“Rear Admiral Weahkee has been instrumental in getting Coronavirus relief funding to Tribes as quickly as possible and is in regular communications with Tribal leaders,” said Kitcheyan. “As a Tribal leader, I appreciate Director Weahkee’s thoughtful and collaborative approach in his leadership.”
An enrolled member of the Zuni Tribe, Director Weahkee previously served as the chief executive officer for the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, the largest federally-operated facility in the Indian Health Service. Rear Adm. Weahkee began his professional health care career in the United States Air Force as a public health specialist. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, he left the Air Force to pursue advanced hospital administration training, receiving both his Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Arizona State University.