Wasilla, Alaska – The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) has welcomed two new employees. Shirley Kelly was hired as director of operations and Kelsey Shields as program assistant.

As director of operations, Kelly oversees office management, human resources and contract management for the foundation. Her responsibilities include ensuring a high level of coordination between the foundation’s programmatic work and hospital ownership, and she assists in the design of organizational structures, workflows, and processes. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in human resources to the foundation. She holds Master of Arts degree in management with a specialization in human resources from Wayland Baptist University.

In her new role as program assistant, Shields serves as the primary contact for MSHF scholarship inquiries from prospective and returning applicants, training providers, universities, colleges, and the general public. She also provides support to the other members of the foundation’s program team by assisting with planning, scheduling, and implementation of convenings and other program-related events. Prior to joining MSHF, Shields worked in a variety of industries providing administrative and customer relations management support. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and media studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


About Mat-Su health Foundation: 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