James Segura, Athabascan
As one of Southcentral Foundation’s founding board members, Mr. Segura has been instrumental in influencing positive changes for Alaska Native health care since 1982. Mr. Segura also serves the people of his region through the Salamatof Native Association’s board of directors, Chair of Hunting and Fishing Commission and Housing board.
Charles Anderson, Aleut
Vice Chairman, 2005-present
Mr. Anderson has dedicated his working life to public service. He is a former Anchorage chief of police and state legislator and served on a number of state advisory boards and commissions. He has served on the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) board of directors since 1987, and is Chairman Emeritus.
Charles Akers, Yup’ik
Early in his career, Mr. Akers spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. His post-military career has been focused primarily on business management, including 12 years as executive director of the Alaska Rural Development Council. In this position, he was involved in the precursor to what is now telemedicine.
Karen Caindec, Tlingit
Ms. Caindec was an early scholarship recipient of The CIRI Foundation, and subsequently earned a degree from Georgetown University. She developed her financial and business acumen in marketing at Nestlé Beverage and applies these key skills to her community and philanthropic work.
Roy M. Huhndorf, Yup’ik
Early in his career, Mr. Huhndorf worked for the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as director of the Indian Health Service’s Community Health Aide Program. He went on to serve as a Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) incorporator and was continuously elected to the board through 1998. He also served as CIRI president and CEO for 21 years and is Chairman Emeritus.
Dr. Terry Simpson, Athabascan
Dr. Simpson, a surgeon, began his career with the Indian Health Service. He owns a private practice, as well as served his community as a chief of vascular surgery and as a clinical assistant professor. He has authored six books and a number of scientific papers. He is also a former chairman of the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. board of directors.
Loretta J. Throop, Athabascan
Ms. Throop has had a long career in health care, including serving as a U.S. Public Health Service nurse, a community health aide instructor, a youth and family counselor, and a school nurse and nurse mentor for the Anchorage School District. In the 1970s, she helped write the guidelines for primary health care in rural Alaska.
Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, DPS, LHD
Dr. Katherine Gottlieb joined Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in 1987 and has served at the helm of the organization since 1991. She is a tribal member of the village of Old Harbor, a tribal member and elected tribal council member for Seldovia Village Tribe, and an honorary member of the Native Village of Eklutna.
Under Dr. Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF has become a leader among health care organizations. She is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School, was a founding board member of Cook Inlet Native Head Start, served on the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents, and is active at the national level in Alaska Native and American Indian policy issues.
Doug Eby, MD, MPH
Vice President of Medical Services Division
Dr. Doug Eby has served on the leadership teams of Southcentral Foundation (SCF) and the Alaska Native Medical Center since 1995. He has played a key role in the development of SCF’s innovative primary care system, and speaks, nationally and internationally, on health care system design and quality improvement. In addition to his medical degree, he holds a master’s in public health.
Kevin Gottlieb, DDS
Vice President of Resource & Development/Chief of Staff
Dr. Kevin Gottlieb transitioned out of an Indian Health Service career in 1982 to become the first dentist hired by Southcentral Foundation (SCF). Dr. Gottlieb helped conceive a health care organization designed to function well into the future as a system the Native Community would own and operate. Today, he serves as the SCF Chief of Staff and Vice President of Resource and Development and oversees several programs and departments, including SCF’s dental programs.
Vice President of Behavioral Services Division
April Kyle, of Athabascan descent and a Cook Inlet Region, Inc. shareholder, joined Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in 2003 as the Human Resources Manager of Employment and Recruitment. Kyle was recently promoted to Vice President of Behavioral Services. A Montana State University at Bozeman graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Kyle rose through the years to become the human resources director. She has a certification in the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program from the Alaska Pacific University.
Lee Olson, CPA
Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Lee Olson has served as the Southcentral Foundation (SCF) Vice President of Finance since 1997. As the organization’s chief financial officer, he plans, organizes, and coordinates its finances under the general direction of the president/CEO. Prior to his career with SCF, he worked in Bethel, Alaska. He has a bachelor’s in business administration and is a certified public accountant.
Michelle Tierney, PhD
Vice President of Organizational Development & Innovation
Michelle Tierney has worked in support of organizational change at Southcentral Foundation since 1996. She held both medical services and organizational development leadership positions within the organization before assuming her vice president role in 2009. She served for multiple years on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She recently earned her PhD in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University.
Ileen Sylvester, MBA
Vice President of Executive & Tribal Services
Ileen Sylvester, of Yup’ik, Athabascan and Aleut descent, is enrolled as a tribal member of the Native Village of Ekwok. She has served as a Southcentral Foundation vice president since 1996. She currently oversees tribal relations and village initiatives for health care delivery to 55 rural villages, as well as traditional healing, youth internship and Elder programming, public relations, planning and grants, and more. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.