The team at BC Family Doctors embodies the values of our organization. They are a small, dynamic and collaborative group who supports the membership with openness, respect, and a welcoming attitude.

They work to implement the vision and direction set by the Board of Directors, who are all practicing family doctors. Utilizing their collective expertise, knowledge, and skills, they advocate for our members, so that you can provide high quality, patient-centred health care.

Alexa Pitoulis

Executive Director

Alexa believes family doctors play a critical, nodal role in our healthcare system. She is looking forward to working with the team, physicians, partners, and stakeholders on the evolution of primary care in British Columbia.

Alexa is a creative strategist with over 20 years of experience leading teams in public, private and non-profit spheres. A change leader with an MBA in Sustainable Systems, Alexa is skilled at moving the whole working of an organization, and its effects on systems, in ways that illuminate potential and build capacity.

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Dr. Renee Fernandez

Chief Medical Officer

Renee provides a physician lens on all aspects of BC Family Doctors’ work. As a thought leader and innovator, she leads our physician compensation and negotiations work. She works to connect and build the physician community.

Renee has been a family doctor and physician leader in BC for more than 15 years. She is passionate about promoting courageous and purpose-driven leadership. She believes in the power of relationships to achieve meaningful change.

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Penelope Hutchison

Chief Strategy Officer

Penelope leads advocacy, policy and strategic communications work for BC Family Doctors. A ‘policy wonk’ at heart, she likes to dig into issues at the heart of family medicine and lead needed change. She works to grow the organization’s influence and impact.

With more than 25 years of expertise, she has held various senior leadership roles within the BC health system, along with running her own consulting firm. She blends her expertise in the health system with a Masters in Health Administration with her communications savvy from a Bachelor of Journalism. As a social justice champion, she believes everyone deserves equitable access to high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

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Rachel Cunningham

Senior Manager, Physician Compensation

Rachel is your economics and billing advocate, working to support our physician members with billing inquiries and education, fee code changes, and process improvements.

Working in healthcare philanthropy for the past 20 years, she joined BC Family Doctors with a Bachelor of Science and a background in community relations and stakeholder engagement. She believes that open communication and a shared vision of the common good gives us the tools to find our greatest potential, together.

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Jo-Anne Lauzer

Administrative Coordinator

Jo-Anne is the person to reach out to for questions on membership, website access, board member resources, and support.

Jo-Anne has over 25 years of experience providing writing, consulting and coordination services to organizations and small businesses. She is a big picture thinker who has an eye for managing complex details and believes in working collaboratively to make a difference.

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Rachel Garrick

Communications Manager

Rachel develops communications resources, campaigns and strategies to raise awareness of issues facing family doctors. Her responsibilities include member communications and engagement, media relations, content creation and advocacy work. With over 20 years of experience in diverse sectors, including government, non-profit, labour and advertising, Rachel brings a variety of expertise to her role.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Simon Fraser University and a Journalism Diploma from Langara College. Rachel has further training in graphic design, website development, typography, strategic communications planning and digital photography. She is passionate about ensuring that every British Columbian has access to a family doctor, recognizing the foundational role they play in whole patient care.

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