Wasilla, Alaska – Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) president and CEO Elizabeth Ripley is taking a sabbatical from July 1 through October 31. This is made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program and with the support of the Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors and talented staff.  She has led the foundation since 2008 and is looking forward to returning on November 1. During the sabbatical she hopes to spend more time with her husband, children, first grandchild and parents, as well as relaxing on various trips including rafting the Colorado River.

During Ripley’s absence, MSHF CFO Chris Emond will serve as Acting President and CEO. Chief Communications Officer Robin Minard and Vice President of Programs Karen Koenemann will represent MSHF more broadly out in the community and across the state. Karen will represent the foundation at the programmatic level. Robin will handle all media relations, public affairs, government relations, and external communications in coordination with the leadership team.