WRHA Board Members
Patricia Solman – Chair
Patricia Solman is an accomplished senior executive with 30 years' experience in finance, telecommunications and operations at MTS. She has proven strengths in strategic planning, business evolution/transformation and change management, coupled with broad expertise in the management of large, diverse teams.
As WRHA Board Chair, Patricia brings a strong understanding of board governance and oversight, having served on the boards of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, United Way of Winnipeg, Canadian Women in Communications and Technology, and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Patricia is Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), from the University of Manitoba.
Shannon Stefanson – Vice Chair
An advocate for quality improvement and patient safety, Shannon graduated from nursing 31 years ago and has a Master's in Nursing. She spent the first 18 years of her nursing career performing a variety of different roles in a hospital setting. Shannon currently teaches at The College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. In addition to her commitment to providing patients a voice, Shannon will provide the board insight into community health, adult education, and nursing research.
An active community member, Bill brings many years of experience on both community and corporate boards, and over 36 years of business experience to the WRHA. Bill is currently active with the Boards of the Winnipeg Football Club (Blue Bombers), Exchange Income Corporation, the Institute of Corporate Directors – Manitoba Chapter Executive, and the Manitoba Museum Foundation Board of Governors.
Bill is the President and CEO of AML Wireless Networks Inc. and is the former President of OMT Technologies Inc., Intertain Media Inc., and President & COO of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). Bill has a degree in engineering, an MBA and his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Business manager and owner, Dawn Daudrich, divides her time between her Churchill based Lazy Bear Expeditions eco-tourism office, work on a number of different boards across the province and her family.
An active volunteer both within Churchill and in Winnipeg, Dawn is committed to improving business opportunities for Manitobans. Her eco-tourism company operates both out of Churchill and Winnipeg with over 50 employees and she sits on the chamber for Manitoba, Winnipeg and Churchill.
In addition to those ventures she continues to make time to volunteer with Churchill Girl Guides of Canada with her younger two children.
Kyla Gibson (East St. Paul) is the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Performance with Efficiency Manitoba Inc. Previously she served as the Chief Financial Officer with the St. Boniface Hospital. Ms. Gibson graduated with a Major in Accounting from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce and has received designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant. Ms. Gibson achieved her Chartered Business Valuator designation receiving the George Ovens Award for Achieving the Highest Mark in Canada on the Member’s Entrance Examination. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors/Trustees for the Health Employee’s Pension Plan and previously served on the Manitoba Children’s Museum among others.
Vera started out as a wordsmith of sorts; she graduated from Red River College with a journalism diploma and has nearly 25 years of experience in broadcasting. She’s worn many hats at CTV and APTN as well as at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Vera held the role of executive producer of APTN National News starting in 2005, where she swiftly made the move to director of news and current affairs from 2005 to January 2012, when she accepted an appointment as director of community relations. Vera is a proud member of Manitoba’s Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation and speaks Ojibway fluently.
As Vice President of Edison Properties and an active community member in the field of property management and senior care, Frank Koch-Schulte brings to the board, experience in the residential healthcare needs of fellow Winnipeggers.
With a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from the University of Manitoba, Frank's professional focus is on leading innovation while maintaining the exceptional standards of living that residents have come to expect of Edison Properties for almost sixty years.
Having served two terms as President of the Professional Property Managers Association (P.P.M.A) and as current Chair of the Association's Political Action Committee, as Council Member for the River East Council for Seniors and having been appointed to the Landlord Tenant Advisory Council of Manitoba by the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, Frank strongly believes in re-investing in Winnipeg communities for the growth and well-being of all residents.
With 18 years’ experience in business operations, Kiran applies her skills as a senior business consultant and process engineer with Online Business Systems in Winnipeg. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and has worked with both federal government and healthcare organizations. A visible minority herself, Kiran seeks to represent Manitoba’s immigrant population and visible minorities on the WRHA Board of directors and is dedicated to achieving sustainability in the health care system for future generations.
A senior manager with Canada Post and is a certified professional in Human Resources Donald brings both professional and personal insight to the WRHA board of directors. Donald is a patient advocate and has experience as a patient caregiver. Both his wife and son have complex cardiac conditions. Donald has a rich volunteer history with organizations such as Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton), Seven Oaks General Hospital, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Jennifer Moncrieff’s community involvement currently includes the board of directors of the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation and the board of St. Paul’s High School, as well as volunteering at Gonzaga Middle School. She is also a founding member of the Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba; former vice-chair of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; and was a board member of the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation.
Previously, Jennifer was employed by Investors Group as director, sales – Ontario.
Lisa is a Graduate of George Brown College in Toronto and worked for MDS/Life Labs for 12 years. While employed by Life Labs Lisa was tasked with providing health care workers, doctors, hospitals and other care facilities with test results that were regarded as critical, alert and infectious. These could be life threatening and had to be acted on in a timely manner. She was also tasked with teaching while in this capacity.
Since moving to Winnipeg she has switched careers and works as the office manager for the Law Firm of James Edward Lowry. The firm itself specializes in Criminal Law and does everything from murders, terrorism charges and lesser criminal matters. Lisa looks after the daily operation of the Law Firm and handles the intake of voluminous disclosure materials, correspondence, client files and the articling student as well as communication with the clients. She also deals on a monthly bases with the Firm’s accountant making sure the Trust Account and the General Account reconcile.
Dr. Judith Scanlan
An Associate Professor in nursing at the University of Manitoba, Judith’s leadership expertise is in nursing education and administration. Judith brings experiences in education, research, and leadership, including former Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Nursing, board governance in acute care and community health care organizations, and Director of international development projects. She has broad knowledge of health care locally, nationally, and internationally. Judith is an outcome-focused team player who believes building relationships with stakeholders and facilitating the development of others is foundational to leadership and achieving evidenced-based results. Judith is passionate about ensuring that all people receive equitable and quality care, and believes that innovation in health care is possible. She is a registered nurse and has a PhD from the University of Manitoba. In 2008, she was recognized by the College of Registered Nurses for outstanding achievement.
Lauren Stone is a self-employed consultant specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs. In addition, she serves as a senior advisor with Global Public Affairs. Her previous experience includes over 10 years in government-industry relations, policy analysis, and business development. She is an active volunteer in the Winnipeg and surrounding rural communities. Ms. Stone holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science from Queens University.
As a new mother, she is passionate about strengthening the healthcare system for future generations.
Major Gordon Taylor
Major Taylor is a lifelong member of The Salvation Army who grew up in Transcona, attending The Salvation Army Church in East Kildonan. In 1988 he married Karen Rich in Winnipeg. They have now been happily married for 33 years and have two daughters, one son, two sons-in-law, and two amazing granddaughters.
Also in 1988 Gord obtained employment with The Salvation Army working on the front desk at the Winnipeg Booth Centre. In 1989 he moved on to become the Director of Residential Services at Dunsmuir House in Vancouver, then in 1997 moved to Prince George, BC, to become the Youth Pastor/Family Services Director.
In 2001 Gord & Karen responded to God's specific calling to Salvation Army Officership and entered the College For Officer Training in Toronto. They were commissioned in 2003 and appointed to Maple Creek Saskatchewan as Corps Officers. In 2007 they moved on to become Corps Officers in Grande Prairie, Alberta and then in Campbell River, BC, in 2011. During their time there Gord was given the additional responsibility of being Area Commander for Vancouver Island and then later for Northern BC.
In 2016 they were appointed to Winnipeg where Gord was appointed as Area Commander for Prairie East and Karen as Chaplain at Golden West Centennial Lodge. In 2018 Gord & Karen were appointed as Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director of The Winnipeg Centre of Hope (formerly Booth Centre) with Gord retaining the additional responsibility as Area Commander Social for Prairie East.
Gord has graduated three times from BUC with a Bachelor of Arts, Certificate in Management and Certificate in Applied Leadership. He has also completed a 2 year program from the Justice Institute of BC entitled Management Development for Residential Settings, another program produced by The Salvation Army and SFU called the Executive Leadership Development Program and many other training opportunities related to leadership, counseling and EDS. One of the great highlights of his officership was the opportunity to be a part of Session 230 at The Salvation Army International College for Officers in London, England in 2016. He is currently completing his Master of Arts Apologetics through Wesley Biblical Seminary in Mississippi.
Dr. Nobby Woo
Dr. Nobby Woo is a general surgeon with a special interest in patient advocacy and physician burnout. He graduated from the University of Manitoba College of Medicine in 1988, and his career has been dedicated to putting the patient first in all things.
As President of the Medical Staff Council, Dr. Woo sits as an ex-officio of the WRHA, providing observations and comment from a medical perspective.
When not busy doing medical things, Dr. Woo enjoys time with his family, church, ballet, sports and talking all things trivia.