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Renee Gayhart
(907) 465-1619

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.


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Sarah Harlamert
(907) 269-7398

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.

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Clarissa Moon
(907) 269-7285
Clarissa Moon immigrated to the US from the Philippines in 1990. She graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Clarissa started her career with the State in 1995 as an Eligibility Technician with the Division of Public Assistance at the Bethel office. Her role evolved over the years from a Public Assistance Analyst to a Project Coordinator, a Program Coordinator, and eventually as the Field Services Support Unit Manager. In this position, she was responsible for overseeing the development and coordination of statewide operational processes and procedures that support the various programs administered by the Division including medical assistance programs.

At the end of 2014, Clarissa transferred to the Division of Health Care Services as a Medical Assistance Administrator to assist in the implementation of Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative (AMCCI), a program that provides one-on-one case management to a selected population of Medicaid recipients. Clarissa also worked in the Accounting and Recovery Section and helped manage the Division’s third party liability contract.

In her position with the Tribal Section in the Commissioner’s Office, Clarissa will assist with oversight of tribal and non-tribal care coordination agreements, the referral processes of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) between facilities, and maintain a record of retroactive claims for services provided at non-tribal sites to capture 100% federal match. She is one of the four statewide subject matter experts on Tribal policy and will liaison with inter and intra-departmental entities at both the state and federal government level as well as the provider community in regard to Tribal Medicaid health programs.

Courtney O’Byrne King, MS
Medicaid State Plan Coordinator -
Medical Assistance Administrator IV
Phone: (907) 334-2653
Fax: (907) 561-1684
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Paola Smith
Medical Assistance Administrator III
State of Alaska - DHSS - Health Care Services (HCS)
Phone: (907) 334-2428
Fax: (907) 561-1684