Interested in becoming an RHAC Board Member?
TINA RANTA, President
Tina is a registered nurse leader with psychiatric and mental health certification who for the last 8 years has led mental health and addictions programming across Canada. Tina has a Master's of Health Management through McMaster University and is passionate about high quality care and innovative mental healthcare delivery across the continuum. Her roots in nursing started as a HIV/AIDS nurse in Toronto with inner city populations which sparked her passion in building services that reflect lived experience and meeting people where they are at.
KIMBERLEY GRAHAM , Vice President
Kim is a social service and HR management professional with 25 years of experience in social services, social housing and human resources. She is currently the Manager of People & Culture with London & Middlesex Community Housing. She has experience working with vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, victims of domestic violence and trafficked individuals. She is trained in a variety of areas including Critical Incident Stress Management, Political Acuity, VI-SPDAT, Crucial Conversations, and Compassion Fatigue. She is a strong LGBTQ+ ally, and very proud of the training she did as a facilitator for the Positive Space training for the City of London.
MARIAM HAMOU, Secretary
Mariam is the Communications Director for the Nazem Kadri Foundation. She has worked in federal and international politics for over 10 years, and also loves to get involved on a community level. With an understanding of local needs, Mariam joined the board to help meet those needs. “I love the team I work with!” says Mariam. “I also feel as though I’m helping some of the most vulnerable people with no judgment or prejudice. I really feel it falls in line with my own beliefs.” Mariam looks forward to instituting SCS in London, Ontario and making harm reduction and housing a priority.
Kelsey has spent the past 7 years working in youth facilitation and public education, specializing in gender-based violence, mental health, and trauma & violence informed care. She currently works out of the Centre for School Mental Health at Western University. Kelsey’s expertise in gender-based violence and passion for engaging marginalized youth is the basis for her commitment to ensuring a gendered lens is applied to RHAC’s policies.
As an Account Manager in Stakeholder Relations, Jennifer has experience building relationships across 26 municipalities. She also has experience working with marginalized communities on HIV/AIDS development projects in Tanzania and Haiti. Her past experience includes working as an HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment Officer, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, where she assessed education needs and micro-finance loans for women with HIV/AIDS. Jennifer is interested in applying her experience in local government and international development to a position on the Board.
Chris is a Leadership Development Manager with 29 years of nonprofit experience. Chris has previous governance experience on the Boards of Community Habitat of London Housing Program, London Abused Women’s Centre, and St. Mary’s and Area Home Support Services. Chris is also the founder of Awesome London which has donated $25,000+ to community projects. Her past experience includes consulting/coaching experience in non-profit sustainability, governance and policy creation, and social innovation strategies.
Nancy is an employment counselling, facilitation, and career development professional with extensive experience in the not for profit sector in London and Southwestern Ontario. Her current focus is providing career management support for internationally trained professionals in regulated occupations. This is Nancy’s second time working with RHAC governance as a Board Member and she engaged with this amazing organization previously for seven years, wrapping up her time as Board President. She brings her passion for the work, her knowledge of the sector and the local community, and her positive and proactive approach to community development to her RHAC Board work.
Kelly is a Registered Nurse with St. Joseph’s Health Care’s Infectious Diseases Care Program and serves as the Secretary on the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Nurses on HIV/AIDS Care. As a frontline worker, Kelly is familiar with the needs of various populations living with HIV. Kelly has also volunteered with diverse populations in Ghana and Kenya.
Elizabeth is a procedural governance specialist and corporate ethicist, with a professional background in the administration of Boards, legislative bodies, and the procedural elements of effective and transparent governance processes. Elizabeth has professional training in Risk Management, policy writing and development, parliamentary procedure, and health and safety requirements and legislation. Elizabeth is looking forward to using this experience in governance and policy development during their term on the Board.
Hamza Serdah, Treasurer
Hamza has always believed that mental health and physical wellbeing go hand in hand. Along with an educational background in Biomedical Health Science (BSc) and Human Psychology (BSc), Hamza has extensive volunteer experience through Melanoma Network of Canada, Glen Carin Community Resource Centre, the Downtown Mission of Windsor and March of Dimes Canada. As a volunteer, Hamza has gained insight from various positions relating to mental health support and awareness, suicide prevention, emergency response, and psychological first-aid. Hamza recognizes the important need to raise awareness and provide support for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C.