Denise Bosnjak – President
Denise Bosnjak is the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at Hamilton Health Sciences, General Site. She began her career as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician over 30 years ago. She accepted an MDR Team Leader position that lead to a supervisory role, soon after graduating from Mohawk College. She is currently studying Leadership courses in the Hamilton Health Sciences program through McMaster University in Hamilton.
Her involvement with the Central Services Association of Ontario includes the Delta Chapter Vice President, and Chapter Representative positions. She is a MDRAO Course Coordinator for the Delta Chapter territory, and previously held Education Director’s position at the Provincial level for four years.
She had successfully passed the Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) exam, and is involved with ongoing education, and auditing for reprocessing areas throughout HHS, and in the community.
Tammy Bennardo – Vice President and Director of Education
Tammy is the Supervisor at Sault Area Hospital’s Medical Device Reprocessing Department. She has been working in the field of Sterile Processing since April 2007. Tammy has her MDRAO certification as well as CMDRT, from CSA.
Tammy has been an MDRAO member and MDRAO THETA chapter executive member since 2007. She has served two terms as Secretary for the THETA Chapter and two terms as Treasurer. Tammy is currently the Vice President of the THETA Chapter.
She recently completed her mentorship for education and her first term as Chapter Representative. Being from and working in Northern Ontario she feels she has brought the North Eastern perspective to the Provincial table. As Chapter Representative, Tammy helped plan and execute the provincial conference as well as represent MDRAO at the Nova Scotia MDRNS conference where the workbook and text book were highlighted.
The MDRAO has added to their membership packages and are working at encouraging education days on off years from the provincial conference.
Tammy has years of experience planning and speaking at the education day for THETA, she feels that she can bring a lot of value to the members.
Luanne Sutherland – Director of Communications
Luanne Sutherland is the Manager for MDRD at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center in Thunder Bay Ontario since 2010. Luanne graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1979 and spent most of her career working in the Operating Room. Luanne has been devoted to providing excellent patient care, and has incorporated this into the demanding practice of Medical Device Reprocessing. She holds a current Ontario CON license, and has her MDRAO certificate. Luanne has been involved annually as the invigilator for the MDRAO course held each spring in Thunder Bay and well as numerous re-certification exams.
Luanne is an active member with Lambda Chapter and has currently stepped in as Chapter President. She returns to sit on the MDRAO Board of Directors as Lambda Chapter rep. Luanne’s focus for Lambda will be to work with the local executive and help them execute education opportunities which may encourage larger membership numbers from the north.
Luanne lives in Thunder Bay with her family.
Elizabeth (Beth) Fraser – Director of Chapter Development
Beth has worked in and around the medical field since 1969. During this time she has worked in the kitchen, laundry, operating room aide, and MDRD.
Beth has worked as a service coordinator in community nursing and worked as a paramedic as well. She is presently working as a technician in Arnprior Regional Health and has supported the GAMMA chapter as secretary for the last 2 years. Beth enjoys knitting, reading and walking with her husband.
Tamiza Samji – Director of Chapter Development
Tamiza started her journey at Cambridge Memorial Hospital as an MDRD technician after completing her CSAO certification in 2005. Prior to working at CMH she owned and operated two businesses for 15 years. Tamiza also worked in endoscopy at St. Mary’s Hospital. From 2008-2013 she was the fill-in team lead and then promoted to permanent team-lead in the MDRD.
Tamiza takes pride in her role and enjoys helping and education current and new team members. In 2014, she obtained her certification for Certified Endoscope Reprocessing Trainer through Olympus Canada both for medical and surgical scopes.
In April of 2015 Tamiza joined the Hamilton Health Sciences team as a MDRD supervisor for the Juravinski site. She is currently the educator for MDRD at Hamilton Health Sciences for the Juravinski and McMaster sites.
Tamiza has been a member of the MDRAO DELTA Chapter since 2010 and currently holds a position as Secretary for the DELTA Chapter. She has a passion for continuing education and very recently acquired her CMDRT certification. Tamiza firmly believes in the critical role that MDRD has in the health care field and understands the challenges that we face on a daily basis.
Tamiza has a positive attitude and excellent work ethic. She hopes to raise awareness of the importance of Medical Device Reprocessing and the commitment of MDRAO and the important part it plays in education and the benefits of being an MDRAO member.
Tammara Champoux – Vendor Representative
Tammara has been working in the Health Care industry for over 26 years and during that time has been employed by Getinge Canada Limited. Some may also know the former company names MDT or Wilmont Castle. A few of Tammara’s many achievements include partnering with hospital project teams to plan and execute a successful new build and reconstruction project outcome, Writing and implementing internal company policy and procedures for ISO certification, and consulting MDR staff to help them prepare for accreditation.
Tammara is a Graduate of Humber College where she successfully completed the Medical and Surgical Consulting program finishing 3rd in her class with a 98% average. Tammara also completed her Project Management studies at Humber College.
Along with making many friends and gaining the respect and trust of clients and her co-workers, Tammara has witnessed many positive and exciting changes in the healthcare industry. She truly understands the importance and differences our roles in this industry make to help keep patience safe and reduce unnecessary infections or complications during their hospital experience.