Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:52 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has hired Romee McAdams as its tribal recruitment coordinator. She will work to increase the number of Alaska Native and American Indian employees at SEARHC.
As a tribal health organization covered under Public Law 93-638, also known as the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, SEARHC is able to provide "to the greatest extent feasible hiring preference and opportunities for training to Alaska Natives and American Indians." Romee will work with local tribes to identify and track the progress of qualified job applicants, will work with local schools to promote health careers and training, and she will help applicants and employees find continuing education opportunities so they can further their careers. She will work closely with the as-yet unhired director of the new Southeast Area Health Education Center that will be located at SEARHC.
"The employment history for Romee McAdams reflects a carefully chosen career path that has led her to the tribal recruitment coordinator position with SEARHC," SEARHC Director of Human Resources Melanie Millhorn said. "Romee has used her passion as a driving force to benefit Alaska Natives and American Indians by selecting to work in various tribal environments. Romee's education, commitment, passion and work experience make her an ideal match to play a pivotal role regarding to SEARHC's commitment to Public Law 93-638."
"Being a professional Native woman, I have made a lifelong commitment to promoting the advancement of other Native peoples through education and development," said Romee, who grew up in Montana and is Anishanabe (Ojibway) and Assiniboine. "As a matter of common sense and as put forth in the Indian Self-Determination Act, I firmly believe that the paths we lay as Native people now broaden the path for future generations."
Until taking the tribal recruitment coordinator job, Romee spent 7 ½ years working for the SEARHC Division of Behavioral Health, most recently as a behavioral health systems specialist II. She worked in education for 10 years before taking the SEARHC job, with part of that time spent with Sitka Tribe of Alaska Education Department.
"This is a huge draw for me. It's the perfect bridge between health care and education," Romee said.
Romee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English writing from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a Master of Arts degree in leadership and organizatonal studies from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif. She also holds an administrator certificate from the Alaska Commission on Behavioral Health Certification and a conflict management and mediation certificate from the Basic Institute of Conflict and Mediation Studies at Fresno Pacific. Romee and her husband, Scott, have lived in Sitka for 11 years and have three children.