Karen Perdue is the CEO of Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNA). ASHNHA is a membership organization that represents the needs of 31 hospitals and nursing homes in Alaska.
Previously, Karen was the Associate Vice-President for Health at the University of Alaska. She was appointed to this position in October of 2001by the President of the University to help develop health and social sciences capacity throughout the University.
From 1994 to 2001, Ms. Perdue served as the State's Commissioner of Health and Social Services, overseeing 2,200 employees and a budget of $1.2 billion. She was the longest serving DHSS Commissioner since statehood. During her tenure, she led the state's efforts in welfare reform, the development of Denali Kidcare and Smart Start, comprehensive initiatives in primary care and fetal alcohol syndrome and many other initiatives. As Commissioner, she also directed the state's public health, child welfare, Medicaid and public assistance programs, juvenile corrections, substance abuse and mental health departments.
A life-long Alaskan, Ms. Perdue has been a Teamster on the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline, a health planner, a business owner, a newspaper reporter, an aide and press secretary to US Senator Ted Stevens, and served in numerous positions in State government. She is a graduate of Stanford University. Annie enjoys hiking, photography and reading adventure books.