Board of Directors
Highlights from board of director meetings can be found here.
Jennifer Dunsford RN MN
Jennifer Dunsford is the regional director for Ethics Services with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She has nearly 15 years of nursing experience in a variety of roles including direct care and administration, quality and patient safety, research and ethics. She has been a certified oncology nurse and an educator and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration.
Jennifer has interests in nursing ethics, the role of dignity in care, governance and inter- and intra-professional collaboration.
Loreley Fehr RN MN
Loreley Fehr is a public health nurse and direct service nurse in homecare with Southern Health-Santé Sud. With over 30 years of nursing experience as a direct care provider, manager and educator, she is an advocate for patients, communities, and rural populations. She is currently a board director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba and is committed to professional practice, education and advocacy and supporting our most vulnerable populations.
Lisa Albensi RN MSN
Lisa Albensi is a healthcare trainer and clinical research nurse. With over 25 years of nursing experience in multiple settings, she is a healthcare leader, educator, researcher, and former executive with a passion for quality and excellence in patient treatment and care. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in both Winnipeg and Steinbach, and has connections with nurses in all five of the regional health authorities. She brings experience from her previous positions as a front-line nurse, quality director, project manager, change manager, nurse educator, and administrator (in home care, acute care, ambulatory care, and long term care in urban, community, and rural settings).
Ken Borce RN MBA
Ken Borce is Division Commander, Division 36 – Communications with the Winnipeg Police Service. Previously he was the manager of the Patient Care - Critical Care Program at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. An internationally educated nurse, Ken has diverse experience in healthcare and is passionate about delivering the highest quality and most sustainable care to patients by promoting excellence in and growth of professional nursing practice, education, leadership, and research. He believes that the overall advancement of the nursing profession can be achieved through meaningful consultation, collaboration, and communication with our fellow nurses and other healthcare colleagues.
Cindy Boughen RN MA
Cindy Boughen is the program manager - theory at Red River College. She has 30 years of nursing experience in various roles from direct care to administration to academics. As the academic chair, her responsibilities include promotion of student knowledge regarding health public policies and creative means of developing strategies to achieve the change in relation to the social determinants of health. Cindy has participated at the executive level in decision making and board policies to guide nursing education. In this role she is kept abreast of opportunities and challenges faced by the nursing profession.
Ashley Carruthers RN MN NP
Ashley Carruthers is an Opthalmic Sedation Practitioner at Misericordia Health Centre. She has more than 18 years experience in health care, and recently received her Master’s in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner. Ashley understands nursing careers are changing and scope of practices are expanding. As a stakeholder of this change, Ashley believes that with these transitions, nurses will need a professional organization that will represent them both in practice and policy and is dedicated to serving the members of the Association.
Patricia Cockburn RN MHA
Patricia is the risk management and quality coordinator for Prairie Mountain Health. She has over 39 years of experience, primarily in rural Manitoba spanning community health, acute care and long-term care and knows the importance of having a professional voice for registered nurses. She is a champion for nurses advancing nursing and supporting one another. She has served as a member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba membership committee, and has participated on numerous provincial and regional committees that have contributed to the nursing landscape across the province of Manitoba.
Louise Dowhan-Bertouille - Public representative
Louise has practised law at Dowhan & Dowhan Law Corporation in Winnipeg for the past thirty years and is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Manitoba. Her practice areas include real estate, wills and estates, family law, with a specialty in domestic adoption. Louise has worked with both birth parents and adoptive parents on a regular basis since 1996. Louise graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1989 and was Called to the Bar in 1990. She is a current member of the Winnipeg Area Shetland Sheepdog Association.
Felix Gonzalez - Public representative
Felix Gonzalez is a professional designated accountant, earning his CGA and graduating from the University of Manitoba. Having over 10 years of finance and accounting experience, Felix has extensive accounting and finance experience in numerous industries to include financial services, real estate, construction, and public accounting. Having really strong finance and accounting skills, Felix uses his skills to give back to the community , volunteering whenever possible.
Joyce Kristjansson RN MBA
Joyce is a registered nurse who has worked in healthcare leadership positions across Canada for over 30 years. Currently, she is the executive director and director of care at Salvation Army Golden West Centennial Lodge. She is also a sessional instructor in non-profit leadership at Booth University. Her healthcare career has focused on older adults and those with disabilities and has included time in rural, northern and urban communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Jo-Anne Lutz RN MN
Jo-Anne Lutz is a Primary Care, Clinical Team Manager for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is responsible for the Access Downtown Primary Care Clinic, BridgeCare Clinic, Northern Connection Medical Centre, Aikins Street Community Health Centre, and McGregor Walk In Connected Care. Jo-Ann was involved with the provincial Advanced Access initiative and has taught access improvement to clinics and specialty groups since 2009. Spending the majority of her career working in northern settings, she has an understanding of nursing scope of practice and primary care settings in a provincial context.
Michelle Queau RN
Michelle is a bilingual registered nurse working in cardiac sciences St. Boniface Hospital. Prior to becoming a nurse, Michelle worked for many years as a laboratory technician with CancerCare Manitoba and contributed to numerous academic research projects. She has been an active member of the Association’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and sits on the ELN advisory committee. Michelle has a passion for clinical practice and research, and a commitment to provide compassionate and safe patient and family-centered care.