The Humanitarian Award is awarded to an alumni who has contributed to their community and who has strived to make a difference in the life of others. This could be through voluntary service or their profession.
2012Roald Helgesen, B.A. Political Science '94, Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Alaska is home for Roald Helgesen, a proud UAA alumnus who grew up in Sitka before venturing to Anchorage to pursue his degree in political science with scholarship support from Sealaska Heritage Institute and SitkaTribe of Alaska, where he is an enrolled member. He obtained his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University after meeting and marrying his wife while they were both volunteer firefighters in Sitka. Last year, following four years as president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Roald became CEO of the Alaska NativeTribal Health Consortium and moved with his wife and two children to Anchorage.Working in the tribal health system for his home state is always personal and he works hard every day to meet and exceed the expectations of his customer-owners.“This is your family and friends,”
he says.“It’s what brings me to work every day...and Saturday...and Sunday.”
2011Joan Fisher, M.B.A. '99, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Since earning her M.B.A. from UAA in '99, Joan served as the executive director of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (ANHC). Joan, who recently took on the new role of director of strategic initiatives, has been instrumental in raising funds to build a new $28.3M health center in Anchorage--set to open in summer 2012--that will more than double ANHC's capacity to serve the city's health care needs.
Gloria O’Neill, B.A. ’96, President/CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council