Project Team

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, RN PhD (Project Lead)

Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham is a Professor and Dean of Nursing at Trinity Western University, Canada.  Her research is in the area of plurality and equity in healthcare, focusing on the intersections of religion, spirituality, race, class, and gender.  She leads an international, interdisciplinary program of research on albinism, spiritual/cultural beliefs, and human rights.  See more

Barbara Astle, RN PhD (Project Co-Lead)

Barbara Astle is the Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University, Canada. She has focused her academic career in the field of global health and health equity. Using critical perspectives and qualitative/participatory action research methods, she has published extensively on nursing and global health education, global health education partnerships, competency-based curriculum in global health, and principles for global health research. She is the Co-Director of the TWU Centre of Equity and Global Engagement and the Co-Chair for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Competency Sub-committee. See more

Ikponwosa Ero, JD (Project Co-Lead)

Ikponwosa Ero, herself a person with albinism, is a Human Rights lawyer. She was appointed in 2015 as the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Person with Albinism. She has worked extensively on issues about the human rights of persons with albinism, including serving as the international advocacy and legal officer for Under the Same Sun (UTSS) in Canada and Tanzania. She was instrumental in the writing and adoption of nine international human rights resolutions on albinism, including at the Human Rights Council, at the General Assembly, and at the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Project Co-Investigators

Lori Beaman, PhD, University of Ottawa

Bonny Ibhawoh, PhD, McMaster University, Canada

Wisdom Tettey, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada

Research Staff

Emma Strobell, MSN RN, Project Coordinator

Meghann Buyco, BSN RN, MSN Student, Graduate Research Assistant

Project Collaborators

Sonya Sharma, PhD, Kingston University, UK 

Elvis Imafidon, PhD, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies See More

Jennifer Kromberg, PhD, University of Witwatersrand , South Africa  

Perpetua Senkoro, UTSS, Tanzania

Innocentia Migijima-Konopi, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Nomasonto Mazibuko, Albinism Society of South Africa, South Africa

Boateng Wiafe, MD, Operation Eyesight, Ghana

Kristi Panchuk, NP, Trinity Western University, Canada

Cultural Liaisons & Translators

Clara Maliwa, UTSS Intern, Tanzania

Jane Waithera, Positive Exposure Kenya

Mpho Tjope, Founder #ICanBe Campaign and Albinism Advocacy for Action, South Africa

Visual Design

Justin Chase, BBA Student