Except the Executive committee, current ALPHA members are welcomed to be a part of any committees below. Please contact Rhonda Johnson at if you are interested.

Board of Directors – Executive Committee

Chair: Rhonda Johnson

Members: Mary McEwen, Lillian Ruedrich, Katie Cueva, Doreen Leavitt, Sabra Anckner

Provides guidance and support to the officers and committees of the Association in carrying out the routine and special business of the Association in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws.

Policy and Advocacy

Chair: Patty Owen and Jennifer Meyer

Members: Jayne Andreen

Annually, the Committee seeks resolutions and position papers from members that are presented and voted upon by ALPHA membership at the annual meeting during the Alaska Health Summit. The resolutions and policy statements are the advocacy tool for the Alaska Public Health Association. The Committee also analyzes and posts it’s position on health related legislative bills to support advocacy efforts.


Chair: Katie Cueva

Members: Rhonda Johnson, Mary McEwen, Doreen Leavitt

Assesses the financial affairs of the organization.


Chair: Tazlina Mannix

Members: Joe Sarcone, Margaret Young

Solicits nominations for the Alaska Public Health Association Board and President Elect. The Committee also requests nominations for awards to be given at the Alaska Health Summit. ALPHA awards provide an opportunity to recognize colleagues and acknowledge their contribution to the Alaska Public Health Association and to public health in Alaska. The Awards Committee selects the honorees from those nominated.

Health Summit

Chair: Mary McEwen

Organizes and presides over the Alaska Public Health Association’s annual Health Summit.


Chair: Rebecca Kleinschmidt

Members: Janice Gray, Deandra Ingram, Joe Sarcone, Amanda Slaunwhite, Karla Weise

Focuses on funding, grant possibilities and mini-grant awards, donations, marketing and branding, public education and producing a newsletter. Develops and implements efforts to recruit and maintain membership in ALPHA.




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