Senior Management

Barry PhillipsBarry Phillips 
Executive Director, Edmonton.

Barry brings to our organization 40 years of experience serving in the health related fields such as Hospitals, Long Term Care Administration, First Nations Health and services delivery, and Economic Program Development. 

He has been the guest speaker at many events across the country. He promotes the inclusion of the Social Determinants of health in both policy and actions needed to address the inequity and inequality of service to First Nations people.

Determined to make a difference, he continues to assist organizations with his understanding of current issues and progressive approach to First Nations control. 


Theresa Devost
Executive Assistant, Calgary.

Theresa joined the FNHC in July 2017 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. With 25+ years experience supporting executive management teams in the public and private sectors, her focus has been primarily in areas of policy support and development, stakeholder relations, regulatory reporting and corporate secretarial services serving Boards and supporting Committees of the Board.

Theresa embraces culture and heritage personally and professionally.  She is honored to be a part of an incredibly dedicated Team, committed and passionate about making a difference for the children and families we serve.


Julia KnottJulia Knott
Regional Service Coordination Supervisor and SARF Administration Manager, Edmonton.

Julia Knott joined the First Nations Health Consortium in August 2017 as Regional Service Coordination Supervisor, and SARF Administration Manager June 2019.

Julia Knott is Cree, from Duncan’s First Nation in Treaty 8. Her prior experience includes roles as Director of Health with Western Cree Tribal Council from 2014 to 2017 and Health Director for Duncan’s First Nation from 2010 - 2014.  Understanding the importance of collaboration and relationship building between various stakeholders to provide services to First Nations is critical. Julia strongly believes that all First Nations people should have equal access to services both on and off reserve regardless of perceived jurisdiction.

Deanna WolfEarDeanna Wolf Ear, MEd. 
Communications Officer, Calgary.

Deanna comes to the FNHC with an extensive background in Education and Psychology, where she has specialized in literacy and numeracy programming. She holds both a BA & BEd. Degree in Educational Psychology, English and First Nations studies from the University of Northern BC. She has furthered her education receiving her Master of Education in Counselling, then followed through working as a Behavioural Analyst and Clinical Counselor for School District #27 in the Cariboo Chilcotin Region.

Deanna is passionate about her position here at FNHC, working towards creating awareness and educating the public about Jordan’s Principle while promoting equal access to services and products throughout the province.   

BE, DO, HAVE!! BE committed to, DO what it takes to, HAVE what you want!


Lorinda Patterson
Southern Team Lead, Calgary.

Lorinda Patterson earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary completing practicum placements in medical social work and research with a focus on environmental social work and the impacts in First Nation communities. She is honored to support our First Nations and Inuit children and their families.


Dyan Harke, RN.
Northern Team Lead, Edmonton.

Dyan Harke is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years and spent the last 17 of those years working with Northern First Nations communities. Dyan delivered a variety of health programs, including Maternal Child Health and has significant experience helping families access various services both in her career and personal life.

Her compassionate and friendly nature paired with strong interpersonal skills made her a successful candidate as a Regional Service Coordinator. She’s looking forward to helping make an impact by ensuring every child has access to Holistic Services.