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.
Dianne King has worked in health care for 23 years in a variety of management positions. Dianne is the manager of MDR and has been in that position for over 8 years. She has also been a member of MDRAO for the last 8 years. Dianne is actively involved in SIGMA chapter holding the president position for 5 years and currently holding the past president position for the last 2 years. With the SIGMA executive team she has organized and delivered several education days for the chapter. Dianne is also a MDRAO Coordinator and has held that position for 4 years.
Dianne is an innovative thinker and is always looking to improve processes. She initiated the research into recycling disposable sterilization wraps to reduce facility waste and divert waste from landfills. As a result of this initiative several Ontario health care facilities now implement this green initiative.
Stephenie J. Naugler – Director of Communications
Stephanie is the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at St. Michael’s Hospital which is a very busy trauma hospital and has been in this role for almost 3 years. She has a diploma in Health Care Management through the OHA; a certificate of distinction for the Executive Housekeepers Course through the Association and OHA; is a registered CPD Technician through Centennial College and has maintained her CSAO standing since 1998. Throughout her career, she has taken a number of leadership courses both in hospitality and health care including a Nursing Leadership course through McMaster University. Prior to St. Michael’s she worked as Manager of Environmental Services at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and as an Operating Room Team Leader at Sick Kids managing support services teams and the Medical Device Reprocessing units for varying amounts of time.
It was at Sick Kids where she learned how to apply the “LEAN” principals in the workplace to provide efficiencies both in human resources and supply chain for Perioperative Services. She is an active member of MDRAO and IAHCSMM and is enjoying working in this field once again. She has begun by implementing a solid quality assurance program at St. Mike’s and adhering to CSA standards such as removing gauze/cotton/toweling from all surgical sets and getting vendors/customers to work with her Team Leaders to reduce the weights of all surgical sets. With 20+ years of healthcare management experience in acute and long term care in both Environmental Services and Perioperative Services (MDRD), Stephenie is a results oriented and collaborative manager who wants to participate in being a part of present and future critical changes in medical device reprocessing for patient safety and improving standards for all health care facilities in Canada.
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.
Andy Straisfeld – Vendor Representative
Andy is currently the Northern/Eastern Ontario Sales Representative for Halyard Health.
With over 8 years’ experience in the field of medical sales, Andy’s commitment to customer service turns business dealings into strong business relations.
Andy’s focus is to ensure that everyone involved from the doctors and the nurses to the technicians and not least of all the patients have the best experience possible.
Andy’s clinical interests are Bariatric, Sterile Processing and Thoracic Drainage. Andy’s past experience includes working for Steris Canada, Maquet Dynamed and Mui Scientific/Given Imaging.