Board of Directors
The CWC P.G. CO. Board of Directors are elected representatives of the membership and provide oversight and direction to the organization.
From the left: Jagdeep Doulla, Kerri Treherne, Barb Unich, Jennifer MacPherson, Wendy Coombs, Nicola Chappell, Scott Beach, Hannah Welsh, Sally Talbot-Jones, Julia Carter, Jana Ambrogiano and Theresa Truong Not pictured: Brian Cornelson and Mike Spady.
The CWC P.G. CO. 2019-20 Board of Directors are:
Nicola ChappellChair *
Dr. Nicola Chappell is committed to engaging with PCN members and believes family physicians must continue to take leadership roles in primary care. She has a background in administrative leadership as the former Site Lead of the Newborn Section at the Rockyview General Hospital and Physician Lead of the CWC PCN Obstetrical program. In addition to being part of Meadows Maternity and Family Practice – a family medicine and low risk obstetrics practice — she is a Department of Family Medicine Clinical Lecturer at the U of C, which is also her alma mater. Dr. Chappell is Chair of the Board as well as Co-Chair of the Joint Venture Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Audit & Risk Committee.
Jagdeep DoullaVice-Chair *
Dr. Jagdeep Doulla has first-hand experience with the benefits of the Patient Medical Home model from his residency in Ottawa and provides the Board insight into planning for, and transitioning to, the model. As a Board member, he is also working to improve patient care, outcomes and supports for members. Dr. Doulla practices at Braeside on 24th Medical Clinic with an interest in comprehensive family medicine and received his medical degree from the University of Calgary. He is Vice-Chair, part of the Joint Venture Governance Committee, Chair of the Board Policy & Human Resources Committee and a member of the Finance Audit & Risk Committee.
Wendy CoombsExternal Director - Treasurer *
External Director Wendy Coombs joined the Board to support the advancement of health care as it evolves alongside new technologies and innovations. The owner and CEO of 12 multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinics, she contributes an understanding of sustainable, fiscally responsible business models and innovative, collaborative medical models to the Board. She also has prior governance experience. A graduate of the University of Alberta, her background is in physiotherapy and psychology with an interest in inter-collaborative, multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Ms. Coombs is part of the Joint Venture Governance Committee and chairs the Finance Audit & Risk Committee.
A member of the AMA’s Section of General Practice executive, Physician Lead with the Criminal Injuries Review Board and member of the CAMSS executive, Dr. Scott Beach contributes extensive leadership knowledge to the PCN. Being a Board member has enriched his relationships with both family medicine and specialist colleagues through the community-building efforts that improved the care of his patients and those across Calgary. A graduate of UBC’s medical school, Dr. Beach practices at the Glenbrook Medical Clinic with an interest in hospitalist, occupational and comprehensive community medicine as well as shared mental health. He is Board Past-Chair, Chair of the Membership & External Relations Committee and part of the Board Policy & Human Resources Committee.
Dr. Julia Carter brings a wealth of leadership experience to the Board from her roles in provincial and AHS programs. As a director, she looks forward to being a strong voice for patients and family medicine and sees great potential for positive change. A graduate of the University of Calgary, she practices at Associate Clinic #363 and is interested in women’s health and sexual and reproductive health. She is the Chair of the Board Development Committee.
Dr. Jennifer MacPherson is excited to collaborate with her colleagues and the PCN to improve access for the most vulnerable and advance the Patient Medical Home model to the benefit of all stakeholders. A pediatrician for more than 20 years, she also developed leadership skills as the Deputy Head of Professional Affairs for the U of C’s Department of Pediatrics and the physician lead for the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre. Dr. MacPherson practices at Kaleidoscope Pediatrics with an interest in developmental pediatrics, child maltreatment and child in care. She received her medical degree from UBC and is part of the Membership & External Relations Committee.
Dr. Sally Talbot-Jones joined the Board to help unite family physicians, ensure the speciality remains strong and advocate for a patient-centred, properly funded Patient Medical Home model. Having worked and trained in both Ontario and the U.S., she is familiar with different systems, their challenges and their effect on primary care. Dr. Talbot-Jones completed her medical education in Grenada and currently practices at the 4th Street Clinic. She is part of the Board Development Committee.
Experienced and knowledgeable in not-for-profit governance and community engagement, Dr. Kerri Treherne serves on the Board to understand and advocate for the role of PCNs in family practice. She is a family physician who practices at The Alex Community Health Centre and has an interest in vulnerable populations. Dr. Treherne received her medical degree from the University of Alberta, and she is part of the Board Development Committee.
Dr. Theresa Truong hopes to improve communications between family physicians and decrease the barriers they face when building Patient Medical Homes. Committed to improving patient outcomes, she brings experience in quality improvement and a variety of practice settings and funding models to the Board. Dr. Truong currently practices at The Alex Community Health Centre and has a special interest in women’s health, adolescent medicine and vulnerable populations. She graduated from the University of Calgary’s medical school and is part of the Membership & External Relations Committee.
With experience organizing support structures for practising physicians, Dr. Hannah Welsh is interested in assisting physicians in the PCN provide Patient Medical Homes, advancing educational initiatives and increasing inter-PCN collaboration. She has also been involved with training and mentoring students and residents and brings a unique perspective to the Board from working in the U.K. and Canada. Trained in London, she now practices at Innovation Health Clinic SW and SE in Calgary and sits on the Membership & External Relations Committee.
Barb UnichExternal Director
After 40-plus years working in health care, Barb Unich chose to continue to contribute as a Board member and help advance community-based care to the forefront of the health system. With several years of leadership experience at the operational level, Ms. Unich brings a balance of high-level strategic thinking and an understanding of practical operational needs. She worked largely in the community setting and most recently focused on seniors’ issues and transitions of care. She earned her nursing degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Education from the U of C. Ms. Unich is an External Director and sits on the Board Policy & Human Resources Committee.
Jana AmbrogianoAHS Joint venture governance Rep
Jana Ambrogiano brings a strong understanding of health systems to the Board built on 16 years of leadership experience in multiple AHS programs. She is excited to work with the other directors to improve the healthcare system and meet the needs of our population. A Registered Nurse and current Senior Operating Officer of the Rockyview General Hospital, Ms. Ambrogiano earned her nursing degree from the University of Alberta and has a master’s degree in management. She is Co-Chair of the the Joint Venture Governance Committee and sits on the Finance Audit & Risk Committee.
Brian CornelsonAHS Joint Venture Governance Rep
In addition to an extensive academic and administrative background, Dr. Bran Cornelson brings over 40 years of experience in diverse clinical areas, populations and countries to the Board and the opportunity it presents to improve comprehensive primary care for the vulnerable. One of three AHS representatives, he practices family medicine at the East Calgary Family Care Clinic with an interest in complex care. Dr. Cornelson earned his MD from the University of Ottawa. He sits on both the Joint Venture Governance Committee and the Board Policy & Human Resources Committee.
Mike SpadyAHS Joint Venture Governance Rep
For Dr. Michael Spady, PCN boards are the crucible of change for primary care and an opportunity to make meaningful transformations through dialog. Skilled in relationship building and collaboration, he brings prior PCN board experience, leadership skills from his AHS role and knowledge gained from sitting on the Calgary Zone and provincial PCN Governance committees. Dr. Spady practices at Sheldon Chumir Urgent Care and also has a background in rural and urban family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s medical school. Dr. Spady is an AHS representative on the Board and serves on the Board Development Committee and the Joint Venture Governance Committee.
Christopher CameronExecutive Director, Ex-Officio
Jon MacphersonManager of Governance & Policy, Ex-Officio
* Denotes Officer of the Board
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