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Senior Leadership Team

Jerel Humphrey
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Jerel Humphrey became Interim CEO in October of 2021. He will serve through the search and hire process of a permanent CEO. His focus will be moving Bartlett forward during this transitionary time.

Mr. Humphrey has served as an interim leader across the country, most recently with a hospital in Pennsylvania where he strengthened departments and worked closely with staff in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. He comes to Bartlett Regional Hospital through a contractual relationship with a healthcare interim executive leadership company.

"Mr. Humphrey has significant experience as an interim leader and the Board of Directors is ready to work closely with him during this transition period to a new CEO,” said BRH Board President Kenny Solomon-Gross.

Vlad Toca
Chief Operating Officer

Vlad Toca joined the Bartlett team of Senior Leaders in July 2021. Vlad brings extensive experience in healthcare administration with an emphasis on technology-driven operations management. Most recently, Vlad worked in Juneau as the Associate Director for Primary Care with SEARHC, where he engaged with region leaders on Operations improvement and Telehealth initiatives during the pandemic.

He enjoys creating long-lasting relationships with like-minded leaders and promotes business development initiatives with the help of technology analytics and telehealth expansion, particularly during his time with Adventist Health West.

He has attended conferences as a panelist with Hospital Review and MGMA, presenting Operational Improvement ideas and initiatives through machine learning and AI. From his hospitality industry background in Italy, where he grew up, he has a strong acumen for effective customer service and marketing, emphasizing a tailored service experience.

Vlad earned his Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Business Communication and Organizational Leadership and is graduating with an Executive Master's in Business Administration from Washington State University. Before switching to Healthcare Management, Vlad pursued a Pre Med degree and was a Researcher in traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the School of Medicine, Neuroscience in Loma Linda, CA.

Kevin Benson
Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Benson joined the Bartlett Senior Leadership team in October, 2018. Prior to moving to Juneau, he was Chief Financial Officer at Ortonville Area Health Services in Ortonville, Minnesota for six years. Mr. Benson has been working in healthcare finance for more than 30 years, mainly in Minnesota and North Dakota. An outdoor enthusiast, he looks forward to warmer winters and snowboarding at Eaglecrest. Mr. Benson holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Kim McDowell
Chief Nursing Officer

Kim McDowell began her journey at Bartlett Regional Hospital in 2015, working in the Emergency Department (ED) as a nurse on an as needed basis. In 2016 she moved into the Clinical Assistant Manager role and over the following years became the ED Director. In 2021, she became Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to coming to Bartlett Regional Hospital she worked as an ED nurse, charge nurse, and Clinical Supervisor in a 65-bed unit. She believes that when you place the patient in the center of all you do, you will never go wrong, aligning with Bartlett Regional Hospital’s mission to provide quality, patient centered care. Ms. McDowell holds an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Central New Mexico Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico Highlands University. She is completing the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration program at University of Phoenix.

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Human Resources Director

Dallas Hargrave joined the senior leadership team of Bartlett Regional Hospital in January 2016 in his role as Human Resources and Risk Management Director for the City and Borough of Juneau.

Mr. Hargrave previously served as the Human Resource Manager for the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services; worked in the State of Alaska, Department of Administration, Division of Personnel and Labor Relations; and also worked as an Assistant Public Defender and as a Law Clerk.

Mr. Hargrave possesses a BA in Biology and Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska, Southeast, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Karen Forrest
Interim Chief Behavioral Officer

Karen Forrest joined the Bartlett team as Interim Chief Behavioral Health Officer (CBHO) in October of 2021. She is a highly experienced leader who will help strengthen behavioral health services during her interim tenure and the transition of this position to a permanent CBHO.

Ms. Forrest has extensive executive leadership experience in the areas of behavioral health, juvenile justice and child welfare. As former Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, she helped lead the collaborative development of statewide Alaska behavioral health reforms, including the 1115 Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Medicaid Waivers. She also served as a co-lead negotiator for the historic Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact. More recently, she served as the Chief Performance Improvement and Compliance Officer with JAMHI Health and Wellness, assisting in securing federal certifications in medical and behavioral health services, improving the sustainability of these community-based services. She is an experienced behavioral health clinician and believes in integrated care for the whole person.

Ms. Forrest holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Southern Oregon State College. She is a life-long resident of Juneau with deep roots in the community who enjoys the restorative nature of the outdoors.