Introducing our new Executive Director

August 1, 2023

Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi, AMA President

Dear Members,

After more than 30 years of service to the Alberta Medical Association, our Executive Director (ED) Mike Gormley is retiring October 1. There will be more to say about his departure, but I am writing today to let you know that the Board of Directors has conducted an exhaustive search and appointed his successor.

The new ED will be Athana Mentzelopoulos. Beginning September 1, transition of responsibilities from Mike will occur with Athana formally assuming the role October 1, 2023.

As ED, she will be responsible to the AMA Board of Directors through the president and Executive Committee for direction and administration of the day-to-day affairs of the AMA, as well as assisting with policy and program development and implementation.

Athana has extensive experience in senior roles, at both the provincial (Alberta and BC) and federal level (including Health Canada), as well as other federal and provincial organizations such as Alberta Health Services. We look forward to working with her and all that she brings to her new role.

You are always welcome to share your thoughts with me. You can email me via You can also comment on this letter on the AMA website.

fred Rinaldi, MD, CCFP, FCFP, LLB, MBA, MPA(HSA), BCom
President, Alberta Medical Association
"Fate whispers to the warrior, 'You can not withstand the storm.' The warrior whispers back, 'I am the storm.'"

Meet our new Executive Director

Athana MentzelopoulosAthana Mentzelopoulos

Athana has extensive public service experience in federal and provincial governments, including serving as deputy minister of Treasury Board and Finance in both Alberta and British Columbia, where for the latter she was also responsible for the BC Securities Commission and the credit union regulator, the Financial Institutions Commission.

Athana has also served in deputy minister roles in the BC ministries of Intergovernmental Relations; Government Communications; Tourism, Skills Training and Labour; and in many senior roles in the federal government. She holds an Honours BA in political science and economics from Carleton University and an MA in contemporary social and political thought from the University of Victoria.

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    Pauline Alakija


    10:29 AM on August 02, 2023

    Mike Gormley is a great leader in healthcare. I have worked with him for many years. He is innovative, dedicated, brilliant, diplomatic, strategic and ethical. He deserves a huge thank you from every physician and patient in Alberta.

    Athana you are joining a great organization. You look perfect for the job. Welcome!!!

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