ASHNHA has operations in both Anchorage and Juneau. The primary office of the staff person is located next to their name.
Karen Perdue (Anchorage Mid-April to December, Juneau January to Mid- April) President/CEO, ASHNHA
Karen Perdue is in her fourth year as President and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. The Association has a 60 year history of health advocacy and today has a mission to be the premier provider-advocate bringing unity to the Alaska health care community.
Ms. Perdue serves on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), a 21-member citizens’ panel of nationally recognized rural health experts that provides recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Her previous experience spans academics, government, business and media. These include:
Ms. Perdue began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor, a press secretary to Senator Ted Stevens and more recently as a public television producer. She was the Executive Producer of an Emmy award winning PBS documentary on the history of Alaska Statehood Creating Alaska: the 49th Star, and winner of several Telly awards for Mr Alaska: Bob Bartlett.
As a sideline to her duties at ASHNHA, she remains committed to advocacy for Alaska’s most vulnerable populations. She is currently leading a volunteer history project to document the history of Alaska’s mental health system and to find the gravesites of thousands of Alaskans who died in mental health hospitals and care in the Pacific Northwest. For her advocacy work, she recently received an award from the National Rural Mental Health Association and the Alaska Historical Society.
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 10 and 15. 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. 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 recently moved to Alaska from Washington State where she worked in the banking industry providing operational and administrative support to a cash management team. Prior to that she lived in California where she worked in campus planning for University of California at San Diego. Sarah 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 she supports Karen Perdue to ensure that administrative and accounting functions run smoothly. On her down time, she hikes with her dogs and quilts.
Greta Wade (Juneau) Quality and Patient Safety Project Director
Greta Wade is the ASHNHA Quality and Patient Safety Project Director. Her focus is to support the Hospital Engagement Network Initiative and quality efforts for critical access hospitals through the Rural Medicare FLEX grant.
Greta was born and raised in Alaska. She has a BS in Nursing from Columbia University and a BS in Biology from Oregon State University. Greta has spent the past five years working as a Nurse Case Manager with Hospice and Home Health of Juneau. Prior to moving to Juneau, she worked as a nurse at hospitals around the state on a temporary basis (including Bartlett, Fairbanks, and Mt. Edgecumbe) and served as a public health nurse at Norton South Health Corp. Greta is excited about getting involved in supporting health care improvement on a statewide basis. She will be visiting many hospitals this summer to get to know hospital quality leaders.
Connie Beemer (Anchorage) Program Officer
Connie Beemer joined the ASHNHA team in June 2012 as a Program Officer. She provides support to rural hospitals in the area of health information technology and electronic health record implementation through the HRSA Rural HIT Network Development grant. Connie is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in computer system implementations and conversions. Additionally, Connie supports member engagement through newsletters, websites, and planning events.
Connie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Idaho State University. Her previous employment was with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as a Health Systems Analyst to the COO with service as Acting Performance Improvement Director during the start-up of the division. 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. She is thrilled to be in Anchorage and is passionate about making a positive difference in the delivery of healthcare to Alaskans.
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.
Debbie has lived in Juneau for the past 12 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 10 and a son aged 8. Debbie enjoys photography, outdoor activities and their annual camping trips with her family through many parts of Alaska and Canada.