Director, Animal Centres & Community Programming, Ontario SPCA
Tonya Martin began as a Branch Manager with the Ontario SPCA in 2008. Two years later, she became Eastern Regional Manager and in 2013 took on the role of Senior Manager of Animal Welfare & Operations. Most recently in 2015, Tonya accepted the position of Director, Animal Centres and Community Programming. Tonya brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous background in business management. Through business experience, people management, problem solving and positive energy, Tonya provides leadership and support to Ontario SPCA Branch and Affiliate societies. Tonya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the National Compassion Fatigue Task Force.
Operations Coordinator, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA
Diana began with the Ontario SPCA in April 2014 as Manager of Animal Welfare & Operations, covering a parental leave. In 2015, she accepted a permanent role with the Ontario SPCA as the Operations Coordinator. With her background in behavioural biology and neuropsychology, Diana brings over 8 years experience in behavioural research, specializing in the influence of nutrition and dietary intake on behaviour and wellness. Diana has had the privilege of attending conferences across the United States and Europe, where she presented animal behaviour and quality of life research. As part of her current role, Diana initiates and coordinates research activities and assists in the development and refinement of programs, strategies and training aimed at improving animal welfare and heightening public awareness and support. She fosters a strong foundation in evidence-based programming. Diana holds an M.Sc degree in Animal Welfare & Conservation from Oxford Brookes University, UK; an M.Sc degree in Nutritional Science & Neuropsychology from The University of Guelph, ON; and a B.Sc (Hons) Specialist degree in Behavioural Biology from the University of Toronto, ON.
Human Resources, Calgary Humane Society
Melaina Slater is a Human Resources Generalist who has been involved in the animal care industry for over eleven years. She started her career in animal welfare 9 years ago with Calgary Humane Society and is part of the CHS Management team in the role of Human Resources Manager. She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management through the University of Calgary and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. She is a firm believer in lifelong personal and professional development with an interest in leadership and psychological health in the workplace. Outside of work, she enjoys music, painting, and spending time with her 3 dogs, 3 birds, and cat (who thinks she’s a dog).
City of Edmonton
Karen Melnyk graduated from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 1996, and has worked in the shelter medicine field ever since. One of Karen’s passions is making the world a better place for companion animals and their humans. Through her years of experience, she has become very aware of the growing impact that compassion fatigue is having on workers in animal shelters and veterinary medicine. The need for a dedicated resource to help deal with this animal-related compassion fatigue is one reason Karen joined this national committee. She is married, has two sons, and is a dedicated hockey mom. In her spare time, Karen loves to go camping with her family, and rescue Devon Rex cats.
Kim Marosevich, Bylaw Business Operations Manager for the City of Surrey and BC/Yukon Representative of Aussie Rescue Placement Help (ARPH)
Kim’s career started in the halls of the Toronto Humane Society in 1999. She has had the pleasure to work just about every job one can in a shelter outside of the veterinary roles. Many lifetime friends have been made through animal sheltering work and rescue volunteering. She currently shares her life with three dogs, one cat and a husband who she also met in the shelter. Who better to understand when she arrives home with yet another foster something?
Dr. Susan Calverley, DVM, CCRT
Susan grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After moving to British Columbia, she practiced veterinary medicine at her own small animal practice, Mission Veterinary Hospital, for 23 years while raising three daughters and many 4 legged creatures with her husband Nat. After a trip to Holland for the 4th symposium on Physical Therapy in Animals in 2006 she pursed her training in animal rehabilitation with the Canine Rehab Institute and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2009. As the former medical director of Orthopets Canada, Dr. Calverley has focused her rehabilitation efforts in providing custom fabricated orthotic and prosthetic devices for animals. Her other interests include feral cat population control and compassion fatigue and satisfaction in the veterinary profession.
Dr. Debbie Stoewen
Dr. Pat Comley