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Board of Directors

The Board is a governing Board under the Bylaws of the Alberta College of Family Physicians. The ACFP Board ensures that:
  • the association is properly managed;
  • its property and assets are suitably cared for; and that
  • high-quality services are provided to all its members

The ACFP President is also the Board Chair and is the official spokesperson on issues that arise during and between Board meetings. The Board consists of nine Directors. Director terms of office are three years, beginning at the Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) held in March.

Non-Voting Board Liaisons

In January 2016, the structure and mandate of the ACFP Board was changed from a representative governance Board to a smaller skills-based governing Board. At that time, the Board adopted a new recommendation to invite Medical Student Liaisons and Family Medicine Resident Liaisons from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary to attend all of the meetings of the Board as contributors without voting privileges.

2024-2025 Board of Directors

Noel DaCunha
Melanie Hnatiuk
Douglas Tuck
Simon Colgan
Donna Mumert
David Pinzon
Dinesh Witharana
Smitha Yaltho
Terri Potter
Executive Director
Munib Ali
Resident Board Liaison – University of Calgary
Karanpreet (Preet) Bath
Resident Board Liaison – University of Alberta
Emily Cox
Medical Student Liaison – University of Calgary
Carly Clarke
Medical Student Liaison – University of Alberta

Dr. Noel DaCunha

I’m Dr. Noel DaCunha and I live and work in Westlock, a small town an hour north of Edmonton. I have practised rural family medicine in Alberta for thirty-two years, having previously trained in London, England.  Teaching students and residents is one of my greatest joys and I embrace all that rural Alberta has to offer.

Why are you volunteering to serve on the Board?
I joined the Board because I felt I had accumulated sufficient knowledge and experience to add to the perspective of the board and hopefully make a positive contribution.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Since joining the Board, I have grown to appreciate the challenges facing family medicine in Alberta and Canada and the need for strong leadership, advocacy, as well as well directed professional development programs and research. I am proud of the leadership role that our Board has taken with respect to the opioid crisis and our active engagement with the developing and rapidly changing primary care landscape in Alberta.


Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk

My name is Melanie Hnatiuk and I’m a proud Family Physician. I was born and raised in Alberta, having lived in both Edmonton and Calgary. I spent some time in London, Ontario for medical school at Western, then returned to complete my residency at the University of Calgary. I currently work as an Academic Family Physician at the University of Calgary where I have been privileged to play a role in the training of medical students and residents and to care for many of my patients for over 15 years. I have held various administrative and leadership positions both at the Department of Family Medicine and with other organizations in Alberta. I’m married and the mom of 3 children (and one dog). I love spending time outdoors with my family.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I am passionate about contributing to the work of the ACFP because I believe that Family Medicine is the foundation for a high-quality, compassionate and efficient health care system. Individuals, communities, and the system as a whole benefit when Family Medicine has strong representation.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
I value the work the ACFP has done to advocate on behalf of Albertans by representing Family Physicians. The ACFP’s collaboration with stakeholders will ensure our discipline remains adaptive to the needs of the communities we work within.

Dr. Doug Tuck

My name is Dr Douglas (Doug) Tuck, Maj (Ret) CD1. I am a GP primary working as a contractor supporting the Canadian Armed Force, with experience in locums in Alberta.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
Currently I am the Treasurer on the ACFP. I volunteer because I believe in giving back to the communities to which I belong. This allows me to keep abreast of changes to our profession, network with my peers, and hopefully advance the specialty of Family Medicine.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
I value the work the ACFP does both in providing quality/timely CPD to support FPs ad also the advocacy work that the ACFP has been doing to help ensure the voices and values of family Medicine are being heard at many planning tables at the provincial level.

Dr. Simon Colgan

I am a full-time palliative physician in community and tertiary care and the lead physician for CAMPP (Community Allied Mobile Palliative Partnership) in Calgary, an equity-focused palliative program to under served populations.

Why are you volunteering to serve on the Board?
I really want to try and promote and advocate for equity related topics including – poverty, food security, harm reduction, climate change.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
I think it has a huge reach within primary care politics and I believe tackling upstream determinants of health are crucial for some of our health care problems.

Dr. Donna Mumert

I’m Dr. Donna Mumert and I’ve been a family physician for over 20 years, currently practising in Beaverlodge, a small town in northern Alberta very close to where I grew up. I attended the University of Alberta for my undergraduate and medical degrees, as well as residency.

After only two years practising in Alberta I moved to the US, finally returning back home 15 years later. Since returning to Alberta, my focus has been on out-patient practice. Actively involved in my PCN, I often act as a mentor to other family physicians and am eager to bring the voice of rural and remote physicians to the ACFP Board.

In addition to my medical experience, I have spent several years as a board member of a local charter school, a non-profit organization.

I’m married with three children, and when I’m not working I can be found in my garden during the summer months. If it’s too cold to play in the dirt, I’ll be inside playing piano or knitting Norwegian sweaters for my family.

Why are you volunteering to serve on the Board?
I got involved with the ACFP by volunteering on the CPD Advisory Committee, which gave me a chance to get to know the other board members and the ACFP staff, and I’m excited to have the chance to work with these awesome people who are so committed to supporting family physicians, and improving the health of all Albertans.

Dr. Dinesh Witharana

I’m Dr. Dinesh Witharana and I’m a family physician based in Spruce Grove who primarily focuses on community primary care of palliative patients. I often bring residents with me to my hospice rounds and home visits. I also enjoy participating on the Provincial Palliative Tumor Group as an Executive Member, the AMA Section of Palliative Care Fee Committee, and the Core Committee for Cancer Strategic Clinical Network. I am the family physician representative on the Edmonton Zone PCN Sub-Committee for improving transitions of care, and previously served as a member of the ACFP First Five Years in Practice Committee.

Why are you volunteering to serve on the Board?
I am a strong supporter of the ACFP Vision of advancing health for patients, their families, and communities where every Albertan has a patient-centred medical home, and believe that providing more support and resources for primary care will be essential to achieving this vision.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
What I value the most about the ACFP is it’s very member focused. When you meet the staff, their sole interest is how to better support family physicians in Alberta, and they quickly feel like family.

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.

Terri Potter

Executive Director

I am Terri Potter, the Executive Director for the Alberta College of Family Physicians.  My training and experience over the course of my career has provided me with a broad set of skills that support my role as ED.  I thoroughly enjoy supporting teams to be effective and efficient in their work.  I have a background in project management, training and facilitation, resource development and association management.  My recent area of interest to read and learn about is “systems”.

On a personal note, I am a mother of 4 adult children and married to an avid farmer and heavy equipment mechanic.  We live in Onoway (a small community northwest of Edmonton) where we enjoy our free time with life-long friends and new community members alike.  I enjoy all things outdoors, travelling and music.  I just recently joined a big band to play my trumpet (a little rusty).

My Board Experience
The ACFP Board of Directors are my “bosses” and I respect and appreciate their leadership and experience and depend on them everyday in the work that we do as a staff team and in the interactions with our members and partners. ACFP members are well represented and the strategic leadership of the specialty of family medicine is their primary concern.  It is through dynamic discussion, thoughtful assessment, and consistent action the Directors of the Board and staff of ACFP have been able to achieve so much in the past, and into the future.

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.


Dr. Munib Ali

I am Dr. Munib Ali, a resident physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary where I had also completed my medical school training. Born and raised a Calgarian, I avail my leisure time with activities such as cycling, tennis, and video games, all while savoring the local and global culinary offerings. Beyond clinical medicine, I am driven by a passion for research, innovation, and harnessing technology to push the frontiers of primary care, with a particular focus on improving healthcare for our growing senior population.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
My desire to join the ACFP board stems from a deep passion for improving Albertans’ health and a commitment to excellence in patient care. As our healthcare landscape evolves rapidly with ongoing technological changes and shifting regulations, so do the needs of our community, stakeholders, clinicians, and learners. The ACFP board presents a valuable opportunity to cultivate provincial clinician relationships, provide transparent representation and engagement for our resident cohort, and advocate for the provision of high-quality supports and services.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
The ACFP is dedicated to enhancing Family Medicine throughout the province, placing an importance on both the patients but also the clinicians who deliver care. It is a welcoming group of individuals that value resident input, understanding the significance of being heard. Moreover, the ACFP offers a very credible platform for advocacy, benefiting not only our patients and communities, but also our profession within the broader government context.

Dr. Karanpreet (Preet) Bath

Hi, my name is Preet Bath. I am originally from Ontario and did my MD at McMaster University before coming over to the University of Alberta for my family medicine residency.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
I wanted to serve as the Resident Liaison to advocate for the resident perspective and act as a bridge between the ACFP and FM residents.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
The ACFP does such important work in supporting primary care in Alberta by engaging with residents and physicians in the community and I hope to be a part of this!

Emily Cox

My name is Emily Cox and I am a first-year medical student at the University of Calgary, where I also completed my BSc. (Hons) in Neuroscience. I was born in the UK and moved to Canada when I was nine, growing up in both Halifax and Okotoks, Alberta. Outside of school, I have a variety of hobbies but you can most often find me reading, running, knitting, hanging out with friends, or practising pottery!

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
As someone who plans to practise family medicine in Alberta, I am passionate about the pursuit of a more equitable, accessible, and just health care system for Albertans. Through this position, I hope to work alongside health care professionals in enacting policy and practice changes, as well as provide a voice for my classmates’ perspectives and concerns, as the Albertan primary care landscape continues to evolve.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
Family medicine and primary care are essential building blocks to our health care system that have undergone and will continue to change in the near future. I value that the ACFP advocates for physicians and patients in the face of our changing political sphere. I also really value the support that ACFP provides for family physicians and medical students alike — their work in creating networks, conferences, and learning opportunities is so valuable.

Emily Cox

My name is Carly and I am a Medical Student at the University of Alberta and am proud to represent the Class of 2027. I have lived in the Calgary area for 21 years with my husband and soon to be teenaged son. My professional background includes NICU and Psychiatric Nursing, and have been a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and Emergency Psychiatry since 2018. In my time off, I love travelling, gathering around a camp fire with friends, and karaoke.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
As a new medical student with ongoing allied experience in Primary Care, I continue to feel the impact of the ever changing landscape of Family Medicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the hard work and experience of our expert Family Medicine colleagues in the ACFP with the student body.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
The ACFP works diligently to advocate for Family Medicine as a foundation of health for individuals, communities, and the entire health care system. They are committed to supporting Family Physicians in their innumerable and often unseen roles, celebrating their diversity and adaptability. The ACFP puts a spotlight on the importance of building strong professional and client centered relationships that extend well beyond individual interactions.