Alaska Primary Care Association Staff

Executive Team

 

NANCY MERRIMAN
Executive Director

Leads the implementation of the APCA Strategic Plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the APCA staff

MPH, MBA

Direct: 907-929-2725
Mobile: 907-331-9008
[email protected]

Nancy has spent the past 24 years working in the Alaska health sector. Originally from Kodiak, she moved to Anchorage and worked for the Municipality Department of Health & Human Services, joining the Denali Commission in 2002, where she managed the Health Facilities Program over the last three years of her tenure. In January 2013, she was appointed Executive Director of the APCA. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, and relaxing at her cabin in Flat Lake.

 

 JON ZASADA
Director, Policy Integration

Leads the APCA health policy team supporting policy analysis and advocacy, outreach, and enrollment services

Direct: 907-929-8102
[email protected]

Jon came to APCA in 2016 with 25 years of experience in community health center and social services administrative and advocacy.  Highlights include the development of a statewide system of community centers and the new Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.  He is dedicated to supporting APCA members in understanding and advocating for the needs of their health centers and patients.  Originally from Fairbanks, Jon enjoys going to his cabin in Hope as much as possible.

 

 MARIKO L. SELLE
Director, SC AHEC sector

Leads the Southcentral Alaska Health Education Center (AHEC), a workforce development division of the APCA in cooperation with Providence Alaska and the University of Alaska

MPH

Direct: 907-212-6584
[email protected]

Mari is a former health care consultant, quality director, wellness advocate, State Primary Care Office TA, and health researcher. She is passionate about her role in advocating for Alaskan’s health by addressing the diversity and distribution of the health workforce as the Director of the SC AHEC. Mari is a member of Anchorage East Rotary, active in her church, and loves to spend time with her young family.

 

 

PATTY LINDUSKA
Sr. Director, Training & Technical Assistance

Leads the TTA team in providing services to Community Health Centers in Alaska

RN, BS, PCMH CCE, PF

Direct: 907-929-2730
[email protected]

Patty moved to Alaska in January of 1978 to work as an RN in the village of King Cove where she spent the next 20 years. She and her husband Joe have been married for 36 years; their family is their passion. Patty has worked in health care for over 40 years in a variety of capacities. She brings her expertise in executive leadership, quality improvement, program development and grant writing to the PCA. In her spare time, she enjoys fly fishing, gardening, cooking and reading.

 

Staff Directory

 

ALEXA LAWSON
Health Education Coordinator, SC AHEC sector

Focuses on supporting post-secondary students seeking health care career development

BS in Sociology
Masters in Global Development

Direct: 907-212-6571
[email protected]

Originally from Montana, a variety of work and life experiences eventually brought Alex to Alaska in 2016. Alex’s passion is to cultivate partnerships to discover and utilize existing resources for transformation within marginalized communities. With an adventurous spirit and avid love of the outdoors, Alex is occupied with hiking, biking, skiing and camping. You may also find her exercising culinary creativity in the kitchen or planning her next international exploration.

 

 

 CASSANDRA BUCKRIDGE
Administrative Manager

Manages the front office administrative staff, serves as Board Liaison, and provides support for the Executive Director

Direct: 907-929-8127
Mobile: 907-727-5513
[email protected]

With a background in corporate administration spanning several industries, Cass has a broad range of experience to support our teams as they travel the state. As a lifelong Alaskan and mother of two boys, Cass has a passion for helping Alaskans and is dedicated to supporting APCA’s staff as they work to ensure all Alaskans have access to quality health care.

 

 CORTNEY SENKLER
Accountant

Manages all accounting and fiscal reconciliation including grant file management and reporting

BA Professional Accounting

Direct: 907-929-8105
[email protected]

Cortney joined APCA in 2016 a few months after relocating to Alaska. Her keen eye for detail keeps our complex fiscal reporting and grant management accurate and complete. Outside of work, she loves to get outdoors, spend time with friends and family, and travel to tropical places.

 

EMILY BERMAN
Health Education Coordinator, SC AHEC sector

Leads a grant funded program that provides health education, training, and employment opportunities for underserved Alaskan youth

BA Biology & Psychology

Direct: 907-444-4340
[email protected]

 

Emily served for a year as an AmeriCorps national service volunteer to pursue her passion for social justice. Her interdisciplinary interests in the biological sciences, education, and social work have all prepared her for a career in behavioral public health. She is thrilled to lead a program that makes health careers more accessible for underserved Alaskan youth in her role as a Health Education Coordinator. In her free time, she is happiest outdoors and with a good book or guitar.

 

GENEVIEVE MINA
Communications Specialist

Digital and hard copy communication supporting the Health Workforce Policy Team

BA Political Science

Direct: 907-929-8118
[email protected]

Genevieve is a lifelong Anchorage resident with a background in Alaska politics, community outreach, and health policy analysis. She recently graduated from UAA with a BA in Political Science and Biological Sciences and a minor in Communications and is also a Seawolf Debate alumna. Raised in an immigrant family of nurses, she is passionate about APCA’s mission to expand health care access, and cares deeply about the intersection of people and policy. Outside of obsessively following health policy and #akleg on Twitter, she enjoys thrifting, amateur birding, and empowering underrepresented voices in local government.

 

HOLLIS VERSYP
Travel and Program Specialist

TTA team travel support and conference coordinator for all APCA events

Direct: 907-929-9128
[email protected]

Hollis is originally from Abilene, TX and grew up in Alaska as a child in the 1990’s. He saw the opportunity to be stationed here with the military in July of 2008.  After serving honorably in the Marine Corps for 8½ years, Hollis decided to stay in Alaska with his wife, a lifelong Alaskan.  He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, playing competitive softball, and is known to play darts any time he gets the chance.

 

JENNA FOWLER
Travel and HR Specialist

HRSA team travel support and HR specialist for all APCA staff

Direct: 907-929-8016
[email protected]

As APCA's Travel and HR specialist, Jenna makes sure that our staff get where they need to go and have the internal support they need. She passionate about health care in Alaska and is proud to have certification in Medical Administration. As a lifelong Alaskan, Jenna enjoys recreating outside all year around and introducing her preschool daughter to the wonderful opportunities of living in the Last Frontier. 

 

JESSIE MENKENS
Safety Net Initiatives Program Manager

Addresses Medicaid policy, social determinants of health, and coverage initiatives at the state and federal level

Direct: 907-929-8116
Cell: 907-297-9986
[email protected]

Jessie Menkens has worked in Alaska’s nonprofit sector throughout her career, focusing on advocacy, public policy, philanthropy and community building. Jessie joined APCA in 2014 and spent the next four years managing a statewide Navigator program. Jessie successfully helped advocate for Medicaid expansion in Alaska and she now oversees a new nonpartisan initiative called Alaskans Together for Medicaid. In 2017, Jessie was recognized nationally by Families USA receiving the Health Advocate of the Year Award. Jessie enjoys volunteering, cooking, baking and reading. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband, two kids and Malamute. 

 




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JOHN McCOY
Finance Specialist

Financial data entry and administrative support

Direct: 907-929-8130
[email protected]

John recently moved back to Alaska in the summer of 2017 from Green Bay, Wisconsin to continue his education and explore the great outdoors. He has 10 years in an office environment as an Intelligence Analyst. John is currently going to school for Business Administration-Human Resource Management at Wayland Baptist University. He is excited to start his new career with Alaska Primary Care Association and strive to make Alaska a better place. On his free time, he enjoys volunteering at Providence Hospital, hunting, fishing, camping, riding and static line jumps.

LIZA ROOT
Policy Integration Coordinator

Technical and communication assistance to the Health Workforce Policy team including research, department support, and Emergency Preparedness

MPH

Direct: 907-929-8131
[email protected]

Liza Root holds an MPH from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Bethel University in St Paul, MN. She has many interests in the public health field but most cherishes environmental health, food security, GIS analysis for population health promotion, and advocating for sustainable, affordable, and accessible health care systems. In her spare time, she enjoys writing haikus, knitting, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and dogs.

MARIE JACKMAN
Special Programs Manager

Manages administrative aspects of the Health Center Controlled Network program and Credentialing program

MPA

Direct: 907-929-8115
[email protected]

Marie was raised in the Matanuska Valley and has worked for APCA since 2013. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and her previous experience includes working as both the APCA's Training & TA Coordinator and Health Policy Coordinator, and reviewing grant applications as a contractor for HRSA. Marie brings her passion for public service to APCA. Outside of work, Marie enjoys hiking, kayaking, photography, and watching her two young sons learn new things every day.

NELLIE ROEHL
Clinical Applications Coordinator

Provides AZARA DRVS support and training to clinicians, clinic administrators, staff and boards of community health centers and other safety net providers

Direct: 907-929-8111
[email protected]

Nellie is a lifelong Alaskan who was raised on the Aleutian Chain. Throughout her professional career she had the opportunity to work in the tribal health system, transitioning from the IHS EHR to Cerner, which a unified EHR system with all of the Alaska tribal health organizations. During her tenure, she served as a lead for accreditation and PCMH transformation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, boat rides, and spending time with family and friends.

NYABONY GAT
Student Success Coordinator, SC AHEC sector

 

Direct: 907-212-6590
[email protected]

Nyabony has worked as a Student Success Specialist with the SC AHEC since 2015 where she manages data and has facilitated multiple Scrub Camps and pop-up camps. She is currently a Health Sciences student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is pursuing her lifelong dream to become a physician serving rural and underserved communities. She has received numerous honors, awards, and scholarships as a student. To top it all off, Nyabony is fluent in Nuer.

PENNEY BENSON
Practice Management Specialist

Trains and coaches community health center teams and individuals in practice management, quality improvement, and patient centered medical home recognition

D.D., PF

Direct: 253-279-2858
[email protected]

Penney has worked in health care for the past 15 years. She previously worked as the Health Director of a successful Community Health Center & Indian Health Services Clinic for either years. She has successfully revitalized operations and turned around underperforming units to achieve sustainable productivity gains and customer satisfaction. Penney enjoys painting, photography, gardening, beach combing and of course spending time with family and friends.

SARAH DUSHKIN
Health Careers Training Coordinator

Serves as the instructor for both CMAA and CCMA programs

Direct: 907-929-8119
[email protected]

Sarah is a lifelong Alaskan who’s certified in Medial Assisting from Charter College. Her previous experience includes work at Alaska Native Medical Center where she worked in both Medical Assisting and Medical Administrative Assisting. She also worked as the Clinical Application Coordinator and Case Manager at Eastern Aleutian Tribes. Sarah joined the APCA TTA team in December 2017. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

SEVILLA I. LOVE
Integration Coordinator

Provides training and technical assistance to community health center’s integration of behavioral health and primary care; leads team-based care coaching

LCSW

Direct: 907-929-8105
[email protected]

Sevilla comes from an ancestry of pioneers who arrived in Alaska during the 1950’s. Sevilla has spent her 18-year Alaskan career working on the front lines of behavioral health integration, telehealth, team-based care, ground breaking interagency programs and national quality improvement work. Her experience spans from rural to urban primary care, tribal health and the AK Psychiatric Institute. Sevilla spends her free time caring for her family.

SHARAYAH FOSTER
Quality Improvement Coordinator

Provides training and technical assistance for community health centers in quality improvement and patient centered medical home lead

BS Psychology, MPH

Direct: 907-929-8114
[email protected]

Sharayah is a lifelong Alaskan who graduated with an MPH from University of Arizona. Her previous experience includes work at a FQHC where she gained experience leading Ambulatory, Behavioral Health, and PCMH accreditation/certification, compliance with HRSA’s 19 Program Requirements, and comprehensive quality improvement activities. Sharayah joined the APCA Training and Technical Assistance team in 2017. She enjoys beach combing, camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

SUZANNE NIEMI
Practice Management Coordinator

BA Accounting, MHA
CPA, CMPE, PCMH CCE

Direct: 907-929-8108
[email protected]

Suzanne has been involved in the health care industry for over 30 years and with the Community Health Center program since she moved to Alaska in 2001. She has worked for hospitals and ambulatory clinics across the country. Suzanne has previous experience working for private non-profit, tribally operated and public entities. She has experience in grants management and compliance, finance, strategic planning, clinic operations, HRSA operational site visits, and preparing successful HRSA grant applications.

 TARA FERGUSON
Quality Improvement Program Manager

Provides quality improvement, patient centered medical home training & coaching for community health centers

CHA/P, IHI-IA, PCMH, CCE

Direct: 907-929-8104
[email protected]

Tara is a lifelong Alaskan who initially became involved in health care in the 1980’s as a first responder. Tara went on to provide patient care as a Community Health Aide/Practitioner and begin her work in Quality Improvement in an FQHC, where she spent over a decade focusing on improving patient care. Tara began work at the APCA in 2013 and currently serves as the lead for Quality Improvement and Improving Population Health initiatives. Tara enjoys spending time with her loved ones, camping, fishing and hunting.

TERESA NOVAKOVICH
Health Education Coordinator and Program Assistant

APCA Office & SC AHEC sector

Direct: 907-222-6578
[email protected]

Teresa is a long-time Alaskan, professional photographer, and former bookkeeper and HR manager for her family-owned business. She has volunteered extensively in her community and church over the years, earning an Outstanding Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from the Superintendent of Schools and President of the Anchorage School board. Teresa enjoys baking, photography, and spending time with her family.

 

 Updated 5/2/2019 by Genevieve Mina