January 31 2012
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has hired Barbara Searls as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Barbara has been serving as interim CFO since January, and she previously served as SEARHC’s vice president of finance and administration from 2002-06.
“Because of her previous experience as vice president of finance and administration at SEARHC, Barbara already is familiar with SEARHC and the challenges being faced by the consortium at this time,” said Ken Truitt, SEARHC general counsel and interim president/CEO. “Her strong analytical and strategic planning skills give her the ability to see the big picture, which will contribute to making positive changes here at SEARHC.”
Barbara brings an extensive financial management background to SEARHC. In addition to her previous experience as SEARHC VP of Finance and Administration, Barbara also has been CFO for the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and CFO for Sealaska Corporation. She also was vice president and corporate controller at United Bank of Alaska. She worked as a staff accountant for Sealaska Corporation in Juneau, and with CPA firms in Texas and Arizona. Barbara is co-owner of Carpet Source, a full-service retail floor covering store in Juneau.
Barbara earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa Campus, in Honolulu. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California School of Business in Los Angeles. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona since 1980, and completes the equivalent of 40 hours of continuing education each year to keep the license current. Barbara is a member of the Alaska Society of CPAs.
“I look forward to the opportunities as CFO and member of the SEARHC management team to work toward fulfilling SEARHC’s mission to provide the highest quality health services in partnership with Native people,” Barbara said.
A member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Barbara also is a past-president who served three years as president of the organization. She is a delegate for the Tlingít and Haida Community Council of the City and Borough of Juneau, and she is a member of the Tlingít Gospel Singers and the Eagle/Raven Dancers. Barbara also is immediate past moderator of the Presbytery of Alaska and a council member at Northern Light United Church.