Contacts

Board of Directors – 2018-2019 Executive

President
Marcy Soehn, CPPO, CPPB
Manager, Procurement Services, Corporate Purchasing
Government of Alberta
9th Floor, South Tower, Seventh Street Plaza
10030 – 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3E4
Tel: 780-427-3270
Email: marcy.soehn@gov.ab.ca
Public procurement has been somewhat of a second career as Marcy had originally started off working administration jobs within the media industry.  Marcy started with the Government of Alberta in 2004, and never looked back.  Over the years she obtained her Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in November 2007 and her Certified Professional Public Officer (CPPO) in October 2014.  She started as a junior buyer and now Marcy is a Manager within Procurement Services where we are responsible for the acquisition of goods and associated services $10,000 and higher.  Marcy loves the diversity of the goods that we acquire and the fact that what appears to be the most straight forward acquisition can throw you curveballs.  She has been involved with the Canada West Chapter in various positions during her time in public purchasing.
Vice-President
Donna Castelo-Cruz, CPPO, CPPB                                                                  Senior Procurement Agent, Purchasing and Contracting Services
Edmonton Public Schools
1 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G9                                                                                               Tel: 780-429-8024                                                                                Email: donna.castelo-cruz@epsb.caDonna Castelo-Cruz is the buyer formerly known as Donna Taday. Donna has been in public purchasing for almost 20 years. Her journey in public procurement started when faith stepped in; she was misdirected from NAIT registration to the NAIT job board.  A job from NAIT Purchasing caught her attention. “What is Purchasing?”, she thought. She interviewed with a Purchasing enthusiast who exclaimed, “We SHOP for a living, spending OTHER people’s money!”.  The rest as the say; is history. She’s worked with some of Edmonton’s finest public entities, NAIT,  Government of Alberta, University of Alberta and the City of St. Albert. She is now with Edmonton Public Schools in her current position as a Senior Procurement Agent. She has served on the Canada West Chapter as the Professional Development Coordinator. She’s a member of both National and Chapter of NIGP and holds both a CPPB and CPPO designation from UPPCC. 
Treasurer
Stephanie Galba, CPPO, CPPB
Manager, Purchasing & Contract Services, Financial Services
Edmonton Public Schools
Centre of Education
1 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3E4
Tel: 780-429-8203
Email: Stephanie.galba@epsb.ca
Stephanie has been a supply chain professional for over 25 years. She started her career at the University of Alberta, Materials Management working in several supply chain facets including mail, central stores/warehousing, shipping/receiving, accounts payable and purchasing.  She spent almost 16 years with the Government of Alberta starting as a Senior Purchasing Officer, then moving into leadership roles as Procurement Manager and Director, Corporate Purchasing. She is currently the Manager of Purchasing & Contract Services with Edmonton Public Schools, where she is responsible for all goods, services and construction procurement, as well as surplus/disposal for the District. Stephanie is a duly-certified procurement professional holding both CPPB and CPPO certifications through UPPCC/NIGP and is a proud member of both NIGP National and NIGP-Canada West Chapter.
Recording Secretary
Cristal Halverson, SCMP, CPPB
Team Lead- Acquisition Services, Procurement
AGLC
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3T5
Tel: 780-447-7497
Email: cristal.halverson@aglc.ca
Cristal has been with the Public Sector for 18 years and specifically in Procurement for 16 years. She began her career with Agriculture Financial Service Corporation (AFSC); through Service Alberta, worked for the Solicitor General’s office and has been with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) for 9 years. She is currently the Team Lead of Acquisition Services where she supervises all Goods and low dollar, low risk Service procurements including Purchase Orders/Work Orders, public competitions, contracts, etc. She obtained her CPPB designation with the UPPCC/NIGP in 2014.
Past President
Donna Zeeh Chorley, CPPO, CPPB
Procurement Specialist, Procurement Services
Supply Management Services
3rd Floor Materials Management Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2R3
Tel: 780-492-2034
Email: refreshyourvision@shaw.ca
Donna has worked within Public Procurement since 1981 in a variety of capacities from administration to management. She has been fortunate in her career to have worked with and bought a diverse selection of commodities and services, including construction. Donna has both her CPPO and CPPB Certifications and is a Master Instructor with NIGP National since 1997. She has served on the Executive and various Committees within NIGP’s Canada West Chapter since 1989 including Vice-President (2009 & 2010), President (2011 to 2014), and Past President (2015- 2017).

Committee Chairpersons – 2018-2019 Executive

Professional Development
Leslie Mitchell
Senior Purchasing Officer, Procurement Services
Corporate Purchasing, Government of Alberta
11th Floor, Baker Centre, 10025-106 Street
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1G4
Phone: (780) 644-2036
Email: leslie.k.mitchell@gov.ab.ca

Leslie began her working life in Public Service, but then worked in private sector for many years before circling back to government. She started out as a temporary Purchasing Assistant with Procurement Services, Government of Alberta in 2003 while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Alberta. After going back to private sector for a few years, Leslie returned to Procurement Services as Procurement Analyst and is now a Senior Purchasing Officer responsible for the acquisition of goods and associated services $10,000 and higher on behalf of Ministries. Leslie loves the variety of the goods procured, never knowing what will come across her desk and learning about goods she didn’t even know existed. She is working towards obtaining her CPPB designation.

Membership
Lisa Kutzner, CPPB,CID
Facility Designer
Central Services, Seniors Housing
14420 109 Avenue
Edmonton , Alberta T5N 4B3
Tel: 780-447-9217
Email: Lkutzner@gef.orgLisa began her public procurement career with Greater Edmonton Foundation as a purchasing officer for the first 3 years and received her CPPB designation with UPPCC/NIGP in 2013.  She moved over to the facility maintenance side of our management body where she is involved in the specifications, procurement and contract administration that accompany design related projects.
Communications
Darlene Strong, PMP, BMgmt, CPPB
Senior Procurement Specialist, Procurement
Corporate Services, AGLC
50 Corriveau Avenue
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3T5
Tel: 780-447-8705
Email: darlene.strong@aglc.ca
Darlene has recently moved to Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) as a Senior Procurement Specialist, leading teams of clients to procure medium to high dollar services, information technology and construction through a competitive process. Darlene was with the Government of Alberta (GoA) for 10 years, she started in the GoA with Justice, then moved to Health and Infrastructure performing different procurement roles and managing complex procurements.  She currently holds a PMP, BMgmt and CPPB designation with UPPCC/NIGP since 2017.
Programs, Nominations, and Awards
Stacey McCue
Intermediate Procurement Agent
Edmonton Public Schools
1 Kingsway Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3E4
Tel: 780-429-8201
Email: stacey.mccue@epsb.ca Stacey didn’t know it at the time, but her career in supply chain began back in 1997, ordering stock and managing inventory for the Edmonton warehouse of the British cosmetics company, The Body Shop. In 2008 she moved into her first public procurement role, Purchasing Administrator with Legal Aid Alberta.  She moved on to the private sector in 2011, working with ATCO Electric Transmission, buying goods used in the construction of transmission lines and substations but it was back to public procurement in 2016 as she took a role with the Corporate Purchasing department of EPCOR Utilities. She has recently landed at Edmonton Public Schools where she takes pride in buying the tools and supplies which enable student learning! Stacey is currently pursuing a CIM designation through the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.

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