The Prince George Hospice Board of Directors
Steve Henderson was born and raised in Central Alberta (Lacombe) working with the family dairy farm. He graduated high school then graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently, in 1978 Steve moved to Grande Prairie with his wife Ann Marie.
Working with the Department of Municipal Affairs, Steve began his appraisal and land negotiation career, which included 4 years working for the County of Wetaskiwin and still years with the County of Lacombe. It was during his tenure with Wetaskiwin that he took on the role of land agent as well as utility and development officer.
In 1990 Steve and his family moved to Prince George, where he worked with the Ministry of Transportation in the role of property negotiator and manager, for 7 years throughout central and northern BC. During this period, he began learning negotiations, history and cultural aspects of Aboriginal peoples.
In 1997 Steve joined Westcoast Energy, working within a lands, community and Aboriginal Relations group. Over the course of 20 years with Westcoast, Duke Energy and Spectra Energy he helped influence community and Aboriginal engagement across the pipeline system, from NWT to the US border and in the prairie provinces.
Steve’s main responsibilities included providing community relations, engagement implementation as well as public and Aboriginal consultation advice into operational and expansion project teams. He was responsible for leading a team dedicated to building sustaining positive relationships with Aboriginal communities throughout the company’s operating areas. His focus was upon ensuring that strategic programs and plans were implemented to support Spectra Energy’s business activities and business development while taking into consideration community and Aboriginal interests.
Steve has a professional appraisal designation from the BC Real Estate Institute and has worked in Alberta and BC in local, provincial and private industries inland negotiation roles. From 2000 to 2006, he was the vice-chair of the Two Rivers Gallery and May 22, 2012, joined the UNBC Alumni as an Honorary Member.
Albert has lived in Prince George since 2006. He is a Professional Engineer with a background in building design, construction and project management. In 2010 he obtained his MBA from UNBC. Albert is currently the Director of Development Planning and Projects at Northern Health, where he is responsible for facility redevelopment planning and implementing the capital projects on the annual capital plan. In this role he participates in or chairs Northern Health steering committees and working groups and prepares materials for executive and board consideration.
Since moving to Prince George he has come to understand the need that the Prince George Hospice fulfils in our community and the effort that goes into providing excellent care at Hospice with the dedicated support of staff and volunteers.
In his spare time, Albert enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with his four grown children.
Dr. Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia, current Vice President of the International Association on Geriatrics and Gerontology Coalition of Student Organizations, and an interRAI Canada researcher. She holds a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology (Aging, Health, and Well-being Program) from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.
Tara Szerencsi joined the Prince George Hospice Society Board in January 2019. She is currently the Treasurer and also chairs the Board’s Finance Committee.
Tara is the Vice President of Finance & Corporate Services at the College of Caledonia. She has held various roles in accounting and financial services at both the College and at Northern Health and has over 20 years of experience in public sector and not-for-profit accounting.
Tara is an accountant with a CPA, CMA designation. She earned both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce degrees at UNBC. She is currently also a member of the Prince George Community Foundation’s Investment Committee, the CNC Research Forest Society Board, and was recently the Treasurer on the Performers North Society Board for three years.
Tara was born and raised in Prince George and is passionate about this city. She and her husband have two children, and a large extended family here. With deep roots in the community, Tara is proud to support the incredible and important services offered by the Prince George Hospice Society and its employees and volunteers.
Dr. Payne came to UNBC in June 2004 as founding faculty of the medical school following a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and John B. Pierce Laboratory. Dr. Payne holds a PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in the field of cardiovascular and renal physiology. In addition to his biomedical research, Dr. Payne has an active research program in medical education in which his interests include curriculum, assessment and admissions.
Lynda is a seasoned management professional with over twenty years’ experience managing people, processes and projects within the health and post-secondary sectors. She has provided strategic and operational leadership, board stewardship and development as well as communications development and management in various roles throughout her career. Lynda is an effective financial and human resource manager with extensive experience in developing and managing organizational budgets and financials. Her experience in managing large scale enterprise, clinical and information technology departments for a multitude of clients and diverse stakeholder groups enables her to consistently create value for her clients collaboratively and effectively. Lynda has broad leadership experience and demonstrated success in leading strategic initiatives which incorporate innovative solutions around population health, quality improvement, physician mentorship, patient medical home, business intelligence, health informatics and program evaluation. Her background and experience in leading teams in both the health and academic sectors provides a depth and breadth of experience needed to successfully deliver robust solutions, engage key partners, enact needed process and policy changes and implement sustainable operating models.
Lynda is an inspirational leader who fosters a work environment characterized by a commitment to values, collaboration, engagement, innovation, problem-solving, integrity and iterative continuous improvement. Lynda has a broad array of management, business and technical skills and has successfully led strategic, operational and project teams, Lynda can mentor and lead high-performance teams through difficult and trying circumstances to garner successful results, sustainable change and enhanced productivity. Lynda is characterized as a professional who empowers and motivates others to get things done and supports them to reach their personal, professional and organizational goals.
Brad Douglas is a business lawyer practicing with the law firm of Traxler Haines. He is married with three children and he enjoys all of the advantages of living in Prince George. Brad is pleased to assist Prince George Hospice in its efforts to provide end of life care.
Trina Lomax is a Financial Controller with Viking Construction Ltd in Prince George. Trina is a Chartered Professional Accountant – CA (2003) with over 20 years of experience in business and accounting roles, including 5 years in the Northern Health Financial Planning & Analysis Department, where she also obtained her Lean Healthcare Black Belt certification. Trina is a member of the Yellowhead Rotary Club and has volunteer experience in various roles including treasurer of Kool Kats Kid Care.