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Board of Directors

Mary-Elizabeth Cooper MN, NP

President

Hello, my name is Mary-Elizabeth Cooper. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 16 years old and today looking back over 30 years of nursing, my passion for nursing is greater today than it was back then.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1986 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. I then spent almost 15 years in the field of neurology/neurosurgery and neuro trauma ICU. In 1998, Nova Scotia was beginning to look at advanced roles for nurses, the first being on a combined general neurology and Stroke unit. I took advantage of the opportunity and in 2000 started my Master’s degree in Advanced Practice Nursing from Athabasca University. Our family moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta in 2005 when I took a new role as NP in Stroke at Foothills Hospital. In 2010 I took on my next challenge as NP in the community and moved to Integrated Supportive and Facility Living working in the community with older adults. I have a particular interest in Palliative Care and Dementia Care as it relates to caring for older adults and their families in Supportive Living.

I’ve been happily married for 23 years to my wonderful husband Paul and we have a 20 year old daughter, Catherine, who is soon to be married. Life couldn’t be better.


Anne Summach

Vice President

Anne Summach is a Nurse Practitioner and Edmontonian, committed to the health of older adults. Her career began in hospitals, working in and managing Neurosciences units. She moved to the USA in 2005 with her family, and completed her NP training at Southern Connecticut State University. She worked in primary care in both Connecticut and North Carolina (adults) for 6 years prior to returning home to Edmonton in 2015. Anne became the director of the 3 Cs for Seniors clinic at Sage in January of 2018, and has also been teaching at the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing.


Teddie Tanguay MN NP CNCC (C)

Past President

My career in nursing began with completion of the RN Diploma program from the Royal Alexandra Hospital. After a short time in orthopedics I transferred to Critical Care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and have spent the rest of my career in Critical Care. I have worked in various roles: Unit Manager, Clinical Educator and now Nurse Practitioner. During my career I returned to University twice once to get my BScN in 1990 and then in 2000 for my Masters of Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner. I continue to love working with critically ill adults and feel that as a Nurse Practitioner I could improve the care to my patients on a daily basis. I became involved with the NPAA as I feel it is time to advocate for NP’s to be better integrated in both acute care and primary care. I was the past president of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses so have experience with professional organizations that I believe will help me on the NPAA executive.I look forward to working with the rest of the executive to allow NP’s in Alberta to realize their full potential whatever clinical setting they practice in.


Rosa Reyes, MN NP

Secretary

I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BN degree in 2000. I started my career in Winnipeg in Cardiothoracic Surgery. I then moved to Edmonton in May, 2000 where I continued my career in CVICU. I went on to continue my education and received my MN-NP degree from the University of Alberta in 2006. Using the knowledge and understanding of pain I gained while working with post-op patients, I started practicing as an NP in the area of acute and chronic pain management and have been doing so for the past 12 years. I have presented on numerous occasions including presenting posters at both the Canadian Pain Society and the American Pain Society Conferences. I am presently the only NP working in Acute Pain Service in Calgary at South Health Campus. I am also involved in the new Transitional Pain Service program at SHC. I am also presently the chairperson for the SHC NP group and have been for the past 3 years. As part of the NPAA Board of Directors, I look forward to further enhancing the awareness, integration, and expansion of the NP role in AB.


Kim Meier

Treasurer

Kim Meier – After attending Foothills School of Nursing, I started my nursing career in critical care at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.  The knowledge and experience gained gave me an appreciation of the importance of preventative health and the need to implement strategies early to reduce disease and disease burden.  Looking for nursing opportunities to focus on public education and preventative health led me to complete an Occupational Health Nurse Certificate in 2003 at Grant McEwan College (formerly) in Edmonton focusing on the workforce population.  I then completed my BN from Athabasca University in 2008 and worked as a scrub nurse in Interventional Radiology.

Looking to extend my nursing opportunities in the community, I obtained my MN: NP degree from Athabasca University in 2017.  I joined the Calgary ISFL (Integrated and Supported Facility Living) program in 2018 as an NP providing primary care to community-based geriatric population.  I believe that Nurse Practitioners are instrumental to the health care team and for health care delivery. In our current state of healthcare reform I am excited to be joining the NPAA.  I am eager to learn more about the NP business and to take a front seat approach, advocating for NP practice.


Emily Thiessen MN, NP

Director of Education

My journey in the nursing profession started in 2008 when I graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary.  As a Registered Nurse, I worked in multiple areas within acute care, including: medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, emergency, and neurology.  Further, I also worked as a Stroke Research Coordinator. Since, graduating as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alberta, in 2014, I have worked in Neurosurgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.  In my role I have had the opportunity to foster Nurse Practitioner students during their practicums and I have presented at multiple conferences.  I believe that ongoing professional education is important for all Nurse Practitioners.  As such, I look forward to advocating for diverse opportunities for Nurse Practitioners’ education.  As the Director of Education I will strive to collaborate with Nurse Practitioners throughout Alberta regarding their continuing education needs.


Krista Rawson, MN NP

Director at Large

Krista Rawson currently works as a nurse practitioner and the senior practice consultant for advanced practice nursing in CancerControl with Alberta Health Services. Krista began her career after graduating from the University of Alberta Hospital with her diploma in 1987. Her thirst for knowledge has lead her to pursue her degree in nursing graduating in 2000 and subsequently her Master’s degree and her Nurse Practitioner designation in 2004. Krista’s clinical focus is in the areas of breast, gynecological, and gastrointestinal systemic therapies. She loves making complex concepts easy to understand using everyday analogies for her patients.

Although the focus of her work has been in oncology but she has gained a broad understanding for the NP role, factors for success and its integration in healthcare. She has partnered nationally with NP leaders to support advocacy and advancement of the NP role. Krista joined NPAA as she felt it was time for strong advocacy and integration. She looks forward to working with the entire membership and board to allow NPs to reach their full potential in Alberta.

In her spare time Krista like to see if she can out run/out distance her dog. Although she is a frequent marathoner, she hasn’t been successful yet.


Michelle Stone

Director at Large

I graduated from Dalhousie University in 2003 and started my nursing career in Halifax in Pediatric Oncology/nephrology. After a short time I sought a different kind of adventure and headed North where I worked as a Community Health Nurse doing contract relief for 5 years in Nunavut and the North West Territories. Having gained significant experiential learning in the arctic, I returned to University to obtain the theoretical knowledge to be proficient in an advanced nursing role. I moved to Alberta and completed my MN-NP at the University of Alberta graduating as a NP in 2012. Since then I have practiced in family medicine, critical care and internal medicine, all while meeting my husband and having two wonderful children. I quickly recognized the need to integrate NPs into the organizational leadership culture and worked towards achieving my current role as the Professional Practice Lead for Advanced Practice Nursing with Covenant Health. I look forward to ongoing collaboration with key stakeholders to advocate for integration as well as sustainability of the NP role across acute and primary health care.