Contributed by Robin Minard
Wasilla resident Sammye Pokryfki has joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) Board of Directors. She brings a wealth of nonprofit management and volunteer experience to her new role.
Pokryfki is a lifelong Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Borough for more than 36 years. She was senior vice president at the Rasmuson Foundation until 2017, where she worked for 12 years. Currently, she works as a consultant and adjunct faculty member in the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Previously, Pokryfki was executive director of United Way Mat-Su and Denali KidCare rural outreach coordinator for Chugiak Children’s Service. She has also served as a volunteer leader on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, blue ribbon committees, and in soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, faith communities, mentoring programs, recreational events, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Pokryfki holds a master’s degree in social work and two bachelor’s degrees, one in social work and one in English literature, all from University of Alaska Anchorage.
At the same board meeting where Pokryfki was elected, Lebron McPhail, who joined the board in 2016, was chosen as Vice Chair.
Service on Mat-Su Health Foundation Board of Directors is on a volunteer basis, and applicants 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.
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 and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution, through board oversight. MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su. More information is available at www.healthymatsu.org.