The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has hired Barbara Searls as its chief financial officer. Searls has been serving as interim CFO since January, and previously served as SEARHC’s vice president of finance and administration from 2002-06.
Searls brings an extensive financial management background to SEARHC. In addition to her previous experience with SEARHC, she also has been CFO for the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and CFO for Sealaska Corp. She also was vice president and corporate controller at United Bank of Alaska. She worked as a staff accountant for Sealaska Corp. in Juneau, and with CPA firms in Texas and Arizona. Searls is co-owner of Carpet Source, a full-service retail floor covering store in Juneau.
She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California School of Business in Los Angeles. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona since 1980, and completes the equivalent of 40 hours of continuing education each year to keep her license current. She also is a member of the Alaska Society of CPAs.
A member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 70, Barbara also is a past-president who served three years as president of the organization. She is a delegate for the Tlingít and Haida Community Council of the City and Borough of Juneau, and she is a member of the Tlingít Gospel Singers and the Eagle/Raven Dancers. Barbara also is immediate past moderator of the Presbytery of Alaska and a council member at Northern Light United Church.