Gloria Burnett is the Director of Alaska's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program. As the Director
of Alaska’s AHEC program, Gloria is tasked with coordinating statewide AHEC efforts
into a single stream of data relying on longitudinal tracking of participants. She
has been extremely successful leveraging partnerships with like-minded organizations
such as the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP).
Gloria holds a Master of Science in Instruction, Bachelor of Art in Psychology and
Instructional Technology Specialist Certification. She has been Director of Alaska’s
AHEC Program for over 2 years where her priority has been to strengthen and expand
healthcare career promotion and preparation programming. Prior to her current role,
Gloria served as the Founder and Director of the Northwest AHEC in Barrow for 3 years
before transitioning to the Dean of Students position, both at Ilisagvik College.
She has a keen understanding of healthcare and education in rural Alaska and she places
great value on community involvement in programming. Gloria has experience as principal
investigator of a wide array of grants and has been involved in all aspects of the
grant process including proposal writing, budgeting, administration, reporting, and
evaluation. Gloria has extensive experience managing Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) grants and sub-awards over the course of the past 7 years. She
has also managed a variety of contracts for specific continuing education, curriculum
development, and other related projects during this same timeframe.
Gloria is also a proud mother and wife. She has two children, Kyler and Kalina, who
keep her VERY busy. The Burnett family resides in Eagle River where they enjoy hiking,
gardening and quality family time.
Patricia (Pat) Sammartino is the AHEC Education Network Manager who joined the Alaska Center for Rural Health
and Health Workforce (ACRH-HW) in December 2011. Pat works with the regional AHEC
centers, industry partners, and other University of Alaska programs to develop Continuing
Education/Professional Development (CE/PD) projects that meet the needs of Alaska’s
Health workforce. These include live trainings, distance delivered webinars, and
the Alaska CACHE: Clearinghouse for Alaska's Continuing Health Education,. She has
helped establish the AHEC as a collaborative partner to enhance the delivery of trainings
by providing CE credits and support services to other programs.
Pat moved to Alaska from New Orleans in March 2002 and worked with the Alaska tribal
health facilities--first for Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue and later as the Statewide
Recruitment Manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Her experience
has given her a great understanding of the challenges providers face working in rural
and frontier communities.
Pat and her husband enjoy traveling, fishing, shooting, woodworking and taking care
of their dog Trigger and grandchildren Maddie and Corbin.
Lauren Sheard is the Research and Program Evaluator and joined AHEC in Fall 2017. Her responsibilities
include managing the Pipeline Cache (online database for all AHEC activities), compiling
reports, performing federally-mandated evaluation of the program, and conducing health-workforce
research for AHEC and its affiliates.
Prior to joining AHEC, Lauren lived and worked in East Africa doing economic and community
development in underserved areas. Lauren enjoys board games, traveling, braving new
Alaskan hikes, crossword puzzles, and cooking for friends.