Program Manager

I am Yup’ik Eskimo, and I grew up in the Lower Yukon Village of Emmonak. I am the youngest of 7 children. I grew up living a tradition subsistence lifestyle both in Emmonak and my mom’s hometown: Scammon Bay. Most of my summers were spent at our family fish camp. I enjoy berry picking, going out boating (when I’m lucky enough to be home on the Yukon), fishing, going on long snowmobile rides and hunting. I also enjoy sewing traditional quspeqs, beading and crocheting. I am married and have two daughters Larissa, and Ruby. We enjoy gardening and preserving our own food for the long winters in Alaska. I have worked for the AK Dental Health Aide Therapist Program since May 2008 and recently became the program manager. I continue to take classes to further my education, and am enrolled in ANTHC’s Pathway to Leadership Program, and am currently enrolled in a Certified Public Managers Program through distance delivery. I am also enrolled in an independent study program to earn my Associate’s in Health Care Administration. Prior to working at ANTHC I lived and worked in the Bethe and some of the past careers I had are: Human Resources Manager, Developmental Disabilities Care Coordinator, and also as a Children’s Services Coordinator.

Savannah Bonorden

From Sitka,AK

Employed by Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

“Alaska is a big state and access can be difficult especially with the conditions of weather or with the expensive of travel. So having a DHAT placed in a village setting is both rewarding and beneficial for the people. I see the dental therapists as a new mainstream for dental prevention, working together as a team with all occupations of the dental field. We’re a new kind of provider, a profession that has so much promise to the future of oral health. I see all the smiles and gratitude the patients have for the services we provide and I’m proud to be here helping. It warms my heart and gives me the sense that I’m doing something right.”