Movers and Shakers for March 18
Providence Health &Services Alaska has named Ella Goss, MSN, RN, as CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center effective March 12. As CEO, Goss will oversee operations of Alaska’s largest hospital with 401 beds, nearly 3,000 caregivers and 1,000 affiliated medical staff. She brings to the role more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, including 20 years at Providence. Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in PAMC’s Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services, and director for the Providence Cancer Center. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland. Goss has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality. Goss succeeds Dr. Richard Mandsager, M.D., who announced his retirement in October and departs Providence at the end of April. Mandsager joined Providence as executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in 2006 and has served as CEO at Providence Alaska Medical Center since 2009.
The Nature Conservancy in Alaska hired Steve Cohn as Alaska state director. Cohn joins The Nature Conservancy after a distinguished 16-year career with the federal Bureau of Land Management, where he successfully served as deputy state director for resources in Alaska for five years, in addition to serving in senior BLM postings in Washington, D.C., and Arizona. Cohn holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley College of Natural Resources.
Volunteers of America Alaska announced that Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw has been named the human service organization’s new president and CEO, effective March 15. She assumes leadership duties from Elaine Dahlgren who has led the organization since 1996. Upon retirement Dahlgren will end over 30 years of service to Volunteers of America Alaska. Hinshaw brings a range of experience in both the private and public sector. Her background includes extensive experience in business management, affordable housing, and behavioral health services. Hinshaw holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and management and marketing. Most recently she oversaw affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center added Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Schroeder’s emphasis will be education, research and conservation. Schroeder is founder and vice provost of ANSEP, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, the most cost-effective and successful STEM education program in the nation. ANSEP’s main goal is to effect change in the hiring process of Alaska Natives in the respective fields of science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership. Schroeder’s national experience and expertise in education, research and conservation will strengthen AWCC’s mission and bring the education program to a national level.