On Tuesday, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board announced the promotion of Matthew Ione to the newly created position of Vice President of Organizational & Workforce Development.
RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board is excited to announce the promotion of Matthew Ione to the newly created position of Vice President of Organizational & Workforce Development, effective July 23, 2023.
Born and raised in Alaska, Matthew is Inupiaq (Eskimo) and an enrolled member of the Native Village of White Mountain. He has earned degrees in Science Studies and Occupational Education and is also a University of Oklahoma College of Law graduate. Matthew also proudly served in the United States Navy, graduating from the Navy’s Nuclear Field School, and as a board member on the Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees.
“Matthew is one of the most effective and sought-after professionals in Indian Country. We are extremely grateful that he has joined our team here. We expect him to continue to contribute to the growth and success of our organization as we continue to work to improve the health of tribal citizens across the Great Plains region,” said Health Board President/CEO Jerilyn Church.
The VP of Organizational & Workforce Development serves as a vital member of the Great Plains Tribal Leader’s Health Board (GPTLHB) Executive Team and works with senior leadership, management, and staff to lead Organizational Development, Workforce Development, Strategic Initiatives, Systems, and Processes to improve the overall effectiveness of the GPTLHB.
The position is part of an expanded work structure that will help the Health Board continue its current expansion that has seen the organization grow to nearly 400 staff with expectations to grow to more than 600 in the next two years. In 2018, the organization had less than 100 employees. The Health Board proudly boasts a 65% Native American hire rate.
Matthew has spent the majority of his career in the tribal health care and housing industries. He started his career out as a human resource professional, and more recently, he has primarily held leadership positions, including his role as the Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) before joining the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board earlier this year. Before that, Matthew was the President/CEO of a regional housing authority and a Senior Director at the statewide (AK) tribal health consortium.
Matthew will build organizational capabilities in organizational and process design, team effectiveness, and change/deployment management in his new position.
* Serving as a liaison between the Great Plains Tribes and the various Health and Human Services divisions, including the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service, GPTLHB works to reduce public health disparities and improve the health and wellness of the American Indian peoples who are members of the 18 Great Plains tribal nations and communities.