Board of Directors

The Mat-Su Health Foundation is fortunate to have a committed, dynamic Board of Directors. Each board member contributes a unique perspective, but all are united in their commitment to improving health for Alaskans living in the Valley. Members serve three year terms, and each term may be renewed for two additional three year term.

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    NATHAN DAHL

    Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Nathan became a member of the board in June, 2011. He works for Maple Springs of Alaska as the executive director and his focus has been to work with other health agencies in the valley to provide the best possible care for those in need. With the opportunity to work directly with those affected by physical and mental disabilities, he has learned just how important the need is for a quality, health-minded community. He has been a football coach for Colony High School for 13 years and a leader in the Boy Scouts of America Organization. Growing up in the Mat-Su Valley, Nathan graduated from Colony High School and has a degree in business administration from Colorado State University.


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    MARY OLSON

    Vice Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Mary has been a MSHF board member since June, 2005; she took one year off after serving her first two terms. Mary currently provides physical therapy services in rural schools in Alaska. She worked as a physical therapist with the Mat-Su Borough School District until her retirement from the district in 2004. Mary has served in elected positions and on committees in the Alaska Chapter of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and at the national level of the Pediatric Section of the APTA. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in physical therapy and continued her education by completing master of science degree in rehabilitation medicine from the University of Washington in 1996 and a doctor of physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 2011.

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    KEN KINCAID

    Secretary Treasurer, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Ken joined the MSHF board in June, 2012. He has an extensive business background, having spent many years at a successful commercial real estate appraisal company. Ken has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Northgate Alaska Elder Board, the Mat-Su Borough Board of Equalization, the Alaska Board of Real Estate Appraisers and the board of Matanuska Susitna Christian School. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at California State University, Chico. He also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) board.

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    ANNIE BILL

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors
    Annie has had successful careers in education and natural resources. She owns Excel Alaska, an education consulting company. Previously, Annie held positions of increasing responsibility with the Mat-Su Borough School District. She was principal at Ron Larson Elementary School, acting assistant principal at Colony Middle School, a teacher, and she served as the district’s coordinator for the Talented and Gifted and International Baccalaureate Programs. Before moving into the education field, Annie was a park ranger and interpretive specialist for the Alaska State Parks and the USDA Forrest Servicer. She earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science in recreation & parks/environmental education from Penn State University.
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    TALIS COLBERG

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors
    Talis joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors in June, 2014. He is a third generation Alaskan who was appointed director of Mat-Su College in 2010. He continues to teach history there, something he has been doing since 1992. Talis was appointed as the 20th Attorney General for Alaska in 2006. He was twice elected to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly and twice elected as borough mayor, has been president of the Alaska State Fair Board and the Palmer Rotary Club, and served twice as Chair of the Alaska State Humanities Forum. Talis graduated from Palmer High School in 1976, Pacific Lutheran University in 1979 and Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983. He earned a Ph.D. in Northern Political History and Culture from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2008.
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    KEITH KEHOE

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors
    Keith has been a physician assistant in the Upper Mat-Su for almost 20 years. Keith has also worked as a physician assistant in several other Alaska communities, as well as overseas. His previous board experience includes eight years with the Alaska Primary Care Association from 1998-2005, the Jessica Stevens Foundation since its inception in 2007, and with Talkeetna’s local community radio station, KTNA. He also serves as vice president with the Parent Teach Student Association at Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School. Keith earned his physician assistant certification from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts degree from Lesley College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois Benedictine College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
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    LEBRON MCPHAIL

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Lebron was elected to the MSHF board of directors in June, 2016. During his 29-year career with the Mat-Su Borough School District, Lebron served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and executive director of instruction with an enrollment approaching 18,000 students. Since his retirement in 2013, he has worked for the school district part-time, overseeing students who are on long term suspensions. He also serves as a commissioner for Serve Alaska and  has volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alaska Family Services Board. He has been involved in the Community Justice Coalition and the Mat-Su Judo Club, where he served as president for five years, and has coached football, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and track and field. Lebron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.

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    TERI NAMTVEDT

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Teri was selected to rejoin the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors in 2015. She previously served on the MSHF board from June, 2006 - May, 2011, including a term as board chair in 2010. Teri also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Category A board of directors, a position she has held since September, 2009.Teri has owned Namtvedt and Company CPAs Inc. in Wasilla since 2006. Prior to that she served as Chief Financial Officer at the Alaska Sea Life Center and as interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Mat-Su Heath Services. Teri has volunteered with the Anchorage Ski Club/Arctic Valley, various equestrian organizations, and on a Catholic Social Services advisory group. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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    RICHARD PORTER

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors
    Richard joined the MSHF board in 2014. He is executive director of the Knik Tribe in Wasilla, and he has spent the last 20 years in the areas of environmental health and tribal work. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a senior Tribal Coordinator, and Department of Defense (DOD) as a program manager mitigating environmental impacts on lands due to the DOD. Richard also serves on the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Mat-Su Council on Aging, Alaska Native Brother Hood Camp 89, Yak-tat Kwaan and South Central Foundation’s Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board. He graduated from Yakutat High School 1992, earned several certificates in the area of environmental health, and attended the University of Arizona to study environmental sciences.
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    JODY SIMPSON

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Jody became a board member in June, 2011. She is currently a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature. Previously she served two three-year terms on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. Her past and current affiliations include the Mat-Su College Citizens Advisory Committee, the Mat-Su Borough Board of Ethics, the MSB/Anchorage Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Mat-Su Borough School District Budget Advisory Committee, and the Mat-Su Borough Library Board, and Wasilla Friends of the Library. Jody has also held leadership positions in numerous Big Lake community organizations, including the Community Council, Chamber of Commerce, Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, and Library Advocates. Jody holds a BA in English literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.

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    FRED VAN WALLINGA

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Fred became a MSHF board member in June, 2010. He was a school principal at Big Lake Elementary, Wasilla High School, and Taniana Elementary School, and he taught in Homer, Fairbanks and Juneau. Since retiring Fred has remained active in education, teaching at the university level, performing accreditation of schools, and teaching classes at Prudhoe Bay for the oil companies. He has served as a volunteer in leadership positions on several boards, including Val/Gen Medical Board, the Children's Place Board of Directors, the Citizens Review Board and the Children's Justice Act Task Force. Fred earned bachelors and masters degrees in education and school administration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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    LISA WADE

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors
    Lisa is the health, education, and social services division director for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council. She is a steering committee member of the Alaska Resilience Coalition and of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children With Kindness). She is also a member of Benteh/Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center’s Joint Operating Board and an advisory committee member of the Ahtnahwt’aene’ Nay’dini’aa den (Life House Clinic Community Health Center). Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. She studied Counseling Psychology at the master’s level at Saint Mary’s University and completed coursework in a PhD program in Clinical and Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis at the University of Alaska.
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    JONATHAN WALKER

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Jonathan is lead pastor at Church On the Rock, which has multiple sites in the Mat-Su. He has served the church since 2014. He previously co-founded Church On the Rock Homer. Jonathan has spent the bulk of his adult life living and working in Alaska and brings to the MSHF board skills in leadership development and nonprofit organizational vison and strategy. He has studied at Northeastern State University, Alaska Bible Institute and Louisiana Baptist University.

     

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    RANDY WESTBROOK

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Randy joined the board in June, 2012. He is an attorney with his own practice in Wasilla with an emphasis in real estate and business law. He also handles wills and probate. Randy previously served on the Valley Hospital board of directors and on other Mat-Su non-profit boards, including 10 years with Victory Ministries and as one of the original members of the board of directors for Heartreach Center. He has been very active in the Wasilla Rotary club, where he served as president twice, district secretary twice, and executive assistant district governor. Randy has a bachelor's degree from Rockford College and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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    SARA YANCEY

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Sara is a public health nurse at Mat-Su Public Health Center focusing on preventative care in order to help people improve their quality of life. Previously she was employed in nursing positions with the Anchorage Correctional Center, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and Alaska Native Medical Center. Sara earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from University of Alaska Anchorage. She has lived in the Mat-Su since 2006 and in Alaska since 1999.

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center “Category A”

Five seats on the 10-seat Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) Board of Directors are filled by Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) representatives. These “Category A” Board Members help set the mission, vision and values of the hospital. They look critically at what services are needed for the Borough’s fast-growing population and ensure that public education programs and charity care levels match community need. The MSHF seats on the MSRMC board are held by Scott Johannes, current MSHF board members Ken Kincaid and Teri Namtvedt,  MSHF CEO Elizabeth Ripley and MSHF CFO Chris Emond.

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    KEN KINCAID

    Secretary Treasurer, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Ken joined the MSHF board in June, 2012. He has an extensive business background, having spent many years at a successful commercial real estate appraisal company. Ken has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Northgate Alaska Elder Board, the Mat-Su Borough Board of Equalization, the Alaska Board of Real Estate Appraisers and the board of Matanuska Susitna Christian School. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at California State University, Chico. He also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) board.

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    CHRIS EMOND

    Chief Financial Officer, Mat-Su Health Foundation

    Chris serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Mat-Su Health Foundation. He plays a key role in the organization’s overall strategy development and implementation, serves as the management liaison to the MSHF board finance and audit committees, and supports joint venture planning and management. He also oversees  the accounting, legal, compliance, human resources, IT, physical plant, and grants management functions for the foundation. Chris came to the foundation from his previous role as director of treasury at Alaska Communications Systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Houston and serves as an officer on the board of directors for the Alaska E-Health Network.

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    SCOTT JOHANNES

    Board Member, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

    Scott currently serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) board of directors, and he previously served three terms on the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors. He is a retired contractor. In addition, he is the owner and managing partner of several real estate development partnerships. Scott has experience with youth sports from many different angles and has been involved as a parent, coach, board member, board executive and a supporter. In he 2008 opened what is now the MTA Sports Center. Scott graduated from Tok High School.

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    TERI NAMTVEDT

    Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

    Teri was selected to rejoin the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors in 2015. She previously served on the MSHF board from June, 2006 - May, 2011, including a term as board chair in 2010. Teri also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Category A board of directors, a position she has held since September, 2009.Teri has owned Namtvedt and Company CPAs Inc. in Wasilla since 2006. Prior to that she served as Chief Financial Officer at the Alaska Sea Life Center and as interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Mat-Su Heath Services. Teri has volunteered with the Anchorage Ski Club/Arctic Valley, various equestrian organizations, and on a Catholic Social Services advisory group. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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    ELIZABETH RIPLEY

    Chief Executive Officer, Mat-Su Health Foundation

    Elizabeth has served as chief executive officer of the Mat-Su Health Foundation since July, 2008. She is actively engaged in local, statewide, and national philanthropy efforts, currently serving as chair of the Foraker Group Governing Board, chair of the Mat-Su College Advisory Board, executive board member of Philanthropy Northwest, and board member of Grantmakers in Health. She was recognized by the Alaska Public Health Association with its long-term service award in 2014, and presented with a YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2016. Prior to working for the Mat-Su Health Foundation, she held positions in the hospital industry that included volunteer management, marketing, foundation development and administration. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Western Maryland College and a Master of Arts in religion from Yale Divinity School.