Leadership Council

Purpose

The CCA Leadership Council acts as the executive-level management committee of the CCA office. It includes leaders from each of the five Rady Faculty colleges.


Our membership

 
Dr. Christine Polimeni
Chair; Vice-Dean, Continuing Competency and Assessment

 

Christine is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. Over the last 25 years, she has served as a community physician, and hospital staff physician in both the departments of family medicine and psychiatry.

She has maintained a commitment to continuing professional development through her services as an educator and an assessor in the departments of family medicine and continuing professional development. She has served as a facilitator for numerous educational lectures and workshops and has worked extensively with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in assisting physicians in certification through self-directed learning.

In 2010, she assumed the role of director of continuing professional development and mentorship for international medical graduates. In the spring of 2014, Christine became the director of continuing professional development, medicine.

Her current research interests include medical education and mentorship.

 

 
Dr. Richard Rusk 
Director, CPD Medicine Program

Richard received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1992 and his medical doctor’s degree in 2005 from the University of Manitoba; he went on to specialise in public health with an emphasis on zoonotic diseases. He worked for the province of Manitoba as a medical officer focused on infectious diseases for many years, while also maintaining a clinical practice in the community emergency department. He now works as a family physician in Winnipeg. His current interests are antimicrobial stewardship practice, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and healthcare professional wellbeing training.

 

Nancy Auyeung

Dr. Nancy Auyeung
Director, CPD Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Program

Nancy is a 1992 dental graduate of the University of Manitoba. She has maintained a dental private practice in Winnipeg for over 26 years to the present. She began her role as an educator at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry a few years after graduation to serve as a part time pre-clinical instructor. Soon afterwards, she moved into the dental clinic as a clinical instructor teaching in various disciplines of dentistry working with dental students, a role she continues to this day.

In 2009, Nancy was elected to the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) Board of Directors where she served as its President in 2015. Since 2013, she has served as Chair of the MDA Continuing Competency Committee, a role that has supported her interests in continuing professional development and continuing education. Her passion and commitment to serve dentistry continues in her work with various dental organizations, some of which include the Canadian Dental Association, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada, the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, and the Manitoba Dental Foundation.

In recognition of her extensive involvement in the profession of dentistry, Nancy has been honoured with Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

 



Dr. Jamie Falk 
CPD Lead, College of Pharmacy

Jamie is an Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy and practices as an Extended Practice Pharmacist with the Department of Family Medicine at the Kildonan Medical Centre in Winnipeg.

He focuses his clinical, research, and teaching attention on the optimization of prescribing practices, approaches to minimizing patient burden, and promoting effective evidence-based knowledge translation to clinicians and patients. He is very active in providing professional development for pharmacists and physicians, including helping to chair the annual Medications, Evidence & Decision Supports (MEDS) conference.
 

 



Dr. Diana Sanchez Ramirez
Director, Research

Diana oversees a scholarly program of research and evaluation in the area of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and assessment of health professionals. Her main research interests in the area of CPD involve the identification of unperceived needs among healthcare providers, and the assessment of the impact of CPD programs on patient health outcomes and quality of care indicators.

Previous research experience includes her earlier position as a senior researcher in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Diana has completed epidemiological and clinical studies in the fields of injury, health outcomes, health care use, alcohol, and chronic diseases among vulnerable groups (i.e., older adults, Indigenous people and immigrants). Her research methodology mainly involves the use of health data linkage from administrative databases.

After graduating as Physical Therapist, Diana obtained her joint degree as MPH from Copenhagen University, Denmark and Granada University, Spain; and her joint doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands and KU Leuven, Belgium.

 



Cheryl Dika

CPD Lead, College of Nursing

Cheryl has served as an Instructor in the Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program since 2009; he was appointed as Director of the NP Program in January 2016 and is acting Director of Curriculum Integrity and Faculty Development in the College of Nursing. She teaches graduate level NP courses in health assessment, reproduction/women’s health, and clinical practicums.

Her nursing background is in rural/northen and urban, acute and primary care, as well as international work in the Middle East, Africa, India, and China. She is active in the NP community by practicing in primary care and with indigenous health.

 

Barbara Shay

Dr. Barbara Shay
CPD Lead, College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Barbara has been a practising physiotherapist for over 25 years. She has been involved in the physical therapy program at the University of Manitoba in one capacity or another since 1991.

In 2013, she became the department head of the physical therapy program and remains committed to entry level and post-graduate education. Since 2004, Barbara has been the primary or co-primary investigator on over $1.6M in funded research projects.

Her current research interests revolve around pain assessment and non-pharmacological treatment of pain.

 











Dr. Brenda Stutsky
Director, Online Learning and Technology

Brenda is a graduate of the Misericordia School of Nursing in Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba’s Baccaluareate Program for Registered Nurses, and Western University’s Master of Science in Nursing Program with a focus on nursing education. She obtained a post-master’s degree as an Educational Specialist from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in 2009 completed her PhD in Computing Technology in Education from the same university. She has been part of the Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment since 2010, and was the program advisor for the Manitoba Practice Assessment Program for five years.

With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare system, Brenda has held numerous positions including those of a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator. She has a passion for online learning and together with programmers, has built online systems for both learning and assessment, and has implemented a number of region-wide learning management systems.

 

Natalie MacLeod Schroeder

Natalie MacLeod Schroeder
Director, Clinician Assessment Programs

Natalie is a registered occupational therapist. She is the Director of Clinician Assessment Programs and an Instructor in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences in the occupational therapy department. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Education from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Manitoba.
 
Natalie’s experience includes the assessment and remediation of physicians in practice, development and administration of remediation programs for health professionals, development and administration of clinically-based assessment (OSCE and oral examinations), assessment and integration of internationally educated health professionals, development of professional standards and guidelines, and leadership in continuing professional development initiatives for health professionals.

 



Meghan Ward
CCA Business Manager
Meghan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, a Business/Human Resources Administration diploma from Seneca College in Toronto, and holds the CPHR designation for human resources. She has been the Business Manager of the Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment since 2016. Prior to working at the University, she worked in human resources roles with The North West Company and Statistics Canada.

 

Lenore Chipman
Assistant to the Vice-Dean, CCA Leadership and Accreditation Specialist, CPD Medicine Program