Southcentral Foundation Vice President Receives Women of Achievement Award

Southcentral Foundation’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Innovation Michelle Tierney.

Southcentral Foundation’s Vice President of Organizational Development and Innovation Michelle Tierney was honored with a 2019 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement Award. The awards recognize and honor women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, while embodying YWCA Alaska’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

For more than 20 years, Tierney has been a critical contributor and leader in developing SCF’s Nuka System of Care and has put numerous workforce development best practices into place. Her decades of service with the Alaska Native Community has reverberated through multiple generations of families — from Elder customer-owners who are now able to receive services from providers who respect their cultures and traditions, to the youngest generations who grew up with relationship-based health care and now have children of their own receiving whole-person care .

Through her leadership and expertise, Michelle has helped increase the number of Alaska Native employees in all job categories at SCF and helped the organization become a family-friendly workplace that supports employee wellness. In her leadership, she has provided guidance and strategy, and helped identify the steps to establish the Learning Institute, a department at SCF that shares ideas and best practices of the Nuka System of Care worldwide.

“A natural mentor, Michelle’s relationship-building skills inspire everyone she works with and encourages people to do the best they can,” said SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb. “She believes in people’s abilities to become whatever they want to be and has helped grow many leaders from within SCF. We are proud of Michelle’s many accomplishments at SCF.”

Tierney completed her undergraduate studies in Maryland. She went on to complete a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Tierney also holds a master’s degree in human and organizational systems, and recently earned her PhD in human and organizational systems. Her doctoral dissertations studied the impact of the relationship between primary care providers and customer-owners on health outcomes. She resides in Anchorage with her husband of 26 years, Steve, and their three furry kitten kids, Cork, Rosco, and Clare.

Congratulations to Dr. Tierney on this well-deserved recognition!

by Sharon Leighow

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