Karen has been a RN for more than 30 years. In her career, Karen has practiced nursing in a variety of roles including critical care nurse, Registrar of the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, Consultant, Regional Director of the WRHA Emergency Program, President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Board member of the Canadian Nurses Association and President of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society. Karen is a founding member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and is the former Interim Executive Director. In these many roles, Karen has consistently been an advocate for patient care, the profession of nursing and the health of people living in Manitoba.
Derek Johannson - Vice Chair
After graduating with an honours degree in Commerce, Derek began his own business, Carlyle Computer Products, from his parents' basement in 1980. Carlyle was twice recognized as Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies. Today, Derek assists his sons in developing a new business model in the desktop printer fleet management market with Carlyle Printer, Service, & Supplies Ltd.
Derek has a rich history of community involvement on a number of local and international boards including the Manitoba Research Council, Young Professionals Organization International and Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg Foundation. In addition to his role with the WRHA's Board, he also finds time to sit on the boards for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center and the Winnipeg Police Service.
Maj. Joanne Biggs
A specialist in Pastoral/Spiritual Care Education, Joanne is an Educational Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and serves on the Education Standards Commission for the organization. She offers spiritual/pastoral care and ethics education to professionals in healthcare, correctional services, and community settings. Joanne is a retired officer with the Salvation Army: Social Services Administration and Chaplaincy.
The former Executive Director of Wellness and Student Life at the University of Winnipeg, Jan is an accomplished senior leader in health and post-secondary education. Jan brings with her experience as a former Manager of Patient Safety, Quality, and Patient Relations at St. Boniface Hospital, and a program and policy analyst for the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety. She holds of Master of Arts focused in Sociology of Health and Illness from the University of Manitoba.
Verna is a School Counselor for the Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill. Served on Council with the Town of Churchill 2000-02, 2002-06, 2010-2014. Verna has served on the Board of the former Churchill RHA and is interested in the health care of the Churchill community and instilling a healthier lifestyle for the youth.
After contracting bacterial meningitis in 2001, Raquel underwent extensive treatment including the amputation of both legs below the knees and a number of fingers. Her rehabilitation included being fit with prosthetic legs. Raquel returned to work in 2003 to continue her career in child care. Over a decade later, in 2015, Raquel has turned her attention to her two children as a stay-at-home mother and continues her volunteer work with other amputees at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg's Rehabilitation Day Program.
Board President for his own local business development company, SMG Development, Stuart has years of experience working with Winnipeg's business community. Stuart is the Past Chair for Seven Oaks General Hospital Board of Directors and has gained an appreciation for the work of multi-cultural organizations through is involvement with the Manitoba Intercultural Council and Folklorama.
A Chartered Accountant since 1988, Brad joined KPMG LLP a few short years after finishing his education and became a Tax Partner in 2007. Bradley's work focusses on providing tax services to private companies and their shareholders. An active member of the McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, Bradley also serves on their board, as well as that of the Concordia Hospital.
With 14 years' experience in business operations Kiran applies her skills as a business consultant and process engineer with Online Business Solutions/Wawanesa Insurance in Winnipeg. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and has worked with both federal government and healthcare organizations. A visible minority herself, Kiran seeks to represent Manitoba's immigrant population and visible minorities on the WRHA Board of directors and is dedicated to achieving sustainability in the health care system for future generations.
A senior manager with Canada Post and is a certified professional in Human Resources Donald brings both professional and personal insight to the WRHA board of directors. Donald is a patient advocate and has experience as a patient caregiver. Both his wife and son have complex cardiac conditions. Donald has a rich volunteer history with organizations such as Stollery Children's Hospital (Edmonton), Seven Oaks General Hospital, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
An Associate Professor in nursing at the University of Manitoba, Judith’s leadership expertise is in nursing education and administration. Judith brings experiences in education, research, and leadership, including former Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Nursing, board governance in acute care and community health care organizations, and Director of international development projects. She has broad knowledge of health care locally, nationally, and internationally. Judith is an outcome-focused team player who believes building relationships with stakeholders and facilitating the development of others is foundational to leadership and achieving evidenced-based results. Judith is passionate about ensuring that all people receive equitable and quality care, and believes that innovation in health care is possible. She is a registered nurse and has a PhD from the University of Manitoba. In 2008, she was recognized by the College of Registered Nurses for outstanding achievement.
An advocate for quality improvement and patient safety, Shannon graduated from nursing 27 years ago. She spent the first 18 years of her nursing career performing a variety of different roles in a hospital setting. Shannon currently teaches at The College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. In addition to her commitment to providing patients a voice, Shannon will provide the board insight into community health, adult education, and nursing research.