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Rachel Barker, President (returning)

Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker is an experienced digital health leader with 15 years of experience in the information technology industry, including over 10 years in B.C. Health IT spanning the private sector, public health, non-profits, startups, and consulting. She is currently a Senior Manager, Provincial eHealth Projects at PHSA and has extensive experience in a variety of roles throughout her career including senior leadership, project and change management, technical and business analysis, product management, and operations. Rachel is proud to have served on the BCHIMPS/BCHIMSS board since 2019 in Communications, Program Director, and President-Elect roles, and prior to that was the Vancouver chapter lead of Hacking Health and a co-organizer of the Vancouver HxD (Healthcare Experience Design) meetup group.

Rachel is is passionate about the importance of change management and user experience in Health IT, enjoys fostering cross-sector collaboration in healthcare and working with innovative processes and technologies, and loves a good FHIR pun.

Jennifer Charters, President-Elect (returning)

Jennifer has spent more than ten years driving value to digital health and technology initiatives in BC with roles spanning the public and private sector and as past-director with three years of service on the BCHIMPS board of directors. Passionate about using technology to effectively address challenges in the health system, she is a problem solver and connector of people, organizations, and ideas. Jennifer is excited at the opportunity to share learnings from her work with other jurisdictions and deep familiarity with the BC Health system.

Jennifer is an Azure Core Specialist with Microsoft leading healthcare strategy across Canada, and directly supports provincial health organizations from BC through Manitoba in adopting cloud technologies to advance health system goals. She previously worked as a Senior Manager at the Provincial Health Services Authority supporting complex eHealth provincial projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and has experience in primary and community care from her time at the Doctors of BC.

Jennifer lives in Port Moody with her husband and 4 year old daughter, and as a person living with Multiple Sclerosis is also an 'avid consumer' of health services and brings the patient and caregiver perspective to her approach. She's excited to have the opportunity to further BC's health ecosystem through information and technology as a candidate for the BCHIMSS board.

Brian Lefebvre, Past President (returning) 

Brian Lefebvre

Brian Lefebvre is a thoughtful and passionate health informatics leader with over 15 years of experience in different sectors of Canadian healthcare - including the past 10 years in BC focused on digital health strategy and project delivery. Currently, Brian is a Senior Manager with PHSA IMITS, Provincial eHealth Projects, leading a portfolio of initiatives focused on improving continuity of care for citizens across BC through the Province-wide roll out of new and existing digital solutions. Throughout his career, Brian's focus has been on strategy, operations, and project management - and how these disciplines intersect. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Business Administration and serving 9 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Brian joined the BC Centre for Disease Control as the Operations Manager for Environmental Health Services. In this role, he developed an appreciation for informatics, health analytics, and the crucial role information systems play in healthcare strategy and operations. While at BCCDC, Brian also worked for the Public Health Information Systems team leading efforts to support a new Provincial Public Health system and gaining an appreciation for the critical role collaboration plays in the success of digital health deployments. Following this, Brian joined PHSA IMITS and on behalf of Vancouver Coastal Health launched the Community Interoperability and Informatics Project (VCH CIIP) in 2017. Along the way, Brian also completed a Certificate in Healthcare Management from Ryerson University, Masters in Public Health from UBC, PROSCI Change Management training, and PRINCE2 project management certification.

Kaitlyn Shaw, Secretary (returning)

Kaitlyn Shaw is the current Program Manager of the Doctors Technology Office at Doctors of BC. In her role she leads a team of health informatics and technology professionals to provide advisory, advocacy, and consultation supports to facilitate the use of health technology in primary care. Kaitlyn has a history of working across many different sectors of healthcare, including clinical research, biotechnology, and public health. She is passionate about driving transformation in health IM/IT through engagement, change management, and collaboration to help ensure technology is an enabler of healthcare delivery and integrated in a meaningful and effective way to support patients and providers.

Dan DeBeyer, Treasurer (returning)

Dan DeBeyer is the Director, Digital Strategy within the IMIT team of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). His responsibilities include leading organizational capability and maturity though digital enablement and data strategy initiatives as well as complex multi-stakeholder projects. Dan’s 25 year career has spanned a range of leadership roles within life sciences and health care include pharmaceutical product development, product management, health care innovation and strategy. Passionate about innovation and the patient experience, Dan has participated in health hackathons and shared his knowledge and experience as an UBC Health Mentor. He currently services on the boards of the Jericho Tennis Club and Living Systems Counselling. Dan has an MBA from Queens University and BSc from the University of Guelph.

Sian Crothers, Director of Sponsor and Volunteer Engagement (returning)

Sian Crothers is a versatile healthcare professional with a curiosity for complex challenges and innovative solutions. As a Senior Business Architect with PHSA Enterprise Architecture, the Business Architecture team supports strategic digital initiatives across the province. More recently this included a focused effort on COVID 19 response, primarily supporting the provincial vaccination program (getvaccinated.org & Imms BC). Sian has a wide ranging experience across many healthcare sectors and roles, including project management, technical and business analysis, business architecture, change management, and leading initiatives across diverse teams in challenging situations. Past experiences include PACS implementations, community health and interoperability initiatives, and work with private practice physicians in the EMR space. Sian has a BA in Anthropology from UBC, PROSCI Change Management training, with additional coursework in Project Management and Business Analysis. She is also a long time volunteer with the Canadian West Coast Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Sian is passionate about BC Healthcare and always looking for opportunities to improve patient experiences in BC.

Danea Avey, Director of Mentorship (new)

Danea was born and raised in Northern BC, and subsequently moved to the Island to graduate and attended Malaspina College and SFU. She has 27 years experience in Project Management of which 16 years have been in Health Care. She has varied artistic hobbies and interests and nothing makes her happier than to grab my camera and go for a drive (even with crazy gas prices). At this stage of her career, it is very important to her to be able to give back to her community and has a keen interest in helping younger people develop their skills and accomplish their goals. Danea volunteered with the BCHIMSS mentorship committee in the 21/22 board year, and is excited for the opportunity as a BCHIMSS board candidate to put her skills to work and add value across a broader set of board activities.

Jordan Lister, Director of Member Relations (new)

Jordan Lister has been an active leader within the Health IT space for over 20 years. Jordan is the Executive Director of Caresyntax, where he is leading consulting and the growth of its vendor-neutral enterprise-grade digital surgery platform in the US market. Previously, in his roles as Executive Director of Medical Imaging Consulting at Change Healthcare and Director of Global Business Development at McKesson, Jordan led the development and implementation of a large multi-national diagnostic imaging consulting business line. Throughout its execution, he ran multiple business process re-engineering programs for primary large IDN’s in the US, the HSE in Ireland, and the NHS in the UK.

As an active Business Mentor with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Jordan provides regular guidance to upcoming Emerging Health Leaders and contributes to the transfer of knowledge among industry experts. Jordan has always valued the HIMSS community and the opportunity that it provides to engage with like-minded professionals and to give back to the next generation of health leaders.

Mauree Matsusaka, Program Director (new)

As a strategic project and digital health leader, Mauree has built her career around helping organizations navigate complexity and adapt to new technology, policy and process change. She currently works as a Project Manager with PHSA IMITS, Provincial eHealth Projects, leading clinical engagement and facilitating live-use BETA pilot recruitment and implementation planning for the EMR-to-EMR Interoperability Project. She is a solutions-oriented project lead, a seasoned Change Management Specialist and Certified Agile Scrummaster (CSM®) who is passionate about helping healthcare practitioners and organizations embrace innovation and increase capacity in the areas of interoperability, workflow optimization, privacy & security best practices and virtual care. Mauree is passionate about engaging stakeholders early and often throughout the design and implementation process of all her projects, ensuring that the user experience is centered in how we leverage technology solutions to streamline clinical workflows; tackle ‘wicked’ and complex problems in the healthcare space; break down institutionalized silos; and support improved team-based care collaboration across organizations and practitioner groups.

Outside of the healthcare sector, she has been involved in implementing major ERP & integration projects at the City of Vancouver; fostering innovation in the Forestry industry; designing and evaluating programs for the BC Provincial Government; and managing a portfolio of sustainability and technology projects through her consulting work. When she’s not with her project teams, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains with her dog; going on long-range bikepacking tours; mentoring and empowering youth; testing out new recipes; and checking places off her travel bucket list.

Naima Salemohamed, Director of Marketing and Communications (new)

Naima Salemohamed is a management consultant and a social media ninja. She is passionate about stakeholder engagement and the patient journey navigating our healthcare system. She is an advocate for bringing change management into her work and is curious about how social media plays a role in the Health IT space. She can be found online having conversations about healthcare and sharing relevant content to spark constructive discussions. In her role in Accenture, her latest work includes managing major releases for the Supply Management Stream for the vaccine rollout in British Columbia and liaising with a variety of health authority stakeholders.

Naima has worked in the health informatics industry for over 8 years and her experience includes working at TELUS Health for 3 years delivering Home Health Monitoring solutions for COVID and Chronic Disease patients across Canada. In addition to Telus, her private sector experience also includes working with a program to optimize EMRs for primary care: an EMR for BC Corrections and the Health Information Access Layer Project in Ontario. She is a graduate of the UVIC Health Information Science Program. After her undergraduate degree, she also completed an MSc in Health Services Research specializing in Health Informatics at the University of Toronto.

Naima is an experienced volunteer and networker within the Digital Health Canada community. Naima has sat on variety of conference planning committees; mentored students interested in pursuing Health Informatics and has taught undergraduate health informatics courses. Outside of the Digital Health community, she currently sits on the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation Glow Gala Committee. In December 2021, she was awarded the Digital Health Canada Emerging Leader Award.

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