Mary Smith RN MN, Outgoing Executive Director
Mary has extensive experience in healthcare administration, leadership, research, education, policy, and clinical practice with hands on experience leading groups through complex change and empowering others in the achievement of a shared vision.
Previously, Mary was an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Brandon University. Prior to this she held a variety of positions such as Vice President Programs and Services, Southern Health-Santé Sud, public health practice leader, women’s health program leader and client services manager for Healthy Living Programs, RHA – Central. Mary’s background also includes roles as intervention coordinator for the Manitoba Heart Health Program, public health nurse in remote northern communities, and surgical intensive care nurse in a larger urban centre. She has a masters of nursing, advanced practice leadership from the University of Victoria and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Cheryl Cusack RN Phd, Incoming Executive Director
Cheryl’s most recent work experience is with Manitoba Health, Seniors & Active Living, where she has been in the role of acting executive director and senior public health nursing practice advisor and provincial practice leader. Past work experiences include teaching in Bachelor of Nursing and registered psychiatric nursing programs; nursing management; regional and government public health and nursing leadership; and direct care. Cheryl holds an inter-disciplinary PhD and a Master of Nursing. Professional and research interests include nursing role advancement, health equity, public health workforce development, and inter-professional collaboration. Cheryl is a long-standing member of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC). She is the current president, and has held positions on the board as treasurer, provincial representative, and chaired multiple CHNC standing committees.