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.


Lorne Carroll, Past President
Term Expires: 2023

Lorne CarrollLorne Carroll grew up south of Kansas City, Missouri, and spent much of his childhood riding his bike on gravel roads, exploring the woods, and spending chunks of summer on his grandparents’ farm. Rural life set the stage for his connection to natural surroundings, family, neighbors, and friends. He started his professional healthcare journey in 1997 as a Firefighter/EMT, then entered Public Health Nursing in 2004 after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2002. After a stent of international travel and home remodeling in Kansas City he settled into his first Public Health Nursing position with the Kansas City Health Department in Missouri. While not born in Alaska he arrived as soon as he could in 2009. Thanks to a job offer from Norton Sound Health Corporation Lorne settled back into patterns of connection with neighbors, friends, and the natural environment as a Tuberculosis Nurse Consultant for the Tribal healthcare system. For several years he lived 13 miles north of Nome, Alaska, in a small cabin without running water or electricity near Bear Mountain. These days you can find Lorne in Homer working as a Public Health Nurse for the State of Alaska or just outside of Homer walking the 1.6-mile trail into his cabin where he lives with Toots (his cat). He is a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellow in the Master of Public Health Program. Lorne is particularly motivated to learn more about how things like a zip code and the natural surrounding might pave the way for individuals, families, and communities to reach their full potential.

Eve Van Dommelen, President
Term expires: 2023

Eve Van Dommelen grew up in an off-grid cabin in Bird Creek, Alaska. She is passionate about spending time outdoors hiking, skiing, or picking berries with her family and friends. She took a non-linear path to public health, getting an undergraduate degree in French Literature, and working in the restaurant industry for many years before leaving to pursue her Master’s in Public Health degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (ANEC) as a Program Evaluator for the Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure (TECPHI) Network Coordinating Center (NCC). Her prior public health work involved working with partners throughout Alaska to advocate for programs and policies that reduce food insecurity, including building many personal and professional relationships with others interested in improving and protecting the health of Alaskans today and into the future.

Ingrid Stevens, President-Elect
Term expires: 2024

Ingrid StevensIngrid Stevens is a tribal member of the Yupiit of Andreafski from St. Mary’s, AK. Ingrid works in Anchorage, AK for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and manages the Injury Prevention program. The Injury Prevention program focuses on reducing unintentional and intentional injuries with Alaska Native populations, and promoting safe and healthy living. Ingrid received her Masters of Public Health education in Health Promotion from Portland State University [PSU] with an emphasis in Indigenous Mental Health, a dual Bachelor in Science from PSU, one in Health Sciences, and another in Community Health Education.

Barbara Bigelow, Secretary
Term Expires: 2023

Barbara BigelowBarbara “Barb” Bigelow originated in the Phoenix area but came to SE Alaska the summer she turned twenty-one. Barb has lived and worked in several Alaska communities and has her permanent home in Ketchikan, where she lives with her spouse, two cats, and a resident bear in the summer months. Barb’s undergraduate degree is in Health Information with a graduate degree in Organizational Business Management. Barb’s career has been focused on healthcare leadership and she is a licensed nursing home administrator in Alaska and Arizona. Passions include sailing, art, backpacking, and landscaping. Barb is humbled to serve the ALPHA Board and looks forward to advocacy for all Alaska’s health concerns, including health equity and disparity, and Alzheimer’s-related dementias.

Katie Cueva, APHA Representative
Term Expires: 2023

Katie CuevaBorn and raised in Alaska, Katie is happy to be home to skate, ski, hike, and work in public health research and practice. Dr. Cueva is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS), within 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. She currently serves as Alaska’s representative on the governing council of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and on the Council of Affiliates for APHA. She also serves on the executive council of both the American Association for Cancer Education, and of the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association.

Alexandra Edwards, Treasurer
Term expires: 2025

Alexandra EdwardsAlexandra Edwards is a Research Professional and Project Manager at the UAA Center for Behavioral Health Research & Services (CBHRS), where she has worked since 2008. In 2012 she graduated with an MA in anthropology from UAA and completed her MPH from UAA in 2021. Although she grew up in New Zealand, she has now been in Alaska for more than 20 years and calls it home. At CBHRS she has worked on a variety of public health-related projects, including several focused on the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the implementation of evidence-based strategies and tools to prevent alcohol misuse, the evaluation of community and youth resilience and suicide prevention programs, and most recently two related to COVID-19. Her final project for her MPH involved developing and implementing an evaluation plan for the Alaska Public Health Misinformation Response Team. Outside of work, she enjoys getting out and about with her husband and son.

Carlin Evanoff, Director
Term expires: 2024

Carlin EvanoffCarlin grew up in Southwest Alaska, graduated from Bristol Bay High and started her healthcare career in King Salmon Alaska as a volunteer EMT and Community Health Aide. She spent ten years serving Naknek and the Bristol Bay rural health clinics before attending the University of Washington physician assistant program. Since graduating from PA school she has worked primarily with community health centers and has a passion for both serving and improving access to health care. She currently is working with the state health exchange working to improve data equity, quality, and electronic exchange across Alaska.

In her free time, she likes to hike, travel, and spend time with friends and family. She is looking forward to this opportunity to serve as a board member, be a part of positive changes for Alaskans and learning from ALPHA members.

Tricia Franklin, Director
Term expires: 2023

Tricia FranklinTricia Franklin, MPH, works as the State of Alaska’s State Office of Rural Health Director and the Office of Healthcare Access Manager in the Section of Rural and Community Health Systems. Her primary role is to build collaborative partnerships across the continuum of care for healthcare transformation to efficiencies and value. This includes managing HRSA grants to support small hospitals in quality improvement and care coordination with EMS, primary care and public health, in addition to promoting health care workforce recruitment and retention through Alaska’s SHARP program, National Health Service Corp, and J1 Visas. Tricia has worked for the State of Alaska Division of Public Health for 20 years, and has a broad range of public health experience from working in hospitals, clinical laboratories, epidemiology, immunization information systems (VacTrAK), and grant management. Tricia grew up in rural Wisconsin, but fell in love with Alaska when she moved up in 1999. She is an Alumni of the UAA MPH Program and her personal interests are snowmobiling, motorcycling, hiking, berry picking, fishing and spending time with her family and the dogs.

Travis Hedwig, Director
Term expires: 2024

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.

Jared Kosin, Director
Term expires: 2023

Jared Kosin is the President & CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, which seeks to advance the shared interests of Alaska’s hospitals, nursing homes, and healthcare partners to build an innovative, sustainable system of care for all Alaskans. Kosin is an attorney with an MBA and is viewed as a leader in Alaska health care due to his operational and management experience in two key areas of the industry: Medicaid and hospital services. Kosin met his wife Jenny, a lifelong Alaskan, in law school, and they reside in Eagle River chasing their kids around on outdoor adventures.

Rebekah Morisse, Director
Term expires: 2024

Rebekah Morisse is originally from Wisconsin and came to Alaska in 2008. She is the Section Chief for Women’s; Children’s & Family Health located within the Alaska Division of Public Health and also serves as the state’s Maternal Child Health Director. In that role, she oversees public health initiatives such as newborn screening, home visiting, children and youth with special health care needs, school health, women’s health, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Public Health. Her professional experience includes working in the hospital, clinic, and public health settings. She is also active in Alaska’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative which aims to provide the highest level of care to mothers and infants across Alaska by collaborating with hospitals, birthing facilities, providers, and key stakeholders to promote the sharing of best practices and advancement of data-driven initiatives. Rebekah enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her dogs hiking, rafting, skiing, biking, and camping.

Taija Revels, Director
Term expires: 2023

Taija Neilga Koogéi Revels is an enrolled member of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska. She is Lingít, Kaagwaantaan clan, G̱ooch Hít house, born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She has professionally worked in Tribal health since 2007 and has extensive experience in Alaska Native and American Indian health issues; specific areas include sexual health, research, and youth. Most recently, Ms. Revels has focused on policy, systems, and environmental changes in Tribal settings. In 2012 she joined the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and for almost a decade she worked as an HIV/STD Research Associate, epidemiologist, and as a Senior Program manager overseeing a large national coordinating center for Tribes. In 2022, she joined the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as the Special Assistant to Tribal Operations working on projects across all areas in a variety of fields, from self-governance to traditional foods to business administration. Ms. Revels holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York City and is certified as a Public Health professional. Her undergraduate degree is from Portland State University.

Julie Cleaton, Director
Term expires: 2025

Julie Cleaton grew up outside of Atlanta, went to Arizona State University for anthropology and genetics, and transitioned into public health after seeing how the healthcare system is not enough to keep people healthy. She got her Master’s in Public Health at Georgia State University while working as a graduate research and teaching assistant in infectious diseases. Next she became a rabies epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, managing the transition to electronic laboratory reporting surveillance and evaluating potential improvements to dog vaccination campaign methods. She fell for Alaska while dog sledding with a colleague in Fairbanks and moved to Anchorage as soon as she could in 2019, starting as an epidemiologist and later becoming the dementia program manager at the Alaska section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. There she has supported the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based clinical and community programs to prevent and treat chronic conditions. She currently chairs the ALPHA policy committee, and she lives near Wasilla with her partner, three dogs, and many struggling plants.

Monica Chase, Director
Term expires: 2025

Monica Chase was recently hired as a Program Manager in the Behavioral Health Department with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, in addition to being a health coach. Monica has a passion for helping at the individual level so it may reach the community and beyond to increase optimal health. She received her B.A. in Rural Development from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Monica is a tribal member of Holy Cross Tribe and a shareholder of Deloycheet Village Corporation, and the Regional Corporations of Doyon, Ltd., and CIRI.

David Krause, Director
Term expires: 2025

David has extensive experience living and working throughout Alaska. Much of his professional experience has focused on developing solutions that simultaneously achieve public health, community development, and conservation objectives. Prior to joining Audubon, he worked on federal land management and energy policy for The Wilderness Society. David has also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on remote Yukon River tributaries and for the Wild Salmon Center in Oregon and Alaska. From 2017 – 2020, he served as an appointed member of the BLM Alaska Resource Advisory Council. David earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and holds a Master’s of Environmental Management and a Master of Public Health from Yale University. When not working to protect birds and their habitats, David enjoys angling and gardening.

Juliana Crandall, Director
Term expires: 2025

Juliana CrandallJuliana (Jewelz) Crandall served previously as a program manager for Alaska Native Medical Center’s Child and Family Developmental Services clinic. She assisted with creating policies and procedures for the launch of the new clinic where she oversaw 40-plus staff and provided administrative and operations support. During that time, she is also a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) alumni, where she was able to look at disability experiences and services through a public health lens. Ms. Crandall has a passion for addressing childhood development and worked previously as the SCF RAISE program supervisor to lead a development team to plan, assess, and implement case management for Alaska Native Youth. Currently, Ms. Crandall applies her knowledge of tribal public health and public health administration in her current position as a director at the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership, where she works to connect public policy with pediatric care needs. Ms. Crandall is a board member and current President of the Programs for Infants and Children board, and a previous board member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Public Health Education. Ms. Crandall received her B.S. in Community Health from Portland State University, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Samantha Hull, Student Representative 

Sam Hull

Samantha Hull was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and spends much of her time reading, gardening, traveling, and hanging out with family. She began her career in healthcare in 2015 at Peak Neurology and Sleep Medicine by developing and implementing a Home Sleep Test Program out of the Providence Alaska Medical Center Sleep Lab. She went on to participate in a global health internship located in Dehli, India which provided her the opportunity to learn about the varying health challenges that affect maternal and fetal outcomes in other areas of the world. In May of 2023 she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a B.S. in Health Sciences which has allowed her to further explore her interest in environmental health equity and health literacy. During her senior year she assisted Dr. Travis Hedwig and Program Director Hope Finkelstein at the Alaska State Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention in recruitment, development, and information dissemination for an ECHO series centered on FASD diagnostic practices. Recently she's started as a care coordinator and birth assistant at the Geneva Woods Birth Center which aims to help the Alaskans access holistic primary care, empowering birth experiences, lactation assistance, physical therapy, and mental health services.