The management and affairs of the Alaska Public Health Association are under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Officers for the organization are the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council, Secretary and Treasurer. The President-Elect is elected prior to the annual meeting of the organization. The Secretary and Treasurer are elected from the twelve elective members at the first Executive Board meeting following the annual meeting. Term of office for the Executive Board Members is three (3) years each.
Term Expires: 2015
Masayo the Nurse Manager at the Juneau Public Health Center where she directs field based services, providing home visiting services to high risk families and collaborating with community agencies. Last year, Masayo received a public health nursing grant from the Alaska Nurses Foundation to promote the importance of well child care in Juneau, focusing especially on uninsured and underinsured children. Masayo has worked as a public health nurse at the Juneau Public Health Center since July 2007. Before that, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing (International Nursing) and Master in Public Health (global health) from Emory University. For her graduate thesis work, Masayo spent part of two summers researching nursing skills competency in the Republic of Georgia.
Lisa Aquino, President Elect
Term Expires: 2016
Lisa grew up and went to high school in Anchorage, and returned after graduate school. She received her BS in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and my Masters in Health Science in International Health, Disease Prevention and Control from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Since graduate school, Lisa has worked for 7 years for the State of Alaska, Division of Public Health. During that time she: originated the position of Data and Evaluation Lead with the Diabetes Program; managed the Arthritis Program; was the Data and Evaluation Lead with the Tobacco Program; and was the manager of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. In 2008, Lisa moved to Cape Town, South Africa. While there, she worked for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, as the Youth Program Leader. One major project Lisa accomplished there was the Desmond Tutu HIV Prevention Youth Centre. Lisa is currently back in Anchorage and serving as the Community Health Improvement Manager for SOA Public Health. One major project she oversees is Healthy Alaskans 2020. Her work and passion are public health. The Alaska Public Health Association has an important role to fill in terms of public health in this state and Lisa is very glad to be a part of it.
Leif Albertson, Past President
Term Expires: 2014
Leif Albertson is the UAF Cooperative Extension Agent for the Bethel-Yukon Kuskokwim District. At the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Leif works to interpret and extend relevant university, research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form to the public. As UAF faculty much of his current work focuses on environmental health and housing issues in rural/remote Alaska. Prior to the Cooperative Extension Service, Leif worked for the State of Alaska Division of Public Health and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Leif is an active volunteer with the Bethel Fire Department. Leif grew up in Anchorage and has resided in Bethel since 2002.
Jay Butler, Director
Term Expires: 2014
Jay Butler, MD, CPE is Senior Director of the Division of Community Health Services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. Previously, he was Chief Medical Officer of Alaska from 2007 to 2009, Alaska State Epidemiologist, 2005-07, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program, 1998-2005, and medical epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, 1991-98. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, completed clinical training at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities, and is board certified in infectious diseases, internal medical, and pediatrics. His varied professional experiences include working as a physician for two months at a mission hospital in Kenya, leading the CDC field response to the initial Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome outbreak in the US in 1993, and serving as the CDC liaison to FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC during in the investigation of the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001. He was a team co-leader during the CDC responses to the SARS outbreak of 2003, avian influenza in 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. He was governor of the Alaska chapter of the American College of Physicians from 2005 to 2009.
Renee Robinson, Director
Term expires: 2014
Over the past 12 years, Renee has focused on obtaining the education and training necessary to conduct pertinent, timely, and vital research in underrepresented populations, including Alaska Native/American Indian people of all ages. She completed a fellowship in clinical research through the National Institutes of Health, studied pediatric pharmacotherapy at the Ohio State University, and obtained her MPH in epidemiology. As a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, she conducted both basic science and clinical research and used qualitative and quantitative assessments to study medication adherence and medical decision-making. In 2006, Renee left academia to focus on building her clinical and management skills in industry. She subsequently focused on helping with the embedded pediatric clinical pharmacy at Southcentral Foundation, an effort that enhanced her understanding of the healthcare system and the needs of service populations. In 2010, she returned to her passion for research, assuming a role as a Senior Researcher II at Southcentral Foundation. Her current research addresses corporate priorities, which include studies of depression, pharmacogenomics, and acceptance of technology in health screening initiatives. Renee’s scientific and clinical expertise in pharmacotherapy and established collaborations with faculty at the University of Washington lend insight into factors that affect “treatment persistence,” enable her to engage key stakeholders, and improve medication management of depression in the Alaska Native/American Indian community.
Katy Krings, Director
Term Expires: 2014
Katy is a public health nurse for the State of Alaska, Division of Public Health. Since 2010, she has been providing itinerant nursing services for the villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. Although she is a generalist PHN, much of her work is related to case management of clients receiving tuberculosis treatment. Prior to coming to Alaska, Katy lived in Colorado where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado. She is currently enrolled full-time in the online Master of Public Health program at the University of New England. Katy has a passion for promotion of health equity for Alaskans, and she is excited to be actively involved in ALPHA.
Colleen McNulty, Director
Term expires: 2014
Colleen McNulty is a Nurse Consultant II for the Alaska Section of Public Health Nursing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is currently completing her Master’s in Public Health degree with the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her past experience includes 15 years of Public Health Nursing, and an additional 12 years nursing experience in Neonatal Intensive Care, Labor & Delivery and as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Colleen was born and raised in Sitka and she enjoys working with the diverse populations around our great state. She has lived in Fairbanks, Juneau, Dillingham, South Naknek, and currently resides in Anchorage.
Litia Garrison, Director
Term Expires: 2014
Litia Garrison is the current Women’s Health Program Director at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, (SEARHC) overseeing the CDC-funded NBCCEDP, WISEWOMAN, Traditional Foods, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs. She earned a B.Sc. in Biology from Bucknell University, and is in the final stages of completing her MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Litia is particularly interested in reducing health disparities through screening, prevention, and access to care, and was recently asked to serve on the national Exercise is Medicine – Underserved Populations Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. Litia has lived in Southeast Alaska with her family for 25 years, including spending about a dozen years living at remote field camps and salmon hatcheries.
Kimberly Rogers, Director
Term expires: 2015
Kimberly Rogers is the Epidemiology Quarantine Public Health Officer at the CDC Anchorage Quarantine Station, and coordinates activities to prevent the importation and spread of communicable disease into the United States via ports of entry in Alaska. In this capacity, Kimberly develops preparedness exercises, responds to illnesses and international cargo of public health interest, conducts multiagency partner training, and leads surveillance projects. Previously, Kimberly served an epidemiologist at the Hillsborough County Health Department in Tampa, Florida, and worked in Mumbai, India in the evaluation of a nonprofit public health program. Kimberly has an MPH in Global Health Practice from the University of South Florida, a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and maintains a Certification in Public Health. An avid runner, she also volunteers as a mentor coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Kimberly is passionate about engaging populations to increase health access and maintain healthy lifestyles, and is thrilled to support ALPHA.
Jayne Andreen, Director
Term Expires: 2015
Jayne Andreen has worked with the Alaska Division of Public Health in Health Promotion since 1999, which has community based health promotion, unintentional injury, school health, sexual and intimate partner violence prevention, obesity prevention and control, and tobacco prevention and control. She is a past President of the Alaska Health Education Consortium, the Alaska Public Health Association, and the national Directors of Health Promotion and Education. Her current responsibilities focus on providing training, technical assistance and consultation on community organizing and development, community health assessment, planning and evaluation, injury prevention, and health policy and environmental change. Jayne is a national trainer for the Shaping Policy for Health curriculum developed by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In addition to public health, Jayne has 16 years of experience in community development, policy and environmental change, and advocacy in the domestic violence and sexual assault arenas. She has a BA in Psychology/Counseling from Winona State University, and is a graduate of the Public Health Education Leadership Institute.
Andrea Fenaughty, Director
Term Expires: 2015
Andrea Fenaughty has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and did her post-doctoral training in Alcohol and Addiction Studies at University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Fenaughty has been working for the Alaska Division of Public Health since 2002, and currently serves dual roles as both the Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and the Deputy Section Chief for the Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has co-authored numerous technical reports and presented to policy makers, health professionals and the public on the burden of obesity, tobacco use, and their related chronic conditions in Alaska. Andrea sees surveillance and evaluation as powerful tools that can be used to improve public health programs and, ultimately, the quality of life of Alaskans.
Katie Reilly, Director
Term expires: 2016
Katie Reilly, MPH, began her public health career in 2004 as a community health educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa. She came to Alaska in May 2011 after earning her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to moving to Alaska, her public health experience included international HIV/AIDS prevention education and advocacy in Tanzania; urban substance abuse research in New York City; and a rural intimate partner violence social norms assessment in Chatham County North Carolina. Currently, Katie serves as the Health Education Manager with the American Lung Association in Alaska where she focuses on chronic disease prevention via tobacco-free environmental policy initiatives. Katie’s public health goals include advocating for health equity and focusing on the social determinants of health to address the complex public health challenges of today.
Shawne Johnson, Director
Term expires: 2016
Shawne has worked in Public Health since 1993 in roles both as a Public Health Nurse and Public Health Nurse Manager. She currently is the Anchorage Itinerant Nurse Manager and work to support teams of Public Health Nurses working in the Southwest region of the state. Her educational background includes a BS in Nursing, an MPH from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a graduate certificate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also completed a fellowship at the Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute in Chicago. In her work, Shawne is most proud to say she achieved her most significant accomplishments as a member of a team, rather than on my own. She also firmly believes in the importance of helping to support future public health leaders and connecting with other organizations in order to improve coordination and collaboration of health services.
Ali Hamade, Director
Term expires: 2016
Ali Hamade serves as the Environmental Public Health Program Manager in the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. The program works with state, federal, local, and tribal partners to assess and educate about the health hazards of chemical exposures, and to develop intervention strategies to reduce or eliminate chemical exposures from air, water, soil, and food. Ali received his Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Irvine. Subsequently, he performed air quality health effects research at Johns Hopkins University, where he also trained in the risk sciences. He then transitioned to work on human health risk assessment and hazard identification of chemical contaminants, before joining the State of Alaska. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.
Julie Serstad, Director
Term expires: 2017
As the current Deputy Director of Community Health Services for the North Slope Borough, Julie oversees Public Health Nursing, WIC, Environmental Health, Animal Control, Senior Program Services, Eye Care and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Julie returned to Alaska after working 6 years as the Director of Health Services at the Missoula City-County Health Department. Her work in public health spans 20+ years and in at least 3 states. She was a Health & Wellness Consultant for a national company; Tribal Health Nurse for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes; Nurse Recruiter & Educator for Salish Kootenai College; Public Health Nurse Coordinator in Nome, AK; Frontier & Southwest Regional Nurse Manager for the Alaska Section of Nursing; and a Nurse Consultant for the Section of Epidemiology for the State of Alaska. Julie currently is vice president of the Alaska Nurses Foundation and is the Rural Director for the Alaska Nurses Association. She has been active in the national Future of Nursing coalition in Montana and also here. Julie is a national Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board, working with teams to review local and state health departments for national accreditation. She attended the University of WI and Montana State University for her undergraduate work and Gonzaga University where she obtained her MSN with an emphasis in Transcultural Nursing. Her passion for public health spills over into her love of the outdoors, ski-joring with her dog, Jenta and exploring the tundra in the summer.