Executive Team

Founders & Directors

 

 

Adamo is a PhD student in Experimental medicine studying diaphragm muscle in COPD and is the founder of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portraits Canada (www.ppeportraits.ca).

 

He is an avid runner/marathoner and enjoys commuting by bike to school or for daily errands. He keeps in touch with his Italian routes by gardening with his nonna and family.

Adamo Anthony Donovan
Co-Founder & Director
(12/2015 - 06/2021)
Consultant & Advisor
(06/2021 - Present)

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.  

Milanka Stevanovic
Co-Founder & Co-Director

(12/2015 - 12/2017)

Volunteer & Hospital Management (VHM)

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.

Tarek Taifour 
Head of VHM
&
RVH 
Coordinator


(05/2019 - Present)

Cynthia holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Experimental Surgery 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.

Cynthia Ventrella
Head of VHM
&
JGH Volunteer Representative


(05/2019 - Present)

My name is Erica Sirdevan and I am a 3rd year student in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill! I am from Toronto but now live in Montreal with my 3 lovely roommates and our foster dogs. I am a huge fan of vegetarian cuisine and work at a vegan restaurant in Old Port. During my free time I love to spin and I work at a spin studio!

Erica Sirdevan
MGH Coordinator

(05/2020 - Present)

I am a second-year undergraduate student in Honours Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. I was born and raised in Montreal. I joined the ICU Bridge Program in May 2019 as a full-time volunteer and have since then transitioned to being a substitute. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis with my teammates on the McGill Tennis Team and spending time with family and friends. I am also an avid baker!

Sarah Petrecca
MGH Volunteer Representative
 
(05/2020 - Present)

Hi, my name is Matthew. I am an MSc student in the department of Experimental Medicine at McGill University. I absolutely love coding so you can imagine my interests are within genomics and bioinformatics. In my free time, I work on art installations with a collective, record music and repair vintage synthesizers.

Matthew Salaciak 
JGH Volunteer Representative

(06/2021 - Present)

Diana is a Master's student in Experimental Medicine at McGill, with a previous Bachelors degree in Honours Physiology. She is currently researching the role that sex hormones play in carotid atherosclerotic plaque development. She hopes to pursue her interest in science and public health in the form of a career in medicine.On her downtime, she enjoys to paint, play tennis, and play the saxophone.

Diana Di Iorio
MCH Coordinator

(05/2020 - Present)

My name is Rosa and I am a 2nd year student in physiology at McGill. I joined the ICU Bridge Program in January of 2020 as a volunteer at the Jewish General Hospital. I am passionate about justice and my activist work. In my spare time, you can usually find me with my nose buried in a book or listening to a podcast. I hope to one day own a very fat cat with a funny name.

Rosa Sundar-Maccagno
MCH Volunteer Representative
 
(12/2020 - Present)

Alyssa returned to McGill University to pursue a second Bachelor's degree in Social Work. Her experience being a cancer caregiver and also a family member of an ICU patient is what lead her to becoming involved in the ICU Bridge Program. In her previous life, Alyssa was a research assistant at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute where she worked in aging and Alzheimer's disease research. In her free time, Alyssa tends to her plants, hangs with her cats, loses in chess, and plans her next trip back to India.

Alyssa Salaciak
RVH Volunteer Representative
 
(12/2020 - Present)

Happiness Coordinators

Sofia grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She came to Montreal to complete her BSc at McGill University. Shortly after, she pursued her Masters (Experimental Surgery, Innovations) under the supervision of Dr. Hamdy and Dr. Tsimicalis at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada. She is interested in bringing innovations into the healthcare settings to help improve patient health outcomes and as a result co-founded a MedTech startup where she serves as the Clinical Chief Officer. When she is not writing manuscripts or jumping onto the next ZOOM meeting, she is at the park with friends enjoying Montreal food and sunsets.

Sofia Addab 
Happiness Coordinator

(06/2021 - 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.

Adrian Goin 
JGH Coordinator

(07/2018 - 06/2021)
Happiness Coordinator
(06/2021 - Present)

Marketing, Fundraising, and Socials (MFS)

My name is Jammy and I am currently studying Kinesiology at McGill. I am interested in preventing and managing chronic diseases by understanding the process of changing and maintaining health-related lifestyle behaviours.I'm always excited for any type of outdoor activity, but I also enjoy spending time in the swimming pool.

Jammy Zou
Head of MFS
&
Website Designer


(05/2020-Present)

I am a 5th year student in immunology at McGill University. I am passionate biomedical research, particularly in respiratory diseases and in Type 1 Diabetes. I love the outdoors and like to go on hiking trips around the world.

Laura Rendon

Head of MFS

&

Photography and HOTH Coordinator

(12/2020 - Present)

My name is Houman, and I graduated from undergraduate studies in Honours Neuroscience at McGill University in 2021. I was born in Iran and immigrated to Montreal in 2015. I joined the ICU Bridge Program in 2020 as a volunteer and loved every second of it! I am interested in research on the brain’s reward circuits, and I am a huge soccer fan and love to play it whenever I can!

Houman Azizi 
Website Designer

(06/2021 - Present)

My name is Marianne Schuler and I am a third-year Anatomy and Cell Biology student at McGill University. I enjoy going outdoors and go hiking, running and watch sunsets with friends. I am also passionate about neuroscience and I am considering pursuing a career in that field. The brain tells us what to hear, what to feel, and what to say and yet, we know so little about it!

Marianne Schuler 
Communications Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

Georgia Parshuram is a Cognitive Science student in a Bachelor of Arts and Science and McGill University. She is in her 4th year of studies, and is hoping to pursue something in the medical or design streams. She was a volunteer for the ICU Bridge Program in 2020, and is excited to continue her role this year.

Georgia Parshuram 
Communications Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

Andrea has recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physiology. She will now be subsequently pursuing a Master's degree in Neuroscience at McGill University, for which she will be studying the effects of cerebral palsy and spinal muscular atrophy in children. She hopes to later apply this knowledge and experience with a career in medicine as a neurologist. In her free time, Andrea enjoys volunteering, reading, singing and playing sports.

Andrea Oliveira-Carneiro 
Outreach Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

Yu completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia and is currently a graduate student in Biochemistry at McGill University studying breast cancer tumour dormancy. She likes learning new words and speaks almost four languages. She enjoys travelling, reading, and finding icicles during winter.

Yu Gu 
Outreach Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

My name is Danielle, and I’m a 2nd year student in Microbiology & Immunology at McGill. I’m originally from Toronto, and I joined the ICU Bridge Program in September 2020 as a volunteer at the MGH. I love music & musical theatre, particularly playing piano and trombone, and I’m a member of the Symphonic Band Club at McGill. In my free time I like to read poetry and stay active through yoga and kickboxing.

Danielle Fox 
Outreach Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

My name is Claire and I am a third-year Cognitive Science student at McGill! I love studying neuroscience and computer science, as well as taking a break from school to cook, bake, hike, and lie in the sun in Jeanne-Mance park. My favourite dessert to make is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and my favourite park snacks are fruit, cheese, and those cookies!

Claire Guyatt 
Outreach Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

I am Jiarui Ao (Olivia), a McGill undergraduate in Honours Neuroscience. I joined ICUBP in January 2021. In my spare time, I am also a reader and a freelance writer, and I love to visit national parks with friends.

Jiarui Ao 
Finance Coordinator

(06/2021 - Present)

My name is Fadi. I am a master's student at Concordia University. I love to exercise and read and write poetry.

Fadi Touma
Equity and Continuing
Education Coordinator

 
(05/2020-Present)

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

 

Hospital Staff

Montreal General Hospital

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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.

Dr. David Hornstein
Internist/intensivist

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.

Bita Danechi 
Family nurse clinician​

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.

Rita Giulione & Mattia Angerillo
Volunteer services manager & Administrative assistant

Jewish General Hospital

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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.

Pina D'Orve
Social Worker

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.

Susan Cameron
Nurse Educator

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

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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.

Sylvie Ampleman
Head Nurse

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.

Ruth Guselle
Family Nurse Clinician

Montreal Children's Hospital

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Sarah Shea
Assistant Nurse Manager
(Second from left)

Jennifer Bourque
Spiritual Care Specialist
(Centre)

Judith Le Gallais
Psychologist
(Second from Right)

Dr. Samara Zavalkoff
Pediatric Intensivist

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

Hospital:

Lauren Alexander Foundation (LAF): https://www.laurenalexander.ca/

 

The ICU Bridge Program was inspired and created through the Lauren Alexander Foundation which provides financial support to the ICUBP.

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Montreal General Hospital Foundation (MGHF): https://www.mghfoundation.com/en/

The Montreal General Hospital Foundation hosts the ICU Bridge Program’s fund to which individuals can donate to support the program’s mission.

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Corporate:

Zapier: https://zapier.com/

Zapier donated a free subscription to allow the ICUBP to automate many of of its day-to-day operations.

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Quality Sport: http://qualitysport.ca/home

 

Provides free garment printing/embroidery custom services to the ICUBP.

Rubiks Solutions: https://www.facebook.com/rubiksmontreal/

Provides printing services to the ICUBP at a reduced rate.

Business Box: https://www.thebusinessbox.ca/

Provides printing and laminating services to the ICUBP at a reduced rate to support the PPE Portrait Project.

University:

Concordia MedSpecs (CMS): https://www.facebook.com/MedSpecsCU

CMS helps promote the ICUBP to the Concordia community and helps conduct interviews for ICUBP applicants.

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McGill Medical Direction (MD): https://www.facebook.com/medicaldirection

MD helps promote the ICUBP to the McGill community and helps conduct interviews for ICUBP applicants.