Board of Directors

Board Chair Educated as a community health professional, Kelly Deis worked at the front lines of service delivery in public health in two Canadian provinces, in both urban and rural settings. In the last 15 years of her career, she has had increasing responsibility for oversight and coordination of large provincial, national and international knowledge transfer and research programs. Overall project management including planning, implementation, evaluation, human resource management and fiscal monitoring were integral to her roles. Kelly brings her passion for public health to the HEAL board serving as Board Chair.

President & CEO Arif Alibhai is one of the founders of HEAL International.  He is an entrepreneur with business interests in biotechnology and health. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health in the Global Health program.   Arif has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration and a PhD in Public Health (Global Health).  He has over 10 years of experience in program management, research and teaching at the graduate level centred around community-based health services in rural sub-Saharan Africa.  Arif continues to travel regularly to Uganda to support HEAL’s collaboration with HEAL’s community partners in Uganda.  His connections with rural communities and leadership in western Uganda allow our work to be relevant to the needs and aspirations of the local people.  Arif is also a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Mayfield and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

Secretary Patricia Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters degree in Public Health in addition to receiving her nursing education from Drexel University. As a Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES), Patricia has facilitated workshops on topics relating to the heart, liver, human trafficking, exercise & nutrition and sexual health. Her professional interests include program planning, research, evaluation and community development. Her body of work includes a decade of completed projects in medication safety for seniors, education on clinical trials, domestic violence, intentional injuries, substance use, and working with the homeless and individuals with disabilities. Patricia’s professional endeavors are complemented by her domestic and international volunteer and teaching experiences that focus on education, health and wellness. HEAL’s mission and goals align with her personal belief in being of service to others.

Member at Large & Director of Development Jeanne Annett is a corporate Director within Alberta Health Services and maintains oversight of an evaluation and research operation focused on health system studies. She is a certified evaluator with long-term and broad experience within the health industry and a champion of ethical practice in knowledge generation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies and also has formal training in health research, health promotion, knowledge transfer, and adult education. She is very pleased to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the good work generated by HEAL International.

Member at Large Robert Wallace holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree and has been with Edmonton Public Schools for over 20 years where he teaches Photography and Media Creation at Victoria School of the Arts. In 2014 and 2017, Robert visited Uganda and witnessed firsthand the work that HEAL and YES Uganda and took photographs of the lives of rural Ugandans, including the school children Learning Beyond Borders supports.

Member at Large Kayvon Miller is a co-founder and the current President of the University of Alberta’s Learning Beyond Borders chapter. He studies Human Resource Management at the University of Alberta’s School of Business while also volunteering with the School’s Human Resource Management Association. Kayvon enjoys volunteering with philanthropic causes such as HEAL International.

Member at Large Salma Murji is a graduate of the University of Alberta, school of medicine 1988 and works as a family physician at Justik Clinic and Grey Nun’s Hospital.
She also works with the College of Physicians and Surgeons as a peer reviewer in the area of Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance. Salma visited Uganda in February 2019 and witnessed HEAL International projects including PEK where she was able to dialogue firsthand with the students and give presentations on STI and prevention. She is passionate about helping rural adolescent girls in the areas of female health.

Eyerusalem TesseraMember at Large Eyerusalem Tessera is a Management Consultant with extensive experience in the public sector and has worked on provincial and federal government-sponsored programs. Eyerusalem spent over five years at Alberta Health Services as a Senior Consultant. She currently serves as a Senior Management Consultant at an international firm. Eyerusalem has experience in strategic planning, conducting reviews, performance measurement, and impact assessment. She has work experience in Ethiopia, Kenya and Canada. Through her past experience and current work, Eyerusalem offers rigor and best practices of international scope. She is passionate about health, wellbeing and education.