Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan
for Alberta


Our Board

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan board of directors is the oversight body for the organization. The board is appointed by the Members of the corporation which consist of the Alberta Health Services, Alberta Medical Association, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

  • Ms. Janet Blayone College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Dr. Rob Warren Alberta Medical Association (AMA)
  • Dr. Bert Reitsma (RPAP Chair) and Dr. Gavin Parker AMA Section of Rural Medicine (ASRM)
  • Dr. Evan Lundall and Dr. John Gillett Alberta Health Services (AHS)

The RPAP Team

The RPAP team consists of the following staff and contractors:

Office of the Executive Director

  • Bernard Anderson Executive DirectorEmail
  • Charlotte DeLaet Assistant to Executive Director & Programs Manager Email

Rural Health Professions Development

  • Paul Childs Director of Rural Health Professions Development

Rural Community Health Professional Development Consultants

  • Lara Harries Community Recruitment Consultant - South Zone: CalgaryEmail
  • Colleen Lindholm Community Recruitment Consultant - Central Zone: EastEmail
  • Rebekah Seidel Community Recruitment Consultant - Central: WestEmail
  • Kim Fleming Community Recruitment Consultant - North Zone: EastEmail

Corporate Services

  • Tracie Williams Manager, Corporate Services Email

  • Heidi Desmit Program Support Coordinator - Finance Email

Program Support Coordinators

  • Shawna Banman Program Support Coordinator- Southern Alberta Email
  • Donna Bonsteel Program Support Coordinator - Northern Alberta Email

Communications and Marketing

  • Jonathan KochSenior Communications and Marketing ConsultantEmail

  • Lucas WarrenCommunications AssociateEmail

Research and Analysis

  • Nils MeunierResearch and Analysis ConsultantEmail 

Medical Students' Initiaitves 

  • Rosemary BurnessMedical Students' Initiatives CoordinatorEmail

RPAP Skills Brokers

  • Dr. Ron GorscheSkills Broker Southern AlbertaEmail
  • VacantSkills Broker Northern AlbertaEmail

Other Consultants

  • Dr. Rob DaloiseEM Enrichment Program Coordinator
  • Rob McGaffinIT Consultant
  • Dean LackHuman Resources Consultant


The Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network (ARFMN) Team

The RPAP team is complemented by members of its Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network (ARFMN) and Rural Medical Education Support teams:

Rural Alberta North

  • Dr. Valentin Duta Co-Director, RAN Grande PrairieEmail
  • Dr. Brad Martin Co-Director, RAN Grande Prairie Email
  • Jane Schotz Rural Unit Coordinator, RAN Grande PrairieEmail 
  • Dr. Jack Bromley Co-Director, RAN Red DeerEmail
  • Dr. Jordan LaRue Co-Director, RAN Red Deer Email 
  • Charlene Carver Rural Unit Coordinator, RAN Red DeerEmail

Rural Alberta South

  • Dr. Bobbi-Jo Whitfield Co-Director, RAS Medicine Hat Email 
  • Wendy Saucier Rural Unit Coordinator, RAS Medicine Hat Email 
  • Dr. Peter Koegler Co-Director, RAS LethbridgeEmail 
  • Stephanie Gaetz Rural Unit Coordinator, RAS Lethbridge Email 


Other important people related to the RPAP include
Other important people related to the RPAP include

RPAP depends on the support of our friends and partners in healthcare, government and post-secondary to continue meeting the needs of our rural Alberta communities.

  • John Chmelicek Assistant Residency Director, Rural, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Ron Spice Rural Academic Director, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Fred Janke Director, Rural/Regional Health, Community Engagement, University of Alberta
  • Rattan Dhillon Administrative Assistant, Rural and Regional Health, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Doug Myhre Associate Dean, Distributed Learning & Rural Initiatives, University of Calgary
  • Kelly McSweeny Coordinator, Rural/Regional Medicine, Distributed Learning & Rural Initiatives, University of Calgary
  • Barry Brayshaw Director, Physician Locum Services, Alberta Medical Association
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