Wasilla, Alaska — The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has announced that Ashley Peltier has been hired as the director of Connect Mat-Su. Ashley begins her new position on March 23, 2020.

Connect Mat-Su was created in 2018 by the foundation and community partners to be a comprehensive and innovative health and social services information and referral resource center serving all residents of Mat-Su. It is a network that is both a physical and virtual resource center linking residents with immediate access to the information, referrals, and direct assistance needed to thrive physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

“Finding the right person to fill a key position like director of Connect Mat-Su can be difficult, so we’re thrilled to welcome Ashley to our team,” said MSHF CEO Elizabeth Ripley. “She has a strong history of commitment to improving health and wellness in our community, and her energy and unique skill set are a perfect fit for taking Connect Mat-Su to the next level.”

In her role as director of Connect Mat-Su, Ashley will lead a team using partnerships and technology to deliver quality, warm, and responsive customer service that ensures all customers get their information and referral (I&R) needs met and successfully get connected to the services they need. Ashley will be responsible for moving forward foundational efforts to launch this program while growing the center’s capacity, scope and quality.  She will report to MSHF Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Ripley and also be accountable to the Connect Mat-Su Steering Committee.

Ashley was previously director of health promotion for the American Lung Association in Alaska. Prior to being promoted to that position, she was successful in several other roles with that organization, including Mat-Su manager, lung health manager, and lung health coordinator. She also has experience as a health educator at Southcentral Foundation, children’s outreach advocate at Alaska Family Services, and program assistant for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Ashley earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Dakota.


Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital to protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution. The MSHF mission is to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su and the tools it uses include grantmaking, convening of local partners, and policy change. The foundation’s work has resulted in significant improvements in systems that support the health of Mat-Su residents in areas such as behavioral health, child welfare, crisis response, community connections, workforce development, transportation, housing, and senior services.  More information is available at .