Joe Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer
Patricia Hunt, Executive Director, CEO Projects and Partnerships
Greg Shea, Executive Director, CEO Office Operations
Chief Medical Office
Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Richard Jock, Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Adkins, Executive Director, COO Office
Dr. Becky Palmer, Chief Nursing Officer
John Mah, Vice President, First Nations Health Benefits
Sonia Isaac-Mann, Vice President, Programs & Services
Stuart Bourhill, Vice President Information Management Information Technology (VP IMIT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Harmony Johnson, Vice President of Policy, Planning and Quality
Nicole Cross, Regional Executive Director, Northern Region
Lisa Montgomery-Reid, Regional Executive Director, Interior Region
Brennan MacDonald, Regional Executive Director, Vancouver Island Region
Joe Gallagher, Kwunuhmen, is Coast Salish of Tla'amin First Nation ancestry and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. Over the past decade, Mr. Gallagher was a lead in the formation of a new health governance partnership between BC First Nations, the province of BC, and the government of Canada which included the negotiation of the successful transfer of federal health services to BC First Nations control. This work, a first for Canada, led to the formation of the First Nations Health Authority, a wellness organization driven by the First Nations holistic and traditional perspective of health and wellness. A senior leader in health for the past 10 years, Joe brings over 25 years' experience in community development, intergovernmental affairs and negotiations. Throughout his career, Joe has worked with all levels of government, First Nations communities and organizations in both rural and urban settings.
Davis McKenzie ʔɑǰɛmɑθot is from Tla'Amin First Nation and has worked in Indigenous communications for 17 years. Over the past decade, he has supported the creation of the First Nations Health Authority and held roles of progressive responsibility.
As Executive Director, Davis supports the senior executive team and the FNHA family to communicate the vision and story of FNHA to stakeholders, the media, community leaders and the public at large.
Davis leads, plans and executes FNHA's communications and media relations strategies, and directs and oversees policies, programs and procedures in the areas of communications, marketing communications, media relations, public affairs, crisis and reputation management, brand management and content management for the external website and social media platforms.
A Masters Candidate in Communication Management at McMaster and Syracuse University, Davis' research is focused on the language of overdose and the use of personal stories to communicate about this public health state of emergency. He is also currently working with UBC Press to turn his granny's book, "Written as I Remember it," into a website.
Dr. Evan Adams is of Sliammon First Nation ancestry and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority.
In his role as CMO, Dr. Adams provides invaluable leadership representing the FNHA, as he works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.
Prior to working with the FNHA, Dr. Adams was appointed as Deputy Provincial Health Officer and worked alongside Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Perry Kendall and Deputy PHO Dr. Eric Young. In this role, he provided independent direction on First Nations and Aboriginal health issues to the Ministry of Health. He also reported to citizens on health issues affecting the general population and set out a path for the improvement of First Nations and Aboriginal health and wellness.
Dr. Adams leads a team of FNHA physicians—health and wellness partners to BC First Nations—who focus on First Nations health and wellness with the aim of creatinga unique health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada. He contributes to the continued transformation of health care and responds to the wellness directives provided by First Nations communities.
Dr. Adams completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Calgary, his Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St Paul's Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and served as the Director of UBC's Division of Aboriginal Peoples Health.
Dr. Adams likes to keep his family close, including his five sons and step-daughter, and honours his family. He is a marathon runner and is beginning to add swimming to his wellness plans. Dr. Adams is notable for his acting role in the movie "Smoke Signals"; he truly enjoys the arts.
Shannon is proudly Métis/Anishinaabe with deep roots in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. She is married with 5 children and one wonderful grandson (and 2 dogs). She lives in Victoria.
She trained as physician, completing her MD in 1998 (at the tender age of 40), followed with post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine and Psychiatry. She has had broad experience at multiple levels of health care service delivery and health administration in challenging environments.
She has worked for over 20 years in the area of First Nations and Aboriginal Health, and is an experienced manager in the federal and provincial government contexts – most recently for 5 years as the Exec Director of Aboriginal Health at the BC Ministry of Health. She joined FNHA in September of 2015 as the Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island, but has recently accepted the newly created position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer for FNHA.
Shannon has been recognized for working very effectively in highly complex, multi-stakeholder and multi-jurisdictional environments, capably and strategically representing the needs and interests of First Nations individuals, families and communities.
She is a visionary, result-oriented leader with significant accomplishments in leading transformative change, including implementation of information and communications technologies. She prides herself on having the ability to work collaboratively at all levels of any organization, and in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional teams.
Deeply committed to the principles of supporting capacity and community development as keys to improving health status among all people, she recognizes and supports the strengths and aspirations of community level stakeholders.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Becky Palmer
Stuart brings over 30 years of experience in information management and information technology leadership, which includes leading large-scale, business-led and IT transformation initiatives at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). He is strategic with a curious mindset and believes in innovation through disciplined program and risk management practices.
He has experience in a diverse set of industries, including consumer retail, transportation, and higher education. His principal contributions have been in technology management, shared services delivery, people development and corporate governance.
Stuart holds a Masters of Business Administration from API University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Royal Military College of Canada. He is also certified in PROSCI Change Management and is a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. He enjoys cycling, squash, tennis, hiking, snowshoeing and photography.
Nicole Cross is a member of Noxs Niisyuus and belongs to the Killer Whale Clan and the House of Niisyuus, and was raised in the Nisga'a community of Laxgalts'ap. She has supported health service improvements for northern communities in various capacities for over a decade. Her career in health administration started in 2011 as an Aboriginal Health Patient Liaison, and continued in the role of Health Director with the community of Tsay Keh Dene. Nicole joined the FNHA in 2012 as the Regional Health Liaison and began her current role as the Regional Director in 2014. She is currently completing her Master's in Health Administration at the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
Nicole focuses on the strength of community and honouring the direction and voice of our northern Nations through engagement, clear communication, collaborative planning and strong respectful partnerships. She supported the consensus-building process to establish the First Nations Health Authority, the Northern Partnership Accord and the Northern First Nations Health and Wellness Plan with guidance from communities. Since then, Nicole has overseen the growth of services the FNHA provides as a direct result of community-led discussions. Nicole helps guide the development and implementation of key health initiatives in the North.
Lisa Montgomery-Reid is a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Syilx Nation. Lisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Policy and Program Development from the University of Victoria. Her research focused on the challenges and opportunities of First Nations Health Transfer.
Lisa has previously served as a Health Director, Band Manager, Council member, Regional Director and on many provincial committees, which has provided her with a "big picture" overview of the health landscape. Lisa is a people person with a positive outlook and a proven capacity for effective engagement and building collaborative working relationships at all levels. Lisa's strong work ethic and cultural teachings, inherited from her parents, will serve her well in the position of Executive Director.
Brennan MacDonald is a member of Cowichan Tribes and has served as the Regional Director for Vancouver Island with First Nations Health Authority for the past four and a half years.
In that role, she provided leadership to a regional team that facilitates community-based engagement and decision-making at a regional level; development and implementation of the Regional Health and Wellness Plans; and strategies for investment of the regional envelope. Brennan's leadership plays a pivotal role in the visioning, development, and strengthening of FNHA's partnership with Island Health and collaboration with regional health systems partners.
Michelle DeGroot is Tk'emlups te Secwepemc and has worked with First Nations and Aboriginal non-profits for over 20 years. Michelle served as the VP, Policy and Research for the First Nations Health Council. Prior to her work with the FNHC, Michelle served for five years as Policy Analyst, Health Careers Manager and Director of the First Nations Chiefs' Health Committee.
While working with the First Nations Health Authority, Michelle has been the Executive Director of Health Actions and was responsible for overseeing the process, on behalf of the FNHA, for implementation of the various Health Actions outlined in the Transformative Change Accord: First Nation Health Plan and the Tripartite First Nation Health Plan. After this, she was the Executive Director of the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, supporting the administration of the Policy, Program and Community Services portfolio of the COO.
Following this, Michelle served as the Executive Director, Programs and Community Wellness services. In this role, Michelle worked alongside partners from the federal/provincial governments, health authorities, First Nations/Aboriginal and public sectors in the development and implementation of programs and services for First Nations health and wellness. She provided executive oversight to funding arrangements, eHealth, community wellness services, health protection and environmental health.
Michelle has since moved to the position of Executive Director Fraser Salish Region. This role supports the regional team and works alongside Fraser Salish communities and partners, such as Fraser Health, to implement the various partnership accords and Regional Health and Wellness Plan.
Leadership Statement orients all FNHA employees toward our shared mission and values. In March 2015, the Senior Executive Team verbally committed to and signed the Leadership Statement in the presence of over 400 staff members. Following this ceremony, CEO Joe Gallagher challenged each FNHA team to similarly adopt the Statement in a meaningful way.
This Statement is used as an orientation tool for all FNHA employees to build a common understanding of our vision, "Healthy, Self-Determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities."
To watch FNHA's Chief Medical Office and Communications teams adopt the Leadership Statement, watch the video links below.
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