Alberta Law Libraries Board

The Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) Board is responsible for making recommendations about ALL, setting policy governing the operation of ALL, and for overseeing the operation of the library system.

Current Board Members:

Barbra Bailey

Biography to follow.

D’arcy Elliott

Biography to follow.

Tamara Epple

After receiving her JD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Tamara Epple spent 8 years practicing law in private firms, focusing on real estate law, corporate/commercial law, wills and estates and family law.

She then spent four years as the Director of Legal Services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. There, she practiced commercial and industrial real estate law, planning and development law, procurement law, intellectual property law, contract law and labour and employment law.

Following her time with Wood Buffalo, Tamara moved to Sherwood Park and took on the role of Legal Counsel at MacEwan University, providing legal services in areas of commercial real estate, contracts, procurement law, labour and employment, intellectual property and privacy law.

Tamara Epple now owns and operates Homestead Law, providing personalized legal services that incorporate both creative and common sense solutions for her clients.

Tamara has volunteered on the Fort McMurray Public Library Board and the Strathcona County Library Board in the past.

Sarah Klein

Sarah is the Director of Talent, Learning and Development for Dentons Canada LLP. In her role, she oversees the development and delivery of continuing education and training programs for lawyers, law students, and staff across all Canada Region offices. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent six years as a research and knowledge management lawyer with Dentons, primarily supporting the firm’s litigation practice group.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University (Kingston), an LL.B from the University of Victoria, and an LL.M from the University of Toronto, where she was a fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Sarah articled with the Court of Appeal of Alberta and was called to the bar in 2008. She has published on topics including health law and civil procedure.

Bailey Rivard (Chair)

Bailey Rivard, CPA, CA∙IFA, CBV, CFE, CFF is a partner in the Valuations, Forensics & Litigation Support Services groups of MNP LLP. Bailey has focused her career on delivering investigative and forensic services to her clients since 2008 and added a business valuation focus over the past few years. Her practice is focused on assisting counsel, their clients, and the courts in complex financial matters in dispute. Bailey draws on a wealth of knowledge to help her clients deal with complex and sensitive situations. Her experience includes forensic accounting, fraud investigations, litigation support, business valuations, and due diligence. She has authored expert reports which were relied upon in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, tax court, and private mediation and arbitration.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant) in 2008, Bailey acquired her Certified Fraud Examiner designation in 2009 and sits on the Board as Treasurer of the Certified Fraud Examiners’ Calgary Chapter. In 2013, Bailey obtained her Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies and was designated a specialist in the area. Finally, she recently obtained her Chartered Business Valuators designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators earlier in 2017. Bailey also sits on the Board of Closer to Home Community Services in her role as Treasurer.

In her spare time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her young family and being outdoors. She is active in her children’s school and has in the past volunteered with other children’s organizations, including an overseas trip to India to work with orphaned and destitute children. She is a past member of Wordfest and another small literary magazine. Bailey also donates a significant amount of time to education, speaking at conferences and other seminars on matters relating to family law matters, fraud and financial irregularities, family trust issues, and understanding financial concepts in the context of litigation.

Ramona Robins

Ramona Robins grew up in Northern Alberta but moved south to Medicine Hat in 1998 after graduating from the University of Alberta.  She worked in private practice as a family lawyer for four years before joining the Medicine Hat Crown’s office in 2002.  She became Chief Crown Prosecutor in 2009 and worked for many years creating efficient systems for the management of large volumes of files in addition to handling some of the most infamous and complex homicides in Medicine Hat area.  In 2021 she took on a new position as Associate Chief Prosecutor, Regional Prosecutions.  In this position she works with each of the 13 regional offices throughout Alberta providing them strategic support, advice on major files and suggestions for improving office systems.  Out of the office Ramona has been a long-time library supporter, starting on her first library board in Grande Prairie when she was just 13.  In 2021 Ramona was elected as a City Councillor in Medicine Hat and she represents Council on the Medicine Hat Public Library Board. 

Yasifina Somji

Biography to follow.