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ANTHC names new Interim President, Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson

March 12th, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors has named Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, Interim President, effective Monday, March 15. Ms. Davidson, who currently serves as President of Alaska Pacific University, will take a leave of absence from that role as she leads ANTHC. Garvin Federenko, who was serving as Acting President, will remain Chief Executive Officer.

“Thank you, Garvin, for your service and stepping in quickly to help keep operations moving forward,” said Bernice Kaigelak, Board Chair. “Garvin’s leadership has been invaluable to us and we look forward to having Valerie continue to move our organization forward together. Valerie is a strong leader and we are excited for the focus and energy she will bring to this new role.”

“I am incredibly honored to serve both our workforce and our Alaska Native people across the state in this role,” said Ms. Davidson. “I am focused on working together and continuing to advance the efforts already underway to lead our staff through the challenging situations that have presented themselves in the last few weeks. Even more important than those immediate needs, I am excited to cultivate an inclusive culture throughout the Consortium that highlights ANTHC’s commitment to excellence for its people and its workforce.”

The ANTHC Board has taken many steps to secure effective leadership and ensure business continuity over the last few weeks. Additional actions, critical to rebuilding trust among staff of the safety of our workplace, include implementing a new and mandatory harassment training for all staff, regular staff updates from executive leadership and the Critical Incident Stress Management team and thoroughly reviewing all applicable policies for all levels of the Consortium. This important work will continue with the guidance of Ms. Davidson and the rest of our executive team.

Ms. Davidson, Yup’ik is an enrolled Tribal citizen of the Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council. She was the first Alaska Native woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska when her strength as a leader was needed to steady our state, after previously demonstrating her skills as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. In that role, her visionary leadership and ability to manage difficult dialogues, diverse leaders and teams prepared her for this new chapter in her career.

Ms. Davidson previously served ANTHC as Senior Director of Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs and represented Alaska Native communities and health needs at federal, state, and community levels.

After earning a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Bilingual Education from the University of Alaska Southeast, she continued her education with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She has deployed her education and commitment to her Native peoples and Alaska to advance a collective and holistic approach to Self-Governance and the well-being for all Alaskans.

ANTHC is pleased to welcome her back at this critical juncture in our organization’s development. We are so grateful to every team member of ANTHC’s work force for your dedication to our vision and mission and we continue to be committed to a harassment-free workplace.