Leadership

James Segura, Athabascan

James Segura, Athabascan

Chairman, 2004-present
Director, 1982-present

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

Charles Anderson, Aleut

Vice Chairman, 2005-present
Director, 2003-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

Charles Akers, Yup’ik

Director, 2008-present

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.

Dr. Terry Simpson, Athabascan

Dr. Terry Simpson, Athabascan

Director, 2003-present

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.

Karen Caindec, Tlingit

Karen Caindec, Tlingit

Secretary/Treasurer, 2008-present
Director, 2004-present

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

Roy M. Huhndorf, Yup’ik

Director, 1995-present

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.

Thomas Huhndorf, Yup’ik

Thomas Huhndorf, Yup’ik

Director, 2019-present

Born in Anchorage and raised in Nikiski, Mr. Huhndorf is married and has three children. He grew up commercial fishing in Cook Inlet and is the current chairman of the Cook Inlet Region Inc. board, serving since 2004. Mr. Huhndorf has worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company since 1996 and is a member of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Section 29 Advisory Board. He is a former director of the Alaska Federation of Natives, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, Salamatof Native Association, and a former owner of Huhndorf Electric. Mr. Huhndorf has also served on the Cook Inlet Tribal Council board of directors for several years.

Executive Leadership

Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, DPS, LHD

Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, DPS, LHD

President/CEO

Katherine Gottlieb joined Southcentral Foundation in 1987 and has served at the helm of the organization for 28 years, since 1991 as President/Chief Executive Officer.

She is faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 2015, she has won several awards such as the 2015 Harry S, Hertz Leadership Award presented by the Foundation for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, she is a 2004 MacArthur Genius fellow, she has two honorary doctorates one from Alaska Pacific University and one from the University of Alaska.

She is Sugpiaq and Filipino, a Tribal member of Old Harbor Village, Seldovia Village Tribe and an honorary tribal member of the Eklutna Tribe of Alaska. She is the wife of Dr. Kevin Gottlieb, a mother of six and grandmother of 32, with five great-grandchildren.

Doug Eby, MD, MPH

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

Kevin Gottlieb, DDS

Vice President of Resource and 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.

April Kyle

April Kyle

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

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

Michelle Tierney, PhD

Vice President of Organizational Development and 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

Ileen Sylvester, MBA

Vice President of Executive and 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.