January 31 2012
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has promoted Human Resources Director Matthew Ione, PHR, to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Matthew has been serving as interim CAO since December. As CAO, Matthew will oversee the human resources, facilities, corporate communications, planning and development, and information services departments at SEARHC.
“I am excited about Matt filling the CAO role,” said Ken Truitt, SEARHC general counsel and interim president/CEO. “His background, training and experience make him a highly qualified and excellent choice to fill this position.”
Matthew originally was hired by SEARHC as a senior generalist in Human Resources and was promoted to Director of Human Resources in 2010. He holds an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in science studies from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Texas. He holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
“SEARHC and Southeast Alaska are special places,” Matthew said. “I am humbled in being asked to assist SEARHC in this way, providing services to the communities and people we are all here to serve.”
Matthew has 18 years of experience primarily working in the human resources field in Alaska and Oregon. Much of that time has been spent working with the Alaska Tribal Health System, as well as in the education, information technology and oil field/facilities services industries. Matthew is a graduate of the Leadership Excellence through Advancement and Determination (LEAD) program, a two-year leadership and management program for Alaska Natives operated by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. He also served in the U.S. Navy.
An Iñupiaq who grew up in the Norton Sound village of White Mountain, Matthew is a graduate and valedictorian of his class at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Retired longtime Mt. Edgecumbe High School alumnus, educator and administrator Dr. Gil Truitt said Matthew was “one of the best students that ever attended the school, he was just an outstanding citizen and I knew he would go on to do great things.”
Matthew enjoys fitness activities, traveling to broaden your horizon and the Cleveland Browns. He also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Mt. Edgecumbe High School.