Renee Gayhart came to Alaska in the early 1990’s after completing a Master’s degree at the School for International Training in Vermont. Prior to moving to Alaska, Renee worked overseas for a Relief/Development agency. Upon arrival to Juneau, she worked for a non-profit social service agency for several years.
Renee began state employment at the Department of Administration, Office of Public Advocacy, as a Public Guardian in Southeast Alaska in 1997. She transferred to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, formerly the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in 1998. Her responsibilities evolved over the years from a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist and Statewide Program Coordinator to DD Administrator. Her primary focus areas included fiscal management, Medicaid Regulation projects, Certification Packet revisions, Family Support Projects, MMIS development, and Provider recruitment and retention.
In 2004, Renee accepted a transfer to lead the Tribal Health Program in the Commissioners Office. In this role she provides Medicaid Tribal policy guidance, as well as coordination and support to division directors and their key program managers to advance the department’s Medicaid Tribal policy goal of improving the health status of our Alaska Native people.
Aina Lenda came to Alaska in the early 1990's. She was transferred from Tucson, Arizona to Alaska while working in the Air Force as a Systems Analyst. Aina lived and worked internationally and nationally in Turkey, Spain and numerous locations around the US. While advancing in the Air Force, she completed her Masters Degree in Business Management from the University of Laverne in 1995.
Aina retired from federal service shortly after graduating in 1995 and began State employment with the Division of Public Assistance. In 2001 she accepted a promotion to a Public Assistance Analyst position that focused on outreach for the Denali Kidcare program for children and pregnant women. This included partnering with statewide Tribal Health organizations, assisting with their Medicaid Outreach. She provided training to the Alternate Resource Technicians and Business Office Managers regarding Medicaid policy and procedure.
During that time, Aina built relationships with many of the staff at the Tribal Health organizations and decided to focus her work on the department's goal of improving the health status of our Alaska Native people. In August 2010 she accepted the position of Tribal Health Coordinator in the Division of Health Care Services in the Office of Medicaid and Health Care Policy. In this role she assists with implementing, troubleshooting and maintaining effective business office management of Medicaid billing and provision of services to Tribal Health organizations statewide.
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