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Board Members

Connie Sipe, Interim Board President and Board Secretary

Connie J. Sipe, J.D. Harvard Law 1975, Alaska Bar member since 1975. Sipe served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection Office for eight years, 1976-84. She served as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services from 1984-87, and then as Executive Director of the Alaska Commission on Aging from 1987-94. Sipe served as the first director of the new Alaska Division of Senior Services from 1994-97, and was instrumental in creating the Medicaid Home Care Waiver systems, Assisted Living Licensing, and the reform of the Adult Protective Services system. She did research and consulting work in social services issues through her private company, InformAlaska, from 1998-2001, having moved to Sitka in 2000. In early 2002, Sipe took up her current position as Executive Director for Center for Community. CFC provides home and community-based services to children, adults and senior citizens, since 1979, in Sitka, Juneau, Kake and Angoon, as well as Anchorage. Center for Community employs 140 plus employees agency-wide. Sipe was the director of CFC who started and continues to manage The RIDE, the public transit system for Sitka. Sipe has one son, employed in political campaign work on the East Coast.

Dr. David Lam, Board Member

Doctor David M. Lam received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1972, and earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas in 1979. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine as a specialist in Aerospace Medicine, is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physician Executives, and has also been elected an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. In the United Kingdom, he is also listed on the Specialist Register as a specialist in Aerospace Medicine. He is licensed/registered as a physician both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. After 30 years of active military service, Doctor Lam retired from the Army in 2001, and then served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine until 2011, from which position he was seconded to the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) in Ft. Detrick, Maryland. He worked primarily in the areas of telemedicine standardisation, project development, and deployment of systems, mostly in the NATO and Partnership For Peace nations. He served as the Secretary for the NATO Telemedicine Expert Team, which was charged with developing policies and procedures which would enhance the multinational interoperability of Telemedicine systems in a multinational operational environment. He served concurrently as the TATRC European Liaison Officer, responsible for maintaining links to medical researchers in Europe, including with the NATO Medical Community, the European Space Agency, and the European Commission. A well-known lecturer on multiple subjects, including Aeromedical Evacuation and the history of Military Medicine, he has received the Marie Marvingt award for excellence in Aviation Medicine Education from the Aerospace Medical Association and the French Society of Aviation and Space Medicine.

Robert J Hattle RN MDiv Board Member

Robert J Hattle has been practicing as an RN for over 35 years. His primary clinical interest has been Emergency Services in small, rural Critical Access Hospitals in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and Northern California. He has also worked in Hospital Administration as Director of Nursing, Department Manager and has previously served on the hospital board in Las Vegas, New Mexico. For 10 years directed his own consulting company and nursing agency. Rural Community Resources provided contracted nurses for hospital staffing relief, pre-certification inspections and electronic health record installation. Previously, Hattle has been an ordained Presbyterian Minister and served churches in Topeka, Kansas and Orick, California. He also served on summer staff as both a nurse and pastor for Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian Church retreat and conference center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Originally from Xenia, Ohio, Mr Hattle came to Sitka as a "traveler" seven years ago and has worked at both Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC. A an avid kayaker, outdoorsman, and community activist he considers Sitka his home by the sea that he searched for 40 years to find. He cherishes his two daughters and two granddaughters who live in Medford, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois.

Mary Ann Hall, Board Member

Mary Ann Hall has 30 years of medical experience including Hospital Corp in the U.S. Navy. She moved to Sitka by way of the Indian Health Service in 1959. Mary Ann studied at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia and worked for the CDC in Anchorage. She is a member of the Sitka Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Home Health Advisory committee. Mary Ann is from Tampa, Florida and has called Sitka home the past 27 years.

Dr. Kimberly Bakkes, Chief Medial Staff Liaison

John P. (Jay) Sweeney, City and Borough of Sitka Staff Liaison

Steven Eisenbeisz, Assembly Liaison