CRNS Committees

Each year, members of the public and CRNS members contribute time and expertise to various committees that provide oversight to the College’s work, helping advance the profession and delivering on the mandate as a profession-led regulator. The CRNS greatly appreciates the commitment, contribution, collaboration and leadership of everyone involved in the committees.

Council Committees

Audit and Finance

The Audit and Finance Committee assists Council in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities respecting affairs of the CRNS by monitoring the integrity and accuracy of financial reporting; systems of financial internal controls; audit function; and budget process.

Committee Composition:

  • Leah Thorp, RN (Chair)
  • Gaston de la Sablonniere, Public Representative
  • Mary Ellen Walker, RN
  • Alison Morris, RN
  • Dan Li (Corporate Services)
  • Cindy Smith, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Julie Szabo (Staff Support)


The Nominations Committee prepares a slate of candidates to fill the practicing member positions on Council and on the Nominations Committee. In addition, the Committee has one public representative appointed by Council who has previous governance experience.

Committee Composition:

  • Noelle Rohatinsky, RN
  • Jan Devitt, Public Representative
  • Grace Onwuka, RN
  • Frankie Verville, NP (Chair)
  • Talitha Smadu McCloskey (Staff Liaison)
  • Lesley Stronach (Staff Support)

Governance & Human Resources

The Governance & Human Resources Committee assists the Council in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities and gaining reasonable assurance as to the effectiveness of governance, Council, committee and Council member effectiveness, and Council renewal.

Committee Composition:

  • Kathy Chabot, RN, Chair
  • Natalie Thiessen, RN
  • Joelynne Radbourne, NP
  • Mariam Nganzo, RN
  • Doug Finnie, Public Representative
  • Cindy Smith, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Julie Szabo (Staff Support)

Legislation and Bylaws

The Legislation and Bylaws Committee identifies options for Council regarding potential changes to The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 and bylaws, and when directed by Council they draft, review and recommend revisions.

Committee Composition:

  • Janna Krismer, RN (Chair)
  • Ronda Zinger, RN
  • Jennifer Radloff, RN
  • Ryan Klassen, Public Representative
  • Helen Vandenberg, RN
  • Christa Weber (in-house legal)
  • Donna Marin, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Cindy Smith, RN (Staff Support)
  • Cheryl Hamilton, RN (Staff Support)
  • Julie Szabo (Staff Support)

Nursing Education Program Approval

The Nursing Education Program Approval Committee is integral to the approval of all RN education programs in the province of Saskatchewan. The Committee completes all program approval related decisions as delegated by Council.

Committee Composition:

  • Katherine Scheirer, RDA, Health Profession Representative
  • Melissa Carignan, NP (Co-chair)
  • Mary Martin-Smith, RN (Co-chair)
  • Crystal Kuras, RN
  • Greg Lawrence, Public Representative
  • Joanna Alexander, Public Representative
  • Donna Strilaeff, RN
  • Liliana Canadic, RN, Government Representative
  • Valerie Ogbodu (Staff Support)
  • Carole Reece, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Terri Belcourt, RN (Staff Liaison)

Statutory Committees


The Discipline Committee is a statutory committee whose powers and authority are outlined in The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 and the CRNS bylaws. As a member of the Committee, you will sit on a panel to make decisions on allegations of professional incompetence and professional misconduct. Any case involving the conduct, competence or behaviour of a registered nurse that is referred for a public disciplinary hearing is heard by the Discipline Committee.

Discipline Committee Resource Pool Composition:

  • Joanne Petersen, RN
  • Sherstin Heino, RN
  • Jodi Romanow, RN
  • Kristin Dutchak, RN
  • Chris Barlow, RN
  • Joanne Blazieko, RN
  • Leah Clement, RN
  • Christopher Etcheverry, RN
  • Michell Jesse, RN
  • Anne Kokesch, RN
  • Natasha Shyiak, RN
  • Elaine Stewart, RN
  • Frank Suchorab, RN
  • Leonard Wegner, RN
  • Leah Currie, Public Representative
  • Karen Gibbons, Public Representative
  • Sophie Grahame, Public Representative
  • Russ Marchuk, Public Representative
  • David Millar, Public Representative
  • Cheryl Hamiliton, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Karen Rhodes (Staff Support)
  • Leah White, RN (Staff Liaison)


The Investigation Committee is a statutory committee whose powers and authority are outlined in The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 and the CRNS bylaws. As a member of the Committee, you work with a group of people reviewing complaints and collectively make decisions regarding alleged misconduct or incompetence.

Committee Composition:

  • Brenda Andreas, Public Representative
  • Molly Hunter, RN
  • Lisa Duffield, RN
  • Janice Taschuk-Leibel, Public Representative (Chair)
  • Marlee Cossette, RN
  • Billy-Jo Howe, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Melanie Hladun (Staff Support)

Staff Advisory Committees

Membership Advisory

The Membership Advisory Committee reviews and recommends member and public representation to CRNS internal and external committees.

Committee Composition:

  • Lori Boen, RN
  • Sarah Liberman, RN (Interim Chair)
  • Robin Evans, RN
  • Faith Bae, RN
  • Vacant, Public Representative
  • Dan Li (Staff Liaison)
  • Lesley Stronach (Staff Support)

NP Advisory Working Group

The NP Advisory Working Group is a staff advisory committee for the regulation and practice of NPs in Saskatchewan, and administrative policy framework for registration and licensure of NPs. The Committee identifies and provides recommendations on NP issues or scope of practice. 

Committee Composition:

  • Cindy Smith, RN (Chair)
  • Leah Currie, Public Representative
  • Tara Schmalenberg, NP
  • Maureen Klenk, NP
  • Johanne Rust, NP, SANP Representative
  • Arlene Eckert, NP
  • Brittany Stephenson, NP
  • Brenda Mishak, NP
  • Carole Reece, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Valerie Ogbodu (Staff Support)

Registration and Membership

The Registration and Membership Committee provides guidance and offers recommendations to the Registrar regarding issues related to registration/licensure and membership in accordance with The Registered Nurses Act, 1988.

Committee Composition:

  • Lynn Jansen, RN
  • Patricia Harlton, Public Representative
  • Rod Luhning, Public Representative
  • Gina Fleming, RN
  • Maria Estorco, RN
  • Jennelle Hubick, NP
  • Cheryl Hamilton, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Leah White, RN (Staff Liaison)
  • Deb Pearson (Staff Support)
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