The NPAAU held a meeting on February 24 where members voted to adopt the constitution and elect their board and district representatives.
Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta - Union Board
Anne Summach is a Nurse Practitioner with experience in care across the lifespan, but most recently with older adults. She is extremely practical and client-focused and is committed to the holistic health and wellbeing of her clients. 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 is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing, and coordinates the Nurse Practitioner program there. She also is the Director of the DRAGONFLY Project, a quality improvement initiative aimed at helping reduce the impact of senior frailty in the community.
Upon graduating from the University of Calgary, Jennifer started her nursing career in the Emergency Department. Her curiosity and adventurous spirit lead her to Northern Canada where she spent 4 years working in remote Nursing stations. It was working in this expanded scope with little to no resources that inspired Jennifer to continue her education and become an NP. She completed the All Ages Primary Care Program through Athabasca University. Upon graduation, she relocated and became the first Nurse Practitioner in Drumheller and surrounding areas. Despite the barriers that came with this new territory, Jennifer developed a passion for primary care and the value in NPs working to full scope. Currently, she is based in Airdrie where she continues to work in primary care, in the clinic, and virtually in addition to cosmetic injections. When Jennifer is not working you can find her seeking adventure traveling, kayaking, biking, or hiking with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Last year, she joined the NPAA, to obtain a front seat in being an advocate for NPs to help navigate practice and funding barriers. Jennifer is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm for advocating for NPs to the NPAAU.
District Representative Edmonton Region
District Representative Calgary Region
Lucie is an Athabasca University-educated nurse practitioner. Born and raised in Québec City, her nursing career started in acute care as a float nurse where she worked predominantly in orthopedic surgery, neurology, and the ER. Lucie then moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she remained for almost a decade. Her practice as a registered nurse there has been mostly in primary care and public health with a focus on women’s health, antenatal care, and breastfeeding support. Lucie is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and has practiced in that role both in public health and in private practice. She has also obtained by occupational health nursing degree at the British-Columbia Institute of Technology and has worked in occupational health for three years while in Sarnia, Ontario. She recently relocated to Calgary and has started her nurse practitioner career in case management. She has been a passionate advocate and volunteer in women’s health since 2009 and has sat on two non-profit organization boards before joining the NPAAU.
District Representative South Region
After graduating from the University of Alberta, Janice pursued a career in Emergency Nursing in the United States. She worked in a Level 2 Trauma Center in Texas for 15 years and developed a comprehensive education program for the Nursing Staff and the Medical Flight Crew obtaining the CAMTS certification for the hospital based Helicopter company. She advocated for and lead the formation of a local ENA chapter in Odessa, Texas.
Janice returned to Canada in 2009 and brought her critical care skills to the Drumheller Hospital where she could also be close to family. While in Drumheller she served as a local UNA president where she advocated for safer working conditions, increased staffing and reimbursement for mandatory Labor and delivery training.
She moved to Medicine Hat to work as the Trauma Coordinator and began her education at the Athabasca University to become a PHC NP where she graduated in January of 2021. Currently employed in Primary Health Care she is excited to advocate for advancing the NP roles in underserved rural areas of Southern Alberta. "
District Representative Central Region
Chris Mah RN MN NP is a family and all-ages nurse practitioner working at the Kneehill Medical Clinic in Three Hills, Alberta. Chris graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. Hon in Kinesiology then completed his B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of Alberta. He worked in Red Deer, Alberta as an RN before pursuing his Masters - Nurse Practitioner at the University of Alberta. Chris has worked as a family and all ages nurse practitioner in first nations and Inuit health, long-term care and seniors health, and rural primary care and family health. Chris is an advocate for the role of nurse partitioners in remote and rural areas where resources are more limited than urban centers.
District Representative North Region
Sarah Beth Hennings
Sarah is a recent 2020 graduate of the Athabasca University program with a Family of All Ages designation. While being new to the nurse practitioner world, she can already see the benefit this unionization will provide and how it will build the profession in Alberta. Sarah is currently practicing in the private sector oil and gas industry within the North Zone, blazing new trails for nurse practitioners in the occupational health world.
Sarah is a very passionate, energetic person who genuinely appreciates learning through triumphs, failures, improvements, and wants to address the current needs/gaps we are seeing within NP practice. Sarah loves aerial yoga, dancing, green tea, biking, and hockey… when she is not endlessly reading and learning or working one of her four jobs.
Bargaining Team Members
Bargaining Team Member
David Froelich most recently held the elected position of Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local Union No. 987 of Alberta and oversaw the daily administrative and fiscal operation of a 5000 member, diversely staffed, multi-location, International Local Union. David’s 33-year career underpins a wealth of progressively responsible experience in union certifications, collective agreement negotiation, and administration, representing workers in rights and interest arbitration, jurisdictional determination, and has cultivated a broad understanding of the complexities of both public and private sector labour relations. As Principal Officer, David oversaw staff recruitment, training and development, and team mentorship as well as implementing fiscally responsible budgetary oversight of all finances. He also assisted the Executive Board with key decisions regarding the ongoing oversight and management of the organization and as the Principal Executive Board Member, successfully implemented all Board policies and directives. Mr. Froelich served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Teamsters 987 Pension Plan from 2007-2018, assuming the position just prior to the sub-prime financial crisis of 2008-2009. He initiated the transition of what was a traditional modeled pension plan to an Asset/Liability Management Funding Model, thereby de-risking the Plan and securing members’ pensions, and providing safeguards against future financial crises. He also served as a Teamsters Canada Master Trust Board Member and an advisor to the Teamsters Canada Master Trust Investment Subcommittee. Since retirement, David has continued his involvement in labour relations by acting as Union Nominee at arbitrations and pursuing further education and accreditation in Labour Relations, Mediation and Arbitration. One of many career highlights was Mr. Froelich’s June 2016 invitation to address the House of Commons International Trade Committee speaking as the National Director, Dairy and Sales Drivers Division of Teamsters Canada, in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its negative impact on Canadian Teamster Dairy Workers. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) Rec. Administration and Sports Medicine, Letourneau University, Texas, USA, as well as a Bachelor of Theology, Taylor College, Edmonton, AB.
Bargaining Team Member
Michelle Henderson was the National Vice President of the Canadian Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) for Alberta and the North. Michelle has significant experience in bargaining and was on the bargaining team for one of Canada’s largest unions, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) which has over 200,000 men and women working in the federal government and broader public service. Prior to that, Michelle was a local union lead for several years. Michelle, her husband, and two children reside in the Vegreville area.
Ed knows that clear and effective communication is the key to building successful relationships. He brings to Alberta Counsel a multi-disciplinary skill set from his years as a marketer, business consultant, and professional writer. Born and raised in Edmonton, Ed is an experienced litigator and has served the Alberta Court of Appeal as legal counsel. He actively supports Edmonton’s growing legal community and volunteers on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Born and raised in Alberta, Shayne had the privilege of being one of the youngest MLAs elected in Alberta. As an opposition member, the Official Opposition House Leader and a tax lawyer, he knows that strength in good advocacy and strategy comes from ethical relationships and a clear message. He is an expert in using various networks and strategies to achieve his client’s objectives. Shayne maintains a focused determination on the client’s goals with integrity and creativity.
After his introduction to politics as a provincial advocate for university students, Jon became a small business owner. After success in business, he relocated from southern Alberta and began a legal career, acting as both a litigator and as a business advisor. His knack for simplifying complex issues with industrious solutions makes Jon an invaluable part of the team. Additionally, Jon is the former Executive Director and General Counsel for an Alberta political party.
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