POPULATION DATA BC STAFF
Kelly Alke, Lead, Researcher Liaison
Sherylyn Arabsky, Researcher Liaison Coordinator
Tim Choi, Researcher Liaison Coordinator
Monique Gagne, Researcher Liaison Coordinator/Documentation
Maryam Matean, Research Liaison and Network Coordinator
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Ann Greenwood, Lead, Education and Training
Brent Hills, Lead, Data Services Unit
Christina Sian, Programmer/Analyst
Lillian Tamburic, Programmer/Analyst
Barbara Weinberg, Programmer/Analyst
Fan Xu, Programmer/Analyst
Lixiang Yan, Programmer/Analyst
Harold Yip, Senior Programmer/Analyst
SYSTEMS AND SECURITY
Denis Laplante, SRE Support
Jim Mintha, Lead, Systems and Security
David Gehrmann, Computer &
Systems Support Technician
Ofer Amram, Lead, Spatial Data Unit
Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman, Lead, Privacy and Process
Bryony Mander, Lead, Communications
Suhail Marino, Lead, Contracts and Agreements
Nancy Meagher, Executive Director
Abigail Torrijos, Operations Co-ordinator
Kelly Alke manages the Researcher Liaison Unit at PopData. Kelly has previous experience as a consultant and research analyst in both private and public sector urban planning. Kelly holds a BA in Geography from UBC where she specialized in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Urban Geography and Planning.
Ofer Amram is PopData’s Spatial Data Unit lead Coordinator and is based at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is currently completing his Master of Science at the department of Geography at SFU focusing on population health and GIS. In the past several years he worked as a researcher and spatial analyst at several organizations including the city of port Moody and the BC Centre for Excellence for HIV and Aids.
Sherylyn Arabsky has over 10 years of research experience, working as an analyst in health and social sciences research teams both in the public sector and academia. Her academic background is in social sciences, including a BA in Criminology from the University of Manitoba and a BA in Psychology from SFU, with a focus on research methods and analysis. Sherylyn brings a depth of experience in research methods and operationalization, as well as liaising with researchers and public bodies, coordinating research projects, program administration, managing databases and knowledge translation.
Tim Choi is a Researcher Liaison Coordinator at PopData. His main role is to facilitate data access requests and to coordinate the process of data preparation and delivery. Prior to joining PopData, Tim worked as a research coordinator at a local non-profit organization, where he led the organization’s research program and oversaw research projects on various social and immigration issues in partnership with government agencies, academic researchers and private companies. Tim comes to PopData with experience in project management and program administration. His other experiences include working as teaching/research assistant at Simon Fraser University. Tim holds a BA in Economics and Geography and an MA in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University.
Monique Gagné is a Researcher Liaison and Data Documentation Coordinator at PopData. In her Researcher Liaison role, she facilitates data access requests, data preparation, and deliveries for the research community. As the Data Documentation Coordinator, she is working to improve the data documentation (i.e., the information about the data) for the PopData holdings. Her background is primarily in research pertaining to the development and well-being of children and adolescents. Monique is a PhD Candidate, holding an MA in Educational Psychology and a BSc in Biology and Psychology.
Ann Greenwood is PopData’s Education and Training Unit Coordinator and is based at the University of Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education and has spent her career in the field of education having worked as an Instructor, Coordinator and Manager of Adult and Continuing Education and Contract Services over the past 20 years at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College). Before moving to PopData Ann was Programs Manager in the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. She is currently working towards a Masters of Education.
Caitlin Hertzman heads up privacy and business process management at PopData. She works to ensure that we are compliant with privacy legislation and in fact is a privacy forerunner in the research community. She is also responsible for keeping the application processes at PopData efficient and user-friendly. Caitlin has worked with us for four years, previously leading data sourcing and communications. Her previous experience in the not-for-profit arts sector has primarily been in the areas of design, project management and communications. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is a Certified Information and Privacy Professional with IAPP.
Brent Hills is Lead, Systems Architect at PopData. His responsibilities include leading the Data Services Unit of PopData. For the last two and a half years, Brent has been a programmer with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR). Before joining CHSPR, Brent gained nine years of experience leading teams engaged in the development of debit/credit transaction systems and retail point-of-sale systems. Brent is a graduate of the Computer Systems Technology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Anna Low is a Researcher Liaison Coordinator at PopData. Her role in Researcher Liaison is to coordinate and facilitate the various stages of the data access process from initial application through to data preparation, and delivery. Anna's previous experience is in the archaeology, library, museum and archival fields. She holds a BA from Simon Fraser University, and a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.
Bryony Mander has many years of experience in public relations, marketing, web and graphic design in a wide variety of organisations in the public, private, media, higher and further education and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining PopData Bryony worked as a freelance web and graphic designer.
Suhail Marino has many years of experience negotiating and managing contracts and agreements in both the public and private sectors and has a very strong background in population health research, evaluation and program development. Since joining PopData, she has held the positions of Data Sourcing Lead and Privacy and Policy Lead. Currently, she is also an advisor to the Research Liaison Unit and is responsible for the Ministry of Health portfolio, as well as being the key contact with all our Data Stewards. Suhail also holds a part-time appointment as Research Manager with the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.
Maryam Matean serves as a Researcher Liaison and International Health Data Linkage Network (IHDLN) Coordinator at PopData. Over the years, she has been involved in health research at UBC, particularly in the fields of early childhood development, social determinants of health, pediatric palliative care and cancer clinical trials, as well as internationally in the field of HIV/AIDS and drug addiction with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Her interests lie in global health, international collaboration and health research. Maryam holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UBC.
Nancy Meagher has been the Executive Director of PopData for the past six years. With a Master’s in Economics, Nancy has worked internationally in health policy research, hospital management, and pharmaceutical market research, bridging research and its application in policy, business or industry. Her technical experience comes from work as a management consultant, where she led complex, privacy-sensitive development projects for companies including Goldman Sachs.
Jim Mintha is the Systems and Security Lead at PopData. He has worked for more than 20 years in the field of systems administration specialising in security. Prior to working at PopData, he worked for seven years as the senior systems analyst for the central IT department at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Jim is also an active supporter of open source software and local pizza establishments.
Barbara Weinberg is a Programmer/Analyst with PopData and provides programming and data analysis support. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Fan Xu provides programming and data analysis support to PopData and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR)’s back injury study and other WorkSafeBC-CHSPR partnership projects. He holds a MA in Kinesiology from McGill University and a Diploma in Computer Science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Lixiang Yan is a Programmer/Aanalyst with PopData and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR). He provides programming and analysis for CHSPR’s pharmaceutical research projects. He also supports the external research community through the construction of research data sets. Lixiang holds an MSc in Engineering from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan.
Harold Yip is a Senior Programmer/Analyst with PopData and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR). He is a linkage expert and works on programming innovations that create efficiencies in research data set construction and analysis. Harold holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
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