Excellence in education through exceptional school board governance

Board of Directors

The ASBA Board of Directors directs the ASBA.  Current meeting agendas and minutes are posted at the bottom of this page.

Governance policies June 2017 (PDF–377K)

Mary Martin


Mary Martin was first elected as a trustee in 2007. She served as chair of the Calgary Catholic School District Board of Education from 2011-2014. She previously served on the ASBA Board of Directors from 2010-2011. Mary holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and works as an RN. She is married to Rob and is the mother of four grown sons. Mary considers serving as a trustee to be a great privilege.

Sheldon Ball


Sheldon serves as the Vice Chair for the newly-formed Rural Caucus of Alberta school boards, as a labour representative with ASBA Zone 4 and as the TEBA representative for Chinook’s Edge. Sheldon brings to ASBA his experience of 30 years in the newspaper industry, where he held several key management roles including Director of Pre-Press Operations – Western Canada for Sun Media. He also runs a successful consulting business and has been serving his community for the past 16 years, including 12 years as a municipal councillor for the Town of Carstairs before being elected as a school board trustee.

Sheldon says he is most excited about the opportunity to work with every school board in the province to benefit Alberta students. He is married to Deborah and their family includes two children, six grandchildren and a beautiful Weimaraner.

Tammy Henkel

Zone 1 Director

Jean Boisvert

Zone 2/3 Director

Jean is a long-serving trustee with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He served as that board’s representative to Zone 2/3 for 13 years. He also served as president of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association. Jean enjoys trusteeship, believes that students come first and is known for asking questions, tough or not. Jean and his wife Micki have been residents of Sherwood Park for over 50 years and are parents of three and grandparents of five.

Jennifer Tuininga

Zone 2/3 Director

Jennifer Tuininga is the Board Chair of Pembina Hills Public Schools and is in her first term as a school trustee. She and her family are table egg producers and grain farmers in the Neerlandia area. Jennifer and her husband Russel have two school aged children. In seeking the nomination of trusteeship Jennifer wanted to provide better communication between the school board and her local school community. She continues to advocate for strong board policy to ensure an excellent education for students, and looks for creative ways for the board to communicate with division staff and school communities. With degrees in Social Sciences and Recreation Jennifer is also actively involved in her local community, in roles that involve planning, budgeting, and leadership.

Cathy Peacocke

Zone 4 Director

In her third term as a trustee with Red Deer Public Schools, Cathy Peacocke is vice-chair of that board. Cathy ran for school board after serving as chair of five school councils. She worked for the Alberta School Councils’ Association as a facilitator, building stronger councils across the province. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics from Dalhousie University. Cathy is on the boards of the United Way of Central Alberta and the Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer.

Anne-Marie Boucher

Zone 5 Director

Anne-Marie Boucher is a trustee of the Southern Francophone Education Region No. 4 also known as Conseil scolaire FrancoSud. She was first elected in May 2002. Since 1983, she has lived in many places in Alberta, from Peace River to Edmonton and now, Calgary. Anne-Marie is passionate about education. She worked for the Edmonton Public Schools as a teacher from 1987 to 1995. Since then, she has contributed in many ways at the pre-school and school level in her community.

Shannon Scherger

Zone 6 Director

Shannon Scherger is a school board trustee from the Livingstone Range School Division. Now in her second term, she has served a total of three one-year terms as her board’s Vice-Chair since she was first elected in 2010.

She graduated from Lethbridge Community College as a Registered Nurse, and was attracted to run for school board trustee after volunteering at her boys’ schools. Passionate about lifelong learning and professional development, good governance and developing effective policy, Shannon also believes it is imperative that rural communities work together to build upon their strengths and help students become strong learners and positive contributors.

Shannon and her two boys live east of Pincher Creek, and she is a proud long-term resident of the Pincher Creek area.

Cathie Williams

Calgary Catholic Schools

Pamela King

Calgary Board of Education

Pamela was first elected to the Calgary Board of Education in 2007. She is currently chair of the school board’s Strategic Dialogue and Community Engagement Committee. Born and raised in Calgary, Pamela is passionate about people and committed to working together in order to make education a priority for everyone. “Every individual has a stake in education and each interest group is instrumental in determining what resources are essential to meet the diverse needs of students. Our kids are doing great things – as a society we owe it to them to ensure that they have access to every resource available.”


Edmonton Public Schools

John Acheson

Edmonton Catholic Schools


Michael Ouellette

Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association

Karen Doucet

Fédération des conseils scolaires francophones de l'Alberta

Karen Doucet is in her second term as a trustee for the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord. She is the Catholic vice-chair of this Catholic/Public blended board. She has a degree in business from the University of Ottawa. Karen spent 20 years as a stay-at-home mother, during which time she volunteered with preschool, school, church and other civic organisations. Karen and her family have lived in various parts of Canada, the United States and France. She and her husband Joseph have four boys.

Karen est à son deuxième mandat avec le Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord. Elle est vice-présidente catholique de ce conseil composé catholique/publique. Elle détient un diplôme en affaires de l’Université d’Ottawa. Karen a passé 20 ans à la maison à élever ses enfants et en a profité pour faire beaucoup de bénévolat dans plusieurs organisations communautaires, scolaires et civiques. Karen et sa famille ont vécu au Canada, aux États-Unis et en France. Elle et son mari Joseph sont parents de quatre garçons.

Arlene Hrynyk

Public School Boards' Association of Alberta

PSBAA President Arlene Hrynyk is pleased to be serving her fifth term as a Northern Lights School Division Trustee.  During her tenure Arlene has served the students, staff and communities of Northern Lights School Division as vice chair or chair of the Board of Trustees since 2003, as well as Political Advocacy Chair since 2003.   Arlene has also served as vice chair and chair of the Alberta School Boards’ Association, Zone 23 for the past four years.

Arlene’s commitment to children and community includes being a founding member of Big Brothers / Big Sisters – Lac La Biche, her participation in the development of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership, as well as twenty years of experience in Community Corrections.  Arlene has been an active participant in the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta including as a co-presenter at the Association’s Governance Seminar “Developing Relationships with MLAs” for members in August 2011.

Arlene’s strong belief in the value of relationships and the importance of working together for the greater good of all children is both visible in and fundamental to her leadership.

2017 Agendas and minutes

June 15

Minutes (PDF-168K)

May 11-12

Agenda (PDF-156K)

Minutes (PDF-177K)

March 10

Agenda (PDF-148K)

Minutes (PDF-177K)

February 9-10

Minutes (PDF-255K)