MAT-SU’S SHEPLER SELECTED FOR TOP 40 UNDER 4021-Feb-2018
Wasilla, Alaska – The Alaska Journal of Commerce has selected Desiré Shepler as one its Top 40 Under 40 professionals for 2018. Shepler is the director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness), a community collaborative supported by the Mat-Su Health Foundation that is working to increase family resilience and create a culture that supports children and families.
Shepler began working for the Mat-Su Health Foundation in 2013, serving first as program associate, then as a program officer. She was promoted to her current position of director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su in 2016. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Shepler serves the Mat-Su community as a volunteer yoga instructor, as board secretary of the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation, and as secretary of the Palmer High School Cross Country Team boosters. She earned Master of Public Health and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an associate degree from Mat-Su College. In 2010, she was the recipient of a Mat-Su Health Foundation academic scholarship, making her the first MSHF scholarship recipient to go on to employment with the foundation.
The Top 40 Under 40 Program annually honors the talents and outstanding efforts of individual Alaskans in their professions and in their community involvement. Shepler was chosen for the award by Alaska Journal of Commerce management out of more than 100 nominations. All 40 awardees will be recognized at an awards reception in Anchorage in April.