Board Members

Dr. Myron Semkuley – Founder / Advisor

In 1992, Dr. Semkuley with his wife Elaine, began projects in Myanmar and Western Ukraine to provide the impoverished people with much needed medical aid. In 1999, MMC was established as a registered charity. In 2002, Dr. Semkuley and Elaine developed medical clinics in villages and extended their medical assistance to India and Nepal. Dr. Semkuley, M.D. has a Certification in Family Medicine. He worked in Calgary as a family physician until 2014. Dr. Semkuley continued to provide medical aid, supplies and education to his projects in Myanmar, Ukraine, India and Nepal annually. Member of International Operations Committee.

Elaine Semkuley – Founder / Advisor  

Since 1992, Elaine along with her husband Dr. Semkuley realized the need to provide medical aid to the impoverished people of Myanmar and Western Ukraine. In 1999, they established MMC as a registered charity. Through their dedications through these medical aid projects, clinics were built and their work extended to India and Nepal. Elaine has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Elaine and Dr. Semkuley travelled to their clinics until 2018 in the impoverished and marginalized communities of Myanmar, Ukraine, India and Nepal annually to provide continuing medical aid and education. Member of International Operations Committee.

Mylaine Tsaprailis – President  

Mylaine is an Owner / Operator and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc., a nonprofit Human Services organization. She has worked with marginalized populations in various capacities for over 20 years. Mylaine’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Political Science and Bachelor of International Development from the University of Calgary. She is a registered Social Worker and has been a certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator since 2008.

Mylaine has volunteered her time, in the past, with survivors of torture through the Red Cross and has had extensive involvement volunteering with Medical Mercy Canada Society both locally and internationally. She believes strongly in the mission, vision and values of MMC and the subsequent work that has evolved over the years.

Roberta (Bobbie) Jess – Secretary

Bobbie was born and raised in Alberta.  After living in Australia, she moved to Great Falls, Montana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Micro Computer Management, a Bachelor of Biology and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2000 she then relocated to Seattle, Washington where she managed medical clinics.  In 2014, her younger sister, Martina Losing was diagnosed with cancer, Bobbie came back to Canada to care for her. Martina Losing travelled with Mylaine Tsaprailis to the Ukraine as a volunteer for MMC a few times. Bobbie has been a strong supporter for MMC and believes strongly in their mission. She is hoping to travel more for Medical Mercy Canada and believes strongly in MMC’s efforts. Bobbie has volunteered for a MMC in the past as well as the Rainbow Society and Hard Knocks.   

Laura Karlsson – Vice President

Laura is a retired Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing. She has had a variety of nursing jobs in her 50 year career and worked as a bone marrow transplant coordinator for 31 of these years. Laura has travelled extensively including travel as a transplant courier and a medical volunteer with MMC to projects in Ukraine and Nepal. Since 2006 she has coordinated work with medical supplies for MMC. Laura is a member of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and an advocate for social justice, cultural diversity and Indigenous issues. Distribution Centre Coordinator and member of International Operations Committee.

Greg Bosch – Treasurer 

Malinda Norrie – Director

Malinda was born and raised in Vancouver but moved to Calgary to complete her Bachelor of Education.  From a young age, Malinda has been drawn to helping others, as a lifeguard and swimming teacher with the City of Calgary and then as an elementary teacher with the Calgary Board of Education.  Her passion for early childhood education has recently focussed on supporting families find and access mental health supports.  In addition to volunteering at her church and children’s hockey teams, Malinda is excited to be a part of MMC.

David Kohut – Director 

David is a retired Mechanical Engineer and worked in Special Projects for 22 years at the Bruce Power Nuclear Station. For the last 12 years David has been a member of Medical Mercy Canada. He has travelled to Ukraine 10 times, and is currently working with project managers in Ukraine to evaluate and fulfil project needs. Member of International Operations Committee.

Dr. Donna Taylor – Director 

Dr. Taylor is a retired Family Physician who practiced for 30 years in rural area clinics and in emergency rooms. Dr. Taylor practiced Family Medicine in a clinic, treating people of all ages with a wide range of physical, emotional and psychological problems. Dr. Taylor has travelled to Ukraine 10 times as part of MMC’s Ukraine mission. Chair of International Operations Committee.

Karin Karlsson – Director

Karin is a Registered Nurse and works on a Medical / Palliative unit at a hospital in Calgary. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Design. Karin is passionate about advocacy and quality improvement for patients. She has travelled extensively and has previously travelled to Nepal with MMC to volunteer at a health camp.

Roman Kozak – Director

Roman is a physician and Associate Professor of Medical Imaging at the Schulich Medical School, London, Ont. He grew up in Leicester, U.K. in a Ukrainian community. After first visiting Ukraine in 1990, Roman started helping with their medical projects. He has since become involved in various humanitarian projects in Ukraine and London. Roman is a strong supporter of MMC and believes in their mission to help communities in less fortunate countries in their time of need. Member of International Operations Committee.

Anna Suprun – Director

D.J. (Don) Bobyn – Advisor

Don is a retired professional engineer executive in Calgary’s energy industry, with continuing activity in current oil and gas operations. He remains active in the Ukrainian community within Calgary by being a member of numerous charities and committees.

Stanley Odut – Advisor