MSA Board/Staff Bio


Donna-Mae Winquist |  Lee-Ann Jeffrey  | Celine Miller | Shawna CharlesSarah Butler | Sarah Fee | Suzanne FournierShawna Jansen |Christine Valentine | Davi GrossiNina DellingHarry OosterhoffBritany Thiessen | Cathy Pruden | Nicole Moeller

Donna-Mae Winquist
President | CCC 7-102D | 780-497-5175 | <>
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Term expires: June 30, 2020

Donna-Mae has held various positions at the University and is presently serving as MSA President with 100% release time from her position as Manager, School of Continuing Education. She became involved with MSA in 1999 as a member of the Negotiating team. Her interest in the Negotiation Committee was initiated by the desire to see change for employees holding term positions and for the collective agreement to provide the opportunity to be converted from a term to a full-time continuing position. After serving on the Negotiations Committee she became Vice-President and then President. She has held the position of President of the MacEwan Staff Association since 2002.

Donna-Mae has represented MSA members on numerous committees. A few examples are the Facilities Review Consultation, Performance Management Committee, Classification Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, Policy Improvement Project, Single Sustainable Campus Stakeholder Consultation, Tele-Commuting Task Team, and Academic Governance Task Team as well as selection committees for the Distinguished Alumni Award, MacEwan President and Associate Vice-President Human Resources. The position of President also provides Labour Relations with the Director of Labour Relations

Her educational background includes a Master’s Certificate in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Donna-Mae has also obtained a Change Management Certificate, a Conflict Management Certificate, Negotiations Training and a Supervisory Development Certificate.

Lee-Ann Jeffrey
Vice-President | CCC 7-310 | 780-497-4709 | <>
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Term expires: June 30, 2021

Lee-Ann Jeffrey has been an employee of MacEwan since 2001. She has worked in all different areas, all within the faculty of Arts & Science and is currently in the Dean’s office. Lee-Ann volunteers for the Finance, Health & Wellness, Bylaw, HR and Social Committee. She looks forward to our brief summers and gets out as much as possible. An avid camper and fisherperson, she is also a huge animal fanatic – she owns 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 chinchillas, all adopted from the Humane Society. Lee-Ann is always open to answering any inquiries and can be reached in person, by phone or email.

Celine Miller
Secretary/Treasurer | CCC 10-629E |
780-497-5054 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2021

As a graduate, Celine has been at MacEwan for 30 years, holding administrative support positions with the School of Business, Faculty Development, Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association (GMUFA), and currently, the Office of General Counsel. In these roles, she had the opportunity to make lasting connections with MSA members from across the university. Her past position with GMUFA provided her with the opportunity to listen to member concerns and connect members with the appropriate resources, and observe the interpretation and application of the collective agreement to a variety of situations.

Celine believes that the strength of a professional association lies with its members, and that members need to be able to voice their concerns and express their opinions and ideas in a safe and supportive environment. She is a friendly, caring, and approachable person who welcomes the opportunity to use her knowledge and experience to serve MSA by listening to members and helping them to address their challenges and bring forward their ideas.

Shawna Charles
Professional Development Chair |
CCC 7-310K | 780-497-4629 |
Term expires: June 30, 2020

Shawna has been a volunteer on the PD Committee since June 2018. The PD Committee is the first committee she has volunteered for because of the importance of the work this committee does in providing opportunities for all members to grow personally and professionally. She wanted to better understand how professional development works or should be working for her as an employee of MacEwan University.

She is presently employed with the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Science as a Financial Analyst. She has been working with this department for 6 years. What she values most about this job is that it has allowed her to interact with people from various departments across the University.These interactions have shown her that most of us have the same goal  to be successful in the various contributions we make daily to the growth of MacEwan University. She believes that happy and successful employees result in strong and successful employers.

Sarah Butler
Member Representative | CCC 5-265H |
780-497-5136 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2020

Sarah embraced the art of communication beginning with her work in Talk Radio, Real Estate Sales, Not-for-profit Housing, and now University Administration. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Philosophy from Western University and a MacEwan University Diploma in Library and Information Technology (with distinction). Impressed by her own student experience, Sarah began working in The Office of the University Registrar shortly after graduating in 2015. She supports student goals while upholding the values of our University through careful attention to student concerns and an approachable communication style. She refined her skills as a compassionate listener by volunteering as a Distress Line Listener with CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) and as a Facilitator for GELA’s (Greater Edmonton Library Association) Storybook Project. As an enthusiastic collaborator, Sarah is motivated to serve as an MSA Member Representative to optimize staff conditions and empower people to thrive in their work. Sarah enjoys making memories with her blended family in the home she shares with her husband in Griesbach. For relaxation, she can often be found exploring movement practices in a hot yoga studio or sharing her passion for nutrition and wellness. Call ext. 5136 to get the conversation started!

Sarah Fee
Member Representative |
CCC 10-618H | 780-497-5010 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2020

Sarah has been a part of MacEwan since 2002. She began her employment in Financial Services as a student in the accounting co-op program, and soon after was hired as a full time continuing employee. In her current role as Accounting Technician III, she works on outstanding tuition fee collection and the T2202A tuition tax receipts.  Every day at MacEwan is a different and exciting adventure! Outside of MacEwan, Sarah loves to spend time with her husband, son and daughter. They love road trips, getting out and exploring Edmonton and cooking together.

Suzanne Fournier
Member Representative | ACC 510A |
780-633-3673 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2021

Suzanne Fournier joined MacEwan University in the summer of 2010. She currently works as a Program Manager in the School of Continuing Education, where she manages a portfolio of business and management PD courses as well as Minerva Seniors Studies courses.  She is committed to life-long learning and loves working with her colleagues and instructors to provide students of all ages with a supportive and engaging learning environment.

Suzanne is an alumnus of MacEwan, having graduated from the Advertising and Public Relations Program in 1994. She has also completed certificates in Conflict Management and Management Essentials, and is a Certified Program Planner. A proud member of MSA, Suzanne has served on the Bylaws committee for several years.

Suzanne is a compassionate, helpful colleague, and is committed to serving MSA members to the best of her ability. She invites you to contact her for assistance, information or a just a friendly ear any time.

Shawna Jansen
Member Representative | CCC 7-118 | 780-497-5009 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2021

Since starting at MacEwan University in 2002, I have held numerous positions in different schools and faculties while being an active MSA member. Fortunately, this has allowed me to view issues from different angles and understand how and when the union can assist its members in numerous ways. Currently, many of my colleagues come to me with questions because they know I am happy to assist and will ensure they receive the correct information or referral.

In addition to my committee work through my various positions, I have also been a member on different MSA committees through the years such as the Bylaw, PD and Human Resources committees most recently. One of the reasons I have enjoyed my involvement so much is because it has enabled me to meet many people I would not otherwise have contact with, allowing me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the issue’s members may encounter.

Christine Valentine
Member Representative | AH 11-415M |
780-633-3246 |<>
Term Expires: June 30, 2021

Christine Valentine has worked at MacEwan University since 2012, after first attending the
university as a student. She is the Governance Administrator for the Faculty of Fine Arts and
Communications, located in Allard Hall. Christine has a passion for higher education
administration and recently graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies
with a major in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta. In
her spare time, Christine writes a blog for educational administration researchers at She is interested in helping others and believes strongly in fair and equitable representation of MacEwan’s staff members.Read an interview with Christine.

Davi Grossi
Member Representative | CCC 8-108 |
780-497-5290 | <>
Term expires: June 30, 2021

Davi first joined MacEwan as an International Student in 2003. Shortly after, he completed his lifeguarding training and began working at Sport and Wellness. Despite moving out of province for a few years, he proudly calls MacEwan his “second home”. He has worked as the Aquatics Coordinator at Dalhousie University for a few years, then returned to Alberta and MacEwan as Aquatics Programmer in 2013. His role as Aquatics Supervisor is his third job within the organization. Passionate about water safety and lifesaving, Davi also serves as President Elect on the board of directors of the Royal Life Saving Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories, and has served on the board for the Nova Scotia branch of the same organization. A lifelong learner, he is also a current MacEwan student, taking courses from the School of Business and expanding his knowledge and interest in Human Resources

Nina Delling
Board of Governors Representative |
CCC 7-105C | 780-497-5026 | <>
Term expires: February 27, 2021

Nina has a comprehensive background in University administration and governance. With Masters degrees from both Universität Leipzig and University of Alberta, Nina began her career with MacEwan University in 2011, and represented MSA on the Academic Governance Council from 2013-17. Nina has worked with MacEwan International since the beginning of her MacEwan career, and is currently in the role of Education Abroad Advisor. Nina’s community services include being a board member and committee chair of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and President and board member of the United Nations Association in Canada (Edmonton branch).

Harry Oosterhoff
Executive Director | CCC 7-102D |
780-497-5149 | <>
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Harry brings to the MSA a wealth of experience in interest-based bargaining and collaborative labour relations. He has represented numerous bargaining units through the processing and resolution of grievances and the negotiation of collective agreements. He has experience with WCB appeals, disability management, as well as reviewing and developing policy. In addition to Union Representative, Harry has previously held senior level management positions in Human Resources and Labour Relations, as well as serving as Vice President of Corporate Services for a local construction company. Harry holds a B.Sc (with Distinction) and M.Sc from the University of Alberta, in addition to certificates in Labour Relations, Small Business Human Resources and Health & Safety Administration. He has four daughters and lives with his wife Laurie on an acreage outside of Edmonton, and in his spare time loves to help out at his neighbour’s farm.

Britany Thiessen
Labour Relations Generalist | CCC 7-102D | 780-497-4032 | <>
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Britany has a B.A. in Politics from the University of Winnipeg and a Human Resources Management diploma from NAIT. Her 8 years of previous experience in various Human Resources roles has brought her ever-present interest in Labour Relations to the forefront of her professional goals. Britany brings her passion for knowledge and continuous development to her role as Labour Relations Generalist.

Britany is here to assist with all of your labour relations questions and concerns. You can contact Britany at 780-497-4032 or <>. Or she welcomes you to stop by and say hi!

Cathy Pruden
Office Manager | CCC 7–102D | 780-497-5697 | <>

Cathy has been with the MSA since 1998 during which time she has seen our organization grow from one part time staff to two part time and two full-time positions. She enjoys working with our members and through this experience has developed a strong value for the work MSA does at MacEwan University. She and her husband Jim have 3 grown children, enjoys gardening, cooking, volunteering in the community and long walks with best four-legged friend Fynn.

Nicole Moeller
Administrative Assistant | CCC 7–102D |
780-497–5697 | <>

Nicole has been with the MacEwan Staff Association for five years. With a background in communications and the arts, Nicole has worked in administration, marketing and communications for over ten years. She has a passion for social justice and supporting union members and workers’ rights in any way she can. Nicole is also an award-winning playwright and published author, and when not at MSA is an active member of Edmonton’s vibrant theatre community. She can often be found searching for new hiking trails in the beautiful river valley with her husband, dog, and new baby.