Ontario Chapter Executives

The Ontario Chapter Executive

President: Rhonda Allan, RN, MN
Past-President: Susan Kiernan, RN, MN
Treasurer: Rita Pool, RN
Treasurer: Jessica Directo, RN, MN
Secretary: Edilyn Llameg, RN, BScN
Director of Communications: Tatiana Pires, RN, MN
Director of Communications: Elizabeth Lee, RN, BScN, BScKin, CGN(C)

Executive Member: Nicole Gabriele, RN, BScN
Executive Member: Elizabeth Garofalo, RN, BScN
Executive Member: Emilie Hay, RN, BScN
Executive Member: Susan Ng, RN, BScN, BSc, CHPCN(C)

Getting to Know
Your Local ITNS Chapter Executive

Rhonda Allan first came to work in the field of organ transplantation in 2005 as a Patient Care Coordinator. Since 2008 she has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Multi Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital.

Susan Kiernan joined the Multi Organ Transplant Program at University Health Network over 15 years ago. Initially hired into a Staff RN position, Susan has worked as both Patient Care Coordinator and Liver Transplant Coordinator. She is currently the manager of the Inpatient Transplant Unit and Transplant Day Unit based at the Toronto General Hospital site.

As one of the founding members of the ITNS Ontario Chapter, Rita Pool has been a pillar in the Toronto transplant nursing community with almost 35 years of transplant nursing experience. Beginning as a dialysis nurse, Rita transitioned to the Transplant Coordinator role and has now been in her current position at SickKids for more than 25 years.

Jessica Directo has worked as a transplant nurse since 2004 and completed her Masters in Nursing in 2009 from the University of Toronto. Since then she has held the position of Advanced Practice Nurse Educator for the Multi-Organ Transplant Program – University Health Network, with a focus on education, staff development, collaboration, research, and change management. Jessica presented at the 21st Annual ITNS Symposium in Seattle, receiving a Best Abstract Award.

Since 2003 Edilyn Llameg has been working tirelessly to provide excellent care for transplant recipients. After 4 years as a Staff Nurse, she currently works as a Patient Resource Coordinator – assisting with discharge planning and providing diabetes education.

Tatiana Pires began her career in transplant nursing in 2005 as a Staff Nurse. In 2010 she received a Nurses for Tomorrow Fellowship Award and is currently working as the Patient Care Coordinator for the Inpatient Unit of the Multi Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital.

Elizabeth Lee joined the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit in 2010 as a staff nurse. In 2012, she received a Collaborative Academic Practice (CAP) Fellowship to develop and implement an annual study program for CNA Gastroenterology Certification. She is currently seconded to the role of Clinical Resource Nurse for the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit.

Nicole Gabriele joined transplant nursing in 2011 and works as a staff nurse on the Pediatric Transplant Unit at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Elizabeth Garofalo joined the Pediatric Transplant Unit at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto in 2013 as a staff nurse.

Emilie Hay works as a staff nurse on the Pediatric Transplant Unit at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto since 2013.

Susan Ng began her career in transplant nursing in 2008 and currently works as a staff nurse on the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit at Toronto General Hospital. In 2013, Susan presented her work on the implementation of palliative care resource nurses on a transplant unit at the 22nd Annual ITNS Symposium in Washington.