Meet Our Administrative Centre

Our team based in SKIP’s Administrative Centre in Halifax works with our Regional Hubs, Affiliates, and Partners across the country to support, strengthen, and expand SKIP’s national network.

Manager, Programs and Impact

Louise Tunnah

PhD

Louise completed her doctoral degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Guelph and previously worked with the Correlative Studies Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, ON. Louise is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring her skills and experience managing research projects to SKIP and to contribute to SKIP’s meaningful and important work regarding kid’s pain. As someone who is always interested and eager to learn, Louise is delighted to work with SKIP’s broad network of expert partners. 

Engagement and Impact Coordinator

Pars Atasoy

B.Sc (H)

Pars recently completed an Honours degree in Psychology at Dalhousie University and took the role of a research assistant at Dr. Sherry Stewart’s lab over his Honours year. In his final year at Dalhousie, Pars won the Charles Brimer award for showing the greatest potential for becoming a future researcher in psychology. Pars has extensive experience in interacting with patients and conducting scientific research. He is eager to contribute his education, experiences, and skills to the wonderful SKIP network.

Operations Lead

Megan Cook

Megan completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2021 as Valedictorian of her class.  Also in 2021, Megan won the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies and used those funds to start her own business Studentgizor.  She developed an app that will help students stay in school – especially those with ADHD and ESL students.  The App provides a platform to become organized, informed and complete their studies with confidence and transferable career skills. 

Having returned to university later in life, Megan acquired a diverse background in project management, logistics and operational processes when she lived out west for many years. 

Megan’s father was injured at a young age and left with a permanent partial disability and severe chronic pain, so she knows firsthand the impact, importance, and need for pain management within Canada. She is honoured to be working towards a future where kids can comfortably manage their pain and parents/caregivers have the knowledge to do so.

Patient Partnership Advisor

Isabel Jordan

B.Sc.(H)

Isabel Jordan was a founding member of the Rare Disease Foundation. Under her leadership, the organization built partnerships between families and researchers through their Microgrant Program. Isabel is the Strategic Lead in Patient Partnerships in the Chambers Lab at Dalhousie University, a knowledge mobilization network that seeks to bridge the gap between treatment practices and evidence-based solutions for children’s pain in Canadian health institutions. She is the mother of a young man living with a rare disease and has drawn on her lived experience in rare disease and disability to become a strong advocate for patient partnership in research.  

Communications Coordinator

Anna Leaper

Anna is currently enrolled at Dalhousie University. She is working towards a B.Sc. focusing on Immunology & Microbiology and Health Studies. She has experience as a social media strategist for science communication platforms as well e-commerce sites. Anna has a passion for making science accessible and interesting for all audiences, while combating misinformation. She is interested in continuing a career in knowledge mobilization or natural wellness. If she’s not working or at school, she can be found enjoying the fabulous nature and food that Halifax has to offer.

Project Coordinator

Megan Ridgway

MSc.

Megan earned her Master’s degree in Biology from McMaster University where she immersed herself in research, driven by a deep curiosity for biological science. She is passionate about infusing creativity into science, making it not only accessible but also captivating for diverse audiences. Megan is eager to bring her creativity and experience that she has gained in managing research projects to the team at SKIP.