Interim Board of Directors

Our interim board of directors reports to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living. Each board member brings significant experience in health care and provides governance to the organization through this time of transformation. Once Shared Health is fully established in 2019, a permanent board of directors will be appointed.


Karen Herd

Ms. Herd began working in the health sector in 1998, as the controller and later, the administrative director for Winnipeg’s surgery program. In 2005, she joined the provincial health department as the executive director of finance, and moved into progressively more senior roles, including assistant deputy minister and associate deputy minister. She has been Deputy Minister of Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living since 2013.

Before her work in the health sector, Karen worked in the provincial government with internal audit in Manitoba Education and Training. Karen worked as a chartered accountant in private industry before her move to the public service.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba. She has taught finance courses at the University of Manitoba and Red River College. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and has completed several courses, achieving an ICD.D designation in the fall of 2015.


Bernadette Preun

Ms. Preun is the assistant deputy minister of provincial programs and services with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Since 2001, she has worked in increasingly senior roles in government, in the areas of capital planning, emergency medical services, provincial drug programs, information and communications technology, Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Cadham Provincial Laboratory, as well as leading work with the regional health authorities, CancerCare Manitoba and Diagnostic Services of Manitoba.

Before coming to work with the provincial government, Bernadette worked as an occupational therapist and manager/business owner in health-care delivery in community and hospital settings, and as a health planner. Bernadette holds a degree in Medical Rehabilitation - Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba, and completed an Executive Masters in Business Administration at Queen’s University in 1996.


Dan Skwarchuk

Mr. Skwarchuk holds a commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and is an active Certified Public Accountant. Dan currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Administration & Finance Division with Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living (MHSAL). Previously, he has worked with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and St. Boniface General Hospital, has experience with governance with community health centres and has served on the audit committee of the board of Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM).