ASHNHA has operations in both Anchorage and Juneau. The primary office of the staff person is located next to their name.
Becky Hultberg (Juneau) President/CEO, ASHNHA
Becky Hultberg began serving as the ASHNHA senior vice president in January 2014. Prior to her current role, she served for three years as commissioner of the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration, a diverse agency of ten divisions and five independent boards and commissions. In that position she led an effort to modernize the state’s active and retiree health plans and worked to help the state manage its legacy pension and health costs. Functional areas under her oversight included the divisions of Retirement and Benefits, Motor Vehicles, Finance, Enterprise Technology Services, General Services and Personnel & Labor Relations, among others.
Her past positions include serving as regional director of communications and marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska, vice president of public relations and strategy for Bradley Reid & Associates and as special assistant and press secretary in the office of Governor Frank H. Murkowski.
Hultberg holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas, with minors in economics and public service.
A lifelong Alaskan, she lives in Juneau with her husband and three children.
Other ASHNHA Staff include:
Jeannie Monk (Juneau) Senior Program Officer
Jeannie Monk is responsible for the Small Hospital Program and rural health policy at ASHNHA. She works with the small and rural hospitals in Alaska to implement initiatives to improve clinical, operational, and financial performance and to analyze the impact of health policy on rural facilities.
Jeannie has lived in Juneau for 20 years and spent much of her career working within the Alaska tribal health system. Prior to joining ASHNHA, she was the Director of Planning and Development for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) with responsibility for grant seeking, facility development, and strategic planning activities for the southeast region. She has experience working with Community Health Centers, women’s health programs, tobacco control, program evaluation, and many other health programs. Jeannie has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communication from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has strong interests in health care improvement and innovation, prevention, and population-based public health. Jeannie is completing a one year Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute through the University of North Carolina. Jeannie has two boys ages 12 and 17. She enjoys nordic skiing and ice skating in the winter and hiking & boating in the summer.
Dennis Murray (Anchorage) Senior Program Officer
Dennis Murray works at ASHNHA to ensure that member concerns on workforce, regulatory issues and other public policy initiates impacting long-term care facilities are addressed. He also provides staff support for the ASHNHA Chief Nursing Officers/Directors of Nursing (CNO-DON) committee. Prior to coming to ASHNHA, Dennis was CEO at Heritage Place in Soldotna and worked as the Director of the Senior Center in Kodiak for many years. He lives in Soldotna with his wife Pat and enjoys fishing, gardening and involvement with the faith community on the Kenai Peninsula.
Sara Bloom (Anchorage) Office Manager
Sara Bloom has a background in banking and campus planning. She has a Masters in landscape architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from State University of New York. At ASHNHA Sara provides administrative support and helps coordinate events such as the annual conference and Horty Springer seminars. On her down time, she hikes with her dogs and quilts.
Greta Wade, RN BSN (Juneau) Quality and Patient Safety Project Director
Greta Wade has served as the ASHNHA Quality and Patient Safety Director since early 2012. She has a BS in Nursing from Columbia University and a BS in Biology from Oregon State University. Greta has a diverse clinical background and serves as an expert resource for member hospitals in the area of quality and patient safety including technical support, as an educational resource, facilitator, and to provide customized data analysis. She facilitates the ASHNHA Partnerships for Patients Committee, Manages the Mentors for Quality Program, keeps members updated with regulatory and legislative issues, and overseas several patient safety initiatives including the Alaska Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative. As a lifelong Alaska, Greta has a passion for improving patient care in small and rural communities throughout our state.
Connie Beemer (Anchorage) Program Officer
Connie Beemer is a lifelong Alaskan who joined the ASHNHA team in June 2012 as a Program Officer. She serves ASHNHA members in the areas of governmental affairs/advocacy, health care reform, tribal health, health information technology/telehealth, and member services. She facilitates ASHNHA’s CFO and Workforce Committees who collaborate on ways to solve challenging issues that face our health care industry.
Connie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Idaho State University and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in strategic planning and computer system implementations.
Before joining the ASHNHA team, she served as a Health Systems Analyst and Acting Performance Improvement Director at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Prior to moving back to Alaska in 2010, she was Head of Corporate Initiatives at Idaho’s largest credit union where she managed a wide variety of projects and strategic goals. Connie has spent over twenty years living in Southeast Alaska, but now calls Anchorage home with her husband and two children.
Debbie Lowenthal (Juneau) Small Hospital Program Coordinator
Debbie Lowenthal is the Small Hospital Program Coordinator. Debbie will be working to support Small Hospital activities with an emphasis on education and training. She manages the contract with the State of Alaska on the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grant and supports the Quality Director with the Hospital Engagement Network activities.
Debbie has lived in Juneau for the past 15 years. She worked for the Department of Health and Social Services on Healthy Alaskans 2010 before taking a break when her children were born. Debbie received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health from the University of Washington and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California San Diego. Debbie has worked as the Air Quality Program Manager at the American Lung Association of Washington and the Teen Worker Safety and Health Manager prior to moving to Alaska in 2000. She has a daughter aged 14 and a son aged 12. Debbie enjoys photography, outdoor activities and their annual camping trips with her family through many parts of Alaska and Canada.
Noah Rogers (Juneau) Legislative Intern
Noah Rogers is the newest member of the ASHNHA team, serving as the legislative intern during the 2016 legislative session. He will be helping with day-to-day tasks at ASHNHA – from attending legislative meetings to updating the weekly newsletter – while also learning more about Alaskan politics and legislative procedures in the state.
Graduating with a BA in International Studies from Virginia Tech in the summer of 2014, Noah has just recently moved to Alaska. Before moving to the state permanently in August 2015, Noah was serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and was traveling across the West Coast performing various service projects across the region. Although born and raised in New Hampshire, his relatives have lived in Juneau for more than 20 years. He now hopes not only to help ASHNHA strengthen its mission and accomplish its goals, but to carry on with Alaskan politics in any sort of capacity in the near future.