ANTHC CHAP Statewide Services – Victorie Heart, MS, RN, Director Community Health Aide Program

Victorie “Torie” Heart, MS, RN is currently the Director of the Community Health Aide Program for Alaska Native Tribal  Health Consortium. She and her staff work collaboratively with 26 tribally managed Community Health Aide Programs who  provide primary and emergency health care services to Alaska Native peoples in rural Alaska. She has been involved in  tribal health care in Oregon and Alaska for more than 25 years.



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.


 CHAM Program Manager-Tasha Hotch 

Tasha received a Bachelor’s in Technical Management from DeVry University. She is a Tlingit from the Chilkat Indian Village  Klukwan in Southeast Alaska. She more than a decade of experience working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  Some projects she’s participated in prior to joining CHAP Statewide Services were the Cerner implementation at ANTHC while  working as a Management Information Specialist in Medical Records and the Manager Training Series implementation while working  as an Associate Trainer in the Human Resources Department. 





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.