Our Team

Patrick Bohnet

Executive Director

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Patrick Bohnet

Executive Director

pbohnet@carcpd.ab.ca

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I have been the Executive Director for CARC since 2016 and was previously a CARC Curriculum Implementation Consultant. I have 23 years of school administration experience, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and an EdD in Educational Technology. I am proficient in a wide variety of Education Technologies!

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Technology
  • Math
  • Science
  • Phys-Ed & Wellness

Nancy Penney

Executive Assistant

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Nancy Penney

Executive Assistant

npenney@carcpd.ab.ca

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I have been with the consortia for 15 years, in various capacities, working with 3 different Executive Directors, moving locations 4 times, and navigating 5 different registration systems. I am Alberta born and raised and have lived in Red Deer for 36 years. I have 5 adult children and 5 grandsons all of whom live here in Red Deer.  My favorite times include family, friends, church, gardening and reading.

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Coordinator
  • Registration Coordinator
  • Reporting
  • Booking & Contracting Facilitators
  • Day-to-Day Office Administration
  • Hosting Learning Opportunities
  • Participant Communication
  • Invoice coding and deposits

Aimee Donauer

Administrative Assistant

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Aimee Donauer

Administrative Assistant

adonauer@carcpd.ab.ca

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I got my certificate in Office Administration at SIAST in Regina in 2002. I have been an administrative assistant for 20 years now, 5 of those being with CARC. My role has changed through the past couple of years, with more focus on the marketing side…so I received my Digital Marketing Certificate through Red Deer Polytechnic in 2021 to help with the Marketing & Communications side of my job.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Event Management
  • Website Management
  • Hosting Learning Opportunities & Meetings
  • Participant Communication
  • Day-to-Day Office Administration

Interests

About me: I was born and raised in Regina, SK.  My husband and I moved our family to Alberta in 2015.  I am a busy mom of 4 amazing boys who are active with hockey & skiing/snowboarding in the winter, baseball in the spring and some artistic talent (Lego minifigure stop motion) all year. I actively manage hockey teams and help out with hockey every year; even taking the lead on planning our annual golf tournament fundraiser. In some spare time, we hang out with friends, enjoy golfing, swimming & being outdoors and we try to get out travelling/camping in the summer.

Cathy Coers

Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant

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Cathy Coers

Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant

ccoers@carcpd.ab.ca

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Cathy Coers is in her seventh year of secondment as a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant for the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, focusing on instructional design. Prior to her current role, she spent 20 years as a classroom teacher from Kindergarten to Grade 8. As well as teaching her students, she also provided support to her colleagues through the roles of Learning Coach, Math Curriculum Implementation Lead, and AISI Leader working in the areas of literacy, mathematics, assessment, and instructional practices and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work toward building the best learning environments possible.

Cathy earned her Master’s Degree in the Science of Education focusing on the Art and Science of Teaching. In 2018, she became a certified Independent Lynn Erickson and Lois Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum & Instruction Presenter and Trainer.

Areas of Expertise

  • K-8 Mathematics Instruction
  • Reading Assessments & Instruction
  • Leveled Literacy Intervention
  • 6 Traits Writing
  • Concept-Based Instruction

Chris Zarski

Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant

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Chris Zarski

Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant

czarski@carcpd.ab.ca

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Chris is supporting Alberta teachers as a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium. She recently served as the Director of Instruction and Staff Development for the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Division. Throughout her 40+ year career as a teacher, administrator, Examiner with Alberta Education, author and assessment & pedagogical consultant with McGraw Hill/Nelson Publishing, Chris continues her passion for learning and sharing her experiences. With years of experience and opportunities to amass a variety of resources and approaches to pedagogy and assessment, Chris continues to read and stay up-to-date with the current literature and research. “Deepening our students’ learning begins with us as educators – having a deep understanding of our subject, and a toolbox full of strategies to pull out as needed.” Come join Chris as she helps fill that toolbox and challenges your thinking!

Chris has her Master’s degree from the University of Alberta focused on assessment and professional learning. She loves to learn and believes that all students have the ability to learn at high levels. Chris also believes that teachers have the best profession ever – enlightening new minds and sparking interest in learning! WOW – how great is that!

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Assessment
  • Learner Engagement
  • Manipulatives to Enhance Learning
  • Foldables to enhance Learning
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Policy and Framework Development
  • Leadership
  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit

Margaret Savage

Financial Coordinator

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Margaret Savage

Financial Coordinator

msavage.accounting@carcpd.ab.ca

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Margaret has over 20 years of experience in business management, human resources, marketing and analysis. In September 2020, Margaret joined the CARC team in the role of Financial Coordinator.

Always up for a challenge, Margaret enjoys the ever changing demands of the CARC office and working as part of the team to meet the needs of those the CARC office provides service to.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • All things Financial