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executive commitee

The Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta held its Annual General Meeting on Friday 26 October 2018. At the meeting, Members elected a new Second Vice-President and Second Director. The Association is very pleased to introduce the current Executive Committee:


Cathy Hogg, President (Prairie Rose School Division)            

Cathy became a Trustee for Prairie Rose School Division in 2013.  She was the Board’s representative for the Association’s Public School Boards Council for two years. She sits on four committees for the Prairie Rose Board of Trustees, including the FNMI, Professional Development, Student Board and Financial Review.

Cathy believes in giving the children of our province every opportunity to be all that they can be.  She strongly believes in the Public Education System and supports the Member driven approach to the work that is being done for our children on behalf of PSBAA.  



Gerry Steinke, First Vice President (Northern Gateway Public Schools)

Gerry Steinke, in his current involvement in public education, is first and foremost a trustee – that significant, humbling role of being an elected representative.   He has served in various roles, including a short tenure as vice chair and chair, on Northern Gateway Public School board for 13 years, but not all in one stretch.   A resident of Valleyview for 37 years, he and his wife Bonnie, a kindergarten teacher, raised 3 boys with help of public schools, and enjoy (at most times) the enthusiasm of three grand boys.

After he left teaching in 1997, Gerry operates a home-based stained glass business and has led the formation a unique small town 55+ independent living community.

Gerry has consistently promoted the value of education to support community.  He says, “All we do has to be focused on connecting with the child, finding ways to develop achievement beyond any of his or her expectation, and letting the student enter community life as a well-balanced, contributing member of society.”



karen becker, Second Vice President (wetaskiwin regional Public Schools)

Karen Becker is in her second term as a trustee for Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.  She has been involved in the field of education in a number of roles for over 25 years.

She is a strong supporter of inclusion, rural education, and the inspiring success among indigenous students.

Karen is strongly committed to advancing the goals and priorities of PSBAA, and to serving the students in Alberta’s Public Schools.               



Carol Picard, Director (Canadian Rockies Public Schools)

Carol Picard is entering her fourth term of trusteeship (1998-2001, 2010-present) and second term as chair of Canadian Rockies Public Schools. She is a founder and previous editor of the award-winning Rocky Mountain Outlook and enjoyed a 30-year journalism career as a reporter and editor in daily and weekly newspapers.

Outside of trusteeship she spearheads a food-security initiative in Canmore, where she has lived for 26 years with her husband. They have one grown daughter, pursuing an acting career in Vancouver. Carol is passionate defender of public education as an irreplaceable foundation of the kind of civil and just society we all wish our children to inherit.



nicole buchanan, Director (red deer Public Schools)

Nicole Buchanan is the Chair of Red Deer Public School Division and is serving her first term as a trustee. She has always valued education and believes it is important to provide the greatest opportunities and resources for the upcoming generation, so every student can become the best version of themselves.

Nicole’s priorities include creating spaces in her community where everyone feels welcome, safe and cared for; that students, parents, and staff feel valued and that their thoughts and opinions matter.

Nicole has been employed as a police officer with the City of Calgary since 2008 but resides in Red Deer and commutes.




Cheryl Johner, Director (Edmonton Public Schools)

Cheryl Johner is currently serving as the Edmonton Public Director on the Executive Committee.  Cheryl has been a strong advocate for Public Education since her election to the Edmonton Public School Board as Trustee for Ward A in 2010.

As the mother of four, all of whom successfully graduated from Edmonton Public Schools, Cheryl had a strong personal and professional interest in ensuring Public Education is all it can be. As a lifelong learner herself, Cheryl has continued to develop her personal skills in the public arena and is an equally strong advocate for adult education opportunities offered by the District.

Cheryl has served on numerous boards, committees and community organizations dedicated to her prime interests of children, education and offering those less fortunate a hand up. 

"I feel that being a Trustee means more than deciding on issues. A Trustee is charged with inspiring trust and confidence so others will benefit from your abilities."