Mat-Su Health Foundation Welcomes New Staff Member, Kathleen McConnell

Contributed by Robin Minard, Director of Public Affairs

The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) recently welcomed Kathleen McConnell to its team as a program officer leading the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area.  

Kathleen is responsible for working with the program team to design and implement strategic initiatives to advance the foundation’s goals and vision. This includes reviewing and approving funding recommendations, providing project and grantee technical assistance, and interacting with other grant-makers, not-for-profit leaders and public and private stake holders whose work intersects with that of the foundation.

Kathleen was previously employed by the Northwest Arctic Borough in Kotzebue as assistant to the mayor, economic development director, and personnel officer. She also previously worked for NANA Development Corporation and Southcentral Foundation. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

About MSHF: 

Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, the MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare asset through board oversight. The MSHF invests its share of Mat-Su Regional’s profits into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su. More information is available online at