The SAC Board of Directors includes:
- the Chair (Executive Committee);
- the 1st Vice-Chair (Executive Committee);
- the 2nd Vice-Chair (Executive Committee);
- S-LP and audiology Directors;
- a Director-University;
- a Director-Communication Health Assistant; and
- a Director-Student.
SAC Board of Directors (2016-2017)
Click the name of each Board member below to read his or her biography.
Audiologist, Winnipeg School Division
Jerri-Lee has been practicing as an audiologist since 1984. She obtained her master's of science degree in audiology from Minot State University and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. The vast majority of her professional career has been in the area of pediatric and educational audiology. She is currently employed as an audiologist with the Winnipeg School Division.
Jerri-Lee has been actively involved in both her provincial and national professional associations. She is a past President of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA), and has served on many committees as a member and/or chair. She has a strong interest in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology and believes that through the commitment of its volunteers, the provincial and national associations can heighten the awareness of the services these professionals provide.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Department Manager, Vitalité Health Network
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Jennifer received her master's of science in human communication disorders from Dalhousie University in 2005. She has published her thesis work in the Journal of Fluency Disorders. Since graduation, she has worked as an S-LP, primarily with preschoolers, at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. She is a member and coordinator of the Pediatric Developmental Team and became department manager in 2006. She is a certified member of SAC, a past President of the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and a former board director of the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators. Her professional interests include administration, early intervention and inter- and transdisciplinary assessment and treatment.
S-LP(C), MA, M.Mus.
Regional Clinical Specialist, Speech-Language Pathology, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Colleen Braun-Janzen works as a clinical specialist of speech-language pathology in the Winnipeg Health Authority. She oversees clinical supervision for speech-language pathologists in the region and provides more direct support as clinical service leader for speech-language pathologists at Deer Lodge Centre, where she is based. Colleen has experience leading committees and projects at a regional and national level. She has taken a primary role in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority developing guidelines in the areas of voice and dysphagia. She served on the SAC S-LP Clinical Certification Examination Committee for 10 years, including 4 years as Chair. She is currently chairing the Current Clinical Issues in Dysphagia in Canada SAC ad hoc committee. Colleen has co-authored a number of publications and has presented at local and national conferences. In 2014, she received a Presidential Citation from SAC, recognizing her outstanding service to Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Health P.E.I.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Janet Campbell is an S-LP currently working with the preschool population for Health P.E.I. in Charlottetown, P.E.I. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Prince Edward Island and her M.Sc. from Dalhousie University. She has been working as an S-LP for 16 years, both in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Janet began her career in Sarnia, Ontario at the Rotary Children’s Place before moving to Ottawa. She spent 8 months working with the Language Express Preschool Program before accepting a full-time position with the First Words Program/CHEO. In 2008, Janet returned to her home province where she has spent time working in both the rural and urban environments. She has taken Hanen and Lidcombe training and has pursued her interests in apraxia of speech, early language and autism through continuing education opportunities. Janet resides in Charlottetown with her husband Dan and her two daughters, Grace and Maggie.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Child Development Centre Yukon
Michelle completed her graduate degree in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2005. She has since devoted her career to helping children and seniors in British Columbia and Yukon. After spending two years working in the Richmond School District, Michelle returned to her hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon. She spent seven years working in intermediate care with the Yukon government where she was a member of the policy review team and the chair of the dysphagia management team, working to develop ways to better manage eating and swallowing in long-term care.
Building on her government experience, Michelle built a successful private practice holding contracts with the hospital, governmental departments and a school district in northern British Columbia. She has since dedicated herself to working with children at Yukon’s Child Development Centre in Whitehorse, a non-profit agency that provides services for children aged 0-5 across the Yukon.
Chief, Speech Language Hearing Services, Durham District School Board
Anila Punnoose graduated as a speech-language pathologist with an M.Sc. from Dalhousie University in 1982. She is a clinically certified SAC member. She has worked in the public and private sectors with varied experiences in providing S-LP services to the pre-school, school-aged and adult populations in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario. She has co-authored publications and presented provincially, nationally and internationally in the topic areas of fluency, pre-school/school -aged language and autism spectrum disorders. Anila is the Chief S-LP for the Speech, Language and Hearing Services and interim Lead for the Autism Resource Team of the Durham District School Board. She has been a director on the OSLA Board and is an avid supporter of our professions. Anila looks forward to supporting existing SAC strategic plans for the good of all members and the Canadian public and to advocate for SAC members to be “louder, stronger and together more”.
Senior Audiologist and Audiology Practice Lead, Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dr. Li Qi is a senior audiologist and practice lead for audiology at Vancouver General Hospital. He completed his M.Sc. in audiology at UBC and his PhD at McGill University. He is a certified member of SAC and a registered audiologist and hearing instrument practitioner. He is also certified in vestibular assessment and management with the BC College.
He is very involved in professional volunteer work — he was a board member of Glenrose Family Advisory Network and is a co-founder of the Canadian Chinese Speech and Hearing Association and a member of the SAC Awards and Recognition Committee.
Dr. Qi has 15 years of experience in audiological practice, clinical research and teaching. His work has received a number of prestigious research grants and awards, including the 2014 SAC Excellence in Applied Research Award, the Innovation Research Award from Vancouver Coastal Health (2013) and a research grant from SAC in 2012.
Director, Provincial Voice Care Resource Program
Clinical Educator and Research Associate, University of British Columbia, Department of Surgery and School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Vancouver, British Columbia
Linda Rammage has been practicing speech-language pathology for 35 years, following her graduation from UBC. Her areas of career experience include neurogenic and oncologically-based communication problems and voice dysfunction. She completed a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and has subsequently practiced exclusively in the area of voice dysfunction. As co-founder of the Pacific Voice Clinic and director of a provincial resource program, Linda has regular contact with clinicians within BC, nationally and internationally when they consult her regarding clinical problems. She has presented nationally and internationally on speech and voice science, voice dysfunction and management of voice disorders. She has also co-authored several textbooks, authored numerous clinical textbook chapters and published research papers.
Linda has extensive governance experience. In addition to numerous positions on working committees, she has held the positions of BCASLPA President (twice), SAC Board Member, SAC President, Board Member of CAASPR and Board Chair of CSHHPBC.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Judy has been a practicing speech-language pathologist with the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres (NSHSC) for the past 30 years. She strongly believes in a team-centered approach to patient care, advocating for her patients and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and the importance of ongoing professional development.
Both her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders were obtained from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a certified member of both SAC and ASHA, with membership in the Special Interest Divisions for Voice and Dysphagia. She has served on the Executive and several committees for the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia (SHANS).
Although she initially treated all age groups in rural Nova Scotia, she currently works in a tertiary care centre specializing in the areas of adult voice disorders, head and neck oncology and dysphagia.
Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
Andrea MacLeod has been a professor at Université de Montréal since 2011, a researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine since 2012 and an assistant editor for the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology since 2011. She earned a master’s in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Vermont in 2002, completed her doctorate under the direction of Dr. Carol Stoel-Gammon at the University of Washington in 2006 and finished her postdoctoral studies at McGill University with Dr. Susan Rvachew and Dr. Linda Polka in 2007. Following her studies, she held an assistant professor position at Université Laval from 2007 to 2011. The focus of her research has been on phonological development and bilingual language acquisition. She has published a number of scientific articles on these topics.
Speech Language Assistant, Alberta Health Services
High Prairie, Alberta
Bernadine Sawchyn is a Speech Language Assistant for Alberta Health Services. She participated in the SAC committee that developed the recommendations for working conditions in schools and is currently part of the SAC Expert Committee for Communication Health Assistants Issues. In the past she was Leader of the local Cub Scouts Beaver Troop, Vice President of the Junior High Parent Council and Secretary of the Elementary and ECS Parent Councils. Currently, Bernadine is President of the High Prairie Tennis Club and Coach of Junior Tennis.
Bernadine lives in Northern Alberta where she has been married to her husband Rick for 27 years. She has two wonderful children, Ryan (26) and Kimberly (25). Bernadine enjoys playing tennis, camping, baking, playing cards and gardening. She is an excellent listener and easy to talk to. Bernadine strives to do her best and treat all people equally with genuine caring.
Speech-Language Pathology Student, University of Alberta
Andrea is currently a speech-language pathology student at University of Alberta. She received her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. She has previously worked as a behavioural interventionist, an assistive technology trainer, a speech therapy rehabilitation assistant and a Dementia Helpline volunteer. Her previous leadership roles include being involved on the executive boards for the WISH Drop-in Centre Society to support women entrenched in survival sex work and the Sanctuary Mental Health Society.
Andrea is currently serving in her role as SAC student representative for University of Alberta, and is also the professional development coordinator with the Organization of Alberta Students in Speech (OASIS). With interests in motor speech disorders and interdisciplinary collaboration, Andrea is proud to be an S-LP student. Andrea is excited to support fellow students in this field and to collaborate with other professionals in ways that can proactively shape the future of her profession.