Executive Team

Founders & Directors

Adamo Donovan

Co-Founder & Director

(December 2015 - Present)

Adamo is a McGill graduate with a Major in Physiology and a Minor in Management. He is pursuing a Fast-Track Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine (http://rimuhc.ca/-/adamo-donovan) in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Adamo is a code life leader and is a representative of the MGH foundation https://www.mghfoundation.com/en/about-foundation-codelife/our-code-life-leaders/

Adamo is an avid runner and marathoner.

 

Milanka Stevanovic

Co-Founder & Co-Director

(December 2015 - December 2017)

Milanka (Miki) is a McGill graduate with an honours Undergraduate degree and Master's degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology. She is currently studying Medicine in New York. 

 

Milanka is from New York and enjoys playing the cello and playing tennis with her three siblings.  

Volunteer & Hospital Management

Rabbia Tariq

Head of Volunteer & Hospital Management & MGH Coordinator​

(September 2017-Present)

Rabbia is a McGill Arts undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology.

 

She loves spending her free time with her nieces!

Vesela Ivanova

Head of Volunteer & Hospital Management & MCH Coordinator

(July 2018-Present)

Vesela completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physiology at McGill and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health (Concentration Global Health) at the University of Montreal. She aspires to have a career in the healthcare field.

She loves reading, traveling, and practicing yoga on a daily basis.

Luisa Righetti

MCH Volunteer Representative

(May 2019-Present)

Luisa is a third year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at McGill University. She aspires to work in paediatric critical care upon graduation. Luisa is from Vancouver,  BC and enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and baking in her spare time

Adrian Goin

JGH Coordinator

(July 2018-Present)

My name is Adrian. I am an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at McGill. I joined the ICUBP in Fall of 2018 and I am currently a part of the applications team. I’m also a competitive swimmer with the McGill swim team and have competed in general for the last 12 years. For fun, I enjoy reading comics and I love dance.

Cynthia Ventrella

JGH Volunteer Representative

(May 2019-Present)

 

Cynthia holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from McGill. She currently works as a laboratory technician at a pharmacy and is interested in pursuing medicine. She has a passion for volleyball, adventuring and says she reads wayyy too many books/comics.

Tarek Taifour 

RVH Coordinator

(May 2019-Present)

My name is Tarek, I have an undergraduate degree in Biology. Currently I’m pursuing a master’s degree in Biochemistry at the Goodman Cancer research center (McGill) studying the role of the transcription factor Stat3 in immune suppression during breast cancer progression. I’m a new member of the applications team. For fun, I love to play sports including tennis and soccer.

Homa Danaie

RVH Volunteer Representative

 

(May 2019-Present)

Homa is a dietetics student at McGill University with a previous bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She is currently working with the McGill Global Health Scholars Program to evaluate nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions in Ghana.

 

She has played basketball her entire life, even though she is only 5’2” tall, and she believes that Zumba is one of the greatest discoveries of our time

Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials

Lauriane Forest

Head of Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials

(May 2018-Present)

 

Lauriane has studied behavioral neurosciences at Concordia University, but she is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Montreal. Her career goal is to become a doctor, as it is the perfect combination of the two things she is most passionate about: science and helping people.

 

Lauriane is interested in health and fitness; she particularly enjoys soccer and outdoor activities.  She also loves to cook for her friends and family.

Samanta Di Stefano

Head of Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials

(July 2018-Present)

 

Samanta is currently studying in Kinesiology at McGill University and plans to pursue her studies in the medical field. Some of her passions include animals and traveling.

Tara Santavicca

McGill Fundraising Coordinator

(July 2018-Present)

 

Tara loves to remain active whilst discovering her artistic side through figure skating and the practice of yoga. She is currently completing her final year in a BSc. in Kinesiology and plans to continue to pursue her studies in the field of Health and Wellness.

Cristen Kfoury

Concordia Fundraising Coordinator

(May 2018-Present)

 

Cristen is an undergraduate student studying Specialization in Biology at Concordia University. She also works at Concordia as a Student Success Mentor, helping first-year students transition into University. 

 

During her free time, Cristen loves to read books and hang out with her friends.

Alison Rowley

Concordia Fundraising Coordinator

(July 2018-Present)

Alison is currently studying biology at Concordia University, and she is looking forwards to attending medical school after she finishes her studies in Montreal. She loves dogs and traveling, and has been volunteering with the ICUBP since January 2017

Stephanie Bui

UdeM Fundraising Coordinator

(July 2018-Present)

 

Stephanie is a nursing student at the University of Montreal. She hopes one day to be able to travel while practicing her profession. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and practicing yoga. 

Nafisa Husein

Humans of the Hospital Photoblog Coordinator

(January 2017 - Present)

Nafisa is a Concordia student in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is the marketing coordinator of the ICUBP and started "Humans of the Hospital", a photoblog that features all kinds of people who either volunteer or work as part of the ICU Bridge Program team. She is passionate about using photography to convey a complex idea into a single still image.

To view this photoblog, please view our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, & LinkedIn) section under Current Events.

Grégoire Lapointe

App Developer

(June 2018 - Present)

Greg has a degree in Software Engineering from McGill. He is also currently pursuing a second degree in Psychology at Université de Montréal and a Master of Engineering in Artificial Intelligence at Polytechnique Montréal. Greg is passionate about mindfulness, human potential and how to integrate eastern and native integrative healing principles to western medicine.

 

In his spare time, he runs a qigong clinic in Longueuil and offers consulting services to research centers and non-profits through CodeFor.Community, a consulting firm he founded which aims at using technology to better communities.

Harriet Yan

Communication Coordinator​

(May 2019 - Present)

Harriet completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology at McGill University in 2018. She is currently completing a Masters in Neuroscience where she is studying the use of VR and feedback to facilitate motor learning in manual wheelchair users.

She is passionate about design, physical activity, and soaking up as much sun as possible.

If you want to get involved in our executive team, applications are open in the Winter semester (~March/April)

 

Hospital Staff

Montreal General Hospital

Dr. David Hornstein

Internist/intensivist

Dr. Hornstein started the Lauren Alexander Foundation in 2013 and came up with the groundbreaking concept of a shadowing and volunteering program, now called the ICU Bridge Program. He continues to develop new ways to make the ICU a more welcoming place for both patients and visitors.

Bita Danechi

Family nurse clinician​

Bita helps us organize our orientation sessions and welcomes our volunteers to the ICU. She is responsible for supporting visitors and facilitating the interactions between staff, volunteers, and visitors.

Rita Giulione & Mattia Angerillo

Volunteer services manager & Administrative assistant

The volunteer services manager and administrative assistant, respectively, who help us get our volunteers officially registered at the MGH, RVH, Lachine and Neuro, and able to begin volunteering and shadowing in the ICU.

Jewish General Hospital

Pina D'Orve

Social Worker

Pina is available to support patients and families who are dealing with serious illness, disability, end of life, or under situations of stress, isolation, lack of resources, youth protection and family violence. She provides  informational support and practical help to patients and their families who  may require this assistance.

Susan Cameron

Nurse Educator

Susan suggests and incorporates clinical programs improving medical practices for patients’ safety and well-being.  She is also responsible for coordinating the multidisciplinary team and for training fellow nurses, ensuring the most up-to-date health services to patients.

Thank you to the JGH staff and Dr. Céline Gélinas (nurse researcher) in particular, for their input and expertise that were crucial in creating and refining the volunteer, staff, and family surveys.

Royal Victoria Hospital

Sylvie Ampleman

Head Nurse

As head nurse, Sylvie has numerous administrative responsibilities and ensures that the optimal nursing care is provided in the ICU. She is constantly working with the ICU Bridge Program to provide new shadowing and learning opportunities for our volunteers.

Ruth Guselle

Family Nurse Clinician

Ruth helps volunteers interact with family members. In the ICU, she is an important liaison between the ICU staff and the families’ loved ones. As the Family nurse clinician in the ICU, she is an important resource person for the families and volunteers alike.

Montreal Children's Hospital

Coming Soon

Thank you!

Thank you to the Montreal General, Jewish General, Royal Victoria Hospital and Montreal Children's Hospital staffs for their commitment towards setting up the ICU Bridge Program in their Intensive Care Units as well as their enthusiasm and creative inputs, which will help increase the impact of our program and the variety of experiences that our students are exposed to.

Partners

 
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