‘He said, she said’: Was this a case of journalistic murder? – Must Read Alaska

‘He said, she said’: Was this a case of journalistic murder? – Must Read Alaska

WOMAN’S COMPLETE ALLEGATION, AND RESPONSE FROM ANDY TEUBER

You cannot libel the dead, the saying goes. But you also can’t always get their side of the story.

From the Anchorage Daily News perspective, the owners may hope their news story about former Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium CEO Andy Teuber came after his helicopter crashed on Tuesday and not before, because they may have committed character assassination against Teuber, with sexual abuse allegations that open the newspaper up to litigation from Teuber’s widow.

Widow? Teuber was married? That’s right, and we’ll get to that in a moment. This is a story of a powerful man, a beautiful woman, and a relationship gone very wrong. If Shakespeare was alive, he’d find a more elegant way to tell it, but Must Read Alaska just has a set of documents that tell both sides of the story.

To be clear, at this writing it’s not yet certain that Teuber was in the helicopter that went down near Kodiak. Must Read Alaska presumes it was Teuber; after all, it his helicopter, he was piloting it, and he is missing on the way to Kodiak, and helicopter debris was found. We don’t yet know if he survived, but he is long overdue. The pieces all add up to his untimely death at age 52.

Teuber resigned from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium last week, and on Monday the ADN broke a story from the side of an alleged victim of sexual harassment.

The woman making the allegations said she had been sexually targeted by Teuber and forced to have sex with him in order to keep her job at ANTHC. She offered a letter she had written to ANTHC resigning from her job, and detailing exactly why, in sordid detail.

The letter paints her as the victim.

Teuber’s side has never been told. He begged the ADN to hold the story until he could bet back to Alaska; he was out of state getting married.

There are basic facts not reported by the ADN that put Teuber, but also the complainant in this matter, in an unflattering light.

The woman who went to the press, Savanah Evans, has powerful political ties. She is related to U.S. Sen. Sullivan through his wife Julie Fate Sullivan and is reportedly close with the Sullivans.

In a letter sent on Feb. 23 to “Whom it may concern,” Evans wrote that Teuber forced her to have sex with him and held the threat of employment over her head. He denies those allegations and says she was the sexual aggressor.

Within 10 minutes of Evans’ letter being sent to ANTHC in February, Teuber had resigned from the organization. He quite the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Engaged to a long-time girlfriend, he got married out of state and planned to start his life over.

Evans’ letter with her allegations is printed in full here, followed by Teuber’s written responses to questions posed to him by the Anchorage Daily News regarding this incident.

THE SAVANAH EVANS LETTER

To Whom it May Concern: 

My name is Savanah Evans. I have been employed with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) since April 22, 2019. Unfortunately, I am writing to you today to give my formal notice that I am resigning from ANTHC, effective immediately. 

I appreciate the opportunities this employment has provided me. However, the work environment is hostile. I understand a letter like this should go directly to Human Resources, however, I do not feel comfortable expressing my concerns to Human Resources or to any compliance division of ANTHC. My distrust of Human Resources and any compliance tools afforded to employees of ANTHC stems from the established institutional protection of President Teuber. Human Resources, Ethics and Compliance and Executive Leadership have overlooked and been unresponsive to similar abuses and perversion of President Teuber’s power, which, until today, I have been subjected to on a regular basis. 

The sight of the Administration’s offices, the boardroom, and the boardroom executive suite fills me with anxiety, concern, hurt, anger, and shame. For over a year, I have been abused regularly by President Teuber, and it happened under ANTHC’s roof. 

The sad part of what I have to say is, it is rumored that there have been other ANTHC employees who have experienced this pain and abuse and silently endured what I now know to be true. If this is not stopped now, the cycle will continue. My present situation and the past 16 months have taught me that our own people are now allowing and enabling those with power to do this to women. If I don’t speak up, I am no less guilty than those who have heard the rumors and done nothing. I will be no less guilty than those who have done nothing but swept it under the rug. I will not be part of this cycle – I have documented evidence of this abuse, and I want it to stop. I want this organization to protect the tribal members who we are to serve and all employees. 

ANTHC is the largest tribal health organization in the state. FTCA coverage and potentially sovereign immunity may be used as shields and ANTHC may choose to vigorously defend absolutely horrendous actions by its most powerful leader, Andy Teuber. My hope is you don’t. My hope is you replace him and create an effective reporting program to report all abuse including abuse by the executive leadership members. 

I want to share with you just a snapshot of what I have been dealing with for the last 16 months. I want to share with you a piece of who I am and who I have been forced to be over my course of employment with ANTHC: 

I am a single mother of a 4-year-old daughter. I am an Athabascan from the Koyukon region. I was excited to begin work at ANTHC on April 22, 2019 working in the Talent Bank for Kirsten Kolb. I did a variety of administrative work and supported the Marketing department, I did well and was hired as a full-time employee. I have always had a desire to learn and grow both personally and professionally, so when the position of Administrative Assistant to the President of ANTHC was posted I applied and was hired. 

During my first week President Teuber coordinated with Leah Pili to have me fly to Kodiak to “learn the operations at KANA”. President Teuber had dinner with me on that Friday night and later that evening requested via text message that I send him an inappropriate photo. I ignored his text message, and I did not comply with his request. Nothing physical occurred on my first trip to Kodiak. However, he asked that I return to Kodiak on October 11​ to help with the KANA annual meeting and again, Leah helped coordinate my trip to Kodiak. After dinner and a walk at the harbor, President Teuber reached around me and kissed me. He then took me back to his room and had sex with me. You may wonder if this relationship was consensual. It is not, when the person controls your employment. 

On October 15, 2019, there was a dinner with a representative from Moda insurance, to which President Teuber requested I bring logowear. When I delivered the logowear, President Teuber asked me to stay for dinner. President Teuber had several glasses of wine during dinner and continued to drink alcohol after the dinner at Fletcher’s. He was so intoxicated, I agreed to give him a ride home. I wish I hadn’t. I wish I had provided an Uber for him, because once at his house, he pulled me into the downstairs back bedroom and had sex with me and wouldn’t get off of me to let me leave. I was finally able to push him off and rush out. Later he texted me, simply saying “I’m sorry; that wasn’t cool.” 

Approximately two weeks later, I made it clear to President Teuber I wanted to end the sexual relationship and that’s when the “Fly Incident” occurred. President Teuber flew into a rage about flies in his office stating that he couldn’t work under such conditions and ordered Clinton Demientieff and I to pack up his office things so that he could work from home. He also required that anything that needed to be signed must be delivered to his house by me. During my first trip to deliver papers for his signature, he pushed me into the downstairs front bedroom for sex and told me that, ​“You always listen better after I fuck you”.​ My self-worth was plummeting and my shame rose to unbearable levels. On November 23​ , 2019, I tried to take my own life as I was unable to deal with the depression that took hold of me as a result of the treatment from my direct supervisor. 

His manipulation and invasion of private life knew no bounds. On August 1, 2020, I was on the Kenai Peninsula celebrating my daughter’s birthday when I received communication from President Teuber. He alluded to having a positive COVID-19 test and informed me I should immediately act as if I were also positive. In response to this, not wanting to spread COVID-19 to my loved ones and my community, I immediately drove back to Anchorage and got a rapid COVID-19 with the rapid testing machine in ​the boardroom executive suite​. That night at 10:40 pm I got my negative test results and texted it to President Teuber. He responded that he was coming to the office. When he arrived there were no words exchanged, he simply unbuckled my pants, pulled them down, and had sex with me, and when finished he joked about never having had sex with his mask on. As I was leaving the consortium office building and getting into my car, he drove up and said “​Thanks – I feel a lot better now.”​ . This is yet another degrading, dehumanizing example of the requirement to keep my job. Any time I tried to ignore his calls or texts during my personal non-work private time, he would swear at me, demand responses, and threaten me by referring to my job and stating that I have it because of him. I have records that will demonstrate the facts above. 

I made it clear multiple times that I did not want to have a “quid pro quo” relationship with my superior, when I didn’t comply, I paid for it during the workdays. Andy unrelentingly coerced, forced, and required sex of me. In December of 2020, I was given my evaluation for the period of time between October 2019 – September 2020. The summary of performance states: 

“Summary of Employee Performance during this evaluation period does not meet expectations”. 

On December 23​ , 2020, I was told I would be transferred within the organization and was placed in the Special Assistant to the CFO office. On February 8​ , 2021, it was proposed by Leah Pili in association with HR that my salary should be reduced from $89k to approximately $60k. 

President Teuber has repeatedly asked me to destroy evidence, keep our conversations private, and has told me I would be “ill advised” to share or disclose any of the events that have transpired over the past 16 months. And again, given that all reports of issues like this are decided by the very person inflicting the abuse. I believe him when he says that there will be consequences, both from the organization and from President Teuber, for speaking out about the truth of this ongoing abuse. There is much more than what I have put in this letter of resignation – it’s only a glimpse of what I have endured over the past 16 months. 

Therefore, I respectfully resign, effective immediately. /s/ Savanah Evans 

WHAT TEUBER SAID TO THE ADN

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The allegations are specific and damning, and Evans says she has lots of text messages from him to back up her claims of emotional and sexual abuse.

But Teuber also has a side of the story. In what may be his last written words, he begged the Anchorage Daily News to hold off publication of their accusations of him.

He wanted to get to Kodiak to be with his daughter when the news broke. He was rushing on Tuesday because the newspaper told him they would not wait. He was distraught, but did he intentionally crash the helicopter?

Teuber had also gotten married on Monday, March 1, out of state to Amy Belisle of Anchorage. Must Read Alaska has seen the marriage certificate. It’s clear that Belisle knew of the allegations against her fiancé and married him anyway.

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Here is what Teuber wrote on Monday:

  1. Today is my wedding day and I am out of state;
  2. This afternoon, I was contacted by reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, who paraphrased allegations made against me by a former ANTHC employee with whom I had a completely consensual personal relationship.  I have never, and would never, engage in a non-consensual or “quid pro quo” personal relationship with anyone.  The allegations of wrongdoing that I have been made aware of are false, and these allegations and their timing appear designed to portray me unjustly and falsely; to damage my personal and family relationships; but especially to sabotage my recent engagement and new marriage; and to undermine my professional prospects;
  3. My former position with ANTHC was governed by a contract which includes strict confidentiality provisions.  Unless authorized to do so, I am not able to respond to allegations involving ANTHC, its business, or its current or former employees or practices;
  4. I intend to cooperate fully with ANTHC’s investigatory process, and to provide relevant documentation and evidence refuting the allegations of wrongdoing made against me;
  5. On advice of counsel I must withhold further comment at this time.

Here is exactly what Teuber told the ADN, including material the newspaper chose to not include in its story:

Michelle: As you know, I have been out of state attending my wedding. Please note that I am a private citizen, and I do not consider myself a public figure. You have insisted that I respond on very short notice, and at a time when you know that it would be extremely difficult for anyone to do so. You have presented me with a Hobson’s choice of either responding in detail about private relations between consenting adults, or see false allegations about my private life published in your paper, treating Ms. Evans’s false allegations as true. To be clear, I believe Ms. Evans has strong personal and financial motives to attack me, and you are being manipulated to advance those motives on an accelerated timetable deliberately timed and designed to hurt me and my family. 

Although I request that you not publish a story including these false and malicious allegations against me, if you do, you have given me no choice but to respond (set forth in bold type below) to your specific questions as follows: 

1. When did you learn of any allegations against you by Ms. Evans? 

a. On Tuesday, February 23 at approximately 8:15 am 

2. When did the board receive Ms. Evans letter of resignation? 

a. Unsure. This is a question best addressed to ANTHC. 

3. When did you resign? 

a. Tuesday, February 23, a few minutes after learning of the allegations. 

  • Were you asked to resign, and if so, by whom? 

a. No. 

  • Did you provide a letter of resignation? If so can you provide it? 

a. I did not submit a letter. 

6. Ms. Evans says that you created a hostile work environment for her at ANTHC. Do you dispute that? 

a. Yes, I dispute this. 

7. She said that she did not feel able to bring her complaints about you to Human Resources officials within ANTHC, nor any compliance division within ANTHC, because ANTHC has “established institutional protection of President Tueber” and because human resources, ethics and compliance officers and executive leadership have “overlooked and been unresponsive to similar abuses and perversion of President Teuber’s power.” Do you dispute this? 

a. I dispute this, but am not able to further comment as it involves questions for ANTHC, about whom I am not authorized to speak. 

8. Have you been accused of harassment, ethics violations or abuse by other employees, and if so, how were those complaints handled and resolved? 

a. I have not. 

9. Ms. Evans says ANTHC is “allowing and enabling those with power” to abuse women. How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. This never happened to my knowledge, but I am not able to further comment as it involves questions for ANTHC, for and about whom I am not authorized to speak. 

10. Do you agree that the current process for reporting abuse committed by executive members is flawed? 

a. I am not able to comment as it involves questions for ANTHC, for and about whom I am not authorized to speak. 

11. Ms. Evans said that during her first week working for you, she was flown to Kodiak and you at one point asked her to send you an inappropriate photo. How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. During the very first occasion when we were alone, Ms. Evans demanded sex from me in a very direct and aggressive way. After she made her interest plainly known, we did engage in intimate relations, which were always willing, voluntary and consensual, and often initiated by Ms. Evans. 

(Sources have detailed to Must Read Alaska the specific sexual offers allegedly made by Evans, but we are not repeating them here.)

12. Ms. Evans said that she returned to Kodiak later, in October 2019, to help with the annual KANA meeting and that during that trip, you “reached around (her) and kissed (her). He then took me back to his room and had sex with me. You may wonder if this relationship was consensual. It is not, when the person controls your employment.” How do you respond to this accusation that you forced Ms Evans to have sex with you? 

a. I have never forced or coerced sex from anyone, including Ms. Evans. I do not recall every occasion when we had relations, but any time we did she freely participated. 

13. Did you consider the sex to be consensual? If so, how did you know it was consensual? 

a. It was always completely voluntary and consensual, and many if not most times she was the initiator. 

14. How many of your assistants and past personal staff have accused you of sexual harassment? 

a. I have never been made aware of any such allegation. 

15. How many of your assistants and past personal staff have accused you of emotional abuse? 

a. I have never been made aware of any such allegation. 

16. How many of your assistants and past personal staff have accused you of sexual assault? 

a. I have never committed sexual assault against anyone, and I have never been accused of this.

17. Ms. Evans says that on Oct. 15, 2019, she agreed to drive you home from Fletcher’s bar in Anchorage, because you’d been drinking, and that when you arrived at your home “he pulled me into the downstairs back bedroom and sex with me and wouldn’t get off of me to let me leave.” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. I do not remember this particular night, and this allegation is false to the extent that she is accusing me of coercing or forcing her to do anything against her will. As stated previously, any and all occasions where Ms. Evans and I engaged in intimate relations were completely voluntary, and many if not most times initiated by her. 

18. Ms. Evans said that she “was finally able to push him off and rush out. Later he texted me, simply saying ‘I’m sorry; that wasn’t cool.’” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. Again, this allegation is false as stated above. 

19. Was this incident reported to police? 

a. Not to my knowledge. 

  • Have you been contacted by police about this incident? 

a. No. 

  • Has ANTHC hired an outside counsel or attorney to investigate this matter? 

a. I am not sure what you mean by “this matter,” but all questions about what ANTHC is or is not doing should be directed to ANTHC. 

22. Do you have a personal attorney representing you in this matter? If so, whom? 

a. Yes, I do, and he has contacted you off the record on my behalf. 

23. Ms. Evans said that you began working from home about two weeks later, and that she was required to deliver papers to your house for signature. She said that during her first visit to his home, for work purposes, “he pushed me into he downstairs front bedroom for sex and told me that, ‘You always listen better after I fuck you.’” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. I am not sure of the timing referred to in this question, but this allegation is false. 

24. Ms. Evans describes an encounter on Aug. 1, 2020, when you came to the office while COVID-19 positive and had sex with her, telling her aftward, “Thanks – I feel a lot better now.” How do you respond to this accusation? Did this occur in a room behind the ANTHC boardroom, within the executive suite? 

a. This allegation is false. 

25. Ms. Evans writes that, “Any time I tried to ignore his calls or texts during my personal non-work private time, he would swear at me, demand responses, and threaten me by referring to my job and stating that I have it because of him.” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. I did at times express myself strongly to Ms. Evans, but all such expressions were job performance related. 

26. Is there a recording of you berating Ms. Evans? If so, has the board been provided with that recording? 

a. I am aware of a recording that Ms. Evans made of a conversation regarding a work-related and very stressful situation while I was on personal time. Beyond this, I am unable to comment on ANTHC business. 

27. Ms. Evans writes that she “made it clear multiple times that I did not want to have a ‘quid pro quo’ relationship with my superior, when I didn’t comply, I paid for it during workdays.” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. This allegation is false. 

28. She writes that you “unrelentingly coerced, forced and required sex of me.” How do you respond to this accusation? 

a. This allegation is false, and as stated above, any and intimate relations were completely voluntary and often initiated by Ms. Evans. 

29.Ms. Evans said that her job performance, provided in December, stated that her performance “does not meet expectations.” Is this correct? 

a. I have not seen her job evaluation, and beyond this I would refer you to ANTHC. 

30. She said that on Dec. 23 — after she told you she no longer wanted to have sex as part of a “quid pro quo” relationship — she was told that she would be transferred to a job as special assistant to the CFO, with her salary reduced from about $89,000 to about $60,000. Is this correct? In other words, is it accurate to say that when Ms. Evans told you she no longer wanted to have sex she received a pay cut? 

a. This allegation is false. There never was a “quid pro quo” relationship between us. I had no involvement in setting her salary or benefits. As far as the terms of her employment and duty assignments made by her supervisor, such questions should be directed to ANTHC. 

31. Ms. Evans writes that you repeatedly asked her to destroy evidence and told her it would be “ill advised” if she were to share or disclose any of the events that transpired over the past 16 months. Is that correct? 

a. I never told her to “destroy evidence.” She and I both agreed that our personal relationship should be handled with discretion. 

32. Has ANTHC destroyed any of your electronic records, including email, phone or text archive? 

a. This is a question you should direct to ANTHC. 

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