Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports Announces Addition of New Executive Director
The Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports (AAPCS) announced that its board has taken another step to formalize and support their membership and partners with the hiring of a part-time Executive Director.
“This decision brings us great pleasure in knowing that we will now be able to advance the critical work of the Association. Allison by far is the right choice for the position, bringing years of experience, professionalism, knowledge, and passion.” Douglas White President of AAPCS.
A Familiar Voice
The Board was unanimous in their decision to offer the position to Allison Lee.
Allison has been a long-standing leader within the Association and has worked passionately to support the viability, integrity, and access to Personal Care supports in Alaska for the last 16 years.
Originally from San Diego California, Allison came to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1996 after starting her career in direct service in a 200-bed skilled nursing facility in Northern California. Working as a CNA led her to nursing school with the hope of making a more significant impact. She worked in skilled nursing, acute care, and cardiac ICU prior to her northern migration.
In 2002, while working for Hospice she was given the opportunity to perform personal care services assessments for Elders and individuals who experienced disabilities in rural villages across Interior Alaska. She quickly learned that she had a passion for both the State of Alaska and delivery and policy development in Home and Community Based Services. For the next 15 years Allison worked for Progressive Personal Care/ResCare Alaska to deliver quality consumer directed Personal Care and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) throughout the state of Alaska eventually overseeing operations as their State Director. A position she left in 2017 to pursue consulting and spend more time with her family.
All the while Allison has continued to work every day with partners and policy makers to ensure that Personal Care Services and HCBS are valued and remain viable options for individuals who experience disabilities throughout the State of Alaska. She brings with her to this position a deep commitment to informed policy making, excellent communication skills, and extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations and regulatory process. Allison still lives in and loves Fairbanks, where she stays busy with her husband, 3 children, 1 grandchild, a dog and a bunny.
When asked how she felt about being offered this position, Allison replied “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to build capacity within and engage deeper with the members and partners of AAPCS.”
A Renewed and Reinvigorated Association
The Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports is an organization representing Personal Care Services provider agencies, provider partners, and the individuals that they support throughout Alaska.
AAPCS was formed from the foundational work of the Alaska PCA Providers Association which has been working since 2003 to advocate for and promote the integrity of Personal Care supports. Since
formation this dedicated group of agency representatives has worked with the partners and policy makers toward meaningful reform while promoting the value and integrity of Personal Care supports.
“AAPCS is a strong partner for the State of Alaska, Division of Senior & Disabilities Services. As SDS’s division Director, it’s important we work together to serve vulnerable Alaskans affectively within their home communities.” Duane Mayes, Director of the State of Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.
In 2017, the members of the Alaska PCA Providers Association moved to formalize the Association to strengthen and protect the advocacy to member organizations. They formed a Board of Directors and achieved non-profit status in 2018.
Together the Board and Membership of the Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports (AAPCS) advocates and promotes self-directed personal care supports for Alaska’s seniors and those who experience a disability.