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Dean's Office Team

Human Resources

Director of Human Resources - Cathie Smith-Gillis

The Director of Human Resources is a pivotal position within the Faculty of Health and supports the University's strategic direction in building institutional capacity with a focus on creating and supporting a diverse, inclusive and respectful workforce that will enrich and engage our community. As Director of HR, Cathie is a senior member of the Dean and Faculty's leadership team with responsibility for planning, developing and managing the human resource functions of an extremely diverse and complex Faculty. The diversity and complexity is best described as a disparate collection of programs, all relating to human health and well being referred to as a federation of unique units all of which are geographically dispersed. Cathie is responsible for directing and managing all areas of human resources to ensure alignment with the strategic priorities of the Faculty and the University as a whole.

Cathie also provides expertise in other administrative areas to ensure the effective functioning of the Faculty. The development of successful, collaborative and reciprocal relationships within the Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Dentistry as well as external partners such as Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK is critical (CHEB, Sim Ed Network, Secondments) as is fostering collaborative working relationships and partnerships within the central university's HR team.

Cathie develops and implements policy on human resource, payroll and administrative initiatives and projects of the Faculty that support the mandate of the Office of the Dean and the Faculty of Health and monitors the realization of those initiatives.

Email: cathie.smith-gillis@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-7196
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Human Resources and Faculty Coordinator - Julie Gratzer

Julie's responsibilities include providing assistance to the Dean by coordinating and managing all matters related to the Academic Review Committee; providing assistance to the Director of Human Resources with personnel/payroll matters and managing the academic recruitment process; acting as a resource to faculty and staff with respect to general HR and payroll inquiries.


Email: julie.gratzer@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-2232
Fax: (902) 494-1966


Director, Research Services - Suzie Officer

Suzie is responsible for supporting the Dean and the Associate Dean Research to achieve the research and administrative missions of the Faculty.  Since graduating from Dalhousie in 1990 (M.A Health Education), Suzie has held several administrative, managerial and research positions within the Faculty.  She has worked with faculty members on a varied range of projects throughout Atlantic Canada and internationally.  Suzie has overall responsibility for the provision of research administrative functions in the Faculty, specifically supporting the Associate Dean Research.  She oversees several research capacity building initiatives across the Faculty such as the peer review program, Research and Development grants and Faculty CRC and CFI applications. Among her diverse duties, Suzie assists with drafting Faculty policies and procedures, prepares reports for the Dean and the Associate Dean Research, and supports Faculty-wide projects.  She communicates and interacts with academics, administrative personnel, government agencies and the community to promote the mission of the Faculty and develop collaborative partnerships amongst these groups. 

Email: suzie.officer@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-1426
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Administrative Secretary to the Associate Dean (Research) - Janet MacDonald

Email: fohr@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-1371
Fax: (902) 494-1966


Director of Finance - Ken Moors

Ken Moors joined the Faculty of Health as Financial Manager in August 2010.  Ken is a graduate of Dalhousie University, earning his Bachelor of Commerce in 1977 and his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in 1992.  He also holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Ken has held a series of financial positions with the Federal and Provincial Governments, including positions in the Nova Scotia departments of Health, Finance and Education.

Email: ken.moors@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-7195
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Financial Assistant - Kim Briggins

Kim's responsibilities include data entry and reconciliation of payroll information for all units within the faculty; liaising with our unit administrators and financial services on issues relating to payroll; reconciling non-salary expenditures for the Dean's Office; providing support for research establishment and research seed grants; and maintaining an expenditure tracking system.  Kim works closely with the Director of Finance on a variety of budget and financial matters.

Email: kim.briggins@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-1869
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Communications, Development & Alumni Engagement

Manager - Communications and Marketing - Laura Hynes Jenkins

Laura Hynes Jenkins joined the Faculty of Health in January 2014.  A two time graduate of Dalhousie (BA in History and Spanish, MA in History), Laura held research and communications positions with the former government Caucus Office and Premier's Office before moving over to Dal.

Laura is working with the Dean's Office, the Dal Health Schools and College and stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic communications plan.

Email: laura.hynes.jenkins@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-2594
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Development Officer, Health Faculties - Victoria Hamilton

Victoria joined Dalhousie University in June of 2013 as Development Officer for the Health Faculties.  In her new role, Victoria will work with the Faculty of Health Professions on its strategic major gifts, fundraising and stewardship plans.

Victoria obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, specializing in marketing.  She was most recently an Account Development Representative for the Atlantic Region with Hallmark Canada, and previously worked at the TESL Centre at Saint Mary’s University.

Email: victoria.hamilton@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-6170
Fax: (902) 494-6811

Alumni and Donor Relations Officer - Kathy MacFarlane


Kathy MacFarlane joined the Faculty of Health in September 2017 as Alumni and Donor Relations Officer.  She will be working with the Faculty to develop, deliver and evaluate annual alumni and donor relations plans and programs that will engage alumni, students, donors and friends in creating and fostering a culture of support for their Faculty and Dalhousie.

Kathie holds a BPE from UNB and worked in the non-profit sport sector and in operations for many years.  She also worked in alumni relations with both UNB and Saint Mary's University, planning and coordinating alumni events and initiatives.

Email: kathy.macfarlane@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-1800
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Digital Communications Specialist - Trudi Smith

As Digital Communications Specialist, Trudi manages the Faculty of Health's website, social media presence and the production of digital news publications.


Email: trudi.smith@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-4045
Fax: (902) 494-1966


Office Manager - Beth Weir

Beth began her employment with Dalhousie University in 1989 at the Physical Plant and Planning (now called Facilities Management) and in June 1993 joined the Dean's Office as office manager.  Beth provides leadership, guidance and advice to many of the Faculty committees, such as tenure and promotion, director searches/reappointments, Faculty student appeals, etc., and in that role provides interpretation regarding Faculty policies and procedures and the DFA collective agreement and adherence to those polices/collective agreement.  She also oversees the process for clinical placement agreements within the Faculty of Health and writes procedure or policy documents related to processes for the review of clinical placement agreements and certificate of insurance requests.   Beth oversees and manages the Dean's Office facilities projects and, as well, is responsible for the daily supervision of Dean's Office staff.

Email: beth.weir@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-7191
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Assistant to the Dean - Cheryl Brown

Cheryl joined the Dean's Office staff in November 2014 and has an extensive background over several levels of administrative support and management in both profit and non-profit business environments.  Cheryl is responsible for managing the day-to-day business of the Dean.  This includes coordinating the Dean’s schedule and meetings, providing her with administrative support as needed, and liaising with various internal and external stakeholders.    In addition to her duties for the Dean, Cheryl acts as event planner for the Dean’s Office for recurring and special events, including conferences, special lectures, holiday events and more.

Email: cheryl.brown@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-2345
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Program Administrator, PhD in Health - Niki Power

Niki joined the Dean’s Office team in January, 2015 and provides administrative support to the Program Coordinator, faculty supervisors, sessional lecturers and visiting speakers associated with the PhD in Health program. Her responsibilities also include acting as a resource person to potential applicants and enrolled students as well as marketing and promotional activities and event planning. In addition to program related responsibilities, Niki is also the Academic Integrity Coordinator and the UNIWeb Local Administrator for the Faculty of Health.

Email: phdhealth@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-7809
Fax: (902) 494-1966

Receptionist - Naina Ummat

Naina joined the Dean's Office team in May 2017 as receptionist. Her responsibilities include answering inquires, booking rooms, maintaining filing systems and other administrative duties. Naina also manages the calendar for the Acting Associate Dean (Academic), Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke.

Naina is passionate about the environment and has previously worked for the Newfoundland Government and the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University.

Email: health@dal.ca
Telephone: (902) 494-3327
Fax: (902) 494-1966