The 13-member SRNA Council consists of nine members elected from the SRNA membership (including seven Members-At-Large from seven regions of the province, the President, and President-Elect), three government appointed public representatives and the association’s Executive Director (a non-elected, non-voting position).
Warren Koch, RN
Warren Koch strongly believes that the SRNA and its council are well positioned to advance better patient outcomes and improve the overall patient experience. Passionate about his profession, Warren’s goal is ensure members are positive about the SRNA and the value it provides to the profession. He is a firm believer that the need to advocate for evidence-based decisions, standards, and policies for the benefit of patients is ever present.
Warren has worked on the front lines of the La Ronge Health Centre in the Emergency and Acute Care departments since 2011. He has a BSN from the University of Saskatchewan and further ER training in ACLS, PALS, NRP, TNCC.
Betty Metzler, RN
After almost four decades in nursing, Betty Metzler is strongly committed to the Population Health Model and a family-centred, holistic approach to nursing.
Betty wanted to serve on council after hearing concerns from RNs about role clarity. Her goals include supporting RNs to work with other team members to their full scope of practice; ensuring adequate workplace resources for RNs to provide appropriate care, and better recognition and promotion of RNs in the workplace.
With a BSN from the University of Saskatchewan, Betty has served as a Public Health Nurse for three decades, and in management with Public Health and Employee Health for almost a decade.
Joanna Alexander brings significant experience in both the health care sector and in governance positions, as well as strong communications skills, to her position with the SRNA Council. A former teacher and health educator with the Ministry of Health, Joanna also served as a public representative with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Saskatchewan. Her governance experience includes serving as a Senator with both the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina, and on the boards of the United Way and her local Rotary Club.
Joanna has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Public Relations certificate. She was honoured to receive the Canada 125 medal for her volunteer work in the community.
Doug Finnie, MBA, Pro Dir
Doug Finnie has served in leadership roles with Royal Bank and Canadian Western Bank in Saskatchewan as well as other provinces in Canada and the United States. He has extensive leadership experience with charitable, cultural and business development organizations in Saskatoon. These organizations include Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Saskatoon Regional Health Authority, Persephone Theatre and University of Saskatchewan Senate. He was Executive Director with Leadership Saskatoon.
Doug has several years Public Representative experience on the Discipline Committee and Professional Practice Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan (CPAS). He is a Public Representative with the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association.
James Struthers, Q.C.
James Struthers believes that public service and serving on the SRNA Council is an important way to give back to his community. James has practiced law in southern Saskatchewan since 1984. During this time, he has also served as the Legal Director at Legal Aid Saskatchewan. For the last 12 years, James has served as a public representative on a number of governing councils of self-regulating health professions and has experience chairing discipline committees in this context.
James earned his B.A. at the University of Regina in 1979, his J.D./LL.B. at the University of Saskatchewan in 1982, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) in 2005.
Ashley Schwartz, RN
Region: 1 (formerly Cypress and Heartland Health Regions)
Ashley Schwartz is dedicated to ensuring the registered nursing profession remains strong and respected now and into the future. Ashley is committed to helping improve Saskatchewan’s healthcare system through her council position, especially when it comes to ensuring clarity in nursing roles – a persistent issue facing all nurses in the province.
Ashley graduated from the University of Calgary through the nursing program at Medicine Hat College in 2009. She currently works at Swift Current’s Cypress Regional Hospital and with the University of Regina’s Nursing Program in Swift Current. Ashley has also served as the Nursing Advisory Committee co-chair for the past three years.
Justine Protz, RN
Region: 2 (formerly Five Hills and Sun Country Health Regions)
After a career of working a variety of departments including public health, surgery, long-term care, and medicine, Justine found her passion in Home Care. Learning, revamping healthcare programs, and educating fellow nurses are key part of Justine’s day-to-day work as the Manager for Home Care in the Sun Country Health Region. Serving on SRNA council has given Justine the ability to increase her knowledge and improve her career, while also having a positive impact on healthcare and the registered nursing profession in Saskatchewan.
Justine began her career in healthcare as an LPN and returned to school to complete her BSN
Ronda Zinger, RN
Region: 3 (formerly Prairie North and Prince Albert Parkland Health Regions)
Ronda Zinger has worked in all aspects of acute care over three decades. She is passionate about continuous quality improvement in the healthcare system, especially through her work with the Patient & Family Centred Care committee.
Ronda believes the SRNA Council can transform Saskatchewan’s healthcare system by working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, and by clearly defining the role of the registered nurse.
In February Ronda became the Manager on the Connected Care Unit at the Lloydminster hospital. She graduated in 1990 from SIAST Kelsey Campus and earned her BSN through Athabasca University. She has also completed the University of Saskatchewan Clinical Nurse Educator certification and her LEAN leader certification.
Francoise (Frankie) Verville NP
Region: 4 (formerly Kelsey Trail and Sunrise Health Regions)
Frankie Verville is a passionate and vocal advocate of the nursing profession. Her commitment to improving patient care outcomes has been the impetus for ongoing professional development. Frankie’s nursing career spans acute care and community in her role as an NP. She is a member of several committees and is involved in nursing education, currently at the graduate level.
Frankie holds a Diploma of Nursing, a Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice, a Post-RN Bachelor of Nursing, a Master of Nursing, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). She is currently completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis on Educational Leadership.
Rena Sutherland, NP
Region: 5 (formerly Mamawetan Churchill River, Athabasca, and Keewatin Yatthé Health Regions)
Rena Sutherland is excited to be involved on the SRNA Council at a time when the registered nursing profession is growing and expanding in terms of scope and abilities. Rena works alongside nurses in the NP and RN(AAP) roles on a daily basis and recognizes the importance of involvement in the SRNA during this time of development and expansion.
As an NP who works in Northern Saskatchewan, Rena values and is proud to see the care delivered by NPs and RN(AAP)s in the north.
Rena earned her BSN through the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan in 2007 and her MN(NP) graduate studies in 2016.
Marilyn Barlow, RN
Region: 6 (formerly Saskatoon Health Region)
After more than 40 years working on the front lines of the health care system as a registered nurse, Marilyn Barlow says she first learned the value of a collaborative team in her very first position at Lakeside Home in Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Marilyn is passionate about ensuring registered nurses can provided the best care possible to the people of Saskatchewan.
Marilyn graduated from the Kelsey campus SIAST in 1976. After her stint in Wolseley, she moved home to Saskatoon to work in Saskatoon City Hospital, where she currently works in the Emergency Room. During this time, Marilyn has been active in her union and a participant in many working groups as the hospital transitioned into its current state.
Leah Thorp, RN
Region: 7 (formerly Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region)
Leah Thorp acknowledges that nurses within all practice areas contribute to a healthy and vibrant population. She believes that the future is optimistic and nursing will be at the forefront of the observed changes in society and within the dynamic healthcare system.
Leah is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Outreach Education Program where she can share her passion for perinatal and obstetrical care. She obtained CNA’s Perinatal Nurse Certification in 2013, and participates in various local, provincial, and national committees. She is a point of care nurse on the Labour and Birth Unit at the Regina General Hospital and also educates undergraduate nursing students as a clinical instructor with the University of Saskatchewan. Her other nursing experiences have been concentrated in critical care, medicine, and interprofessional education.
Leah received her BScN in 2001 and her Master of Nursing in 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan. She has a keen interest in research with a focus on simulation education, patient and family centered care, perinatal loss, and indigenous health.
Cindy Smith, RN
With over thirty years of professional practice in health care settings, Cindy Smith has served in all domains of nursing, from practice and education to administration and research.
For the last 20 years of her career, Cindy has been dedicated to nursing leadership. She has served as manager of Adult Rehab at Wascana Rehab Centre, manager of Neurosciences at Regina General Hospital, and as an educator and program head at SIAST. Cindy joins the SRNA leadership team from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina, where she served as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2011. Her passion for registered nursing in Saskatchewan and across Canada is reflected in her pursuit of advancing scholarship and research in nursing education, serving on more than 30 teams, committees and councils in the last 15 years.
Following her diploma in nursing in 1985 and post registration Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998, Cindy obtained a Master of Nursing in 2008 from Athabasca University.