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Matthew Ione to become SEARHC Human Resources Director


SITKA, Aug. 26, 2010 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Human Resources department will change leadership effective Sunday, Aug. 29, when Senior Generalist Matthew Ione is promoted to Director.

Matthew replaces current Director of Human Resources Melanie Millhorn, who will remain with the SEARHC Human Resources department as a senior generalist. Melanie has been accepted into a graduate program and will be pursuing a master’s degree.

Matthew, who currently is based at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, will be based in Juneau. He is Iñupiaq and grew up in the Norton Sound village of White Mountain. Matthew was valedictorian of his class at Mt. Edgecumbe High School and he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in science studies from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Texas. He has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Matthew has 14 years of experience working in the human resources field in Alaska and Oregon, with much of that time spent working with the Alaska Tribal Health System as well as in the education, information technology and oil industries. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

“The opportunity to help others is a daily and civic responsibility, and I am grateful for being invited to participate in SEARHC’s efforts,” Matthew said.

When she was hired in 2007, Melanie said her plan was to work herself out of the HR Director job by finding an inspirational American Indian/Alaska Native leader who is driven to providing high-performance HR services. She said promoting Matthew accomplishes that goal and it’s one reason she decided to step down. One of Melanie’s legacies is developing a strategic business plan for Human Resources that the SEARHC Board recently approved. The plan adds three more professional positions at the Senior Generalist level or higher. It also includes a six-point workforce development plan that provides more training for managers and a stronger cultural element during orientation.

“I am fulfilling a commitment I made when I was hired,” Melanie said. “I could not be more ecstatic. I am so wanting to support Matthew as director. This is a passing of the baton so he can advance the department.”

“In addition to Matthew’s outstanding professional credentials and experience, one of the most important pieces of information to know about this change is that Melanie Millhorn has been the primary proponent behind this appointment,” said SEARHC General Counsel Ken Truitt, who oversees Human Resources. “Melanie has been a staunch supporter of SEARHC’s American Indian/Alaska Native hire preference professionally, and now she also has shown how much she personally is behind this policy as well.”

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