Governor Announces Appointments to Boards
March 1, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Health Care Commission, Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Council on the Homeless, Alaska Mental Health Board, Serve Alaska, and State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee.
Alaska Health Care Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Jeffrey Davis, Dr. Larry Stinson, and David Morgan to the Alaska Health Care Commission. The commission serves as the state health planning and coordinating body, responsible for providing recommendations on a comprehensive statewide health care policy, and on strategies for improving the health of Alaskans.
Davis, of Anchorage, is president of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and has nearly 25 years of experience in health care issues. He serves as the chair of the Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, as a board member of the Alaska e-Health Network, and is a co-chair, along with his wife Suzanne, of the 2013 American Cancer Society Wine and Food Festival. He earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitman College. Davis is reappointed as a representative of the Alaska health insurance industry.
Stinson, of Anchorage, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist who is a co-founder of Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska. A University of Alaska Fairbanks and WWAMI graduate, Dr. Stinson is also a University of Washington adjunct clinical instructor. He has previously served on the Alaska State Medical Board, and is reappointed to a seat reserved for a health care provider.
Morgan, of Anchorage, is the director of reimbursement for Southcentral Foundation. He is also the former chairman of the Municipality of Anchorage Health and Human Services Commission. He has worked in health care for more than 30 years, serving in Alaskan health care organizations’ community health center operations, financial planning, and government relations for much of that time. He is a member of the Alaska Primary Care Association, the Medicaid Tribal Task Force, the Healthcare Financial Manager Association, and the Alaska Medical Group Management Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University, and is reappointed to a seat representing Alaska’s community health centers.
Alaska Commission on Aging
Governor Parnell appointed Mary Shields to the Alaska Commission on Aging. The commission advocates for state policy, public and private partnerships, state/federal projects, and citizen involvement that assist Alaskans to age successfully in their homes, in their communities, or as near as possible to their communities and families.
Shields, of Anchorage, recently retired, having served for more than 25 years as the general manager of Northwest Technical Services. She has been involved in numerous community organizations including Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Alaska Federation of Business and Professional Women, Alaska Business Education Council, Athena Society, and University Kiwanis. Shields is appointed to an at-large seat.
Alaska Council on the Homeless
Governor Parnell appointed Britteny Matero to the Alaska Council on the Homeless. The council develops a statewide plan that includes short-term and long-term strategies to effectively address the issues surrounding Alaska’s homeless population.
Matero, of Anchorage, is the division manager of public health initiatives and partnerships for the Municipality of Anchorage. She currently serves as a board member for RurAL CAP, the Hope Community Library, and is the Human Service’s Community Sections Chief for the Emergency Operations Center. She was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness. Matero received her bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics at Portland State University. She is appointed to a public seat.
Alaska Mental Health Board
Governor Parnell appointed John Fugett, and reappointed Joseph Dingman Sr., Randall Jones, Ilina Saucedo, and Stephen Sundby to the Alaska Mental Health Board. The board serves as the state planning, coordinating, and advocacy body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for Alaskans with mental disorders. The board also prepares a comprehensive plan of treatment and rehabilitation services, and an annual implementation plan.
Fugett, of Anchorage, is the executive director of Consumer Driver Services LLC. He is the former director of adult services for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, and has worked as a counselor and psychotherapist. He earned a master’s degree in counseling and bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Liberty University. He also served as a staff sergeant in the US Army from 1983–91. Fugett will represent consumers of mental health services.
Dingman, of Barrow, is the assistant fire chief with the North Slope Borough Fire Department and co-founder of the Alliance for Mental Health Issues. He is an affiliate faculty member at Ilisagvik College, and a longtime leader in emergency service training and programs. He is reappointed as a family member of a consumer of mental health services.
Jones, of Anchorage, has worked as a psychotherapist with Providence Behavioral Medicine Group since 1997. He also worked for 18 years at the Langdon Psychiatric Clinic, eventually serving as CEO from 1995–98. Jones provided substance abuse and mental health services in Cordova, and also developed an inmate sex offender treatment program for the Alaska Department of Corrections. He earned a master’s degree in family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. Jones is reappointed as a mental health professional.
Saucedo, of Anchorage, is currently a Senate Page for the Alaska Legislature. Formerly, she served as an outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Alaska Youth and Parent Foundation. She has worked in a variety of other jobs since completing her high school studies, and is looking forward to enrolling in college in the fall of 2013. Saucedo is reappointed to seat reserved for a consumer of mental health services.
Sundby, of Cordova, is the clinical director of Alaska Family Services. He has also worked in behavioral health in Indiana, Texas, and at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Sundby earned a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University, all in psychology. He is reappointed as a mental health professional.
Governor Parnell appointed Marianne Kerr to Serve Alaska. The commission aims to engage Alaskans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service and volunteerism as a means of community and state problem solving, and promotes participation in the AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.
Kerr, of Anchorage, is an associate professor of 4-H and Youth Development with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Formerly, she worked with the Girls Scouts Susitna Council, Alaska Health Fair, Anchorage Center for Families, and Anchorage Senior Center. She earned a master’s degree in adult education from UAA and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. She is appointed as a representative of a youth development organization.
State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee
Governor Parnell appointed Suzie Klein to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. The committee serves both as an advisor and partner to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation through participation in strategic planning, needs assessment, consumer satisfaction surveys, and ongoing program evaluation in order to promote employment of people with disabilities.
Klein, of Chugiak, is the project coordinator at the Stone Soup Group, where she serves as a parent navigator for pediatric neurodevelopmental clinics throughout the state and in partnership with the State of Alaska. She is a board member of Alaska Career College. She has also worked as a recreation therapist and massage therapist, including as the owner of Bear Mountain Chiropractic and Healing Arts, Inc. in Chugiak. Klein is appointed as a representative of a parent training and information center.