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Dec. 17, 2008
Contact: Clay Butcher (907) 269-7867, cell (907) 351-2778
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State Health & Social Services names two division directors

(Anchorage, AK) — The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has named two new division directors as part of its leadership team.

Rebecca Hilgendorf is director of Senior and Disabilities Services, and David Cote is director of Alaska Pioneer Homes, effective immediately. Both have been serving as acting directors for several months

Hilgendorf has broad professional experience in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, physical and developmental disabilities, and complex medical conditions. She began her career with Health and Social Services 26 years ago and has served Alaskans across the state in a variety of positions based in Palmer, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Hilgendorf currently serves as a Commissioner on the Commission on Aging and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She holds a bachelor of science degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Florida and has completed all but the thesis required to obtain a master’s degree in special education through the University of Alaska.

As director of Senior and Disabilities Services, Hilgendorf is responsible for providing leadership and primary oversight to Home and Community Based Waiver and Grant services; Personal Care Assistance; Adult Protective Services; Quality Assurance; Aging and Disability Resource Centers; and the Senior Information Office. She is based in Anchorage.

Before becoming director of the Alaska Pioneer Homes, David Cote was project coordinator for the division. In this capacity he served as the division’s legislative liaison, liaison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and point person for Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and special projects.

Cote has over 20 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has also worked for the state as a social services program coordinator and officer, and as an accountant and accounting supervisor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

Cote will oversee the state’s six pioneer homes, located in Anchorage, Palmer, Sitka, Ketchikan, Fairbanks and Juneau. He is based in Juneau.

Attached: JPEG of Hilgendorf and Cote