Staff & Board of Directors


Chris Gallaway
Executive Director
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Chris Gallaway (he/him) is an experienced community organizer and advocate for public health care. Born and raised on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, he has since spent most of his adult life living on Treaty 6 territory, first in Saskatoon, and for the last decade living here in Edmonton. His past experience includes working for the Alberta Federation of Labour, in three provincial legislative assemblies, and for a variety of non-profit and community organizations. Outside of work Chris is an active volunteer and community member engaged in social justice and the arts.


Alyssa Pretty
Communications and Administration
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Board of Directors

Friends of Medicare is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of both elected and appointed members. Up to fifteen members may be elected by the membership, of which a maximum seven can be organizations. Each chapter is also able to appoint one representative to the Board of Directors.

Karen Kuprys  Bruce Macdonald  Karen Werlin  Judy Lederer 
Chair  Vice Chair  Treasurer  Secretary 
Alberta Federation of Labour       
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Leanne Alfaro Marg Brown  Elissa Corsi Bonnie Gostola 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Health Sciences Association of Alberta  Alberta College of Social Workers  Alberta Teachers' Association  Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 
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Nic Juric  Heather Smith  Bev Muendel-Atherstone  Diane MacNaughton 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Seniors' Action and Liaison Team  United Nurses of Alberta  Lethbridge Chapter Chair  Palliser Chapter Chair 

Alex Shevalier  Linda Cook  Jocelyn Johnson  Greg Mady 
Director  Director  Director  Director 
Calgary Chapter Chair       

Farris Sobhani  Trevor Zimmerman     
Director  Director