2017/18 Board of Directors:
President – Teresa Hennessey – After a short hiatus, Teresa is returning to the board eager to help support pharmacy technicians in the pursuit of professional advancement. Since receiving her pharmacy technician diploma in 1998, Teresa has practiced in front-line and leadership roles in both community and hospital pharmacies. She is currently employed as Pharmacy Operations Manager, Correctional Health with Alberta Health Services. In addition to her “day jobs”, Teresa has extensive experience with other pharmacy organizations and was one of the first pharmacy technician observers appointed to the Alberta College of Pharmacists council. She has been extensively involved in the development of the practice framework for Pharmacy Technicians and is excited about continuing that work with PTSA.
Vice President – Rhonda Bodnarchuk – Rhonda started her career in British Columbia in a hospital setting in 1996. After moving to Alberta in 2000 she worked for Shoppers Drug Mart, Safeway, Long Term Care and the Royal Alexandra Hospital inpatient pharmacy. Rhonda still works for Alberta Health Services as part of the pharmacy management team. She taught at Norquest College in her spare time and is involved in numerous boards and committees. Rhonda became a licensed pharmacy technician in the summer of 2011. As a member of the PTSA board she enjoys the opportunity to meet and network with technicians all across Alberta. The pharmacy technician profession has gone through a huge transition in the past years with increased knowledge and responsibilities. Dream Big, there is so much more we are capable of!
Secretary – Crystal Schultz – Originally from Vancouver Island B.C., Crystal graduated in 2013 from a CCAPP accredited Technician program in Kamloops, after completing her practicums in Alberta. Crystal went on to work at Shoppers Drug Mart for a short time before being hired on at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. After moving to Edmonton, she became increasingly involved in volunteer work through PTSA, a Program Advisory Committee for a Pharmacy Technician program, as well as different Committees at the Royal Alex. Crystal strongly believes that PTSA helped her get to where she is today and looks forward to helping new Technicians find their way in this ever changing environment.
Treasurer – Kim Fehr –Kim graduated from Norquest College in 2008. Since graduating, She has worked mainly in a hospital environment, primarily at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. She has spent 6 years at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and has been able to experience the technician regulation process as someone that has just embarked on their career. She is excited to be on board with PTSA. She hopes to help bring more PTSA awareness within the pharmacy world.
Membership Director – 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 pharmacy world.
Education Director – Diane Reeder – Diane has prior experience in many aspects of pharmacy, including community, industry, hospital, research and administration, and currently works for Alberta Health Services. She is keen to assist with advocating for pharmacy technicians and their role as regulated technicians. Her past experience, both at work and with PTSA and CAPT-Alberta, provides a solid foundation for the work ahead.
Advocacy Director – Carla Dumka – Started her career with Safeway in 1995. After several years with Safeway, she moved in to a role with Kroll Computer Systems. Carla spent 14 years working in Long Term Care with St. Michaels, then Capital Care Pharmacy. She has been with Alberta Health Services for 3 years and really enjoys her role at the Edmonton Remand Center. Carla received her pharmacy technician diploma from Red Deer College in 2002 and completed the bridging process in 2012. Looking forward to technicians expanding scope of practice and excited to be part of a great team of professionals!
Administrative Assistant – Rachele Nelson – Rachele graduated from the Office and Records Administrative Program at NAIT in 2003 and from the Events Management Program in 2012. Rachele has worked as a professional Administrative Assistant for over 15 years and enjoys every minute of it, especially keeping everyone organized and on schedule both in her professional and home life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and going on outdoor adventures whether it be camping, hiking or taking her 3 dogs for a walk. Rachele also enjoys to travel and hopes to do a lot more exploring in the years to come!
Communications Editor – Laura Miskimins – In 2004, Laura graduated from a Pharmacy Technician program in Prince George, B C. She spent nearly 10 years working for community pharmacies in Alberta, most recently for Shoppers Drug Mart. Laura has worked casually for Grey Nuns Hospital, and is currently working in a correctional facility. She is excited to work with the PTSA board and to have the opportunity to support pharmacy technicians as their practice evolves.
2018 Conference Planning Committee – Chair – Jody Read – Jody’s career as a pharmacy technician started when she graduated from the Red Deer College program. She has worked that last 28 years at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, with 22 year being in the acute care pharmacy setting and the last few years in a provincial role as a Technical Practice Lead, for Pharmacy Services, Alberta Health Services. Jody has a passion for promoting leadership and advocating for pharmacy technicians.
Calgary Area –TTCE Events Chair – Diane Reeder – Diane has prior experience in many aspects of pharmacy, including community, industry, hospital, research and administration, and currently works for Alberta Health Services. She is keen to assist with advocating for pharmacy technicians and their role as regulated technicians. Her past experience, both at work and with PTSA and CAPT-Alberta, provides a solid foundation for the work ahead.
Edmonton Area-TTCE Events Chair – Tamiza Dhanai – Tamiza’s career began as a writer but she changed her focus to pharmacy and graduated from a Pharmacy Technician Program in Vancouver, BC. She began working with Save On Foods in 1997 and continued to work in this retail setting as she completed her Bachelors of Applied Journalism. She moved to Edmonton in 2005 and started a teaching career. Tamiza have been a Pharmacy Technician Instructor with NorQuest College and CDI College. She became a regulated technician in 2013 and currently working in long term care. 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.
Red Deer-TTCE Events Chair – Brianne Feduniw – Brianne graduated from Red Deer College in 2006 and has since worked with AHS- Central Zone. She joined Pharmacy Services as a Technical Practice Leader in early 2018. She has experience throughout the Central Zone in both urban and rural settings and was one of the first clinically deployed technicians in the ICU at the Red Deer Hospital. She has a passion for learning and engaging others and has special interest in assisting technicians work to their full scope of practice by helping them incorporate advanced clinical practice in both urban and rural settings. Leadership and continuing education is something Brianne values which she demonstrates by also holding a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She also has a keen interest in policy and quality improvement that lead to improved patient care and outcomes.
Grande Prairie Area-TTCE Events Chair – Pam Vipond – Pam’s career in healthcare started as a Licensed Practical Nurse and changed shortly thereafter into pharmacy. The bulk of her years have been in rural hospital pharmacy until moving into a Provincial position as a Technical Practice Leader for Alberta Health Services. She graduated from Selkirk College and remains involved with the College by assisting in facilitating the online delivery of the National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program. She looks forward to the growth and advancement of our profession.