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.
Patricia Atkinson (Juneau) Director, Quality and Performance Improvement
Patricia Atkinson has a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an M.A.T. from Alaska Pacific University. She began a consulting practice, Sustainable Solutions, in 2004 to provide technical assistance to communities and organizations for development of sustainable capital projects and programs, including market studies, business plan development, and financial feasibility analyses for affordable assisted living homes and senior housing. She has also conducted health policy research and analysis, and health and human services program evaluations and improvement projects.
Patricia worked for nine years for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to develop and evaluate a Medicare demonstration project, developed and managed services for elders, and oversaw the HRSA health center program. Prior to that she promoted the development of rural, affordable assisted living and other senior services, and helped launch the successful Denali KidCare (CHIP) initiative for the State of Alaska.
Patricia enjoys analyzing and improving systems and services for vulnerable populations, and brings a scientific, creative, and caring approach to the development and improvement of needed services.
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.
Molly Lee Foster (Anchorage) Summer Intern
Molly is a born and raised Alaskan. She was recently accepted into the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nursing program. Her hope as an ASHNHA intern is to better understand medical public policies and be able to approach nursing school with greater knowledge of administration in the medical field.
Outside of her work and studies Molly enjoys spending time teaching her dance students, running, and traveling.