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New chair and vice chair appointments to BC Renal provincial committees

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We are delighted to announce a number of new chair and vice chair appointments to BC Renal provincial committees. Their combined knowledge, expertise and diverse perspectives will significantly enhance our network initiatives and activities.
Kidney Care Committee
Drs. Joslyn Conley and Judith Marin are filling two newly created vice chair positions of the Kidney Care Committee (KCC). In the vice chair roles, they will support the KCC chair as well as lead a number of projects to advance committee priorities.

Joslyn Conley
JoslynConley.jpgJoslyn is a community nephrologist working in Interior Health (Kamloops). She completed a Master’s in Epidemiology, residency in Internal Medicine and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Calgary. She has been the medical lead for Interior Health kidney care clinics for the past 10 years and the site lead for the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region for the past 11 years. Throughout that time, she has been actively involved with the BC Renal network, including provincial initiatives of the KCC and Glomerulonephritis (GN) committees.

Judith Marin

JudithMarin.pngJudith has worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) Renal Program since 2013. She completed her BPharm at the University of Montreal, a Master’s in Hospital Pharmacotherapy at McGill and a PharmD at UBC. Prior to her work at SPH, Judith worked with the Fraser Health Renal Program for seven years. She has been part of the BC Renal network for over 15 years and actively involved in the KCC, Pharmacy Services, GN and Polycystic Kidney Disease committees. Outside BC Renal, she is the education chair for the Renal Pharmacy Network and she helps coordinate the renal pharmacotherapeutic module for UBC pharmacy students.

Peritoneal Dialysis and Home Hemodialysis Committees

Drs. Shannon Wong and Kris Poinen are filling the vice chair positions for the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) and Home Hemodialysis (HHD) committees respectively. They have been active members of the PD and HHD committees, leading provincial initiatives and projects.

Shannon Wong

ShannonWong.pngA nephrologist at Fraser Health, Shannon completed her BSc in Biology and her medical degree, Internal Medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at UBC. She is a UBC home dialysis fellowship alumni and is completing a Master’s of Health Professions Education from Maastricht University. Shannon is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, quality improvement and educational leadership within the context of peritoneal dialysis care in BC.

Kris Poinen

KrisPoinen.pngKris completed his BSc in Pharmacy and medical degree at UBC, Internal Medicine residency at the University of Calgary, and nephrology fellowship at UBC. He is a UBC/BC Renal home therapies fellowship alumni and has pursued further education with a Master’s of Health Administration and an Excellence in Quality Improvement Certificate. Kris currently practices in Victoria and has taken on additional duties as the HHD medical lead and education lead for South Island (Island Health). He is a champion for home therapies at Island health and throughout the province.

Facilities and Equipment Planning Committee

Sarah Thomas is the new chair and Stephanie Yun is the new vice chair for the Facilities and Equipment Planning Committee (FEPC).

Sarah Thomas

SarahThomas.jpgThe Facilities and Equipment Planning Committee is chaired by a BC Renal employee. Sarah is taking on this role in alignment with her project management of BC Renal capital planning and workforce strategy initiatives. Sarah started at BC Renal in 2018 after working for 25 years as a home hemodialysis and hemodialysis educator at Providence Health Care. She completed her project management education at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and later obtained her Project Management Professional and PROSCI Change Practitioner designations. Among her many responsibilities at BC Renal, Sarah works closely with the Renal Administrators Committee and the renal network.

Stephanie Yun

StephanieYun.jpgStephanie is the interim manager of clinical operations for Renal Services in Fraser Health. She completed her BSc in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Master’s in Clinical Engineering at UBC. Stephanie began working in renal care in 2015 as a biomedical technologist, and joined FH Facilities Management as an equipment planner in 2017. Since then, she has been involved in multiple complex health care capital projects and has worked closely with the program director and managers on equipment and facilities management and planning.

Renal Administrators Committee
Jesse Colbeck is the new chair and Ashley Stoppler is the new vice chair for the Renal Administrators Committee.

Jesse Colbeck
JesseColbeck.jpgJesse is the clinical operations manager of the South Okanagan Similkameen Renal Program in Interior Health. She completed her BSc in Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Alberta. Prior to her current role in leadership, Jesse worked as a registered dietitian in acute care, cardiology, HIV/Aids, and renal care. She has experience managing multiple projects, committees, working groups and staff. In addition, she is certified as a trainer in Self Management, and has provided regional coordination for multiple educational programs.

Ashley Stoppler
AshleyStoppler.jpgAshley is the lead of chronic diseases strategic initiatives for Northern Health. She completed a BSc in Psychology and MBA at the University of Northern BC. Ashley has over 15 years of leadership experience, working in manager and director roles in diagnostics, home and community care, maternal and child care, and quality and safety. Ashley has chaired provincial groups with representation from health authorities, the Ministry of Health, and community-based organizations. This has included the Collaborative Implementation Committee for STOP HIV and the provincial HIV Testing Working Group.
Emergency Management Committee
Elaine Aure
ElaineAure.jpgIn May 2023, Elaine took on the position of vice chair for the Emergency Management Committee (EMC). Elaine is the clinical operations director of the Fraser Health (FH) Renal Program. She completed her BSN at the University of Victoria and Master’s of Leadership at Royal Roads University. Her 15 years of clinical and operational experience includes teaching, leading teams and management within the FH Renal Program. Elaine's leadership style focuses on collaboration, inclusion, and accountability, placing patients' needs at the centre of everything she does.




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