RhPAP Board of Directors

The current RhPAP board of directors is a hybrid of an advisory and policy model managed by up to ten directors: three appointed by the Alberta Medical Association, two appointed by the Health Boards of Alberta, and one appointed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

The board is “responsible for making policy decisions and ensuring through the Executive Director that appropriate staff, structures and processes are in place to carry out the policy and day-to-day tasks of the [RhPAP].” The board is to govern with “an emphasis on outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation, (b) encouragement of diversity in viewpoints.” Its focus should be on “the intended long-term impacts outside the operating organization, not on the administrative or programmatic means of attaining those effects” (RhPAP Board of Directors Policies). 

Meet our board

Our board members represent all corners of the province, and are responsible for ensuring excellence in governance.

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Dr. Bert Reitsma

Blairmore, Alberta

Board Chair - AMA Section of Rural Medicine

Dr. Bert Reitsma has come a long way to become one of rural Alberta’s strongest advocates. An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Reitsma began his career in the Netherlands 45 years ago, and worked extensively in the academic and business world before coming to Alberta. “This was the perfect fit,” says Dr. Reitsma about working in Blairmore, where he has a practice and is a general surgeon. “With the rural setting, there is more close-knit communities. You know the patient … and it is personally rewarding to a physician.”

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Dr. Rob Warren

Sundre, Alberta

Board Vice Chair - Alberta Medical Association

A practising physician since 2011, and co-owner (with spouse, Dr. Michelle Warren) of Sundre’s Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic, Dr. Rob Warren says RhPAP remains “a valuable ally”, providing recruitment support, and educational initiatives for practising and future physicians. “Being a rural doc is not easy, and very different from urban family medicine, and I would not have been ready to practice in this sort of environment without [RhPAP's] programming and support.”

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Dr. John Gillett

Grande Cache, Alberta

Alberta Health Services

Dr. John Gillett came to Grande Cache 20 years ago from South Africa, with a short stint in Regina along the way. Dr. John Gillett embraces the challenges of rural practice. “I think the nice thing about rural practice, at least here, is that you don’t know what to expect on any given day.  Some days are quiet and you just do clinic work.  And then tomorrow, all hell breaks loose and multiple trauma comes through the door. And that’s what I think makes it exciting.”

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Linda Humphreys

Ms. Linda Humphreys, CPA

Calgary, Alberta

Member-at-large

Linda is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) who spent over two decades in senior management and executive roles in the health research sector in Alberta.  She has provided oversight and direction in the areas of governance, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and technology commercialization.

Linda has participated on several boards including Inno-Centre Alberta, Alberta Science and Technology Awards Foundation, Alberta Aviation Council, Edmonton Flying Club, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and founded the Women’s Fly Fishing Association of Alberta.  She was a volunteer instructor for the Board Development Program of the Alberta Government and a mentor with Immigrant Services Calgary. She is currently a Board member of the Rural Health Professions Action Plan and her Condominium Corporation, and co-chairs the Members of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Linda has many passions including riding her horse, volunteering with Spruce Meadows, travelling and fishing. 

Al Kemmere

Mr. Al Kemmere

Olds, Alberta

President, Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC)

Al was elected to his fifth term as a councillor for Mountain View County in October 2017. He was first elected councillor and reeve of Mountain View County in 2004.  Al's involvement with AAMDC begun with his election as Director for District 2 - Central at the Fall 2010 Convention. He was later elected president of AAMDC in November 2014.

Al has always tried to take a leadership approach when it comes to municipal partnerships and collaborations, and has been involved in many local and provincial organizations.

He and his wife, Kathy, have raised three children on their farm north of Olds. Their farm consists of a dairy operation, mixed farming and custom farming.

Sherri Di Lallo

Ms. Sherri di Lallo, RN, BScN, MN

Millet, Alberta

College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Provincial Councilor

The focus of Sherri Di Lallo’s nursing career has been the promotion of Indigenous health and building working partnerships with rural and remote communities and the health care system.  Her work has included articles such as Prenatal Care Through the Eyes of Canadian Aboriginal Women; developing and coordinating a prenatal clinic in Wetaskiwin, AB to improve prenatal health for Indigenous women; developing PRIADE (Professional Relationships in Aboriginal Diabetes Education) to support remote and rural health care providers to support their patients with diabetes; co-authoring Diabetes, Information to Share with Your Family; and developing a Metis Nurse Access Program to train individuals to serve rural and remote communities. Her experience has built a foundation of knowledge of rural and remote services, Indigenous populations and their health issues, both from a service and an access perspective, which gives her a unique view on the importance of cultural safety in health care.

Currently the Indigenous Child Health Nurse Coordinator for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, her role is to be effective in supporting physicians, staff, patients and their families between home, hospital and community.  Sherri is also involved in the Injury Prevention Center from a rural perspective with the University of Alberta.

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Dr. Evan Lundall

Red Deer, Alberta

Alberta Health Services

Dr. Evan Lundall is Central Zone Medical Director for Alberta Health Services. He shares accountability for the Central Zone with Kerry Bales, Chief Zone Officer.

Passionate about health care in rural Alberta, Dr. Lundall ran a full-time, full-service medical practice for over 23 years, serving the rural community of Trochu and Three Hills and surrounding area.

In 2006 he spearheaded the creation of a Primary Care Network. As Board Chairman and Lead Administrative Physician for the Big Country Primary Care Network (PCN), Dr. Lundall was integral in planning and establishing the PCN with four Central Zone communities, and subsequently initiated and established the expansion of the PCN, which now includes seven communities.

Dr. Lundall has also worked on site-management and Regional Health Authority committees since the 1990s. He has served on many other committees, including the Medical Advisory Committee, the Records and Informatics Committee and its Executive Committee. He was also a member of the Provincial IM/IT Consultation Group and the Provincial Rural Strategy Group. - Courtesy of Alberta Health Services

Andrew Neuner

Mr. Andrew Neuner

Calgary, Alberta

Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA)

Andrew is an accomplished and visionary executive with more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience. He has held executive leadership positions in both rural and urban settings with responsibility for acute, community, and long-term care; mental health and addiction services; health prevention and promotion; Indigenous health; and laboratory services. In addition, he has led strategic planning and managed a broad range of healthcare administrative services.

With a distinctly people-focused approach to leadership, Andrew develops meaningful relationships with stakeholders and communities locally, nationally and internationally that help him identify and recommend quality and safety improvement initiatives suited for Alberta. He brings a sincere passion for and proven commitment to addressing the challenges of health reform and meeting community and provincial needs in a rational and responsible way.

Andrew has held various executive healthcare positions across Canada: notably as Vice President, Community Integration, and Chief Operating Officer for Interior Health in British Columbia. He is a Certified Health Executive and holds a Bachelor of Health Services Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) is a provincial agency that pursues opportunities to improve patient safety and health service quality for Albertans.

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Dr. Gavin Parker

Pincher Creek, Alberta

AMA Section of Rural Medicine

Having received many advantages through his involvement with RhPAP over the years, Dr. Gavin Parker joined the Board of Directors in 2013 with the hope of helping others discover the joys of rural medicine. “I'm a city kid born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and I didn’t know anything about working as a country doctor,” Parker explains. “[RhPAP] is singularly responsible for where I find myself today, and so anything I can do to help the organization I’m very happy to do so.”

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