2021 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies


My name is Erica Li-Humen. I graduated from Edwards School of Business with my MBA in 2003. Prior to joining the university, I worked with provincial government for over 10 years as business development manager. I have been with the university since 2019. I worked with the Controller Officer as Institutional Approver, and a Finance Analyst with College of Medicine. In December 2020, I started my new career path with Global Institute for Water Security as Financial Analyst. Although my roles and responsibilities were quite different in the past, I gained a numerous skill with different university units. I appreciate people who I have been working with to provide me the opportunity to challenge myself and help me to achieve my goals.

I have spent my adult life in Saskatoon and absolutely have affection with our friendly people and communities here. Having an education, career, and family here, I know this is a great city to live and I am always keen to help in the community. I have volunteered for the Lakeridge Community Association for 8 years. During this period, I severed as Membership, Adult and Youth programs coordinator. In recent years, I have been involved with the Lakewood Soccer Association as a Youth soccer team manager. My volunteer skills contribute a lot by my vibrant personality. I am happy, bright, energetic, most importantly I enjoy connecting with people and supporting the community.

I would like to be one of your representatives on the Executive Committee for ASPA. Thank you for reading my profile.


Dan Zhao is the Administrative Coordinator in the Confucius Institute (CI) at the University of Saskatchewan. Dan has also worked for the International Office and the International Student and Study Abroad Centre before joining the CI. Dan is an active volunteer in the campus and local community. She has served as a member for the ASPA Executive committee and ASPA Social committee in the past 2 years. Dan has been working as a volunteer interpreter for newcomers, and volunteered and performed for various festivals and cultural events in the city. Dan and her dog Mia are part of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Team. You might have met the pair on campus in one of the Paws Your Stress visits. Dan advocates for diversity and inclusion because ASPA is a multicultural family.


Adebisi Olukayode has been with the university of Saskatchewan as a Systems Administrator in the ICT department for a year and some months and has been part of ASPA for the same period.

She has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mathematics & Computer Science with about 10 years experience in IT.

Adebisi has had the opportunity of being part of the board of a non-profit organization focused on children education in the past and her desire to contribute towards providing required support for ASPA members is the key motivation for her wanting to represent you.

Adebisi would appreciate the opportunity to represent you on the Executive Committee for ASPA. Thank you.

MEIER, Simona

Simona Meier is a Clinical Research Professional for the Clinical Trial Support Unit in the College of Medicine.  In her role, Simona works closely with the Department of Medicine and the Research Excellence and Innovation office.  Simona has over 13 years’ experience in research administration at the University of Saskatchewan.

Simona has enjoyed volunteering for committee work within her department and is also currently on the Executive of the Canadian Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.  She has also served on several community committees, past and present, including in the Secretary role.

Simona is a detail-oriented, responsible and organized person, who is also easygoing and cooperative.  She enjoys volunteering, getting involved and contributing ideas and feedback.  Simona looks forward to getting more involved with ASPA and appreciates your consideration.


Hi everyone, my name is Tracey Baliski, and it would be an honour to represent you on the ASPA Executive. I currently work at Student Central as a Student Central Officer and I have been in this position for the past 13 years. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work Degree in 2003 and prior to working at the University of Saskatchewan I worked with the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

 Working at Student Central has given me the opportunity to work with our diverse student body and with staff from many different units across campus. This position requires a lot of problem solving, collaboration, and advocacy. All very important skills, which I will put to use on the ASPA Executive. I am interested in being on the ASPA Executive because I am amazed by the work that ASPA does to support and represent its members. They are strong advocates for their members, and it would be a privilege to be part of their team. I love taking on new responsibilities and meeting new people. A position on the executive would allow me to do both.

 In my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, reading, hiking, swimming, travelling, and spending time with my husband, daughter and two dogs. Thank you for your time and consideration

GROOT, Brianna

Brianna Groot is the Experimental Research Manager and Specialist at the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR). Through her role, she supports students and researchers from across campus and beyond in their research design and execution. She is an experienced people leader, project manager, researcher and presenter. Brianna has her BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and as a proponent of life-long learning, is currently pursuing her MA in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Brianna has six years of management experience within ASPA, and fourteen years of combined research and management experience. Brianna is passionate about methodological rigour and social justice initiatives that support the community. Brianna is keen and eager to apply her education and skills as an ASPA executive member.

SMIDA, Andrea

Hello, my name is Andrea Smida and I currently work in the unit Safety Resources as the Biosafety over the past 14 years.  I have been an active ASPA member right from the start. In 2014, I was elected as an ASPA executive member and served on the executive for the 6 year term. During this time, I was involved with helping to organize various ASPA events, such as the Pancake Breakfast and sat on various ASPA committees, such as the Research Committee, and the Communications committee. I also was the representative for ASPA on the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour for 2 years. I am currently sitting as a member of the ASPA Communications committee.

I am also an active member on the Canadian Association for Biological Safety since 2008 and have sat on the CABS Executive since 2015 as Secretary, President-Elect, President, and my current role as Past President. 

I look forward to putting my experience I have gained on the ASPA executive to serving the ASPA community again.

Thank you for your vote. 

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