Wasilla, Alaska – The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Tammy Bruce, Marisa Chud and Dr. Barb Doty.

Tammy Bruce joined the MSHF Board of Directors in June 2021. Born and raised in Alaska, she brings with her more than 10 years of experience working in finance with Edward Jones, as well as a history of working in marketing with the Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tammy previously served as the president and has been a member of the Palmer Rotary Club for 20 years. In addition, she was the lieutenant governor for District 5010, as well as served on the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years and the MTA Board of Directors for four years in the past. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998.

Marisa Chud joined the MSHF board in June 2021. She not only has experience working in the nonprofit realm with the YWCA, but also has 6 years of professional experience working in the legal field in various capacities. Marisa began as a law clerk at the Palmer Superior Courthouse and presently works as an attorney with Denali Law Group. She serves on committees at Northgate Alaska, and has previously volunteered with Triumphant Mercy, a center for refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as Catholic Social Services. Marisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2008 and earned her Juris Doctor from New England Law Boston in 2013.

Dr. Barb Doty is a board certified family physician who has completed fellowships in Medical Education and Faculty Development, Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine and Rural Health. She joined the MSHF board in June 2021. Barb has more than 40 years of experience studying, contributing to and working in healthcare. She is presently a WWAMI-Alaska assistant clinical dean with the University of Washington School of Medicine. Barb is currently a member of the Mat-Su College Advisory Board and has served different groups in many capacities in the past including as Board Chair for Mat-Su Behavioral Health, assembly member for the Mat-Su Borough and as a federal appointee on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 1977 and has since attended many educational programs at a range of institutions including the University of Washington, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Colorado and the University of Arizona.

At the same board meeting where the new members were elected, board officers were named. Lebron McPhail was chosen to continue in his role as chair. Lisa Wade was selected to serve as vice-chair and Teri Namtvedt for the role of secretary-treasurer.

Service on the Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors is on a volunteer basis. Interested Mat-Su residents may apply through a process that includes a written application and interview. Board members serve an initial three-year term, and each term may be renewed for two additional three-year terms. More information is available at