Recognizing current and past graduate students associated with the LEAD Team.

Individuals who are interested in pursuing their master’s degree or doctoral studies related to healthcare leadership, nurses’ work environments, health systems, or healthcare policy should forward their curriculum vitae and areas of interest to Dr. Sonia Udod (University of Manitoba) or Dr. Pamela Baxter (McMaster University) well in advance of the appropriate application deadline.

Dr. Sonia Udod’s Graduate Students

Kristen Valeri – Doctoral Student

The focus of this nursing administrative research has been on gaining an understanding of health care Managers’ perspective on engagement, and hearing their voice. Managers within the health care system have been identified as pivotal to engaging employees. During times of change Managers are called on to not just cope with change rather to lead, to implement change and to engage their staff. Understanding their perspective and hearing their voice is essential to the success of change within healthcare.

Carnelle ‘Raigne’ Symes – Doctoral Student 

Raigne Symes is a member of the Nursing Faculty at Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining RDC Ms. Symes worked at the University of Calgary in Qatar as a Nursing Faculty member. Ms. Symes has teaching experience in many different areas of undergraduate nursing curriculum including: acute care, pharmacology, leadership, research, scholarship, and nursing theory. Ms. Symes clinical experience ranges from long term care, general medicine and surgical, oncology, adult intensive care, and school health nursing. She has a passion for improving health across the lifespan. Ms. Symes has conducted research on student success, the use of technology in the classroom and integration of teaching innovations in the classroom. Ms. Symes is currently completing her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, with a research focus on nursing educational leadership.

Gina Trinidad – Doctoral Student

Gina Trinidad has worked in healthcare for over two decades and has progressively advanced in formal leadership roles with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), from the front-lines to executive leadership. She has led many multidisciplinary teams and more recently, her leadership has been instrumental in managing multiple transformational initiatives occurring in the health system both at the regional and provincial levels. Currently, Gina is the WRHA Chief Health Operations Officer and is responsible for the leadership and oversight of operations for

Continuing Care (including long term care facilities and seniors care) and Community Health Services (including Home Care, Population Public Health, Mental Health & Addictions, and Primary Health care delivered across the community access centres) within the WRHA. She is also responsible for the many external partnerships with health care organizations which is a key component in advancing service delivery within the region.

A Registered Nurse by profession with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Gina is a firm believer in lifelong learning and has added certification in lean management and coaching for improvement to her academic repertoire. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership Program from the Royal Roads University and is now currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing.

As a collaborator and co-investigator, Gina continues to be involved in numerous research committees that have been awarded significant funding and has been a Thesis Committee Member for University of Manitoba graduate students.

Since nursing is one of the largest workforces in the health care system, strong nursing leadership, both at the front-line and executive levels, is vital in moving the discipline forward. Gina finds great opportunity in nursing and other health professions to add to health systems’ leadership research and knowledge translation. Her PhD Thesis topic focuses on contributing to the knowledge base of how nursing leadership influences the context of the workplace and ultimately, the quality of care individuals experience. More specifically, Gina plans to employ a qualitative research study focused on front-line nursing leadership behaviors to inform a leadership framework from an intersectional and critical leadership theory lens – an approach that has been largely untapped in nursing to date.

Balancing work life responsibilities with a young family of her own, Gina makes time for volunteering in her community as a Board of Director for a local independent school and more recently, she has taken on the Campaign Cabinet – WRHA Divisional Co-chair, United Way Winnipeg role to raise funds to support multiple community organizations targeted to vulnerable and the less fortunate in the community.

Jacqueline Molina – Master of Nursing Student

I started my university education at the University of Winnipeg where I graduated with a double major in criminal justice and psychology in 2006. I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with a Baccalaureate degree in nursing. I have a broad area of expertise that includes: surgical nursing, correctional nursing, emergency, ICU and clinical teaching. I am an ICU educator at present. I am currently in the M.N. stream for Administration. My areas of interest are organizational change, flow theory and patient advocacy. My passion is centred on quality patient outcomes and how we can achieve it in an organizational health setting.

Dr. Pamela Baxter’s Thesis-Based Graduate Students

Mary Buck – Doctoral Student

Mary Is an enthusiastic health care leader with years of experience in community and acute care settings in a variety of roles. Mrs. Buck has provided leadership using unique program evaluation skills, while facilitating teams to provide high quality patient- centered care. Clinical leadership has included: Clinical teaching units, Acute care for the Elderly Units and the Covid-19 inpatient unit.

Most recently Mary has focused on her passion for senior care as a psychogeriatric resource consultant for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Additional interests have included after-hours administration and hospital flow, including transition for patients with dementia across the health care system.
As a research assistant, Mary provided assistance in a large double-blinded rheumatoid arthritis study over the course of 3 years.

Mary completed her Bachelor of Science – Nursing from McMaster University and Master’s of Health Evaluation from the University of Waterloo. Currently, Mary is a Ph.D. student at McMaster University with a focus on transitional decision making among patients with dementia and responsive behaviours. On the side, Mary is raising 4 little girls aged 5-8!

Erica Plante – Master of Science in Nursing Student

Erica is currently completing her Master of Science in Nursing at McMaster University. Since she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa in 2014, she has focused her practice as a Registered Nurse in emergency medicine. Erica has extensive experience working in remote community Emergency Departments across Canada through her travel nursing practice. Her Master’s degree thesis project focuses on New Graduate Nurses’ transition to professional practice in the Emergency Department setting. As a graduate student, Erica co-chairs the Peer Mentoring Initiative for incoming students and endeavours to use this experience to spearhead a similar program for New Graduate Nurses in her health system. Erica is passionate about supporting nurses employed in critical care settings through evidence-based practice and educational initiatives.