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Chapter Officers

Bruce W. Johnson, DHA, FACHE

James H. Brooks, Jr., FACHE

Lt Col David V. Gill, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Michelle E. Calvin-Casey, FACHE

Board of Directors
Dawn M. Carman. FACHE
Edward H. Lamb, FACHE
Victor J. Rosenbaum, FACHE
Michael Powers, FACHE
Christopher Galloway
Debbi Lehner, FACHE
Get to Know Your Board Members

Alaska Healthcare Executives Network Board Members were asked to provide a brief biography.  Take a look and learn about the expertise and experience of your Board Members, as follows.


James H. Brooks, FACHE

Executive Director

Providence Anchorage Anesthesia Medical Group, Anchorage, Alaska


Work and Service History:

1973 to 1995—United States Army officer with multiple assignments and commands in maneuver organizations and healthcare administration including service at Ft Wainwright, Alaska from 1986 to 1990 and command of 2d Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia.


Served as the Executive Director/Administrator for White-Wilson Medical Center, Ft Walton Beach, Florida from 1995 to 1999.   Supported all aspects of governance functions for the Board of Directors as they planned, lead, and managed multiple corporations.   The healthcare operation consisted of sixty providers serving several communities from eight locations with a full array of ancillary services (imaging, lab, physical therapy, etc.).   Personally prepared all business plans, pro forma, strategic plans, budgets, developed and coordinated all new construction and renovation plans with the contractors, and managed all daily operations for $42,000,000 in health care operations per year via eight administrative directors.


Served on the Board of Jaymar Shores neighborhood association from 1997 to 1999.  Served on the Board of Potter Creek Homeowners Association from 2000 to 2004.

Served on the Board of the Hospice of Anchorage from 2004 to 2005.


Currently serves as the Executive Director for Providence Anchorage Anesthesia Medical Group (1999 to present).   Support the governance of that corporation via the administrative support of the Board of Directors.   Manage the corporate and daily business operations at the direction of the Board of Directors.   


Education / Credentials: 


BS, Interdepartmental Sciences, Washington and Lee University

MHA, Healthcare Administration, Baylor University

FACHE.  Board certified in healthcare management and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Member of Medical Group Management Association.




Fishing, Skiing, Reading, Gardening


Married to Deborah Clements Brooks (1971)

Daughter:  Lindsay Brooks Watson.




Dawn Carman


Denali Compliance Group, LLC


Dawn Carman is an experienced health care attorney, executive, and consultant.  She is Principal with the Denali Compliance Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in health care corporate governance, compliance, and ethics.  Her firm advises clients on compliance program development and strengthening, assessment and evaluation; investigations; audits; and specialized education and training for boards of directors, senior leaders and staff.


Prior to starting her own firm, Dawn served as Chief Risk & Compliance Officer with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, America’s largest tribal health services organization, where she provided senior leadership for risk management, corporate compliance and institutional review board administration.

Previously, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, advising the Department of Health and Social Services on the legal aspects of health law policy, Medicare and Medicaid, and fraud and abuse.  She represented the Department in administrative agency hearings, litigation, and appellate cases. Her career also includes many years in health care administration.


Dawn is a frequent speaker on issues related to health law, corporate compliance and ethics, fraud and abuse, physician practice, HIPAA, medical records, EMTALA, and advance directives.  She is published nationally on medical records topics. 


Dawn earned a B.S. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a J.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago.  Dawn has attained the following designations: 


Certified in Healthcare Administration/Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (FACHE); Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC); and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). 


Dawn has the following professional affiliations: American College of Healthcare Executives, Fellow; Alaska Healthcare Executives Network, Board Member; Alaska Bar Association, Health Law Section Chair, Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, member; American Health Lawyers Association, Member; Health Care Compliance Association, Member; Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Member; American Health Information Management Association, Member; and Alaska Health Information Management Association, Member.


Christopher Galloway, R.T.T., M.B.A.

Manager, Cancer Therapy Center

Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska


Thirteen years of health systems management experience in varied organizations leading to a developed experience base. This experience base includes developing strategic plans and their implementation. A continuous record of cost reduction derived from innovative clinical integration models. A proven entity with physician practice management, ambulatory services administration, financial management and an international business administration specialist. A record of hospital operations collaboration, operating in academic environments and specialization in cancer services management and design.

Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage Alaska.



The American Registry of Radiologic Technology,                      

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists                     

The Florida Health & Rehabilitation Service,                                

The Texas Department of Health                                                  

The New York Department of Health,                                            

The Massachusetts Department of Health                                    

The National Cancer Registrars Association                               

The American College of Healthcare executives    Member

The Association of Cancer Executives                  Delegate

The Florida Association of Radiologic Science Professionals   Associate




Currently pursuing a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expected completion date 2010


Master of International Business Administration                                                    

Nova Southeastern University, Davie FL.


Bachelor of Science Degree                                                                                   

Howard University Washington DC


Registered Radiation Therapist                                                                              

Howard University Washington DC.




D. Vince Gill, Lt Colonel, USAF, MSC, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

TRICARE Alaska Program


Lieutenant Colonel Vince Gill has 26-years of local, state, national, and international healthcare experience. Vince is currently the TRICARE Alaska Program Chief Executive Officer (since August 2007).  He is directly responsible for purchased care program operation, contractor oversight, and service line access development totaling $212M in annual claims for over 94,000 beneficiaries statewide.  Vince frequently travels the entire state of Alaska partnering with hospitals and medical practices to resolve healthcare access problems for DoD patients. This is his 2nd assignment to Alaska. 


Vince has a wide background in healthcare administration to include traditional healthcare administration assignments as well as jobs with a larger international significance.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Gill was Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for the US Air Forces in Europe ( Ramstein, Germany). As a fellowship trained medical operations and contingency war planner, Colonel Gill supported joint and multinational operations in Europe and Africa. This included medical support planning and mission execution for the World Cup, Winter Olympics, US Presidential trips abroad, counter-terrorism operations, nation building and peace keeping, natural disasters and humanitarian events, US and Russian space recovery missions, theater support to middle eastern conflicts, major non-combatant evacuation operations, and he led planning and operations for some of the largest medical exercises ever conducted by US European Command Forces.


Vince earned his BS (1987) as well as his MBA (1993) from Auburn University. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as local chapter secretary/treasurer.  He is married to Valerie Gill (23 years) and has three children (Andrew, Courtney, and Ellen).  Vince enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, biking, and jazz.




Bruce W. Johnson, DHA, FACHE

Senior Decision Support Analyst

Alaska Native Medical Center


Bruce Johnson is currently employed at the Alaska Native Medical Center and has served in various planning and decision support roles during the last eight years.    ANMC is a $511M, 150-bed specialty and tertiary referral center with 190 physicians, 525 nurses and 1800 personnel serving a population of 134,000 Alaska Natives.  Prior to those duties he served as a Medical Services Corps Officer with the United States Air Force with progressive assignments at the medical treatment facility culminating at the Pentagon.



His education includes the following:

Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Health Administration (2001)

Utah State University, Master of Business Administration (1983)

University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts in Finance: Major, Spanish: Minor (1981)


He is the Chapter President of the Alaska Healthcare Executives Network and has served the profession for the last four years as Secretary, Treasurer and President-Elect of the Alaska Chapter of ACHE. 


He is an avid alpine skier and certified ski instructor.  He serves as a Cub Master.



Married to Diane Woodland (1997)

Son:  Ben Johnson

Daughter:  Janet Johnson



Edward Lamb

Chief Executive Officer & President

Alaska Regional Hospital


Edward Lamb is currently employed as the President/Chief Executive Officer for Alaska Regional Hospital.  Prior to this, Mr. Lamb has held various healthcare executive positions over the past 23 years in Utah, California, Louisiana, and Arizona.


Mr. Lamb is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is the immediate past Regent for the State of Alaska.   Mr. Lamb has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association since 1999 and served as its Chairman in 2005. 


Mr. Lamb has also been involved in community activities serving on the Board of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and as its Chairman in 2005; member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board since 1998 and currently serves as the VP for Marketing for the Greater Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  He has also served as a Commissioner for the Anchorage Municipal Health & Human Services Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of the Anchorage Symphony since 1998 and served as its President from 2004-2006.


Mr. Lamb is active in his church and has served in various leadership capacities.  He is married to Debra Lamb (29 years) and they have three children; Ryan (Eileen), Josh (Amanda) and Rebecca. They have two granddaughters; Ellie and Evie.


Mr. Lamb holds a B.S. in Medical Technology from Brigham Young University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.


Debbi Lehner, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Bartlett Regional Hospital


Debbi Lehner joined Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau in November 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer.  She previously served as the Vice President of Ancillary Services at St. Vincent Hospital in Worchester, MA and Administrator of Ancillary & Support Services at Orlando Regional South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, Florida.  Her healthcare career began as a Radiologic Technologist and then moved into Imaging management.  Debbi obtained her Fellow from ACHE in 2007.  She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and her MBA from the University of Central Florida.   She has been active at the local chapter level for many years, having served as President of the Central Florida Health Care Executive Group for four years and received the Regent’s award for Early Career Healthcare Executive in Florida in 2001.


“I am passionate about making the healthcare experience as positive as possible for all of our customers – this includes our patients, their families, our physicians and our team members.  I believe we can make a difference.”



Michael K. Powers, FACHE, FHFMA

Administrator and Chief Executive Officer

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center


Mike Powers has been with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center for over 23 years.  He started in 1986 as the CFO and 1n 1995 was named CEO.  Mike has a master degree in Healthcare Services Administration, is a licensed nursing home administrator.


Mike is active in numerous health services activities, including serving as past President of the Alaska Hospital Association, an Executive board Member of the Interior Community Health Center, and a Member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board




Victor Rosenbaum, FACHE

Veterans' Affairs Services - Alaska


Vic Rosenbaum is a retired Air Force Medical Service Corps Officer from the Air Force now serving with the Veteran's Affairs in Alaska in a leadership role.   He is currently participating in a VA Executive Leadership Training program in Washington D.C.

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