Medical Director of Behavioral Services Division
Bio: Dr. Coleman is Division Medical Director for Behavior Services Division of Southcentral Foundation. He was born and raised in North Pole, Alaska and participated in the Alaska WWAMI program, matriculating medical school at the University of Washington. He went on to complete his adult psychiatry residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital within the Harvard Medical School system. Throughout his career, Shane has worked with culturally diverse populations and specifically, among those with significant health disparities. Examples include experiences working in Cambodia, Guatemala, and rural Alaska as well as with HIV positive individuals, and those with severe and persistent mental illness who are homeless. He has consulted on a local, national and international basis within tribal and non-tribal systems in the areas of depression, the interface of chronic medical disease and mental health, systems of integrated primary care and health services data collection and evaluation.
K.J. Worbey, MS, LPA, CDC-I
Clinical Director of Learning Circles
Bio: K. J. Worbey is Clinical Director of Learning Circles for Southcentral Foundation's (SCF's) Behavioral Services Division. K. J. joined SCF in 1996; prior to serving as Clinical Director, she worked as a behavioral health clinician and as a clinical supervisor. In her current role, she oversees SCF's learning circle strategy, ensuring it is consistently deployed across the organization, and that learning circles have clinically sound content, supporting processes, and skilled facilitators. A key goal of learning circles is the creation of supportive communities among customer-owners by sharing story. Through creating small, safe communities of customer-owners, participants experience how sharing and receiving story leads to personal growth and healing. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska, a bachelor's degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and a bachelor's degree of science in psychology from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. K. J. presents on quality assurance, corporate compliance, and behavioral health redesign in the Nuka System of Care.
Melissa K. Merrick, LCSW, MSW, CDC-I
Clinical Director of Brief Intervention Services
Bio: Melissa K. Merrick is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical director for Southcentral Foundation (SCF). Melissa joined SCF in 2007. She plays a key role in overseeing quality and clinical improvement for the Behavioral Services Division. She coordinates quality assurance activities and program development, and provides clinical oversight for the behavioral health integration program. She directs clinical activities for behavioral health consultants who provide services in four clinics across multiple disciplines. She has been instrumental in designing and implementing new programs in the clinics, such as the Suboxone program in primary care, chronic pain management and opiate prescribing, and expanding co-located psychiatry in the primary care clinics. Melissa presents nationally on behavioral health integration within the Nuka System of Care, chronic pain and addiction, behavioral health integration in primary care, tools for reducing burnout and promoting health behavior change, and other topics.
N. Michelle Tierney, PhD, MPA, MA
Vice President of Organizational Development and Innovation
Bio: Michelle Tierney is vice president of organizational development and innovation for Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a comprehensive health care system with approximately 2,000 employees. Michelle's subject matter expertise in organizational development and collaborative efforts drive all aspects of the organization's development. She has provided more than 20 years of quality improvement, development, and strategic planning services in support of SCF's Alaska Native leadership, as they designed the innovative Nuka System of Care. Michelle presents, consults, and provides training nationally and internationally on whole system redesign, values-driven health care, health care transformational redesign, workforce and improvement topics, and SCF's Nuka System of Care.
Ileen Sylvester, MBA
Vice President of Executive and Tribal Services
Bio: Ileen Sylvester, of Yup'ik, Athabascan and Aleut descent, has served as a Southcentral Foundation vice president for 16 years. She currently oversees tribal relations and village initiatives for health care delivery to 55 rural villages, as well as traditional healing, youth internship and Elder programming, public relations, planning and grants, and more. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.
Vice President of Behavioral Services
Bio: President of Southcentral Foundation's Behavioral Services Division, which provides behavioral care to SCFÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s customer-owners through many different programs such as the Alaska WomenÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Recovery Project, the Dena A Coy Residential Treatment Program, and the Quyana Clubhouse, among others. April holds a bachelorÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s degree in sociology. She is certified in the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program by Alaska Pacific University and holds a Professional Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. April is a frequent presenter and subject matter expert on many different aspects of SCF's Nuka System of Care.
Douglas K. Eby, MD, MPH, CPE
Vice President of Medical Services
Bio: Doug Eby is a physician executive who has done extensive work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and other organizations around the Triple Aim, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Homes, whole system transformation, workforce, cultural competency, health disparities, and other topics. His speaking and consulting includes work across the U.S., Canada, and portions of Europe and the South Pacific. He has spent the past 20 years as the Vice President of Medical Services for Southcentral Foundation, working in support of Alaska Native leadership as they created a very innovative integrated system of care that has reduced cost while significantly improving health outcomes.
Katherine Gottlieb, MBA
Bio: Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, Doctor of Public Service, is originally from the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor. She is a tribal member of Old Harbor, a tribal member and an elected member of the tribal council for the Seldovia Village Tribe, and an honorary tribal member of the Native Village of Eklutna. Her mother, Margaret, was Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), and her father, Alfred Quijance, was Filipino. Dr. Gottlieb has served as president and chief executive officer of Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in Anchorage, Alaska, for 24 years. SCF provides health and related services to 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in a geographical service area of 107,400 square miles. SCF also jointly owns and operates the 150-bed Alaska Native Medical Center hospital supporting 140,000 people statewide.