Membership Roster & Biographies
Ward Hurlburt, M.D., MPH, of Anchorage, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services and serves as chair of the Commission. He currently also serves as the Director of the state Division of Public Health. Dr. Hurlburt is board certified in surgery, medical management, preventive medicine, and as a physician executive. He currently holds medical licenses in Alaska, Washington and California. He previously worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for 32 years, including long assignments with the Indian Health Service in Alaska. During that period he served as hospital administrator in Dillingham, hospital administrator and chief of surgery at the Alaska Native Medical Center, and as deputy director of the Alaska Area Native Health Service. Since retirement from the U.S. PHS he has worked as vice president, chief medical officer and consultant for managed care organizations in Washington, Utah and Oregon. Dr. Hurlburt obtained his medical degree from George Washington Medical School, and completed a Master’s of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. He fills the seat designated for the state’s Chief Medical Officer (designated chair).
C. Keith Campbell, of Seward, is a retired hospital administrator and national leader of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Campbell served as chief executive officer of Seward General Hospital from 1971-90, and also held interim jobs as administrator of Seward’s Wesleyan Rehabilitation and Care Center, and of the Seward Chamber of Commerce. As a member of AARP’s national board of directors from 1996-2002, he served at different times as chairman and treasurer and on numerous AARP committees dealing with health care, insurance, finance, and government affairs. He has also been elected to the Seward City Council and school board, and to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. He fills the seat representing Alaskan health care consumers (2nd term; term expires 1/15/2015).
Emily Ennis, of Fairbanks, is the Executive Director of Fairbanks Resource Agency, a non-profit corporation serving Interior Alaskans who have disabilities. She is currently the President of the Alaska State Association on Developmental Disabilities, and also serves on the American Network of Community Options and Resources. She is a former mental health specialist with the Marion County (Oregon) Mental Health Program, earned a bachelor’s degree from Western State College in 1970, and a master’s degree in behavioral sciences from Western State College in 1972. She fills the seat designated for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (2nd term; term expires 1/15/2017).
Allen Hippler, of Anchorage, is a Vice President of Northrim Bank. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Alaska Business Political Action Committee, and is a member of BP’s Community Advisory Council. From 2010-2014 he was the chief financial officer of Faulkner Walsh Constructors. Prior to 2010 he was a vice president with First National Bank of Alaska for seven years. Active in the Bethel community during the time that he lived there, he was a member of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce from 2004-2010 and a member of the City of Bethel Finance Committee from 2003-2009. He served as the committee’s chairman from 2007-2009. Hippler holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. He fills the seat designated for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (1st term; term expires 1/15/2014).
Becky Hultberg, of Juneau, is senior vice president of the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association. Prior to her current role, she served for three years as commissioner of the State of Alaska’s Department of Administration, a diverse agency of ten divisions and five independent boards and commissions. In that position she led an effort to modernize the state’s active and retiree health plans and worked to help the state manage its legacy pension and health costs. Her past positions include serving as regional director of communications and marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska, vice president of public relations and strategy for Bradley Reid & Associates and as special assistant and press secretary in the office of Governor Frank H. Murkowski. Hultberg holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University, in Abilene, Texas, with minors in economics and public service. She fills the seat designated for the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (1st term; term expires 1/15/2015).
David Morgan, of Dillingham, is the vice president and chief financial officer of the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. He was formerly Director of Reimbursement for Southcentral Foundation. He has worked in health care for over 30 years, serving Alaskan health care organizations’ community health center operations, financial planning, and government relations for much of that time. He has served as Chairman of the Municipality of Anchorage Health and Human Services Commission, and is a member of the Alaska Primary Care Association, the Medicaid Tribal Task Force, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Alaska Medical Group Management Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. He fills the seat representing Alaska’s community health centers (2nd term; term expires 01/15/2016).
Larry Stinson, M.D., of Anchorage is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. A University of Alaska and WWAMI graduate, Dr. Stinson is a WWAMI and University of Washington adjunct clinical instructor. He has previously served on the Alaska State Medical Board as well as other state and community positions. He fills the seat representing Alaska’s health care providers (2nd term; term expires 1/15/2016).
Robert Urata, M.D., of Juneau, has been a family physician with Valley Medical Care since 1986. He is also the medical director for the Wrangell Medical Center, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine with the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, and has served as the medical director for Hospice and Homecare of Juneau since 1986. An active member of his community, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He was also named Alaska Family Physician of the Year by the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians in 1996. He formerly served on the Governor’s Health Care Strategies Planning Council from 2006 to 2008. Board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Urata earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern University and a medical degree from the University of Washington. He was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska. Dr. Urata fills the seat representing Alaska’s primary care physicians (1st term; term expires 1/15/2015).
Susan Yeager, of Anchorage, is the Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS), which involves coordinating with Department of Defense, Tribal and Coast Guard health care systems, and leading a staff of over 500 personnel who make up the Anchorage VA Outpatient Clinic, a 50 bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans, 10 bed Intensive Care and 24 bed Medical Service Units at the Joint Venture Hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, 3 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (Fairbanks, Kenai and Mat-Su), 2 Outreach Clinics (Homer and Juneau), a Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries Program, Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence, and a Joint Program of Supported Housing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD/VASH). She previously served as the Rural Health Program Manager of AVAHS, Director of the Roseburg VA Healthcare System, and Deputy Network Director of the Norwest Network. She fills the seat designated for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care industry (1st term; term expires 1/15/2015).
, the seat representing Alaska’s tribal health community is vacant effective 6/18/2014 (current term expires 1/15/2017).
, the seat representing Alaska’s health insurance industry is vacant effective 6/30/2014 (term expires 1/15/2016).
Jim Puckett, of Juneau, is the Director of the Division of Retirement and Benefits in the Alaska Department of Administration. In that role since April 2011, he oversees the employer and member services sections of the division, including retirement, health and optional benefits, information services, accounting, and administrative support. Puckett has a variety of work and leadership experiences in the mining and oil and gas industries, construction, teaching, school administration and business ownership. A graduate of Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, he worked for a number of years in and near Fairbanks before leaving Alaska to complete his college education, returning to teach here in Alaska. Puckett was appointed by Governor Parnell to the seat representing the Office of the Governor.
Representative Wes Keller, of Wasilla, has represented the Wasilla area in the Alaska State House of Representatives since 2007. He is chair of the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee, and previously served the HSS Committee as staff and co-chair. Keller had previously worked eight years as a legislative aide, and as an Alaska Air National Guard pilot, building contractor, oilfield worker and contracting trainer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. Keller was appointed by House Speaker Mike Chenault to fill the seat representing the House of Representatives on the commission.
Senator John Coghill, of North Pole, has represented Interior Alaska in the Alaska State Legislature since 1998. Coghill served 5 years in the United States Air Force and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is a previous small business owner and has worked in construction, teaching, and ministries. He is the Senate Majority leader, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Co-Chair of the In-State Energy Committee. Coghill was appointed by Senate President Charlie Huggins to fill the seat representing the Senate on the commission.