Meet Our Team

Dr. Adri-Anna Aloia

Founder & Director
founder@foundationofimg.org

RCSI-Bahrain Alumna 2019
University of Toronto Alumna 2013
Country: Canada
Medical Interest: Varied Surgical Specialties, Community Program Development and Education

Dr. Mike Lem

Secretary of Affairs secretaryofaffairs@foundationofimg.org

University of Split School of Medicine-Medical Studies in English (#samoMEFST) Alumnus 2019
Country: USA
Medical Interest: General Surgery

Mr. Hasan Kazmi

Treasurer
treasurer@foundationofimg.org

Dr. Arun Nair

Mentorship Coordinator mentorship@foundationofimg.org

RCSI-Bahrain Alumnus 2019
Country: Hong Kong
Medical Interests: Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Ms. Taneisha Woods

Public Relations
media@foundationofimg.org

McMaster University 2016
Country: Canada
Community Interests: Diversity, Inclusivity, Health & Safety, Hospitality, Customer Service, Ethically Sourced, Gender Inequality, Grassroot Movements

Ms. Sofia Aloia

Librarian
usedbooks@foundationofimg.org

George Brown College 2019
Mohawk College 2016
Country: Canada
Community Interests: Childhood Education, Sportsmanship, Anti-Bullying initiatives, Positive and Inclusive Environment building, Diversity

Mansi Baxi

Web Developer
web@foundationofimg.org

Conestoga College 2017
Country: Canada
Engineering Interests: Mobile-first Development; Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Mr. Sawm Rad

Engineering & Innovation innovations@foundationofimg.org

York University 2014
Country: Canada
Engineering Interests: Design of end-use components, additive manufacturing, automation and robotics & lean manufacturing

Dr. Katherine Walters

Promotional Material & Mixed Media info@foundationofimg.org

RCSI Bahrain Alumna 2020
Country: Canada
Medical Interests: Family Medicine, Women's Health and Psychiatry

Ms. Carmen Chimiski

Web Designer
web@foundationofimg.org

OCAD University 2022
Country: Canada
Design interest: Photography, Diverse layout, Copywriting, and Brand strategies

Mr. Jose Colon Jr.

Courier Services
info@foundationofimg.org

Country: United States of America
Community Interests: Inclusivity, Community Development, Vulnerable Groups (including homeless and marginalized groups), Elderly care

Alexandra Bucko

School Ambassador 2020-2021

University of Split School of Medicine-Medical Studies in English, Class of 2026
Country: USA
Medical Interest: Internal Medicine (GI, Psychology, Rheumatology)

Nandita Thakkar

School Ambassador 2020-2021

Mahatma Ghandi Mission Institute of Health Science, Class of 2023
Country: India
Medical Interest: Respiratory Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pathology

Nico Nyugen

School Ambassador 2020-2021

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland- Medical University of Bahrain
Country: Canada
Medical Interest: HIV/AIDS Virology, LGBTQ+ Health, Psychodynamic Therapy in Schizophrenia

Giovanni Andrei

School Ambassador 2020-2021

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Malaysia Campus, Class of 2022
Country: Malaysia
Medical Interests: Paediatrics, Surgery

Team Quotes

"To me, medicine and the journey of medicine is everything encompassing good mentorship. It is an industry which requires years of sacrifice and training, regardless of your title within the healthcare profession. Having a good mentor is important to not only develop into a strong medical candidate but to also enforce a stronger health care system. Additionally, in my experience, I have found that the best physicians are those who are honorable and contributing members of society; this is not dependent on boarders, school of training or other factors of percieved division."
- Dr. Adri-Anna Aloia

"I joined the Foundation of International Medical Graduates because my time at an international medical school was some of the best years of my life. I not only gained my medical knowledge, but I also made life-time friends from around the world. I want to ensure and share that with everyone!"
- Dr. Mike Lem

"By being a part of the team I intend on bringing forward my artistic and well work driven background. I'm always accessible to one's needs. My personality is very understanding and calm. I have a caring and welcoming affect on our peers as well as bringing forward a supporting and energetic personality that is always willing and able to help out at times of need. Not only is this effort towards an amazing cause, it brings together many views and specialties as one."
- Ms. Sofia Aloia

"With an academic background in Sociology and Communication studies, the ideology of humans (human interaction, support, and ingenuity) are among the few topics that enamour me on a day to day basis. The manner in which we think, care, and act defines our call to action. Most often, when faced with hard times it is human nature to think we can’t succeed or do better. The Foundation of IMG has shown me that a little goes a long way. When you take yourself out of the equation and think of the greater good, a difference is inevitable. There’s nothing like the look of genuine sincerity when a health care worker knows that you are present to provide PPE. The Foundation of IMG is founded on being there for the people. Sometimes it takes a miracle, however miracles can look a lot like people, effort, and time to care for one another. Whether it’s spreading good vibes, helpful tips, or things to know, The Foundation of IMG has the people covered. It’s time our health care providers felt that kind of coverage too."
- Ms. Taneisha Woods

"Being a part of the Foundation of I.M.G. is a chance to help propel IMGs further in their careers by providing a supportive community, along with tips and tricks for them to build themselves an incredible foundation. It is of incredible importance that we pay it forward, as well as share our knowledge and resources so that the generation after us can be more prepared than the generation before us."
- Dr. Katherine Walters

"Having joined the foundation amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, my objective is to help the foundation fulfill their goals and project those in the front lines. I hope to lean on my technical knowledge to help bring innovative solutions to the tasks at hand."
- Mr. Sawm Rad

"I am a Software Engineer by day and a freelance web developer by night. I freelance on the side because I am passionate about building community and helping small businesses and non for profit organizations create their online presence. I am honored to be able to leverage my technical skills to build this e-commerce platform which is helping raise donations for COVID19."
- Mansi Baxi

"I joined the foundation to connect with the community and other professionals which contribute to the function of our cities overall. By being a part of the foundation, I feel like we are making a difference, increasing awareness and doing good for our people, regardless if you are a medical student or not. I believe that this time is the right time to help, more than ever. Being able to be a part of an initiative who is helping right now is a great opportunity to contribute as a team to create an even bigger impact of support."
- Mr. Jose Colon Jr.

"Currently studying advertising at OCAD University, I am also a freelance photographer and web designer. Design, for me, is an opportunity to express my creative process to the world and brings a sense of joy for people who are not used to see a unique style of development. Working with the foundation of international medical graduates allowed me to engage with such hard-working individuals who genuinely demonstrate awareness in our community. This foundation changed my mindset not only in design but to build an environment where people can sign up and be apart of a platform that is growing in the medical industry."
- Ms. Carmen Chimiski

"Being a part of a dashing new foundation like this means that I have the opportunity to help upcoming students and medical graduates on a path that looks daunting to most of us. Currently going through this path, I have seen the positive and negative aspects and I feel I could contribute my knowledge and methods of preparing for this path. In these times when teamwork is one of the most essential skills, I feel this foundation will be an invaluable resource for every medical student and graduate out there and being a part of this is a tremendous honour."
- Dr. Arun Nair