Membership Roster & Biographies
Jay C. Butler, MD, of Anchorage, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) and serves as the chair of the Commission. He is also the Director of the DHSS Division of Public Health. Prior to his DHSS appointments in December of 2014, he was Senior Director for Community Health Services and also Medical Director for Infection Control and Employee Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He previously worked for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services between 2005 – 2009 as the Chief Medical Officer and as the State Epidemiologist. Dr. Butler completed over 23 years of service as a U.S. Public Health Service medical officer, during which he served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage and medical epidemiologist in the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. While with CDC he provided leadership in a number of emergency deployments including responses to the H1N1, SARS, avian influenza and Hantavirus outbreaks; as well as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the anthrax bioterrorist attacks. Dr. Butler obtained his medical degree from the University of North Carolina Medical School, and has completed clinical trainings at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities. He is board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine, and pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness, and is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He fills the seat designated for the DHSS Chief Medical Officer (designated chair).
Lincoln Bean,of Kake, is chairman of the Alaska Native Health Board. He served for thirty years as a board member with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation, and is a board member and has served as vice-chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He currently represents the Alaska Area on the Indian Health Service’s Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee, and has served as a member of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, Alaska’s SHARP program for loan repayment for health professionals. He fills the seat designated for the Alaska tribal health community (1st term; term expires 1/15/2017).
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. In 2009 he was a recipient of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Hippler holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. He fills the seat designated for a statewide chamber of commerce (2nd term; term expires 1/15/2017).
Becky Hultberg, of Juneau, is President/CEO 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).
Greg Loudon, of Anchorage, is a Principal and Employee Benefits practice leader with the commercial insurance firm of Parker, Smith & Feek. He has worked as an Alaska-based employee benefits consultant for nearly 20 years. A lifelong Alaskan, Greg grew up in the community of Fairbanks and is a Doyon shareholder. Loudon is actively involved with the National Association of Health Underwriters, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitworth College. He fills the seat designated for Alaska’s health insurance industry (1st term; term expires 1/15/2016).
David Morgan, of Anchorage, is retired and most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer of the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, subsequent to serving as 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 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).
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.
Vacant, seat representing the Alaska House of Representatives.
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.