Puyallup Tribal elder April Beck has served patients at the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority for the last 17 years.
She began working at the PTHA as an emergency hire in the purchasing department, and has been at the PTHA ever since.
For the past 14 years, April Beck has provided administrative support as the medical clinic coordinator, which means she does everything from ordering supplies, to working with L&I claims, to coordinating health certification of tribal shellfish divers.
“I help everyone,” she said. “It’s a happy place – it’s a family place. I like helping people, and I like bossing people around!”
April Beck is part of a large family in the Tribe, as one of Edith Butler Finley Johnson’s 10 children.
Working at the clinic, April Beck said she sees her family often, which makes her job even more enjoyable.
“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t see someone in my family,” she said.
Prior to working at the PTHA, April Beck worked in different facets of the local tribal community.
In the 1980s, she served as a community health representative for the Tribe. She also worked at Tribal City Hall Bingo, as well as at Northwest Indian College’s local branch, where she also attended school.
April married her husband, Carl, 19 years ago. They have five sons altogether, and many grandchildren.
The couple is very active, and enjoys traveling, camping, riding their all-terrain vehicles and spending time at their home in Mexico, which they share with April’s sister, Lizetta.
April and Lizetta also share daily workouts at the Elders Center’s fitness room, and April said she stays happy and healthy by staying active and eating right.
“Overall I have a normal life and I’m a happy person. I wake up in a good mood every single day.”