LAS Board Members

 LAS Executive List

Kelly Lloyd President (Prince Albert)
Laurie Glenn Vice President (Swift Current)
Erica Bailey Treasurer (Prince Albert)
Verna Schneider Past President (Prince Albert) 
Barbara Knowles   (Bethune)
Tracy Gardikiotis   (Regina) 
Marilyn Miller   (Lanigan)
Richard Porter   (Warman)  

Get to Know Your Board Members

Kelly Lloyd, President (Prince Albert)

LAS ExecutiveKelly has been a Registered Nurse in Prince Albert and area since 1884. She has specialties in Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Lymphedema. She has served PAPHR, U of S, and the north in educational capacities having lectured and mentored clinicians from multiple disciplines (Dieticians, Physiotherapists, OTs, Pharmacists, Special Care Aides, LPNs, nurses and doctors). Kelly is most passionate about the important information people with swelling/ lymphedema need to have to make good decisions about their own care. Compression is needed to stop disease progression and reduce the chance of “costly” infections. (Consequences of infection include: disease progression, pain, suffering, reduced mobility, loss of income, greater expense in bandaging and treatment, drugs, etc.  The sooner Lymphedema is diagnosed and treated with compression the better!)

Kelly joined LAS in 2013 and served on the LAS board as a director for 1 year before being elected president. Kelly is a very passionate clinician and strives to overcome obstacles to care of people with Lymphedema, Lipedema, and stasis (swelling) relating to vein disease. While very busy with her professional life, she hopes to make important contributions to LAS.

Erica Bailey (Prince Albert)
Bio and photo coming soon

Verna Schneider, Past 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.

Tracy Gardikiotis (Regina)

LAS Executive 2014I work as the Senior Physical Therapist on the Lymphedema Service at Pasqua Hospital (Regina) for the past 20 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 cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management including certified fitter for eight garment products, Certified LANA 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 provincial 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. In addition, I have organized and completed a number of education initiatives including organizing the first ever Lymphedema Management Symposium in Saskatchewan in 2012 and the 2015 LAS Education Day, development of an LAS poster and poster board and numerous presentations to health care providers on lymphedema and lipedema. 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.

Barbara Knowles (Bethune, SK)

LAS ExecutiveI joined LAS in 2017 after I was diagnosed (I have lipedema which was not diagnosed so I developed Lymphedema as well). It was suggested by Tracy Gardikiotis in order to learn and gain support for this condition.

I lived in Pilot Butte until we moved to Bethune after I retired (I worked in insurance both life and disability insurance as well as farm and general insurance). As my children grew up, I was an organizer for Ringette as well as I was Brownie, Girl Guide, Pathfinder leaders and also a Commissioner. I also was on the figure skating executive for many years. I had become almost unable to walk anymore and lived with terrific pain so I no longer did much volunteer work.Thanks to Tracy Gardikiotis, I was diagnosed, and through therapy am finally getting my life back. The lipodema is still tough but I am finally getting my life back. Ihave had lipedema since I was a child. I spend a lot of time researching our diseases and trying to learn all I can to help myself as well as others. I have four grandchildren and they are all in a lot of sports so a lot of my time is spent watching their games. I enjoy gardening, sewing, and doing crafts and on the LAS committee for the 2018 Symposium.

Marilyn Miller (Lanigan, SK)

LAS Executive 2014I am retired. I was a farmer for 35 years, I also worked at an ethanol plant and managed the golf course club house. I am married, have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. 

I have secondary lymphedema as a result of lymph node removal and radiation in treatment of breast cancer. I'm a 5 year survivor and enjoying every minute.

I like to quilt, golf and garden. I volunteer at our local food bank and our community gift and thrift store.

I joined LAS 3 years ago. I was new to lymphedema and was looking for information and support. I'm not sure where I learned about LAS but find it very informative as I attended the 2016 LAS symposium in Saskatoon.

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.

Laurie Glenn, Vice-President (Swift Current, SK)

LAS Executive 2014Hi, I'm Laurie Glenn. I'm married with four grown sons. Swift Current is the place I call home, I have lived here my entire life. Currently I'm retired and enjoying it. I was the owner and operater of a ranch and farm for many years. During this time I was also contacted by social sevices as a parent aide.

I have primary lymphedema. This condition has affected my life since I was 10 yrs old, but refuse to let it slow me down. I was very glad to find out about LAS, it has been a great support in many ways. The information it provides is so helpful and gives me hope. I look forward to working on the LAS board.