TEAM WORK

divides the tasks and multiplies the success.

Meet our Team

“Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.” Walt Disney

Leadership Team

  • Lee Hinton
    Executive Director
    Lee Hinton
    Executive Director
    About Lee

    Lee has been at the Prevention Institute since 2007. She provides support and leadership, ensuring that programs and projects meet their goals in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and effective manner. Lee developed and coordinates the Early Childhood Mental Health Program, which focuses on bringing emerging, evidence-based information and training to professionals throughout the province. As part of this program, Lee also coordinates the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Mental Health Provincial Network.

    Education and Training

    Lee obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, holds a Post Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University.

    Lee is a member of Zero to Three’s Academy of Fellows.

    Professional Interests

    • Mental and physical health of women and children
    • Child development and mental health
    • Program development and management
    • Community capacity building
    • Early childhood mental health
    • Trauma
    • Leadership development and coaching

  • Megan Clark (she/her)
    Research and Evaluation
    Megan Clark (she/her)
    Research and Evaluation
    About Megan

    Megan has been with the Prevention Institute since 2003. Megan provides guidance and leadership around ensuring that the work of the Prevention Institute is evidence-based and evaluated, in order to help program coordinators meet the needs of the intended audience and accomplish the goals identified. During her time at the Prevention Institute, Megan has also worked on developing a resource kit on ‘attachment’, the bond that children form with those they depend on for care.

    Education and Training

    Megan obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan, has a Diploma in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

    Professional Interests

    • Utilization focused and developmental evaluation
    • Knowledge translation, transfer and exchange
    • Child development and mental health
    • The attachment relationship
    • The impact of trauma and stress on development and health

  • Laura El Mir
    Program Manager
    Laura El Mir
    Program Manager
    About Laura

    Laura’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is to provide guidance and support to assigned program areas. Through her several years of practice as a neonatal nurse in Lebanon, Laura developed a passion for improving children’s health. Her work experience and educational knowledge drives her enthusiasm for employing multisectoral primary prevention methods towards creating large-scale advancements in childhood health outcomes. In her position, she aims to utilize her skillset and knowledge towards supporting the Institute’s mission.

    Education

    • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Notre Dame University – Lebanon

  • Jody Shynkaruk
    Program Manager & Research and Evaluation Specialist
    Jody Shynkaruk
    Program Manager & Research and Evaluation Specialist
    About Jody

    Jody’s role is to provide support and leadership to program coordinators to help ensure that goals are met in an efficient, research-based, high quality, and efficient manner. Jody is also a member of the Research and Evaluation Team. As such, Jody performs research activities (e.g., literature reviews, environmental scans, needs assessments), conducts evaluations of existing resources, and provides recommendations for future research areas.

    Education and Training

    • Master of Arts, Applied Social Psychology, University of Saskatchewan

    Related Experience

    • Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Saskatchewan Chapter
    • Project and Outreach Coordinator at AIDS Saskatoon (2009, 2010)
    • Completed previous evaluations for AIDS Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre

Core Team

  • Donna Anderson
    Office Administrator & Financial Clerk
    Donna Anderson
    Office Administrator & Financial Clerk
    About Donna

    Donna has been with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute since 2007. She is the friendly face you see when you first enter the building and the kind voice you hear when calling.

    Donna provides administrative support to all staff, including the organization of conference and workshop registrations. Her other focus is accounts payable and receivable and assisting the Accountant.

    Education and Training

    Donna holds a secretarial diploma, and has worked in this role for a number of years. She also has 20 years of cataloguing experience within a public library system.

  • Ryan Jay Arcena
    Web Development Coordinator
    Ryan Jay Arcena
    Web Development Coordinator
    About Ryan

    Ryan’s role is to maintain and update the Prevention Institute's website. He creates banners, uploads blogs and other deliverables needed to make the overall aesthetic of the website. As a graphic designer and website developer, he understands the principles of designing and coding.

    Ryan completed a Computer System Design and Programming course from the Philippines and is continually researching and learning new trends on website development. Most of his design and web development skills are self-taught. If given an opportunity, Ryan would further his education because he believes that learning should never stop and nothing can stop you if you have determination.

    Ryan is married to his wife Shao and focuses on being a great dad to his son Gabe. He is a basketball guru in his dreams and loves music.

  • Carlee Bard
    Communications and Graphic Design Coordinator
    Carlee Bard
    Communications and Graphic Design Coordinator
    About Carlee

    Carlee’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is the Communications Coordinator. This position allows Carlee to collaborate with the Institute’s staff to create resource materials, as well as support the execution of marketing strategies to promote each program and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute as a whole.

    Carlee is passionate about brand storytelling and digital engagement, and has over 10 + years’ experience in crafting impactful campaigns that connect brands with their audience. Carlee is a visual storyteller weaving imagination into design and creating the extraordinary.

  • Lindsay Soderberg
    Corporate and Office Administrator
    Lindsay Soderberg
    Corporate and Office Administrator
    About Lindsay

    Lindsay began her career with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute in July of 2022. She provides administrative support to the Members of the Corporation, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, and Program Advisory Committee. Lindsay focuses on organization and quality control of reports and resources that the Institute provides, while also supporting coordinators and fellow staff in administration.

    Lindsay’s background consists of assistant roles in speech pathology and audiology, and she has enjoyed taking courses in childhood psychology, childhood development, and grammar. On her days off, she likes to spend time with friends and family, and likes to stay active outdoors

    Education

    • Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Diploma, MacEwan University
    • Audiology Assistant Diploma, Nova University
    • Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma, Saskatoon Business College

Program Coordinators

  • Tanvir Ahmed
    FASD Research Coordinator
    Tanvir Ahmed
    FASD Research Coordinator
    About Tanvir

    Tanvir will be working as the Research Coordinator under the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) program. Tanvir will conduct research activities and compile evidence-based information to ensure different FASD program’s resources contain up to date and appropriate information for target audiences. Over the years of practical experience with different marginalized populations, Tanvir has gained knowledge of preventive practices, behavioral dynamics, as well as other determinants of health and development among underserved groups and gathered expertise in research and evaluation processes which are invaluable to the Research Coordinator position at the Institute.

    Before joining in the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Tanvir worked at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, and focused on sustainable development of underserved groups and the exploration of different mechanisms to include them systematically in the sustainability initiatives of municipalities. Tanvir also has extensive experience working with global organizations (e.g. Save the Children, Care) to address harm reduction, health promotion, preventive practices, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and issues relating to community empowerment amongst women and children in vulnerable settings. Tanvir also has experience in Bangladesh, and later in Canada, helping achieve nutrition security among disadvantaged families, and with various community organizations that provided social, economic, and health development support for new immigrants and government-supported refugees.”

    Education

    • Bachelor’s in Urban & Rural Planning, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh
    • Master’s in Public Health, State University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Beth Blakley (she/her)
    Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
    Beth Blakley (she/her)
    Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Beth

    Beth transitioned to the Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator position in June 2024, having previously worked in the role of SK HIV Collaborative Project Assistant for almost 5 years at SPI. She has a background working in higher education as an academic writer and research associate, but her true passion lies with non-profit organizations. Beth brings a decade of non-profit experience with a focus on interdisciplinary teams, addressing the social determinants of health, harm reduction, and fostering community development through a lens of reconciliation and decolonization.

    Beth is passionate about providing evidence-based, trauma-informed education and is excited to apply her creativity, compassion, and knowledge to the field of child injury prevention.

    Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Saskatchewan

  • Rosemary Chukwu
    Perinatal and Infant Health Program Coordinator
    Rosemary Chukwu
    Perinatal and Infant Health Program Coordinator
    About Rosemary

    Rosemary Chukwu serves as the Perinatal and Infant Health Program Coordinator at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. With over six years of dedicated service in healthcare and a profound passion for community healthcare and well-being, Rosemary has honed her skills in primary prevention, health promotion, and disease prevention while working in vulnerable communities across various states in Nigeria.

    Rosemary holds a Doctor of Optometry degree and furthered her interest in public health by obtaining a Master's degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She is deeply committed to leveraging her expertise to ensure healthy outcomes for infants and pregnant individuals.

    In her role, Rosemary is dedicated to bridging knowledge gaps, addressing health disparities, and identifying community needs with tailored interventions. She aims to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates and enhance general health and well-being through evidence-based practices.

    Education

    • Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) Abia State University
    • Masters of Public Health (MPH)
    • University of Saskatchewan

  • Jackie Eaton
    Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator
    Jackie Eaton
    Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator
    About Jackie

    Jackie Eaton is the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Training and Education Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Jackie is responsible for resource development and organizing trainings, presentations, and workshops to support the work of CAPC Projects throughout Saskatchewan. Being the mother of three children, along with experience in the field of education, fuels Jackie's passion for supporting parenting education.

    Education and Training

    • Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan
    • Training in Adobe Captivate E-Learning

    Presentations Provided

    • HIV and Pregnancy
    • STI Adventures E-learning

  • Abbey Goertzen
    Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator
    Abbey Goertzen
    Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Coordinator
  • Connie Herman
    Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator
    Connie Herman
    Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program Coordinator
    About Connie

    As the Provincial Coordinator for the Nobody's Perfect Parent Program, Connie Herman is passionate about supporting parents, families, and communities. Based out of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Connie provides training, resource development, and support to service providers who work with parents and families. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts and Social Work, and is a trained facilitator in numerous programs and frameworks, including Nobody’s Perfect, Self-Reg, Parent Coaching, Positive Discipline, Kids Have Stress Too, and Healthy Start. As a mom to two children, Connie recognizes that parenting is one of the most rewarding, most important, and also the most challenging jobs there is.

    Education and Training

    • Bachelors of Arts and Science
    • Bachelors of Social Work
    • Nobody’s Perfect Trainer

  • Jason Hogan
    Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
    Jason Hogan
    Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
    About Jason

    Jason is the Child Traffic Safety Program Coordinator and is one of the newest team members at Saskatchewan Prevention Institute where his mission is to provide Saskatchewanians with the skills and knowledge to safely transport children through education, hands-on-training, and events.

    He has completed his Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training and is a member of the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC).

    Jason has formal training in Health, Safety, and Environmental Studies through NAIT, teaching experience through his time educating people in Taiwan for over 12 years, and has most recently been working in insurance. He has been an active volunteer fire fighter and rescue member in his hometown of Rosthern for over ten years, where he has prior experience with child car seat installations. Jason is married with two children, has two cats and a dog , enjoys watching and participating in sports, and loves a good cup of coffee.

    Education and Training

    • HSE Technician – NAIT
    • CAIB – Level 2

  • Christie Inegbeboh
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    Christie Inegbeboh
    FASD Prevention Program Coordinator
    About Christie

    Christie’s role at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute is to coordinate FASD primary prevention programs throughout Saskatchewan to increase awareness and knowledge of the causes and factors related to FASD. She has over a decade experience as a public health specialist coordinating several projects in the non-profit sector in Nigeria that improved maternal and child health for diverse groups. She has also worked extensively in strengthening community organizations to implement health promotion strategies and in the evaluation of health promotion initiatives. Christie is passionate about health equity and improving the quality of healthcare. In her position, she hopes to leverage on her past work experiences and knowledge to advance the Institute’s work of reducing the occurrence of disabling conditions in children using primary prevention methods.

    Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Madonna University – Nigeria
    • Master of Public Health, University of Central Nicaragua
    • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute

  • Nicole Sellers
    FASD Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator
    Nicole Sellers
    FASD Youth Action for Prevention Coordinator
    About Nicole

    As the Youth FASD Prevention Program Coordinator, Nicole’s role at the Prevention Institute is to provide trainings, education, and activities to increase awareness and knowledge around FASD and build capacity of communities, service providers, adult allies, and youth to address alcohol-related harms and issues that youth face.

    Nicole is passionate about upstream prevention and trying to help people, specifically youth, to build resilience to help prevent harm before it occurs. In this position, she hopes to empower youth to make life decisions that positively impact their health and well-being, increase their quality of life, and become leaders of the future.

    Education

    • Master of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan
    • Bachelor of Science, Health Education and Promotion, Southeastern Louisiana University

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