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. 

Lisa McFarland

Communications Coordinator

Lisa is an experienced marketing and communications professional with a background in public relations, social media, website, design, and event and project management. She has two diplomas from the University of Winnipeg, one in marketing management, and the other in public relations. Before joining the Association, she worked in a variety of marketing and administrative roles in both private and non-profit organizations. Lisa enjoys volunteering and has been involved with multiple organizations in a variety of roles from fundraising chair to sponsorship coordinator. 

Joy Santos

Administrative Coordinator

Joy joined the Association as administrative coordinator in May 2018.  She is the first person you’ll see if you visit the Association and will often be the one to answer any membership questions you may have.

Before her joining the team, she worked in a variety of administrative roles in both non-profit and private organizations. Joy has a masters in business administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in the Philippines.