Our Board of Directors

Passion — Professional — Responsible




Rebekah Fineday


Rebekah is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, where she was born and raised on that reservation. She is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, spending eight years as an Aviation Manager on various deployments, including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Upon separation from USAF, Rebekah obtained her BSN in 2009 from St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN. She immediately went to work at her home reservation hospital where she born, Cass Lake Indian Health Services, working in Urgent Care, Emergency Department and Inpatient Department. Soon she transferred to Red Lake IHS where she was a Nurse Manager, then the Quality Manager for a couple years before returning to Cass Lake IHS in the Quality Department as an Accreditation Specialist.
Having been on both sides of front lines nursing and learning about Quality and Accreditation purposes, nursing has taken on a whole new meaning and outlook for the greater good of patients.

Currently, as an officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Rebekah has been temporarily assigned to the Emergency Department several times in support of COVID-19 efforts, including emergency patient care and mass COVID-19 vaccination events in MN and MI.

Rebekah enjoys riding motorcycles, playing roller derby, doing CrossFit, hiking, running, going to powwows, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.

Vice President


Dr. Mary Fairbanks DNP, RN, PHN

Dr. Mary Fairbanks DNP, RN, PHN

Dr. Mary is a Professor of Nursing at Bemidji State University. Her nursing career began with Indian Health Service in 1985 and included practice as an RN in rural hospitals, emerging as a Public Health Nurse with a Tribal health program, and serving as a Public Health Advisor and Nurse Consultant with Bemidji Area IHS regional headquarters. She gained experience from leaders throughout IHS including nurse executives, tribal leaders, and other health care professionals on Indian health care policy and Indian health issues. As a US Public Health Service officer, she had special deployment training for public health emergencies and deployed to a high school shooting and Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, she retired as a USPHS CAPT and started a second career in nursing education. She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a focus in public health nursing and a Master's Degree in Nursing with a Minor in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Her practice interest is in community resiliency and career interest is in increasing American Indians into nursing. She enjoys teaching community health nursing, American Indian Health issues, leadership & management, nursing informatics, and communication. She is active on several service organization boards and community advisory groups and is a citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojbwe. She is married with three adult children.

Sadie E. Anderson

Mrs. Sadie Anderson, MSN RN

Sadie Anderson, MSN RN is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. She moved to Alaska at the age of 12 and traveled to many villages all over the state with her parents and grew to love Alaska. She started her nursing career with a bachelor degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006. She graduated with a master’s degree in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner 2016 from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2018 she earned a graduate certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership through Alaska Pacific University.

Sadie has worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center since 2007. She started as a nurse on the orthopedic/neurosurgery unit. She became the manager for that department in 2012, and director of nursing in 2013. In addition to being the director of the medical/surgical units, Sadie’s efforts focus on mentoring entry-level employees, developing a Certified Nursing Assistant Training program with yearly conferences, and coordinating student nurse rotations within the hospital.

Sadie resides in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, Ian and their four children. They have a passion for helping others and house yearly foreign exchange students, baseball players, and soccer coaches in the summer. Sadie enjoys photography, skiing, snowboarding, and doing beadwork.

Lisa Martin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lisa Martin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Lisa Martin is a clinical associate professor with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an enrolled member of the Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. She is a past president of NANAINA and a diversity and inclusivity consultant to the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and The Center to Champion Nursing in America. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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