2020/21 Board of Directors
President – Morgan 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.
Vice President – Engi Saleh – Engi has a bachelor of pharmaceutical sciences from Egypt, she completed the pharmacy technician bridging program and became registered in 2015, and she has been in the retail world since 2003. Currently, she is working at Safeway pharmacy in Edmonton. She is confident in the near future, there will be a technician in every pharmacy in Alberta proving that pharmacy technicians are a valuable addition to the pharmacy world.
Secretary – Roxine Yong – Roxine graduated from the pharmacy technician program at CDI College in Edmonton in 2014 and has been regulated since 2015. She is currently working at an independent community pharmacy with a strong emphasis on providing services/medications to supportive living facilities. Although she is still rather new to this career, she has learned a lot about the industry and the profession, and she is eager to continue her learning through volunteering with the PTSA.
Treasurer – Geoffrey Maher –Geoffrey offers over 20 years of dynamic healthcare experience ranging from specialty retail experience, hospital, and telehealth experience. He’s excited to contribute to growing the profession and developing continuing education material meanwhile enhancing his personal practice. He enjoys helping patients and colleagues day to day. He believes the profession has a responsibility to be change agents in order to further patient care.
Membership Director – Ivan 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.
Education Director – Lindsay Marks –Lindsay began her practice in Pharmacy in 2010. She started as a pharmacy assistant, then worked to receive a license with the Alberta College of Pharmacy as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in January 2016. When not on shift at the Sandstone IDA in Blackfalds Alberta, Lindsay serves as the Education Director for the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta. She is very passionate about advancing Pharmacy practice, while working to the top of her scope to provide the best possible health outcomes for all patients.
Advocacy Director – Christina Levien – Christina began her career in Manitoba in 2003 for Drugstore Pharmacy. She moved to Edmonton in 2006 and started with Safeway Pharmacy where she was an integral part of the committee responsible for creating their Pharmacy Assistant Training Program. In 2015 she entered institutional practice with Alberta Health Services and is currently working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she is the site’s Good Catch Champion for error reporting, as well as involved in multiple other committees. She also spends her time at Norquest College mentoring students as an instructional assistant. She is excited to be part of the PTSA board and looking forward to expanding the scope of Pharmacy Technicians.
Communications Director – Samantha Bruun – With a decade of hospital and community experience, Samantha is continuing to develop her professional growth by joining the board. 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.
Administrator – Teresa 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.
Chairperson – Nicholas Burns
Since graduating from Robertson College in 2007, Nicholas has volunteered with PTSA in many capacities including conference planning, continuing education event planning, communications planning, as well as serving on the board as president. During the course of his career journey, he has worked in a variety of settings including community, outpatient pharmacy, central production pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and now supports the business side of pharmacy in a provincial capacity.
Communications Advisor – Rhonda 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.
Society Administrator – Teresa Hennessey
Education Director – Lindsay Marks
Membership Director – Ivan Yu
Communications Director – Samantha Bruun
Conference Planning Committee
Chairperson – Christina Levien
- Michelle Galais
- Janet Goddard
- Danielle Harel
- Teresa Hennessey
- Clara Jo Hoban
- Morgan Lahl
- Suzette Lewis
- Jenna MacDonald
- Lindsay Marks
- Kimberly McKay
- Allie Weaver
- Roxine Yong
Edmonton Area – TTCE Events Lead – Tamiza 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 currently instructing at 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.
South – TTCE Events Lead – Melissa Murach
North – TTCE Events Leads – Vacant
Calgary Area – TTCE Events Lead – Vacant
Red Deer – TTCE Events Lead – Vacant