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).
Joanne Petersen, RN
With nearly three decades at the grassroots of the nursing profession, Joanne Petersen can truly appreciate the value that RNs and RN(NP)s bring to the healthcare system. This is particularly evident to her from the excellence in patient care that results from collaborative inter-professional teams.
Joanne believes strong and respected leadership at the SRNA council level is critical to the continued success of the registered nursing profession, and that council members play in integral role in setting expectations for collaboration and promoting excellence, integrity and professionalism.
Joanne is a staff nurse at Assiniboia Union Hospital, a nurse peer with eHealth Saskatchewan, and a board member with the Canadian Nurses Association.
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.
Joanna Alexander brings significant experience in both the healthcare 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.
Marilyn Barlow, RN
After more than 40 years working on the front lines of the healthcare 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.
Jyotsna (Jo) Custead
Jo Custead is known for her lifelong interest in building stronger and caring communities. She was recognized as an outstanding leader with her induction into the Saskatoon Council of Women’s Hall of Fame. She has served as the Board Chair of Saskatoon United Way & Area, YWCA Saskatoon, and TCU Place; and on the boards of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Persephone Theatre, Heritage Saskatchewan, and as Treasurer of YWCA Canada. She is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee medal.
Jo has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has retired from a career with the federal government.
Robin Evans, RN
Robin Evans is Associate Dean (Undergraduate) with the Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina and part time Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation. She has taught with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the U of S and U of R, been a nursing practice consultant with the SRNA, and worked at the bedside throughout the majority of my career. Serving on Council is important to her. She believes that it’s important to be informed and participate in matters significant to nursing. She holds a BScN, MSA and PhD and PNC(C). She’s also a member of CAPWHN and received the Excellence in Leadership award in 2012.
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.
Justine Protz, RN
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 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.
Ashley Schwartz, RN
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.
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.
Rena Sutherland, RN(NP)
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 RN(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 RN(NP) who works in Northern Saskatchewan, Rena values and is proud to see the care delivered by RN(NP)s 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.
Ronda Zinger, RN
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.
Ronda is a Regional Clinical Nurse Educator in the Quality & Safety department in Prairie North Health Region in Lloydminster. 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.
Carolyn Hoffman, RN
With more than 35 years of experience as an RN, Carolyn Hoffman believes that supporting the informed and effective governance of the SRNA will improve profession-led regulation and association outcomes for Saskatchewan patients and families.
Carolyn’s nursing career includes direct care roles in Emergency, Cardiac Care, and Home Care. She has also held senior leadership roles in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Royal Alexandra Hospital and Alberta Health Services. She is co-author of the Canadian Incident Analysis Framework and other patient safety resources.
In addition to undergraduate and graduate education in nursing, Carolyn is certified in Emergency Nursing (CNA), a Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization for the High 5s Patient Safety Initiative, and was nominated for the CARNA Nursing Excellence in Administration Award (2012).