Renee Gayhart came to Alaska in the early 1990’s after completing a Master’s degree at the School for International Training in Vermont. Prior to moving to Alaska, Renee worked overseas for a Relief/Development agency. Upon arrival to Juneau, she worked for a non-profit social service agency for several years.
Renee began state employment at the Department of Administration, Office of Public Advocacy, as a Public Guardian in Southeast Alaska in 1997. She transferred to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, formerly the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in 1998. Her responsibilities evolved over the years from a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist and Statewide Program Coordinator to DD Administrator. Her primary focus areas included fiscal management, Medicaid Regulation projects, Certification Packet revisions, Family Support Projects, MMIS development, and Provider recruitment and retention.
In 2004, Renee accepted a transfer to lead the Tribal Health Program in the Commissioners Office. In this role she provides Medicaid Tribal policy guidance, as well as coordination and support to division directors and their key program managers to advance the department’s Medicaid Tribal policy goal of improving the health status of our Alaska Native people.
Born and raised in Alaska, Sarah spent most of her childhood in Skwentna, flourishing in the remote lifestyle. She started her career with the State as a high school intern at the Department of Fish and Game. This position carried into her college years. By 1996 she was ready for new challenges with the Division of Public Assistance as an Eligibility Technician in the Coastal office located in Anchorage, Alaska. Sarah’s first-hand experience working and living in remote Alaska provides her with a critical perspective on the challenges Alaskans face accessing health care services. She has used this firsthand knowledge and experience in positions with the Division of Health Care Services in support of the Medicaid program. Her positions have included work with the Finance and Recovery unit, and as the program manager for both the Breast and Cervical Cancer program and the Travel program. Sarah is currently working in support of Alaska Natives as the Tribal Health Program Coordinator.
Courtney O’Byrne King, MS
Medicaid State Plan Coordinator -
Medical Assistance Administrator IV
DHCS - DHSS
Phone: (907) 334-2653
Fax: (907) 561-1684
Secure e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvana Szczesny, CPC
Medical Assistance Administrator III
State of Alaska - DH&SS - Health Care Services (HCS)
Phone: (907) 334-2478
Fax: (907) 561-1684