Board of Directors

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 Board of Directors meeting following the annual meeting. Term of office for the Board Members is three (3) years each.


Jennifer Meyer, President
Term Expires: 2020

I grew up in the Bay Area. After college, I served in Thailand with the U.S. Peace Corps as an AIDS/HIV prevention and control volunteer from 1995-1997.  Upon returning to the U.S. I attended nursing school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.  After several years as an ER Nurse I finished a master’s degree in international health at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2004, I moved to Alaska and worked in Bethel and the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta as a Public Health Nurse.  Since 2008, I have worked as faculty for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development Kuskokwim Campus as an Assistant Professor of Allied Health and transitioned to a faculty position with the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health Division of Population Health Sciences in 2018 after earning my Doctorate in Public Health from Walden University. As a public health scholar and researcher with field experience in remote Alaska I intend to focus future research on issues that affect the health of vulnerable groups in the circumpolar north.  I currently serve as a trustee with the Make a Wish Foundation and board member on the Alaska Nurses Foundation.


Katie Cueva, APHA Representative
Term Expires: 2020

Born and raised in Alaska, Katie is happy to be back home to skate, ski, hike, and work in public health research and practice. Dr. Cueva is a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow in the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Health at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and Associate Faculty with the Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include social determinants of health in the circumpolar north, culturally appropriate health promotion, and community based participatory action research.

Travis Hedwig, President Elect
Term expires: 2021

Travis is an applied cultural/medical anthropologist and assistant professor of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He received his BA in anthropology from SUNY Plattsburgh (minor in music), MA in applied anthropology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Kentucky.  His primary research interests involve impairment/disability and health inequality at the intersections of public policy and everyday lived experience.  He received a National Science Foundation dissertation enhancement award for his work on the racial and cultural politics of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Alaska and continues to examine structural inequalities associated with FASD across the continuum of care.  Travis has worked on issues of housing and homelessness, child welfare, adolescent health, family and kinship studies, suicide prevention, community-engaged approaches to alcohol risk prevention and mental health promotion, and health advocacy.  He is passionate about teaching and learning and enjoys the challenge of translating research into practice and action in collaboration with communities.

Shannon Deike, Treasurer
Term expires: 2019

Shannon Deike, B.S. Mathematics, is grateful to be able to serve the Alaska community through participating on the Alaska Public Health Association board as a director. He is currently in the practicum stage to complete a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His work experience as a Public Health Informaticist at the State of Alaska Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, and Research Technician at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies has given him knowledge of the health disparities across the state. His hope is to serve and bring energy and insight to the board and people they serve.

Shannon was born in Austin, TX and moved with his family in 1983 to Alaska. He also has lived in Colorado as a child. He enjoys Latin dancing, the outdoors by hiking Southcentral Alaska trails, walking Russian Jack and the coastal trails in Anchorage, and ice skating. Over the years Shannon has been an advocate for adult education through teaching and tutoring mathematics; mentor and peer to youth and adults for healthy living by reducing and eliminating drug and alcohol use; and encouraging the pursuit of lifelong interests to increase the quality of life.

Seth Green, Director
Term Expires: 2021

Seth Green is the Director of Psychological Services at the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC). In this role, he manages the Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium and the NSHC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rural Health Psychology.  He is also involved with efforts to improve psychology workforce development initiatives to remote and rural regions of Alaska.  Seth lives in Nome Alaska and has a passion for fishing, hunting, and getting out on the tundra.  After graduating from Washington State University with a PhD in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Green served as a battalion psychologist for the US Army’s 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.  His interests include community prevention work, psychology training, post-traumatic stress disorder, and disaster preparedness and response.

Tim Hinterberger, Director
Term expires: 2021

Since coming to Alaska in 1992, Tim Hinterberger has been a professor in the WWAMI School of Medical Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with teaching responsibilities in neuroscience and microscopic anatomy. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan and Purdue University. After running a UAA research lab focused on molecular embryology for many years, his current research interest is climate change communications – understanding why people think what they do about climate change. A major ongoing project is a survey of Alaska health care providers’ views on climate change and how they think it will affect their patients in coming years. He served as the chair of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol that led to legalization of marijuana in Alaska in 2014, and he continues to advocate for more stringent regulation of cannabis testing in Alaska. Dr. Hinterberger is also an active volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 

Rebecca Kleinschmidt, Director
Term expires: 2019

Becca is grateful for the opportunity to use her education and experience to assist with public health efforts impacting her home state. Her public health passions include Community Health Education, Environmental Health, and Global Health efforts. Some of her highlights in the Public Health arena have been youth and family focused disease prevention efforts in rural Alaskan villages, and working in Taiwan to help kickstart Injury Prevention and Environmental Health projects. She knows that the state has many health challenges, but looks forward to using the states varied assets to empower Alaskans to grow toward increased health and well-being.


Tazlina Mannix, Director
Term expires: 2019
Tazlina Mannix, MPH, works for the Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as the Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey data manager. Tazlina was born and raised in Talkeetna, Alaska. She was a professional cross-country ski racer for nearly a decade, and during that time, she obtained a BA in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Her passion for physical activity and health lead to an interest in public health, and in 2015, she received a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah. Her public health interests include chronic disease epidemiology, minority health, surveillance, and informatics.


Lisa McGuire, Director
Term expires: 2021

Lisa McGuire is the Public Health Quality & Performance Improvement Manager in the Director’s office of the State of Alaska, Division of Public Health. She leads the Division’s Quality Improvement team, strategic planning efforts and accreditation readiness, and, in equal partnership with the Alaska Native Health Consortium, she co-manages the State Health Improvement Plan, Healthy Alaskans 2020. Prior to DPH, Lisa worked at the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services as Chief of Programs, overseeing programs that serve Alaska’s most vulnerable citizens. She has served in a variety of roles including in state, Tribal, nonprofit, and private sector settings in Alaska and overseas for over eighteen years. She earned her MPH at UAA while working full time at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Lisa originally came to Alaska in 2001 for a job with the American Cancer Society. Prior to coming to Alaska, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the country of Haiti and in AmeriCorps in Montana. She is an active volunteer in her community council and other groups, is an Alaska Women Ascend graduate, member of the American Evaluation Association and AK Evaluator Network, and a certified yoga instructor. Her public health interests include program management and evaluation, global health, and public health quality improvement.  When not working, Lisa can be found in the forests and mountains of Alaska backpacking, biking and teaching/practicing yogawith her husband and friends or traveling to visit faraway places.

Patricia Owen, Director
Term expires: 2020

Patty Owen is a life-long Alaskan. She has over 30 years of public health experience in Alaska, including at least 20 years working for the Alaska Division of Public Health. Her experience includes coordinating public health surveillance systems (both the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey), working in the area of community-based chronic disease and injury prevention and health promotion, and school-based health and safety. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Marketing and Public Health from the University of South Florida. Most recently she served as the Health and Safety Program Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development where she also supported the work of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act Task Force. She has served as Chairperson of the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and was formerly board member and Past President of the Alaska Health Education Consortium. Just prior to joining the Board she received the ALPHA Barbara Berger Award for Excellence in Public Health. She is currently retired, resides in Juneau, and is dedicated to making Alaska a healthier place to live.

Drew Shannon, Director
Term expires: 2020

Drew Shannon, BSN, RN works as a Public Health Nurse for the Municipality of Anchorage Health Department, Section of Disease Prevention and Control. Drew is a lifelong Alaskan, raised in Healy and Ketchikan He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His public health interests include immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. He enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with his wife (who is also a nurse) and their 2-year-old daughter.


Karla Weise, Director
Term expires: 2019

Karla Weise, RN MPH is a tribal member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, her commitment to improving the health and wellness of Alaska Native people has led her to a career of over 20 years of serving in various capacities within the Alaska Tribal Health System. A firm believer in the strength and resilience of the Alaska Native people, Karla has earned a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University to better understand the impact of self-motivation on health, a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science from the University of Alaska to better understand the impact of health on people and their families, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alaska to learn about promoting community level impact. As part of her commitment to promoting public health for all people, she also currently serves as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the United States Public Health Service. To advance the health of Alaska Native people, Karla advocates for the integration of cultural safety as an essential component of always considering culture, health literacy, and person and family-centered care, with the ultimate goal of promoting health equity. She currently is an Improvement Facilitator for the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, where she leads planning and implementation of health care quality improvement initiatives.

Travis Welch, Director
Term expires: 2021

I moved back to Alaska in 2008 after studying economics at Brigham Young University.  I finished top of my class at the CTC police academy in Fairbanks and was hired by the North Slope Borough Police Department where I served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and as the chief of police.  While I was employed as a police officer I completed a master’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University.  My wife and I have five daughters and I am an avid college football fan.



Margaret Young, Director
Term expires: 2020

Margaret Young is a Maternal Child Health Epidemiologist with the Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health, Alaska Division of Public Health. She oversees the MCH Epidemiology Unit and coordinates the Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey, a statewide survey of mothers of 3-year-olds. Margaret originally came to Alaska on a two year epidemiology fellowship in 2005 and has been working for the State ever since. She grew up living in countries all over the world as the daughter of a US foreign service officer, and she’s proud to say that Alaska is by far the place she has lived the longest. She has a Masters in Public Health in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Department of International Programs at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her public health interests include the prevention of infant and maternal mortality, and early childhood systems.

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