ASEA AFSCME Local 52 Health Benefits Trust is in Alaska

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Michael Williams, Chairman, Central (Anchorage) Region, Located in Anchorage
Term of Office Ends 2020

Michael is a Revenue Auditor for the Alaska Department of Revenue, performing audits of large, multi-state and multi-national corporations. His continued goal for the Trust is to promote healthy lifestyles and to work with the membership in making informed choices in the use of health care. "I am committed to working with the health care community and other health care groups to maximize our purchasing power in delivering quality results.

Michael completed CAPPP Health Parts I & II in July 2006. In November 2012, he completed the Trustees Masters Program and in June 2013, he attended the Advanced Trustees & Administrators Institute.

Michael actively serves in the community. He is on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that holds summer therapy camps for autistic children. He also served as a PERS Trustee on the Alaska Retirement Management Board from 2005 to 2012. He lives in Anchorage with his wife, Kim, and their two children.

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Brittany Staker, Statewide Seat, Located in Fairbanks
Term of Office Ends 2020

Brittany is an Accounting Tech II with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Fairbanks. She has worked for the State of Alaska for 8 years. She currently is responsible for all billing and revenue collection for the Northern Region. She has an in-depth knowledge of practices, procedures, and policies related to accounting and budget functions. In addition to serving on the Health Trust, Brittany is also an active member of the Midnight Sun Chapter serving as a Steward and a Trustee on the local E-Board. She lives in North Pole with her husband and three kids.

“My goal is to work with Trustees, members, and plan consultants to ensure we are able to provide the best benefits possible for our members and their families”.

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Jake Lauten, Southeast Region, Located in Juneau
Term of Office Ends 2021

Jake is an Insurance Specialist II in the Life & Health unit of the Division of Insurance in Juneau. His duties include reviewing health insurance rates and forms along with following the evolving legislation and regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Penn State which will enable him to provide the Trust with a solid understanding of the underlying trends and issues to be addressed. He serves as a Board member of his condominium association and regularly volunteers with various Juneau organizations.

“Alaska has some of the highest health care costs in the world. I want to assist with the efforts to manage the payments to hospitals, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies while ensuring quality and access for our members. I hope to make progress with this endeavor so that our members can receive more tangible value from their employment.”

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Shawn Staker, Northern Region, Located in Fairbanks
Term of Office Ends 2019

Shawn is a computer Programmer/Analyst with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Fairbanks. Shawn was raised in Valdez, received a Bachelor's in Management Information Systems from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has lived the last twelve years in North Pole with his three children. Shawn is an active member of the Midnight Sun Chapter serving as a Chief Steward, Board Member, Trustee and on the Statewide Judicial Panel.

"Our Health Trust has done an excellent job maintaining and even improving benefits to the members during a time when health care has gone through such drastic changes." Shawn added "The Trust has an impressive track record we all strive to continue."

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Rich Sewell, Chairman, Statewide Seat, Located in Anchorage
Term of Office Ends 2022

Rich is an Aviation Policy Planner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Anchorage where he works with rural airports to ensure that they are “coloring within the lines” when it comes to regulations, statutes and federal law. He sees this work as having a direct crossover to the highly regulated healthcare industry which requires accurately applying regulations and laws to a set of facts. Rich has always felt a duty to give back to the community which includes many years of service to the ASEA Local 52 board of trustees. He gained exposure to healthcare while serving on the board of directors for the Alaska Health Project, a non-profit organization focused on occupational and safety issues.

A native of Michigan, Rich moved to Alaska in 1981 to work as a Municipal Economist for the City of Anchorage. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and earned an MBA from the University of Anchorage. Rich’s wife is a medical epidemiologist who encouraged him to serve on the ASEA Health Benefits Trust board. His stepdaughter works for the State of Alaska and is a member of the Trust.

“I believe that I have a unique skill set that can benefit the Trust. I understand the importance of protecting the Trust’s financial viability while ensuring that our members are treated fairly and will work hard to ensure that these dual missions are met.”

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Chelsea Sieh, Rural/Bush Region, Located in Kotzebue
Term of Office Ends 2021

Chelsea is an Administrative Assistant with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Kotzebue. Chelsea was raised in Unalakleet, received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast, and has lived in Kotzebue for four years with her husband, Eric.

Living in rural Alaska presents certain challenges, including access to many preventive and diagnostic healthcare services. Chelsea believes the health of each community is important in maintaining a strong and unified Alaska. “I look forward to representing rural Alaska and working with the trustees of the ASEA Health Trust with the goal of providing our members with quality, accessible and affordable healthcare benefits.”

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