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IHS Leadership Biographies

Below are links to biographies of some key leaders in the Indian Health Service.

Director, Indian Health Service
Dr. Yvette Roubideaux
Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, is the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). Dr. Roubideaux was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as IHS Director on May 6, 2009, and she was sworn in on May 12, 2009 . The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Read More about Dr. Yvette Roubideaux [PDF-52KB]


Deputy Director for Field Operations
Randy Grinnell
Randy Grinnell, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri, is the Deputy Director for Field Operations. The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Read More about Randy Grinnell [PDF-51KB]

Senior Advisor to the Director
Geoffrey Roth
Geoffrey Roth, a descendent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, is the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Mr. Roth has more than twelve years experience working with Tribes, tribal colleges and universities, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations.
Read More about Geoffrey Roth [PDF-33KB]

Deputy Director for Management Operations
Robert McSwain
Robert G. McSwain, a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, is the Deputy Director for Management Operations (DDMO), for the Indian Health Service (IHS). As DDMO, Mr. McSwain serves as the principal advisor to the IHS Director for the management of IHS operations.
Read More about Robert McSwain [PDF-44KB]

Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs
RADM Sandra Pattea, a member of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and a descendent of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Indian Health Service (IHS). In this position, RADM Pattea advises the IHS Director and provides oversight on tribal and urban Indian health activities and communications as well as public, legislative, and Congressional relations within the Office of the Director.
Read More about RADM Sandra Pattea [PDF-33KB]

Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Susan V. Karol
CAPT Susan V. Karol, M.D., a member of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Indian Health Service (IHS). As the IHS CMO, Dr. Karol provides medical advice and guidance to the Office of the Director and staff on American Indian and Alaska Native health care policies and issues.
Read More about CAPT Susan V. Karol, M.D. [PDF-64KB]

Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes
Roselyn Tso [PDF-72KB]
Acting Director


Office of Tribal Self-Governance
P. Benjamin Smith [PDF-316KB]
Director


Office of Urban Indian Health Programs
Phyllis S. Wolfe [PDF-57KB]
Director


Public Affairs
Constance James
Director


Diversity Management/Equal Employment Opportunity
Pauline Bruce
Director


Executive Secretariat Staff
Julie A. Czajkowski
Director


Congressional and Legislative Affairs
Michael Mahsetky, J.D. [PDF-39KB]
Director


Office of Clinical and Preventive Services
Charlene Avery, M.D. [PDF-61KB]
Director


Office of Information Technology
CAPT Howard Hays, M.D.
Acting Director


Office of Public Health Support
Richard Church [10/09-PDF-65KB]
Director


Office of Resource Access and Partnerships
Carl L. Harper [PDF-103KB]
Director


Office of Finance and Accounting
Elizabeth Fowler [PDF-58KB]
Director


Office of Management Services
Athena S. Elliott, M.P.A. [PDF-62KB]
Director


Office of Environmental Health and Engineering
Gary J. Hartz, P.E. [PDF-54KB]
Director

Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service
Ron Cornelius [PDF-47KB]
Acting Director


Alaska Area Indian Health Service
Christopher Mandregan, Jr., M.P.H. [PDF-43KB]
Director


Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service
RADM Richie K. Grinnell [PDF-118KB]
Director


Bemidji Area Indian Health Service
Jenny Jenkins [PDF-57KB]
Acting Director


Billings Area Indian Health Service
Anna Whiting Sorrell [PDF-50KB]
Director


California Area Indian Health Service
Margo D. Kerrigan [PDF-54KB]
Director


Nashville Area Indian Health Service
Martha A. Ketcher, M.B.A. [PDF-57KB]
Director


Navajo Area Indian Health Service
John Hubbard, Jr. [PDF-87KB]
Director


Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service
RADM Kevin Meeks [PDF-60KB]
Director


Phoenix Area Indian Health Service
Dorothy A. Dupree [PDF-63KB]
Director


Portland Area Indian Health Service
Dean Seyler [PDF 49KB]
Director


Tucson Area Indian Health Service
George W. Bearpaw [04/10-PDF-64KB]
Acting Director

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