Board and Committee Lead Bios

2019/20 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.

 

Past-President – 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 10 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.

 

Vice Presdident – 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.

 

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 – Regan Tattersall – Regan started her career in Red Deer working in community as well as the hospital there. She also was a teaching assistant, helping distance students with their sterile compounding labs at Red Deer College. She also graduated from Red Deer College in 2011 and immediately became a registered technician. She then moved to Edson, Alberta in 2013 and has been working at the hospital there ever since. Regan loves being a preceptor for technician students, showing them the many opportunities we have as technicians. She loves to work to her full scope of practice and takes an interest in leadership and change management and hopes this work with PTSA will help expand her circle of influence.

Membership Director – Ivan Yu –Ivan began his pharmacy career with Wal-Mart in 2003.  Since then, he has worked for a number of community pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies and currently works at the central production pharmacy for Calgary Co-op.  He completed his bridging program in December 2014 and began working as a regulated pharmacy technician in February 2015.  He enjoys interacting with patients and mentoring pharmacy technician students.  Ivan is a huge Flames fan and enjoys movies, puzzles and word games.  Returning for his second year, Ivan is looking forward to the challenges ahead and making even more connections.

Education Director – Sarah Code –Sarah has been a registered technician for 2 years and was a pharmacy assistant for 4 years prior to that.  She is a member of the PAC committee for the pharmacy technician program at Stenberg College out of BC where she also graduated from.  She is currently living in Edmonton, working at the University of Alberta Hospital inpatient pharmacy.  She grew up in Didsbury and still has family there.  Her partner Ben and her curl in the winter at the historic Granite Curling Club.  In her spare time she likes to crochet and quilt.  She is very passionate about pharmacy and truly believe that pharmacy technicians play an integral role in making any pharmacy run smoothly and ensure that the patients receive the best possible care.

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 assiatant. She is excited to be part of the PTSA board and looking forward to expanding the scope of Pharmacy Technicians.


Administration:

Administrator – Teresa Hennessey – With many years of board experience, including two terms as President, Teresa looks forward to continuing to help support pharmacy technicians and the Society in her new 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 as a Practice Leader with Alberta Health Services. 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:

Website Administrator – Nick Burns (Calgary)

Communications Editor – Rhonda Bodnarchuk (Edmonton)

Administrator – Teresa Hennessey (Edmonton)

Conference Planning Committee:

2019 Conference Managers – Jennifer Bean and Laura Miskimins

  • Ryan Mapa (Co-chair)
  • Angie Huynh (Co-chair)
  • Amanjot Panesar
  • Kim Arbter
  • Meghan Peters
  • Roxine Yong
  • Samantha Russell
  • Shana Morris

Advocacy Committee:

  • Christina Levien (Chair)
  • Jennifer Bean
  • Michelle Galais
  • Danielle Harel
  • Teresa Hennessey
  • Morgan Lahl
  • Suzette Lewis
  • Lindsay Marks
  • Kimberly McKay
  • Laura Miskimins
  • Sharon Van Wert
  • Roxine Yong

Education Committee:

Calgary AreaTTCE Events Lead – vacant

Edmonton Area-TTCE Events LeadTamiza 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 Lead – vacant

North -TTCE Events Leads – Laurie Lyle and Samantha Bruun