Wasilla, Alaska — The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has hired Kelly Lewis as its new Chief Operating Officer.  Lewis began her new position on April 20, 2020. She reports to Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Ripley.

In her role as chief operating officer, Lewis directly oversees human resources, information technology, office management, building operations and contract management for the foundation. She plays a key role in overall strategy development and supports a high level of coordination between the foundation’s programmatic work and hospital ownership. She also assists the CEO in operational oversight of MSHF subsidiaries, helping to ensure compliance with all LLC operating agreements, management services agreements, and policies, and working with legal counsel to address any deficits or compliance issues.

“We’re thrilled to have found someone with Kelly Lewis’s unique skills and experiences to help take the Mat-Su Health Foundation to the next level,” said MSHF CEO Elizabeth Ripley. “She has the talent needed to help develop our people, infrastructure and systems to scale the foundation’s impact over the next 10 years and beyond. Among her many duties, she will help me assess our leadership, talent processes, infrastructure and culture to build an improvement plan that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization and its strategies.”

Lewis was previously chief executive officer of her own consulting firm, specializing in leadership, management, and technical training for public and private sector clients. Prior to that she worked for the Municipality of Anchorage as director of organizational development and deputy director of property appraisal. She holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, an MBA from Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis and Clark College. Lewis also earned a certificate in dispute resolution from Willamette Law School.