Board of Directors
Jennifer Dunsford RN MN president
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 president-elect
Loreley Fehr is a public health nurse and direct service nurse in homecare with Southern Health-Santé Sud. With over 25 years of rural nursing experience as a direct care provider, manager and educator, Loreley has been an advocate for patients, communities and populations in Manitoba. Her leadership experience as current chair of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba continuing competence review committee, member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba governance committee, board director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba and previous board chair of the Pine Creek School Division demonstrates her commitment to supporting professional practice, education and advocacy.
Lisa Albensi RN MSN
Lisa Albensi is an instructor at the University of Manitoba, College of Nursing. With over 25 years of experience in multiple settings, she is a healthcare leader, educator, and administrator with strong clinical practice skills with a passion for quality and excellence in patient treatment and care. She has worked in Winnipeg and Steinbach, and has connections with nurses in the Northern RHA and Interlake-Eastern RHA. She brings experience to the board from her previous positions as a front-line nurse, quality director, project manager, nurse educator, and administrator (in home care, acute care, ambulatory care, in urban, community, and rural settings).
Ken Borce RN MBA
Ken Borce is 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 acting academic chair for the Baccalaureate Nursing Program 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. Ashely 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 Cockburn is the Risk Management and Accreditation Specialist for Prairie Mountain Health. She has over 37 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, was the Provincial Acute Council Co-chair, and has sat on numerous other committees that have contributed to the nursing landscape across the province of Manitoba.
Donald Courchene public representative
Don is a Treaty 1 Anishinaabee, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation and is a professional individual with experience in commercial banking, economic and community development. He holds a diploma in Business Administration and has successfully managed and operated a developmental loan company.
As an independent consultant Don has assisted numerous First Nation communities and people to successfully start new businesses and expand existing services to enhance their opportunity to succeed in their venture. Mr. Courchene has developed strategic economic development and financial plans for organizations and groups to improve their overall operations.
Mr. Courchene has a desire to try and help in regards to health and supporting health care providers.
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 Health Services on Elgin. 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.