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.
Francoise (Frankie) Verville, NP
Frankie Verville is a passionate and vocal advocate of the nursing profession. She believes that RNs can influence and improve care to the people of Saskatchewan. Her commitment to improving patient care outcomes has been the impetus for ongoing professional development. She is committed to demonstrating the difference RNs make in all areas of care delivery.
Frankie's registered nursing career spans acute care (critical care, emergency, transplant coordination, post-anesthetic care), and as an NP, she has worked in urban and remote communities. Currently her NP practice includes rural and LTC settings. Frankie is also involved in nursing education, currently at the graduate level, employed at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, she is the Program Head of the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program.
Frankie holds a Diploma of Nursing from Medicine Hat College, a Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice from SIAST, a Post-RN Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) from Athabasca University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis on Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Joanna Alexander, BEd
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.
Fred Entz, RN
Fred Entz has been an RN for two years and has practiced in a variety of rural and urban settings. Fred started out his career by working in several rural communities in southwest Saskatchewan, including an acute care medical-surgical setting, rural emergency/medicine, and long-term care. Fred then moved to Saskatoon and began working in an inpatient oncology/hematology/bone marrow transplant unit at the Royal University Hospital. Fred has been an active member of several organizations as a nursing student and RN. As a nursing student, he was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nursing Student’s Association, and is currently the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) Program Committee Chair and the SUN Co-Representative on his ward.
Fred is excited by his appointment to SRNA Council. As SRNA pursues a single mandate, he believes that strong and evidence-based public policy decisions driven by RNs is the key to ensuring regulatory excellence and the creation of an independent nursing Association.
Fred obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Regina/Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2017.
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.
Ronda Zinger, RN
Ronda has been a registered nurse (RN) for more than 29 years and has worked in all areas of acute care. Most recently she worked for six years under the Quality Improvement Program as a Clinical Nurse Educator. Ronda also worked as nursing manager of the Connected Care Unit at the Lloydminster Hospital and is currently a Clinical Nurse Manager of Maternal Care at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Ronda graduated from SIAST and later completed her undergraduate degree through Athabasca University.
Ronda is passionate about the safety of patients/clients and it’s one of her utmost priorities.
She believes in collaboration with all nursing bodies as well as other health care professionals and looks forward to working with all stakeholders to enhance best practice across the province. Nurses are leaders of change and she believes that the SRNA is one of the organizations that will lead the change going into the future.
Marilyn Barlow, RN
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. Marilyn retired after 40 years in direct care and has become involved in research looking at improving the quality of life for older adults living In Long Term Care through the College of Nursing University of Saskatchewan
Leah Thorp, RN
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.
Moni Snell, NP
Nursing Practice Area: advanced practice nursing or direct care nursing
Moni Snell began a lifelong nursing career in 1979 at the Regina General Hospital. For 39 years, Moni practiced as a bedside/transport nurse, nursing educator and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU. Recently, Moni has served on SRNA’s NP Advisory Committee and Discipline Committee for two terms.
2019 was a very special year as not only did Moni retire after 40 years of fulltime nursing—although she continues to work casual in the NICU—she was also honoured to receive the Jean Browne Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice Leadership from SRNA.
Nurses need to remain relevant, skilled and independent. We need to adapt and grow with rapidly changing health care advances. We cannot allow outside agencies or groups to regulate our scope of practices. We must state clearly for the public what it is we do and how we improve their health outcomes. Regulation of nursing practice for public interest and safety is a vital and key role of a regulatory body. As professionals, it is our responsibility to regulate our own practices and not allow those outside the profession to tell us what that looks like.
Kathy Chabot, RN
Nursing Practice Area: nursing education, nursing administration, policy or research
Kathleen Chabot advanced through nursing as a Nurse Attendant, Licensed Practical Nurse with completion of her BScN in 2007. Her point-of-care experience includes LTC, medicine, ambulatory care, renal/dialysis, emergency, women’s health/obstetrics, public health, Northern/First Nations outpost nursing, occupational health nursing, home care and as a clinical nurse educator.
Her grassroots knowledge and experience has provided her with the understanding that the SRNA’s mandate of public protection can only be fully achieved through collaboration within the nursing domain itself and collectively with all medical disciplines and partners. To maximize our voice and contribution in this shared responsibility, RNs must be supported both as individual health care agents and as a professional organization.
Kathleen is looking forward to working with Council in leading SRNA members in a manner that exemplifies the cornerstones of the SRNA guiding principles and strategic plan: evidence-based, accountability, excellence, transparency, collaboration and fairness.
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.