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 may serve up to three consecutive terms.

Now Recruiting New Board Members

Some of our board members will be terming off over the next several years, and we’re building a pool of potential new members. If you want to help improve the health and wellness of the Alaskans living in the Mat-Su, then this is the opportunity for you!  As a first step, we are asking people to submit an expression of interest in this exciting opportunity. We are looking for potential board members with expertise in finance, management/leadership, law, primary care, construction/engineering, health insurance, and disabilities.  Individuals under age 45 and representing diverse population groups and geographic areas of our borough are especially encouraged to express their interest. You can download details about this opportunity at this link. Then, submit your Expression of Interest survey here.

Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

LEBRON MCPHAIL

Chair, 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 from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy.

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 a Master of Science in rehabilitation medicine from the University of Washington in 1996 and a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Kansas in 2011.

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.

RAELYNN DANIELOWSKI

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Raelynn joined the MSHF board in June, 2020. She is a lifelong Alaskan with 23 years in the Mat-Su. Raelynn has a wealth of finance experience in the energy sector and currently works as the assistant financial controller at Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA). She is a current committee member of the MTA Investment Committee. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance.

GREG JONES

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Greg joined the MSHF board in June, 2020. His work experience has ranged across entrepreneurship, organization building, management of both large and small organizations, and public policy. Greg served as the interim CEO for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and was subsequently appointed a trustee. He is a member of the Connect Mat-Su Steering Committee and has previously served on the boards of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission, Anchorage Board of Examiners and Appeals, Special Olympics of Alaska, Alaska Academic Decathlon, Anchorage Home Builders Association, Great Land Trust and the Covenant House Site Selection Committee. He attended the University of Alaska and graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1970.

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 Teacher Student Association at Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School. Keith earned his physician assistant certification from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts from Lesley College, and a Bachelor of Science from Illinois Benedictine College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

PHILIP LICHT

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Philip joined the MSHF board in June, 2020. He is a lifelong Mat-Su resident who has devoted his life and skills toward improving the health and wellness within the community for the past 20 years and presently works as the executive director of Set Free Alaska. Licht currently serves on the steering committee for ROCK Mat-Su, as well as the board of Recover Alaska and Governor Dunleavy’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. In the past, he has served on the boards of Thrive Mat-Su, Mat-Su Agency Partnership, Northgate Alaska and Mat-Su Health and Social Services. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University, and is a licensed and ordained minister.

TERI NAMTVEDT

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Teri was selected to rejoin the MSHF 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, as well 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 Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

SAMMYE POKRYFKI

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Sammye joined the MSHF board in June, 2019. She is a lifelong Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Borough for more than 36 years. She was senior vice president at the Rasmuson Foundation until 2017, where she worked for 12 years. Currently she works as a consultant and adjunct faculty member in the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Previously, Pokryfki was executive director of United Way Mat-Su and Denali KidCare rural outreach coordinator for Chugiak Children’s Service. She has also served as a volunteer leader on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, blue ribbon committees, and in soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, faith communities, mentoring programs, recreational events, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Pokryfki holds a master’s degree in social work and two bachelor’s degrees, one in social work and one in English literature, all from University of Alaska Anchorage.

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.

LISA SMAYDA

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa joined the MSHF board in June, 2020. She has lived in Alaska since 1978 and became a resident of the Mat-Su in 1991. The majority of her 44-year career was spent working in the medical field as a registered nurse in the Mat-Su and rural Alaska. Lisa is on the Mat-Su Senior Services Board of Directors and previously served on the board for the Denali Kid Care pilot program, as well as on the advisory boards for Holy Family Catholic Church and Saint Michael’s Catholic Church. Lisa earned a nursing diploma in 1976 from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans and went on to complete a Pastoral Leadership Program at Gonzaga University in 1997.

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. She is 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 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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 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

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 2008, he opened what is now the MTA Sports Center. Scott graduated from Tok High School.

TERI NAMTVEDT

Member, Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors

Teri was selected to rejoin the MSHF 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, as well 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 Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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.

 

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