Puja Ahluwalia - Project Coordinator, Access to Rehabilitation
Puja is a physiotherapist with a background in disability and rehabilitation. She has extensive experience in the fields of pediatrics, global health, and research. Puja most recently worked in the primary care sector where she was involved in engaging patients and clinicians in the process of determining how to measure quality in primary care. She also has a Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto.
Lisa Betel - Program Assistant
Lisa joined realize on a part-time basis in April 2013 as a Consultant on the Health Gateway website project and transitioned into the Program Assistant role in December 2014. Before joining realize, Lisa designed and maintained information systems for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE), The Aphasia Institute, and the Canadian Health Network, among others. She has also worked as a Librarian and as the Admissions Officer for the graduate Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto.
Catharine Kozuch - Bookkeeper
As a member of the senior management team for a number of organizations, Catharine has been a part of the financial decision making process in companies from both the private and public sectors. After obtaining a degree in Economics from York University, Catharine worked for many years at the original IBM manufacturing plant in Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario. Following her tenure at IBM, Catharine went on to freelance as an accounting advisor at a number of small businesses in various sectors, such as, educational publishing, cellular systems, and group homes. Catharine, a long time social activist, is excited to work with an organization that is committed to improving the lives of people living with, and those affected by HIV.
Janet London - Manager, Program Support
Janet brings extensive experience in small business management to her role as an Manager, Program Support at realize.
Kate Murzin - Health Programs Specialist
In July 2013, Kate transitioned into the position of Aging Initiatives Lead after joining realize to work on the Equitable Access to Rehabilitation project and in March 2015, she was promoted to the position of Health Programs Specialist. In this role, her objective is to build and nurture collaborative working relationships between the HIV, aging and/or chronic illness sectors leading to joint initiatives which improve the health and quality of life of people and communities aging with HIV. Kate was previously Group Programs Coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and played an integral role in developing, implementing and evaluating a programing on HIV and aging. Kate has experience in health promotion program planning, health communications and policy advocacy. She is also a trained group facilitator and has experience in adult education. Kate studied biomedical sciences and received her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Toronto.
Wendy Porch - Manager, Episodic Disabilities Initiatives
Before joining realize in January 2011, Wendy was a Research Fellow in the Accessibility in Educational Media group at the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK. Prior to this, Wendy was a Research & Development project coordinator at the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto. Wendy has also worked at ARCH Legal Aid Clinic and InfoAbility, an information and referral service for vulnerable adults in Ontario. Wendy was also a community facilitator for the Building Bridges Project. Wendy has an M. Ed in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Tammy C. Yates - Executive Director
Tammy joined the realize Team in January 2013. She has worked for over twelve years in the field of program management. Prior to joining realize, Tammy was the National Program Manager of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Trinidad & Tobago Branch Office. She has extensive experience in Gender & Development and Sexual & Reproductive Health, including HIV/AIDS, having worked previously as a Program Officer with the Secretariat of the Caribbean Regional Network of Persons Living With HIV (CRN+) and serving as Chair of the Theme Group on Gender of the United Nations System in Trinidad & Tobago. She is a graduate of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.