Meet the board & Committee leads

 


2022/23 Board Members

PresidentIvan Yu

Ivan’s pharmacy career began in 2003 as a pharmacy assistant. In December 2014, he completed his bridging program at Bow Valley College in Calgary and started working as a registered pharmacy technician in February 2015. He currently works full-time at Calgary Co-op’s Central Production Pharmacy. He welcomes the opportunity to precept and mentor pharmacy technician students and passing on his knowledge to them, so that they can grow and succeed. He is an avid Flames fan and enjoys going to live games. Volunteering with the PTSA has been extremely rewarding and invaluable to his growth as an individual. He has served as the membership/promotions director and promotions committee lead. He has also been involved with the communications committee and conference committee; as well as being a CE reviewer. Returning for another year, Ivan hopes to continue to grow, and to expand his social network.

Past President/Education DirectorMorgan Lahl

Morgan graduated from the pharmacy technician program at Robertson College in 2014. After her course completion, she was hired to work for AHS at Foothills Hospital and later got a position working at the Southern Alberta Clinic Pharmacy. She enjoys interacting with upcoming pharmacy technicians as an instructor for the Institutional Pharmacy program at Robertson College. She believes that the PTSA is crucial in advocating for pharmacy technicians and serves as an inspiration to keep moving forward. She hopes to promote more activities for members to participate in and get to know more individuals within the organization.

AM-ESESSION-2533_2_crop-150x150.jpgVice PresidentAllie Weaver

Allie got her start in pharmacy in 2008, working as a pharmacy assistant until becoming regulated in 2017. She has worked in both community and hospital pharmacies and continues to do so now. She has been involved with PTSA in a variety of volunteer capacities; from promotions committee to conference committee. The thing she enjoyed most from volunteering with PTSA was the opportunity to find unique and exciting educational opportunities for technicians. She hopes to continue that and contribute to the growth and advancement of the technician profession as a member of the board.

Diane-Feb-28-2022-2-150x150.jpgTreasurerDiane Reeder

Diane is currently a team member of the Centralized Drug Production & Distribution (CDPD) Project within Alberta Health Services (AHS). Her past work experience consisted of roles in pharmacy that included management, administration, research and front line work. Volunteer work has spanned roles in the national body, Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT), in an international group, Pharmacy Technicians International and previously for PTSA. She is looking forward to continuing the challenge.

Carlynn-headshot-150x150.jpgSecretaryCarlynn Bullock

Carlynn has been a Pharmacy Technician for 10 years having worked in retail, hospital, and long-term care pharmacies. She currently works at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. Because of her passion for her career and the profession, she wants to do all she can to advocate for Pharmacy Technicians. She is also looking for opportunities to build her leadership skills.

20220804_205752-150x150.jpgCommunications DirectorSamantha Kennedy

With over a decade of hospital and community experience, and now moving into a provincial position with AHS, Samantha is continuing to develop her professional growth by continuing her role with PTSA. Her experiences have taught her that Technicians have a voice and with the appropriate support from groups like PTSA, the profession may work to be heard and become a respected healthcare professional.

LorenVoice-150x150.jpgConference DirectorLoren Voice

Loren Voice has 25+ years’ experience in various pharmacy settings in Alberta. Her pharmacy passions are hospital pharmacy practice, sterile compounding, and teaching. Her current role is Clinical Lab Instructor at Bow Valley College in the Pharmacy Technician program. Expanding her knowledge in hopes of contributing to a better healthcare system, Loren graduated with her Masters of Public Health degree in 2019. Her desire is to inspire others to reach their “ah ha” moments, to act with integrity and communicate with empathy and compassion.

Neelu-150x150.pngPromotions DirectorNeelu Duhan

Neelu has been living in Lethbridge for the past 15 years and has been working as RPhT at Chinook Regional Hospital for the past 10 years. She has been a preceptor for 3 years now and have volunteered with PTSA for the past 2 years. She enjoys hiking, yoga and napping with her cat in a sunny spot.

Nicole-150x150.pngMembership DirectorNicole Rees

Nicole graduated from Red Deer College as a pharmacy technician in 2006. She completed the bridging program and has been a fully regulated technician since 2013. Nicole spent several years working in a retail compounding pharmacy before moving to hospital practice. She is always looking for new opportunities and challenges to learn and grow her practice as a pharmacy technician. She hopes to be able to encourage others to do so as well as a member of the PTSA board.

melissa-150x150.pngAdvocacy DirectorMelissa Olson

With over twenty years of combined education and pharmaceutical experience, Melissa is continuing her career as a technician and as the sole proprietor of one of Alberta's few technician-owned pharmacy relief services. Additionally, Melissa is continuing her professional growth by completing professional certifications in project management to excel in the many facets and leadership roles she fills in her positions. Her passion for unique, patient-specific care, focusing on good patient outcomes along with ensuring inclusivity and equality for her patients, is a driving force behind her many years in the field. She plans to have many more years aiding pharmacies, professionals, and patients across the province as a pharmacy technician.


Administration

AdministratorTeresa Hennessey

With many years of board experience, including two terms as President, Teresa has continued to help support pharmacy technicians and the Society in her role as PTSA Administrator. Since receiving her pharmacy technician diploma in 1998, Teresa has practiced in front-line and leadership roles in both community and hospital pharmacies and was the first registered pharmacy technician in Alberta. She is currently employed with Alberta Health Services as Operations Manager for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Pharmacy. In addition to her “day job”, Teresa has extensive experience with other pharmacy organizations and was one of the first pharmacy technician observers appointed to the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s council. She has been extensively involved in the development of the practice framework for Pharmacy Technicians and is excited to continue that work with PTSA.


Communications Committee

ChairpersonRhonda Bodnarchuk

Rhonda began her career in 1996 and has seen many exciting changes to the pharmacy technician scope of practice over the years both for retail and institutional settings. She was excited to become a licensed pharmacy technician in 2011 and teach the bridging courses at Norquest college to help her peers through the transition. She served many years on the education committee, board and continues to support the society as an advisor for the communications committee.

Samantha Kennedy

Joanne Fontaine


Promotions Committee

ChairpersonNeelu Duhan

Elizabeth Allers

Pooja Chokshi


Conference Planning Committee

ChairpersonLoren Voice

Allie Weaver

Carlynn Bullock

Nina Dueck

Adjani Beltran


Awards Committee

ChairpersonCarlynn Bullock

Linda Hoang

Neelu Duhan

Melissa Salacki

Sharon Van Wert

Nina Dueck

Debbie Knudsen

Pooja Chokshi


Advocacy Committee

ChairpersonMelissa Olson

Elizabeth Schelske

Pooja Chokshi

Catharine Gimbel

Adjani Beltran

Wendy Lindeman

Morgan Lahl


Membership Engagement Committee

ChairpersonDiane Reeder

Geraldine Sandajan

Kirsty Parent

Debbie Knudsen

Nina Dueck

Nneoma Ehimiaghe

Adjani Beltran

Nicole Rees


Education Committtees

ChairpersonMorgan Lahl

Devaki Grenier

Catharine Gimbel

Pooja Chokshi

Debbie Knudsen

Kirsten Shead

Edmonton Area - TTCE Events LeadTamiza Dhanani

Tamiza’s career began as a writer but she changed her focus to pharmacy and graduated from Vancouver Community College in 1997, as a pharmacy technician. She began working with Save On Foods and continued to work in this retail setting as she completed her Bachelors of Applied Journalism. She moved to Edmonton and started a teaching career in 2007. Tamiza has been a regulated technician since 2013 and has been a Pharmacy Technician Instructor with NorQuest and CDI College. She is passionate about continuing education for pharmacy technicians and their expanding role. Tamiza looks forward to the future of Pharmacy and is excited to help Pharmacy Technicians in Alberta move forward through Continuing Education.

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