LAS Board Members

 LAS Executive List

Connell-Furi, Angela (Saskatoon) amcscooter22@hotmail.com
Doell, Vicki (Prince Albert) vjdoell@gmail.com
Duran, Paul (Regina) p.duran@sasktel.net
Farr, Tracy (Saskatoon)  tracy@farr.ca
Gardikiotis, Tracy (Regina)  t_gardis@yahoo.com
Schaan,  Annette (Prince Albert)  amschaan@sasktel.net
Schneider, Verna (Prince Albert)  m.v.schneider@sasktel.net
Porter, Richard (Warman)   rporkyporter@sasktel.net

Get to Know Your Board Members

Verna Schneider, President (Prince Albert)

LAS Executive 2014I became a member of LAS (then known as SLLA) in 2009 by the persuasion and coaxing of Eunice Mooney. Eunice had been my Massage Therapist for a number of years. I was very fortunate to have her when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in 2005. This time I required a mastectomy and the removal of lymph nodes. Eunice was there to educate and treat me, especially for lymphedema. Because of this education, I was able to be pro-active. I am fortunate to have only stage 0-1 Lymphedema.

In 2009 I became a member of LAS and also an executive member, taking on the role of fundraising. I had a fair amount of experience in fundraising in the community. In 2009, we had $600 in the bank account. In 2011-2012 I worked with SIAST students who developed our data base for us at no cost. The largest challenge that I pursued was working to have LAS become a Canadian Registered Charity. In October, 2012, after 2 years of correspondence, we met the requirements for Charitable Registration under the Income Tax Act. This has proven very beneficial. From 2013 until 2015 I was the LAS Treasurer and chaired the Lymphedema Diagnosis, Management and Care Symposium in Prince Albert in 2014. I am currently LAS President.


Angela Connell-Furi, Vice-President (Saskatoon)

LAS Executive 2014At age twenty nine due to unfortunate circumstances of misdiagnosis for years, I had no choice but to go on permanent disability due to having 4 limb primary lymphedema which not only affects my limbs but my entire body! In 2010 my CDT therapist, Evelyne Tucker-Lloyd told me about LAS and convinced me to join the LAS board because I mentioned I wanted to help others with this debilitating condition. I needed to do this because my first visit to the Foeldi clinic for extensive lymphedema treatments had profoundly impacted my life. My waking hours were dedicated to self management and I needed a release from my situation and to reach out to make a difference for anybody who was struggling for answers like I had. Over the years the questions came and have been asked and answered through emails, Facebook, phone calls and over coffee at home.

My proudest accomplishments with LAS over the past five years are putting together and maintaining the LAS web site (with the assistance of Les Dickson, our Web Designer) and being a part and being heard in the first Lymphedema Working Group. I started and manage the LAS Facebook Group, work on the Pathways magazine inserts (with our President, Verna Schneider and Lori Verishagen Mazzei, our Graphic Designer), manage the LAS emails, collect and distribute the LAS mail (with the assistance of my wonderful husband), and work on the LAS Newsletter with Annette Schaan. LAS has allowed me to continue helping others!


Vicki Doell – Treasurer (Prince Albert)

LAS Executive 2014I have been a LAS member since Fall 2010 and joined for the support and education on lymphedema. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and developed a slight amount of lymphedema under my right arm from the sentinel node biopsy. I was Secretary to the LAS Board from June 2011 to May 2013 and have attended various AGMs and Symposiums. I was newly elected Treasurer for LAS in Spring 2015.


Tracy Farr - Secretary (Saskatoon)

I have primary lymphedema and recently became an LAS member as my CDT therapist Julie Jensen strongly advised me to do so.


Tracy Gardikiotis (Regina)

LAS Executive 2014I work as the Senior Physical Therapist on the Lymphedema Service at Pasqua Hospital (Regina) for the past 16 years and have worked towards expanding both the patient education and treatment services offered by the program to meet the specific needs of lymphedema patients here in Regina. I have completed extensive post graduate training in breast cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management including certified fitter for eight garment products, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CDT/MLD), Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, and Certified Aquatic Lymphedema Therapist.

I became a member of LAS executive (then known as SLLA) in 2009 as a Member at Large with the goal of increasing education and awareness about Lymphedema and access to services for lymphedema patients across Saskatchewan. My biggest accomplishments while on the LAS board include being a member of the Lymphedema Working Group and Lymphedema Implementation Group which resulted in the training of 13 additional CDT therapists in Saskatchewan and improved coverage to the SAIL policy for compression garment coverage and helping organize the first ever Lymphedema Management Symposium in Saskatchewan in 2012. I am proud to be a member of the LAS executive, as we have made tremendous gains in recent years in improving lymphedema education and services and I am excited for continued success in the future.


Annette Schaan (Prince Albert)

LAS Executive 2014I developed lymphedema about 3 years after my breast cancer diagnosis. In 2004 at the age of 44, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and required a bi-lateral mastectomy including the removal of lymph nodes. About 3 years after my diagnosis I developed lymphedema in my right arm, which was the only side that I had radiation on. I am able to manage my lymphedema by wearing a compression sleeve while exercising and I go for a lymphatic massage once a month. I try to do some form of exercise every day which I feel really helps.

After developing lymphedema my doctor suggested that I go see Eunice Mooney who is a Massage Therapist trained in treating lymphedema. Through the encouragement of Eunice I became a member of LAS in 2011. I was more than willing to join LAS as I felt there needed to be more education and awareness about this condition. I had helped out with some of the LAS fundraising efforts organized by Verna Schneider and Verna asked if I would be willing to be on the executive so joined the executive in 2013. I try to help out wherever I can and have helped organize the Lymphedema Diagnosis, Management and Care Symposium held this May in Prince Albert. In my spare time I love spending time with my three year old grand daughter.


Richard (Porky) Porter (Warman)

LAS Executive 2014I have had primary lymphedema in my legs for over 60 years and since 1997 have been retired because of my condition. I was a contractor and a farmer from 1960 to 1997 and then ventured into Muncipal Politics and still sit on a number local and provincial committees. My wife Ann and I have moved into a condo complex in Warman SK. We joined the Lymphedema Association to help others who are affected in any way, shape or form by lymphedema, to better understand how to cope with life in general.


Paul Duran (Regina)

LAS Executive 2014I'm currently an independant insurance adjuster with recent experiences as the Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of Regina.

I've had lymphedema for 28 years. As both a patient and a parent of a child with lymphedema I joined LAS in 2010 in order to become more fully informed of lymphedema treatment options, training, and support.

I'm a former member of the NLN and have presented at the NLN National Conference in San Francisco in 1999.

I'm a CPA and have been involved with local and provincial executive within CMA Saskatchewan, as well as a former member of Rotary and Kinsmen.