Executive Leadership Team
The SEARHC Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the executive administration of the organization, and also sets the tone for the “Corporate Culture” of SEARHC.

Board of Directors
Elected to represent the communities we serve, the Board of Directors is the chief policy-making body of the Consortium 

Click below to meet the team. 

Executive Team

Charles Clement

President/Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO, Charles is accountable for all day-to-day aspects of operations of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

An Alaska Native of Tsimshian and Athabascan heritage, Charles Clement came to SEARHC in 2011 from his position as vice president of operations /chief operating officer for Southcentral Foundation. He played an instrumental role in their becoming the first Alaska health care organization to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

A graduate of Metlakatla High School, Mr. Clement earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and completed an executive leadership program with the Indian Health Service.

Dan Neumeister

Chief Operating Officer

Dan Neumeister has been a Senior Healthcare Executive with a 25+ year record of distinguished service as both CEO and COO.

As a trusted leader known for developing high-performing teams while building cultures of collaboration and accountability, he came to SEARHC in April 2013 and immediately took on the task of assessing the needs of the Consortium and restructuring its operations. The goal was not only to secure the financial future of SEARHC but to set the stage for being the provider of choice and the employer of choice in Southeast Alaska.

Dan received a BS in Management from San Diego State University and an MS in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has also been successful in various leadership positions throughout his career including non-profit community-based tertiary medical centers, district hospitals, critical access hospitals, and federally qualified health centers and clinics.

Leatha Merculieff

Vice President of Executive Administration

Leatha Merculieff began her tenure at SEARHC in February 2015 as the Vice President of Executive Administration. This position was then newly formed and places a renewed emphasis on Patient Satisfaction and Customer Service.

She began working in Tribal Health in 1999 at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium/Alaska Native Medical Center. She then left to serve as the Executive Director for a small private foundation that provided training and scholarships for people of Aleut descent. She returned to ANMC in 2009 where she served as the Vice President of Customer Experience.

Ms. Merculieff is an enrolled member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul tribe and grew up on St. Paul Island. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage and her Master of Business Administration from the Alaska Pacific University.

Michael Douglas, JD

Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Michael Douglas joined SEARHC as the Consortium’s general counsel in November 2012 after serving six months as interim general counsel. He was promoted to Vice President, Chief Legal Officer in January 2015.

Prior to his tenure at SEARHC, Michael spent more than five years as an associate attorney with the Indian law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP, in Anchorage. He also clerked for Alaska Superior Court Judge Trevor N. Stephens in Ketchikan. During law school, Michael participated in the University of Washington Law School Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic, serving as a public defender on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Tulalip, Wash.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairhaven College’s Law and Diversity program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Michael is admitted to practice in Washington and Alaska, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Praveen Mekala

Chief Financial Officer

Praveen Mekala has been working with SEARHC since September 2014, supporting the transition in leadership within the finance division. In February 2016 he moved into the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Praveen’s expertise in leading finance teams through business transformation will help SEARHC achieve short-term financial milestones and long-term strategic initiatives. He has held leadership positions at major academic medical centers and integrated health systems, as well as community-based and post-acute providers.

He earned both a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Business Administration with distinction from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his Bachelors at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, majoring in biology/pre-med as well as a focus in finance, economics, and statistics.

Board of Directors

Kimberley Strong

Board Chair

Chilkat Indian Village

Frederick Olsen, Jr

Vice Chair

Organized Village of Kasaan

Harriet Silva


Angoon Community Association

Lincoln Bean, Sr.

Organized Village of Kake

Lavina Brock


Wrangell Cooperative Association

Harriet Brouillette

Chilkoot Indian Association

Patty Cottle

Klawock Cooperative Association

Veronica Dalton

Hoonah Indian Association

June Durgan

Craig Community Association

James Jack Sr.

Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Council

John Morris, Sr.

Douglas Indian Association

Barry Morrison

Petersburg Indian Association

Marvell Nix

Hydaburg Cooperative Association

Judean Gordon

Skagway Traditional Council

Lawrence Widmark

Sitka Tribe of Alaska

CEO's Message

CharlesClement0V3A0032Every day at SEARHC we embrace new opportunities and new challenges. Our success relies on our ability to be innovative and to lead as well as our ability to remain focused on our mission and steadfast in achieving our vision.

Southeast Alaska continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the state. The changing demographics call for us to react to these changes while providing and improving access to excellent healthcare services. The health and wellbeing of our patients and communities depend on our ability to increase both the breadth and quality of services and consistently improve our delivery system. We value a high-quality and responsive health system. Guided by our strategic goals, we continually look for ways to enhance the services we provide as well as the environments in which we provide them.

Change is inevitable, and we have embraced it. Evidence of SEARHC’s evolution can be seen in our updated mission, “Alaska Native People working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities,” and the creation of our strategic plan, SEARHC View 2018. Our mission is the reason we exist, and our strategic goals are the targets we aim for to ensure the best healthcare for our communities.

Together, we will continue “honoring our journey” to carry out our mission. We will be diligent in determining the most effective ways of delivering services throughout Southeast Alaska. And, we will improve access to needed health care services for the patients and communities we serve.