Leadership Team

Jim Myers, MBA - Chief Executive Officer

Jim joined ACMHS in December 2017 and became CEO in January 2018. Since joining ACMHS, Jim has focused on re-vamping the employee salary schedule, developing an incentive pay program for all staff, and expanding access to services across the company.

Prior to joining ACMHS, Jim had been conducting program reviews for several leading academic psychiatry departments across the country. For five years, he was the Executive Director of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora, CO. As the first director, he led the creation of a strategic plan that resulted in significant expansion of mental health services. Before joining Children’s Colorado, Jim was the Business Director for PsychoSocial Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. While there Jim led the creation of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center as well as the Partnership Access Line, a Child Psychiatry consultation program for primary care providers serving the States of Washington and Wyoming.

Jim has an MBA from Indiana University and over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience.

Mladen Begojevic - Chief Financial Officer

Originally from Serbia, Mladen arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2006 to play basketball at the University of Alaska Fairbanks after receiving an athletic scholarship. Upon graduation, Mladen decided to move to Anchorage where he began his career as a financial auditor with a local CPA firm. During his audit years, he traveled all across Alaska and worked with many not-for-profit and healthcare organizations in the state. In 2015, Mladen left auditing to start his own financial accounting and consulting business before deciding to join ACMHS on February 1, 2018.

Kelsea Henry, MBA - Incoming Chief Financial Officer

Originally from New Mexico, Kelsea joined the United States Army and served for four and a half years before being Honorably Discharged in order to pursue a calling in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Kelsea joined Mountain Family Health Centers as their Controller in 2017. In 2018, Kelsea joined Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colorado as their Chief Financial Officer and graduated with her MBA in Finance. Kelsea comes to us from White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Arizona where she was their Chief Financial Officer.

Kelsea is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration.

Jenna Hiestand, M.D. - Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Hiestand began as Chief Medical Officer for ACMHS and FCMHS on August 1, 2018. She comes to us from Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau where she was their Medical Director of Behavioral Health for 3 years. Previous work experience includes serving as Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Oregon State Hospital in Salem and Medical Director at Northwest Permanente/Kaiser in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Hiestand studied at Tulane University in New Orleans and received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hiestand is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Her favorite band is Soundgarden.

Joshua Arvidson, MSS., LCSW - Director of Child and Family Services

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Joshua is an expert in trauma-informed care for children, and established the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. He serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the Principal Investigator for the Military Family Child Trauma Program. He’s also on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and has presented at over 100 conferences on childhood trauma, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  Joshua serves on the Board of Directors for FOCUS and has designed and taught courses on clinical practice with children and adolescents and childhood trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua has published in the journals, Child Welfare 360, Child Maltreatment, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and Trauma, Abuse and Violence.  He’s been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” and has received a Business Achievement Award for Healthcare from the Anchorage Daily News.

Christine Alvarez, LPC - Incoming Director of Adult Services

Christine 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.

Christine is licensed as an LPC in Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and soon, Alaska.

Christine will be overseeing adult services in both Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Victor Spence – Director of Adult Services, ACMHS

Pamela Kennedy, MS LPC NCC – Director of Care Management

Gracie Hodgkins – Compliance Officer

Cheryl Mounts, PHR, SHRM-CP – Director of Human Capital Management

Ken Howell – Corporate Records Officer

Bob Walker – Director of IT

Jessica Cochran – Director of Community Relations & Communications

Ksenia Leshtaeva – Executive Coordinator