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Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Odnokon MSc, CRP

Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 and is responsible for the overall direction, development and management of programs and initiatives across the organization, leading the management team, and working collaboratively with the SHRF staff, Board of Directors, stakeholders, funders and external partners to advance SHRF’s best interests.

Corporate and Operations Administrator

Catherine Klopoushak BEd, MMus

Catherine joined SHRF in May 2017 and is responsible for overall administrative and IT support for SHRF, the CEO, the Board, as well as related external relations support.

Director of Impact and Strategy

Rostyk Hursky BA, CI Fellow

Rostyk joined SHRF in May 2018. Some of his priorities focus on the continual growth of SHRF’s ability to measure and showcase the impact that research funding has on the various stakeholders, including the economic growth of the province.  Rostyk provides market and strategic intelligence to the organization; enabling SHRF, our partners, stakeholders and collaborators to continue growing and developing a prosperous and innovative health research ecosystem in Saskatchewan.

Director of Programs and Partnerships

Karen Tilsley MSc

Karen began her role as with SHRF in November 2010 and is responsible for managing funding competitions, developing and implementing funding programs and policies, and contributing to strategic planning. 

Programs and Peer Review Manager

Danielle Robertson-Boersma MA

Danielle joined SHRF in October 2015 and works with all aspects of the organization’s funding programs, including follow-up reporting, managing funding competitions as assigned, and contributing to program and policy development and evaluation.

Programs and Engagement Manager 

Chelsea Cunningham PhD

Chelsea joined SHRF in January 2021 to fulfill the ongoing tasks of the organization’s funding programs, including follow-up reporting and managing funding competitions as assigned. In April 2022, Chelsea took on grants' management duties and communications related to research funding.

Programs and Peer Review Coordinator

Tanya Skorobohach

Tanya joined SHRF in 2011 and provides assistance and support to all aspects of the SHRF funding process for annual grants and major initiatives.

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Lina Kazan BCom, CPA

Lina joined SHRF in January 2016 and is responsible for enhancing financial management, reporting and accountability of the organization, developing and managing contracts with partners and service providers, ensuring good human resource management practices, overseeing a secure and effective IT system that includes a grants-management system, and contributing to strategic planning.


Daniel Ramirez Nava BCom, CPA

Daniel joined SHRF in October 2020 and is responsible for carrying out general and grants accounting, as well as payroll and benefits administration, and all related reporting requirements.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Lindsay Herman MA

Lindsay joined SHRF in November 2022 and supports all aspects of the organization’s engagement and communications efforts, including social media, publications, events, SHRF's website and any additional online activity.

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Accountability, adaptability, collaboration, excellence and integrity represent a vital part of our strategic foundation and exemplify our fundamental beliefs and guiding principles for how we work with each other and all SHRF stakeholders.

Photo: Dr. Ivar Mendez and Rachel Johnson, Debra Marshall for SHRF 2022
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