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Leadership


We have a dedicated team of professionals who contribute their diverse experience and expertise to improving outcomes for pregnant women, newborns, and their families. We work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, other PHSA agencies, professional associations, and researchers.

Our Leadership Team

 

Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN

Provincial Lead, Indigenous Health

Lucy is at the forefront of developing innovative and successful programming for Indigenous people. She works on strategies to assist existing programs and to develop new programs for maternal/child health that will enable Indigenous people to access culturally appropriate services. Lucy’s own life experience as a First Nation woman, mother, and traditional dancer brings enormous commitment, dedication, and creativity to her work. Her voice as a leader is crucial. She is a model of strong, innovative leadership in the Indigenous community. She was awarded an ACCOLAIDS Award for Innovative Programming and a Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service. Lucy completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She was program manager of Chee Mamuk, an Aboriginal HIV/AIDS education program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, for nine years and is currently a member of the First Nations Health Authority Maternal and Child Health Committee.


Email: lbarney@phsa.ca

Kenny Der, BSc, CHIM, CPHIMS-CA

Manager, Clinical Data Integrity, Privacy, and Access

Kenny is a past president of the Health Records Association of BC and a certified professional in health informatics by the Canadian College of Health Information Management, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and, COACH. He has specialized in the management of health data and led many system enhancement initiatives by leveraging technology to improve processes and functionality. At Perinatal Services BC, Kenny has management responsibility for the BC Perinatal Data Registry and other data holdings at PSBC. This role encompasses data management, privacy, security, and systems development, including the advancement of a robust business intelligence environment. His focus is on providing high quality data to provincial stakeholders and directly supporting evidence-based decision making.


Email: kder@phsa.ca


Jana Encinger, RN, MSN

Provincial Director, Clinical Quality and Systems Improvement

Jana is excited to bring her 17 years of perinatal nursing experience to the role of Director, Quality and Systems Improvement with PSBC.  Jana began her career as an RN at B.C. Women’s Hospital, working as a postpartum nurse, following her graduation from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with her BSN in 2001. Subsequently, she held positions as a High Risk Antepartum/Postpartum Clinical Educator, High Risk Antepartum/Postpartum Program Coordinator, and Interim Operations Lead for the Birthing Program at BC Women’s Hospital. She completed her MSN at UBC, with focus in Leadership and Administration, in 2013.

During Jana’s time with PHSA, she has been involved in Agency and provincial committees and initiatives, such as the Induction Committee and AR wait times reduction plan. These opportunities have allowed Jana to mobilize her passion for maternal-infant healthcare, leadership and the promotion of quality and safety to support improved patient services and promote advancements of perinatal care. She looks forward to working with partners across the province to improve maternal and infant health in her new role. 

Email: jana.encinger@phsa.ca
 
 

Amy Hobbs, RN, MSc. 

Director, Provincial Surveillance, Registry and Research

Amy is a Registered Nurse who has extensive experience working in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of maternal and newborn health (MNH) programs in Canada, Uganda, Switzerland, and Tanzania. She has expertise in epidemiology and clinical and non-clinical research methods, including the development and coordination of research studies and the collection, compilation, maintenance, and analysis of complex data sets. Amy holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Bachelor degrees in Nursing and Sociology from the University of Calgary. 

In her most recent role as an Epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, USA, Amy worked closely with Global Affairs Canada and partner non-governmental organizations, such as CARE, Plan, Aga Khan, Amref Health Africa, and World Vision, to plan and develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks for MNH programs in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). Amy has also worked for the WHO and UNICEF, managing large global databases across several key MNH indicators. Before joining the WHO, Amy worked as a Public Health Nurse and maternity nurse in rural and urban settings within Alberta. As a Clinical Research Nurse for the Alberta Cancer Board, Amy gained familiarity with using registry data for research, which led to her master’s thesis investigating treatment outcomes for a provincial cohort of oropharyngeal cancer patients in Alberta.

Email: amy.hobbs@phsa.ca
 

Sylvie Langlois, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

Medical Director, BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program

Sylvie obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. She went on to do specialty training in Pediatrics at McGill University and Fellowship training in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has been a clinical geneticist at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre since 1989 and is Professor in the UBC Department of Medical Genetics. She has been the medical director of the BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program since its implementation. Her research contributions have been in the area of prenatal diagnosis and molecular genetics.


Email: SLanglois@cw.bc.ca

 
Julie MacFarlane, MSc, CCGC
Provincial Lead, Screening Programs 
Julie joined Perinatal Services BC in May 2009 as the Program Manager for the BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program, where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining the infrastructure for centralized and coordinated prenatal screening around the province. Since then, the BC Newborn Screening Program and the Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program have been added to her portfolio. Julie has had extensive experience managing large-scale clinical genetic and pharmaceutical programs from her previous years at Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Burnaby, BC. She is also a Canadian certified genetic counsellor, with a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two book chapters and numerous research publications in clinical and molecular genetics.‎

Email: JMacFarlane@cw.bc.ca

Lisa Sutherland Headshot.jpgLisa Sutherland, RM

Primary Maternity Care Lead, 

Midwifery

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a degree in Midwifery from the University of British Columbia. She has been a Registered Midwife since 2007 when she founded Bloom Community Midwives in Vancouver. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2010 and has a special interest in supporting the integration of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. In addition to leading her own practice, she has been the Site Lead for Midwifery at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) and the Assistant Department Head of Midwifery at BCWH and SPH for the last two years. She planned and implemented successful QI projects at SPH to increase collaboration, promote normal birth, optimize the caesarean section rate, and improve breastfeeding care.  Lisa has previous experience as a board member and Treasurer of the Midwives Association of BC where she was involved in integrating birth centres, supporting Indigenous Midwifery and breastfeeding promotion.


Email: lsutherland@cw.bc.ca

 

Christina Tonella, MAdEd, RD

Provincial Director, Prevention and Primary Care
Christina started her career with the Healthiest Babies Possible Program at Vancouver Coastal Health working as a dietitian, and has over 20 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and prevention initiatives, developing strategic plans, and collaborating with various levels of government, health care sectors, and external stakeholders. Over the past 14 years she has played an important operational leadership role in Tobacco Control, establishing organization-wide policy and pursuing a bold set of goals that includes reducing Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) tobacco prevalence rates to the lowest in Canada. 

Christina is excited to be returning to maternal-infant health, a field she is passionate about, and bringing her expertise and strong relationships with healthcare providers, administrators and policy makers across the province and nationally to advance PSBC’s vision of “Healthy mothers having healthy pregnancies and infants” for British Columbia. Christina holds a Master’s of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a Registered Dietitian.

Email: christina.tonella@phsa.ca
 

hilary vallance.PNGHilary Vallance, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

Medical Director, BC Newborn Screening Program
Hilary obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She went on to do specialty training in Laboratory Medicine and fellowship training in Biochemical Genetics at UBC. She directs the Biochemical Geneticist Laboratory at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She has been the Medical Director of the BC Newborn Screening Program since 1996. Her research contributions have been in the area of inborn errors of metabolism and newborn screening.

Email: hvallance@cw.bc.ca

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