Ontario Herbalists Association

Promoting safe & natural healing with plants since 1982

Board of Directors

2023-2024

Lianna Vargas, RH – President

 

 

 

 

 


Tahir Ahmad, RH – Vice-President, Applications Director

Tahir Ahmad, D.N.M., R.H., N.M.D has forty years experience in herbal medicine. Tahir qualified from one of the oldest colleges in the world, and received an Honours Degree in Herbal Medicine. Tahir has served as president of the Toronto College of Natural Medicine and he has given approximately 500 lectures on Rogers cable. He has done considerable research on Eastern and Western herbs, and Health Canada has approved his 74 formulas for manufacturing in Canada. As a herbalist practicing in Toronto (Etobicoke), he has more than ten thousand patient files in his office.

 


Elena Pintilie, Student Member – Secretary

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 


Zhyfhs Millicent, RH – Chair of the Professional Members Committee (PMC)

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 


Susan Elliotson, RH – Director-at-Large

After many years as a law clerk with a life-long interest in plants, Susan returned to school to study Phytotherapy in the diploma program at the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Mohawk College. Now in private practice in Caledon, surrounded by many of the herbs she uses, she is a professional member of the Ontario Herbalists Association, serving on the Professional Members Committee. As a previous OHA Director, she served as President for four years.

Susan taught Herbal Pharmacy as a faculty member of Mohawk College (Hamilton) and was a faculty member of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (Toronto) for 15 years, teaching Introductory and Advanced Herbal Medicine. She continues to teach IHN students as part of their co-op requirement….and non-students who are looking for a similar experience in a herb garden. She regularly leads herb walks, speaks to private groups on different aspects of herbs and offers consultations in her home office.

 


Lili Alexandra Milborne, Student Member – Director, Student Liasion

As a dedicated student herbalist and phytotherapist, Lili brings a unique blend of scientific research and holistic philosophy to the Ontario Herbalists Association’s Board of Directors. With a profound belief in the healing power of nature, Lili seeks to serve as a vital bridge of
connection, whilst advocating for a sustainable and holistic approach to wellness. With this deep-rooted passion for herbalism, Lili combines academic knowledge with hands-on clinical experience, continually seeking to deepen her understanding of plant medicine, while remaining committed to promoting evidence based herbal practices, ensuring that tradition and innovation harmonize to maximize healing benefits.

As a member of the board, Lili strives to empower individuals to take charge of their health journey and foster a deeper connection with the natural world. Lili’s dedication to advancing the field of herbalism and phytotherapy reflects her unwavering commitment to promoting health, harmony, and healing for all.

 

ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS

Elizabeth Boyd, RH – Treasurer, Bookkeeper

Elizabeth grew up on a crop farm in Southwestern Ontario, and was familiar with many plants and ‘weeds’ from a very early age. Through university, Elizabeth’s summer jobs were in the agriculture industry and these positions enhanced her plant identification knowledge so that she can rapidly identify many locally growing plants.

After completing a Chemical Engineering and Management degree at McMaster University, Elizabeth’s interest in culinary and medicinal plants became a hobby that eventually led to more education. After enrolling in a 6 month herbal field study program, she knew that Herbal Medicine was her passion and Elizabeth began pursuing a degree in Traditional Herbal Medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto. She graduated in the Fall of 2011. Elizabeth lives with her husband, son, and daughter on a 40 acre property between Grimsby and Smithville. She is currently accepting new patients into her practice. She is also available for seminars and talks on a wide variety of topics relating to Herbal Medicine.

 


Nancy Majoulian, CNP, RH (OHA), nd-1223 – CCHA Rep

 

Nancy Majoulian is a Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and a Registered professional Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA). Nancy is a former aerospace executive turned holistic health advocate. Her journey started after a life changing ski accident in 2008 where she had 3 surgeries and was able to get back on her feet in 6 months, exceeding the surgeons recovery expectations.

Her own health journey not only inspired her to invest in her own health help but help others get their health back. To learn more go to www.gaialifeforce.com

Nancy decided to join the CCHA board because she believes herbal medicine has a role in today’s world. It needs to be protected and the public needs to be properly educated on it. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans were using medicinal plants during the Paleolithic era, approximately 60,000 years ago. Nancy wants to also honour her great-great-great grandmother Cema who was a renowned mid-wife and medical herbalist in the 19th century in the region of Cilicia, the “village” of Alexandretta, previously known as” Little Alexandria”.

Nancy uses holistic and complementary approach in helping her clients get their health back. She specializes in plant-based, and holistic nutrition, digestive and hormonal imbalances. She also gives regular health and wellness workshops across North America within the private and public sectors and has been a guest speaker at the Thrive with Cancer Expo in Toronto, Berkeley University in California, University of Ottawa, Ryerson College, at the International Association of Airport Executives conference in Montreal and more. In 2017, Nancy had a 6 part plant-based television series in Toronto and has made several television appearances sharing her nutritional and herbal tips including on Breakfast Television.

Nancy’s motto is: “Health is your biggest asset. Invest in it and it will pay dividends.”

 


Laura Holloway, RH – General Manager

Allanah Canal – Communications Officer


Previous Board 2022 – 2023: Tahir Ahmad, RH – President, Nathan McCready – Secretary, Zhyfhs Millicent, RH – Director,  Karim Jivan – Director  ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Elizabeth Boyd – Treasurer, Bookkeeper, Nancy Majoulian, RH – CCHA Rep, Laura Holloway – General Manager, Allanah Canal – Communications Officer


Previous Board 2021 – 2022: Lianna Vargas, RH – President, Tahir Ahmad, RH – Vice-President, Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Rick DeSylva, DNM, CH, RH – Director, Zhyfhs Millicent, RH – Director,  Karim Jivan – Director  ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Elizabeth Boyd – Treasurer, Bookkeeper, Nancy Majoulian, RH – CCHA Rep, Laura Holloway – General Manager, Allanah Canal – Social Media Communications Officer


Previous Board 2020 – 2021: Susan Elliotson, RH – President, Lianna Vargas, RH – Vice-President, Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Chris Lamont, RH – Director, Applications, Thair Ahmad, RH – Director, Rick DeSylva, DNM, CH, RH – Director, Dee Gauthier, RH – Director,      ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Elizabeth Boyd – Treasurer, Bookkeeper, Nancy Majoulian, RH – CCHA Rep, Laura Holloway – General Manager, Anitha Venkatesan – Office Administrator, Allanah Canal – Social Media Communications Officer


Previous Board 2019 – 2020: Susan Elliotson, RH – President, Abrah Arneson, RH – Vice-President, Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Chris Lamont, RH – Director, Applications, Shanthi Balasubramaniam, RH – Director, Dee Gauthier, RH – Director, Lianna Vargas, RH – Director, CCHA Rep,     ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Barbara Anderson/Elizabeth Boyd – Treasurer, Nancy Majoulian, RH – CCHA Rep, Devi Panday – General Manager, Anitha Venkatesan – Office Administrator


Previous Board 2018 – 2019: Susan Elliotson, RH – President, Abrah Arneson, RH – Vice-President, Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Chris Lamont, RH – Director, Applications, Shanthi Balasubramaniam, RH – Director, Dee Gauthier, RH – Director, Barbara Anderson – Treasurer     ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Lianna Vargas, RH – CCHA Rep, Nancy Majoulian, RH – CCHA Rep


Previous Board 2017 – 2018: Marianne Beacon, RH – President, CCHA Rep, Lianna Vargas, RH – Vice-President, CCHA Rep Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Barbara Anderson – Treasurer, Chris Lamont, RH – Director, Applicant Schools Liaison, Susan Elliotson, RH – Secretary/Privacy Officer, Shanthi Balasubramaniam, RH – Director


Previous Board 2016 – 2017: Marianne Beacon, RH – President, CCHA Rep Lianna Vargas, RH – Vice-President, CCHA Rep, Elena Pintilie – Secretary, Barbara Anderson – Treasurer, Chris Lamont, RH – Director, Applicant Schools Liaison


Previous Board 2015 – 2016: Richard DeSylva, DNM, CH, RH – President, CCHA Rep, John Redden – Vice-President, Susan Elliotson, RH – Secretary/Privacy Officer, Elizabeth Boyd, RH – Treasurer, Lianna Vargas, RH – Director, CCHA Rep, Marianne Beacon, RH – Director, Chris Lamont, RH – Director


Previous Board 2014 – 2015: Diane Kent, MNIMH, RH – President, Richard DeSylva, DNM, CH, RH – Vice-President, CCHA Rep Susan Elliotson, RH – Secretary/Privacy Officer, Elizabeth Boyd, RH – Treasurer, Michael Vertolli, BSc, RH – Director, CCHA Rep Monika Ghent RH, PSM – Director, PMC Chair, Lianna Vargas, RH – Director, Student Liaison