Our Team


Mary Smith RN MN

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.  

For the past three years, Mary has been 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. 

Asha Pereira RN PhD(c)

Professional Development and Advocacy Advisor

Asha is recognized as an innovative leader at the local, provincial and national levels. She has extensive experience in leadership, research, education, and program development. 

Prior to joining the Association, Asha was the clinical nurse specialist for trauma at Health Sciences Centre (HSC). Previous roles include clinical nurse specialist acute pain service at HSC; director, corporate projects at HSC; continuing education instructor and direct care provider at St. Boniface General Hospital. 

Asha is nationally certified in critical care and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has held numerous appointments with professional nursing organizations including the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and the Canadian Nurses Association. A perpetual student, she is currently completing her PhD in Nursing at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 

Alyson Pile BA

Communications Advisor

Alyson is an experienced communications professional with a background in writing, public relations, social media, website, design, and event and project management. She has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Winnipeg, and a Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College. Prior to joining the Association she worked in a variety of roles in health care, government and non-profit. Alyson enjoys volunteering and has been involved with multiple organizations in a variety of roles from Board member to coach. 

Kyle Hiebert BA MA

Administrative Coordinator

Kyle’s diverse work history includes program administration, research and analysis, publishing, and content marketing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Manitoba, where he studied both health care systems and the sociology of health and illness, and a Master’s degree in social policy from the University of Nottingham (UK). Before joining the Association, Kyle spent several years working in South Africa; first for a development NGO, researching best practice community-based projects for early childhood development (ECD), and later for a private consultancy.