Director Community Health Aide Program, Carolyn Craig, PA-C

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CHAP Instructor/Midlevel Provider Supervisor- James Lesniak PA-C,

James received his Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters of Liberal Studies with a Social Science concentration from Hollins University. He worked for 20 years in a variety of capacities in non-profit agencies which focused on community development and housing before deciding to attend PA school. He received a Master’s in Science - Physician Assistant at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. He began his PA career in a large Level I Trauma Center Hospital and worked as a Hospitalist and on the Geriatric Consult service. He moved to McGrath, Alaska and worked as Primary Care PA for SCF for 2.5 years before taking his job as a CHAP Instructor and a network provider in the Rural Provider Pool in July of 2016. In addition to classroom instruction he has also written lesson plans and practical evaluations and instructed online distance learning classes. He has provided CHA training in Dillingham and Kotzebue and provided coverage in St. Paul and Kotzebue. He will transition to a Supervisory role with a Statewide Services Focus to include work with the Certification Board, eCHAM and Cerner.


Physician Assistant-Certified/Community Health Aide Instructor-Jean Rounds-Riley, PAC

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 CHAM Program Manager-Tasha Hotch 

Tasha received a Bachelor's degree in Technical Management, and a Masters in Business Administration with a Specialization in Project Managment. She is Tlingit from the village Klukwan, in Southeast Alaska. She has more than a decade of experience working in the tribal health system. Some projects she’s participated in prior to joining CHAP Statewide Services were the Cerner implementation at ANTHC and the Manager Training Series. Tasha is also an adjunct professor with UAF, this permits those who go through her manager course the ability to apply for University credit. She also provides staff support to the Community Health Aide Association. Tasha has been with CHAP since 2014.



Contractor-Rebecca Moore Pazdernik PA-C, MHS

Rebecca received a Bachelor's in Social Sciences and Anthropology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master's in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Physician Assistant Program with a specialty in Rural Medicine.  She practiced Emergency Medicine until 2008, when she and her husband Ben moved to Seward.  She has worked in Primary Care throughout Alaska's rural communities, including acting as Coordinator Instructor for Chugachmiut's Health Aide Program for two years.  She has worked with the CHAM since the fall of 2013 and transitioned to a contractor role in January 2018.