We are a committed group of UCalgary Nursing alumni, happy to be an integral part of the faculty and to be leading initiatives and activities for our more than 8,000 graduates.
Please feel free to engage with any of our executive members for more information. We hope you will consider joining us in this rewarding volunteer opportunity!
Karla Sanchez BN'17, BSC'13
Zeeyaan Somani BN’18
"I graduated in December 2017 and now work as a Public Health Nurse in Calgary. During my undergraduate career, I acted as a representative on faculty committees, co-chaired the Year One Nursing Council and was a member of the Undergraduate Nursing Society (UNS). I have served as UNS Representative, Secretary, and Treasurer in the past for the Alumni Committee. Being a part of the Alumni Committee over the past few years has been rewarding, and has provided me with the opportunity to stay connected to the faculty and other incredible past alumni."
Arielle Manzano BN’18
"While completing my BN, I became involved in several committees, serving as a vice president on the Year One Nursing Council and as the president of the Undergraduate Nursing Society. I am passionate about nursing leadership and am eager to inspire new alumni to remain connected with their alma mater. I work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and, in my free time, I play piano and have won accolades and awards over the years, both as a performer and instructor."
Suman Parmar BN’17
Bronze Alumni Leads
(graduated within the last ten years)
MJ Calungcaguin BN'17
"I’ll never forget how fun, worthwhile, and fulfilling it was to be VP academic for both YONC and UNS. Leadership is my passion and I’m prophesying that engaging fellow alumni this year will be both exciting and rewarding!
Now that I’ve had some time to travel the world and become more confident in my role as an RN in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, I’m ready to infect others with energy, inaugurate innovative ideas, and galvanize the committee to see them through."
Cathy Le BN'15
"Currently in Vancouver, I am a second-year graduate student in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of British Columbia, and a new Program Manager working with multidisciplinary teams to support transitions of care.
Prior to this move, I worked extensively in primary care and had the opportunity to develop and work as the first Primary Care Navigation Nurse in Alberta. With a passion for mentoring students, I am looking forward to supporting connections between alumni and future nurses."
Silver Alumni Lead
(grad years from 11 to 24 years out)
Laura Ashburn BN'03
"I have a BSc in Psychology (‘98) from the University of Idaho and a BN (‘03) from the Faculty, being one of the first group of Accelerated Track (BNAT) graduates.
I am a mom of two daughters, a dog lover, and a staff nurse on a busy and dynamic inpatient unit with a collaborative approach to care. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active, being an advocate for health and wellness and being involved in my community. I have recently become involved with my UNA local and I am entering my second year as a Mentor with the NurseMentor program.
I look forward to serving on the Committee to stay involved in and give back to not only the Nursing Faculty, but our profession."
Gold Alumni Leads
(grad years from the 25th year on)
Judith Hanson BN’, MN’83
As a nursing administrator and leader, I was instrumental in the transition from stand-alone, hospital-based administration to the Calgary Health Region and brought nurses together to achieve great success amidst a changing landscape. In August, I retired my teaching position in the undergraduate program after many rewarding years of teaching, but I remain active in research activities and community projects and as a member of the faculty’s Engagement Committee. I am in my second year as the Gold Alumni Co-Lead.
Rita Lisella BN’82, MN’91
Before retiring in 2015, I worked in the areas of general medicine, respiratory, cardiology and communicable disease as a staff nurse and manager. I was honoured to complete my nursing career at UCalgary Nursing (2003 – 2015) where I taught in the undergrad program and coordinated nursing practicums for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2014, I was awarded a University of Calgary Teaching award for Team Teaching. As a proud alum, I was president of the Nursing Alumni Committee between 2001 and 2005.
Members at large
- Katherine Bright (BSc'00, BN'05, MN'14)
- Julia Imanoff (MN’16)
- Yeny Lara (BN'17)
- Stephanie McDonald (BN'04)
- Jessica Parmar (BN'18)
- Pat Rosenau (BN'81, MN'94)
- Carol Rupcich (BN'85, MN'97)
- Danielle Swerhone (BN’85)
- Kate Wong (BN'12)
- Ivan Lerida (UNS Alumni Rep)