. Tong’s research and practice interests mainly center on social exclusion and integration of aging immigrants, gerontological social work education, palliative and end-of-life care, mental health and interventions for newcomers. Her research is based upon a social determinants of health framework.