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OUR 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 terms.

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SCOTT JOHANNES

Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Scott is currently in his third term on the MSHF board, having become a member in June, 2009. He also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) Board. Scott 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 as a supporter and in 2008 opened what is now the MTA Sports Center. Scott graduated from Tok High School.

MARY OLSON

Vice Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

KEN KINCAID

Secretary Treasurer, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

TALIS COLBERG

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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. In addition to serving as director of the college, Talis continues to teach history there, something he has been doing since 1992. Governor Palin appointed him as the twentieth Attorney General for Alaska in 2006. He has also been twice elected to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly and twice elected as borough mayor. He has been president of both the Alaska State Fair Board and the Palmer Rotary Club. In addition, he served twice as Chair of the Alaska State Humanities Forum and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska SeaLife Center. 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.

LINDA CONOVER

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Linda is currently serving her third term with the MSHF board. She is committed to helping to improve the quality of health among Mat-Su residents and is especially interested in children's health, senior health and substance abuse. Linda has worked as a mathematician, teacher, licensed insurance agent, office manager and school administrative secretary. She previously owned an educational consulting company, and is currently owner/designer of a web design business. Linda has a master's degree in education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a bachelor's degree in the same field from Western Washington University. Linda began serving on the MSHF board in June, 2008.

NATHAN DAHL

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Nathan became a member of the board in June, 2011. He works for Colony Manor Assisted Living Homes as a part owner and administrator 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. Nathan's involvement with the community includes having served as a football coach for Colony High. He has also served as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America, and is active in his church. Nathan is a graduate of Colony High School and attended LDS Business College where he focused on business administration.

WILLIAM H. HOGAN

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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William H. (Bill) Hogan has been a MSHF board member since June, 2011. He is the Dean of the College of Health at UAA. Bill has spent over 35 years in the mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and social work fields, with experience as a clinician, supervisor and administrator. He worked with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority as a senior fellow, and he was the commissioner, acting commissioner, and deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Prior to working with the State of Alaska, Bill was CEO of Life Quest (now called Mat-Su Health Services), a private, nonprofit community mental health center located in Wasilla. He also served as director of the Division of Behavioral Health, and he worked for community agencies in various capacities in New York, West Virginia, Virginia and Mississippi. Bill has served as chair of the Alaska Mental Health Board, board member of the Alaska Community Mental Health Services Association (now the Alaska Behavioral Health Association) and Executive Director of the New York State chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. He also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) board.

KEITH KEHOE

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Keith has been a physician assistant in the Upper Mat-Su for almost 20 years. He began working at Sunshine Community Health Center in 1997, providing acute, chronic and preventative medical care. Prior to his employment at Sunshine, Keith 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.

LEBRON MCPHAIL

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Lebron was elected to the MSHF board of directors in June, 2016. He worked full-time for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) from 1984 to 2013. During his 29-year career, he 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, Lebron has worked for the MSBSD part-time overseeing students who are on long term suspensions. The focus is to help students recover credits that would have otherwise been lost, and provide leadership and structure for them to be successful in life and within their respective communities. He also serves as a commissioner for Serve Alaska which engages Alaskans of all ages and background in community based service and volunteerism through the AmeriCorps Program. Over the years, Lebron has also volunteered his time within the community serving on a number of non-profit organizations, like the Alaska Family Services Board. He has also been involved in the Community Justice Coalition and the Mat-Su Judo Club, where he served as president for five years. Over the past 30 years, Lebron has coached from the little league level up to the high school ranks in football, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and track and field. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.

TERI NAMTVEDT

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

RICHARD PORTER

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

JODY SIMPSON

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Jody became a board member in June, 2011. She is a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature. She was elected to two three-year terms on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly and 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 both 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 with the Community Council, Chamber of Commerce, Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, and the Library Advocates. Jody holds a BA in English literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master's degree in public administration through the University of Alaska Southeast.

JERRY TROSHYNSKI

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Jerry became a MSHF board member in June, 2009 and he is serving his second term, bringing expertise in public health, health promotion, health and human services systems, public administration, management, community health assessment and communicable disease prevention to the Foundation. Jerry worked for ten years as the Mat-Su Public Health Center nurse manager. He has served on the Mat-Su Borough Community Services Block Grant steering committee, member and chair of the Mat-Su Agency Partnership, board member of the Mat-Su Recovery Center, and board member and president of the Alaska Public Health Association. Jerry earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD and a masters of public administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

FRED VAN WALLINGA

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

RANDY WESTBROOK

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center “Category A” Board Members

Five seats on the 10-seat Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) Board 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 filled with current MSHF board members Bill Hogan, Scott Johannes and Ken Kincaid, former MSHF board member Teri Namtvedt, and MSHF executive director Elizabeth Ripley.

CHRIS EMOND

Director of Finance and Operations, Mat-Su Health Foundation

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Chris oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the Mat-Su Health Foundation in conjunction with the executive director, board of directors, and finance and audit committees of the board. 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 key operating functions of the organization including accounting, legal and compliance, human resources, IT, physical plant asset management, and grant management function. 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.

SCOTT JOHANNES

Chair, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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Scott is currently in his third term on the MSHF board, having become a member in June, 2009. He also serves on the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) Board. Scott 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 as a supporter and in 2008 opened what is now the MTA Sports Center. Scott graduated from Tok High School.

KEN KINCAID

Secretary Treasurer, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.

ELIZABETH RIPLEY

Executive Director, Mat-Su Health Foundation

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Elizabeth became a Category A member of the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board in December, 2011. She has served as executive director of Mat-Su Health Foundation since July, 2008, and was director of marketing and public relations at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (formerly Valley Hospital) from 1996 to 2008. Previously she worked at Hospice of Mat-Su as volunteer coordinator. Elizabeth is a member of the Totem Ocean Citizens Advisory Board. She has also served on the Mat-Su Borough Health and Social Services Board, Alaska Railroad Community Advisory Board, Mat-Su Rural Health Planning Network, and as a mayoral appointee on the Mat-Su Borough Blue Ribbon Task Force for Health Powers. She is past president of the United Way of Mat-Su and the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth earned a bachelor of arts degree at Western Maryland College and a master of arts and religion at Yale University.

TERI NAMTVEDT

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

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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.