Movers and Shakers for Aug. 30
Tasha Nichols was promoted to First National Bank Alaska Human Resources manager and appointed Human Resources officer. Nichols obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor’s in human resource management from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is an accredited Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management. Nichols began her career with First National in 2016 with more than 20 years of local human resource experience.
Alaska Behavioral Health announced several new staff members to its clinics in Anchorage and Fairbanks: Dr. Curt Wengel, child and adolescent psychiatrist; Kelsea Henry, chief financial officer; Christine Alvarez, director of Adult Services; and Sarah Koogle, clinic manager, Fairbanks Adult Clinic. Wengel completed medical school in south Texas. He went on to general psychiatry residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, the Veterans administration and University Health Systems before completing a child and adolescent fellowship at San Antonio State Hospital and Clarity Child Guidance Center. Originally from New Mexico, Henry joined the United States Army and served for 4½ years before being honorably discharged in order to pursue a calling in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, Henry joined Mountain Family Health Centers as their controller in 2017. In 2018, Kelsea joined Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colo., as chief financial officer and graduated with her MBA in finance. Henry comes from White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Arizona where she was their CFO. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in business administration. Alvarez has more than 13 years of mental health experience and has served in a variety of leadership roles including Team Lead of Austin-Travis County Integral Care’s Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, Director of Multnomah University’s Counseling Center, and assistant executive director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County. Alvarez is licensed as an LPC in Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and soon, Alaska. Alvarez will be overseeing adult services in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Koogle has a master’s degree in clinical community counseling. Koogle has worked at AKBH since 2015 and was recently promoted to manager of the Fairbanks Adult Clinic. She has worked with a wide range of mental health issues both inpatient and outpatient care, adult and children.