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Meet Our Staff Team

Small, but mighty

From CPD and certification to communicating the latest news and events to members, the ACFP team is here for you. Learn more about the team below under the leadership of Executive Director, Terri Potter. Learn more about the ACFP’s current positions available.

Ann-Catherine P. Reyes
Coordinator, Communications
Deanne Nada Seifeddine
Coordinator, CPD Programs
Kerri McNabb
Coordinator, CPD Programs
Lindsay Rankin
Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Nikita McEwan
Manager, CPD Programs
Ozichi Chijioke-Nwauche
Coordinator, CPD Programs
Roxanne Perich
Executive Coordinator
Sarah Mackey
Coordinator, Member Engagement
Susan Wong Armstrong
Associate Director
Terri Potter
Executive Director

Ann-Catherine P. Reyes

Coordinator, Communications

As the Coordinator for Communications, my role entails providing support for the delivery of all communications and member engagement initiatives of the organization. I am honored to part of a dynamic, passionate, and energetic team.

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is I am really into sci-fi shows with apocalyptic themes like Fringe, Manifest, and Stranger Things. I enjoy decoding the mystery, and taking in the thrill and suspense brought about by these shows.

What’s on your bucket list?
My bucket list includes learning how to drive, travelling with my family. exploring new cultures, and taking up further studies in the future. 

What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime right now is watching any good series on Netflix and Disney+ with my family or if more time allows it, I take a stroll outdoors, just explore nature a little bit (Edmonton is so beautiful!) or perhaps go for a dose of retail therapy.

What is your favourite song/music?
I do enjoy music from the 80s, 90s and the early 2000s. Songs from artists such as The Cure, Roxette, and Eraserheads, among many others are classics.

Favourite Food
Italian, Japanese, and Filipino food — there are just so many savoury options to choose from! 

Favourite Quote 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Deanne Nada Seifeddine

Coordinator, CPD Programs

What is a fun fact about you?
One fun fact about me is that I’m a huge sports fan! I will pretty much watch or play any sport, but I’m a die-hard Oilers, Raptors, and Eagles fan! 

What’s on your bucket list?
One of my life goals is to watch the Edmonton Oilers play in every arena in North America. So far, I’m 2/32 – got a long way to go!

What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime is spending time outdoors and in nature! I enjoy exploring our city’s beautiful River Valley by foot or wheels, practising yoga at local parks, and especially hiking the beautiful AB Rockies! Exploring different forms of movement or exercise in fresh air is my jam! 

What is your favourite song/music?
I’ll listen to pretty much anything, but my favourite genres are R&B and folk!

Favourite Food
I may be biased, but Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine is top tier, and nobody can convince me otherwise.

Favourite Quote 
‘Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!’

Kerri McNabb

Coordinator, CPD Programs

I’m a CPD programs coordinator, which means I get to play a role in lots of great projects and events like the Clinical Connections Conference webinar series, the Check-in and Check-up webinar series, and Family Medicine Summit, but my main role is to support the Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction (CMN). Once I started working with the CMN, it quickly become my passion project! I’m lucky to work with some great committees and plan a broad range of CME/CPD for the ACFP.

What is a fun fact about you?
I made a short appearance in a Honda commercial and then used the $$ to buy a Nissan… Oops!

What is your favorite pastime?
Petting dogs! My dogs, friend’s dogs, neighbor’s dogs,  hopefully your dogs?

What is your favorite food?
Cheese and chocolate – all kinds at all times!

Favourite quote:

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Email:
kerri.mcnabb@acfp.ca 

Lindsay Rankin

Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations

I am the Manager for Communications and Stakeholder Relations. I am passionate about clearly relaying information, building rapport, and cultivating connections through in-person or virtual engagement opportunities.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a meteorologist by trade, let’s talk weather! #headintheclouds

What is your favourite pastime?
When it comes to new fitness activities, I am up for trying just about anything: Yoga, Bosu, Spin, TRX, etc. You name it, I have likely tried it!

What is your favourite food?
I am a food fan, from home cooked to trying out new local restaurants, I am there. In a sweet vs. savory debate I’ll always side with savory.

Favourite quote:

One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

—Lewis Carroll

Nikita McEwan

Manager, CPD Programs

Nikita is the Manager of Programs and Events at the ACFP and has been with the college since the beginning of 2019. You may know her from ACFP’s in-person or virtual programs such as the Family Medicine Summit (Summit), ACFP Webinars, Cert+, Research programs, or older conferences such as Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP). If you see her at any of our events, be sure to say hello. 

What is a fun fact about you?
I’m always game for an adventure, whether it be travelling through Guatemala, hiking the Rockies, checking out local plant stores or jumping out of moving planes!

What is your favourite pastime?
When I’m not exploring I’m most likely napping or listening to a podcast.

What is your favourite food?
I consider myself a food enthusiast.

Favourite quote:

“The problem isn’t the problem. The problem is the way you think about the problem.”

Ozichi Chijioke-Nwauche

Coordinator, CPD Programs

What is a fun fact about you?
One fun fact about me is that I really enjoy nature, flowers, plants, animals and the beach. I particularly find elephants to be very interesting creatures.

What’s on your bucket list?
The top 3 items on my bucket list are: visit Banggai Islands Indonesia, Mount Yoshino Japan, and spend a whole week in Bali.

What is your favourite pastime?
Spending time with friends and family, dining out to discover new places and visiting art galleries and art in general.

What is your favourite song/music?
See what the Lord has done by Nathaniel Bassey.

Favourite Food
Spicy prawn fried rice.

Favourite Quote
“Everything worth doing, is worth doing well”

Roxanne Perich

Executive Coordinator

What is a fun fact about you?
Born and raised in Venezuela; I speak fluent Spanish and English.

What’s on your bucket list?
Traveling!

What is your favourite pastime?
I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, reading, singing, aerials, taking care of my plants, being in nature.

What is your favourite song/music?
Folk, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rock

Favourite Food
Italian, Japanese.

Favourite Quote
“You must strive to find your voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all”
— Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Sarah Mackey

Coordinator, Member Engagement

What is a fun fact about you?
I have a dog café called Starbarks! (Named by my two children.) We offer treats, fresh water, a stick library, and a photo op. We add seasonal decor throughout the year—Halloween and Christmas are always the most popular.

What’s on your bucket list?
I want to take each of my kids on a solo trip somewhere they choose.

What is your favourite pastime?
My two favourite things to do are knitting and riding my e-bike. I’m still working on a way to do both at the same time.

What is your favourite song/music?
I really love musicals. My current favourite is probably Hadestown.

Favourite Food
Freshly baked bread! My grandma used to bake bread every week and the smell of it when I’m baking it reminds me of her.

Favourite Quote
“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
–Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”

Susan Wong Armstrong

Associate Director

I am primarily responsible for overseeing the ACFP’s CPD/ME program offerings and ensuring that its programs are meeting member needs and aligned with the ACFP’s Strategic Framework. I also provide support and strategic guidance on communications and government relations, member engagement, and overall operations.

What is a fun fact about you?
I can recite the phonetic alphabet.

What is your favourite song/music?
At the Hundredth Meridian

What is your favourite pastime?
I love live music – a concert-goer since I was nine. If I’m not in the stands, I’m binge-watching Netflix flicks, going down YouTube rabbit holes, and more recently, solving scrambled Rubik’s Cubes that cross my path.

Favourite quote:

Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.

— Denzel Washington

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.

—Anonymous

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.