Governance & Leadership

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United Way of Mat-Su Board & Staff

United Way of Mat-Su’s governance structure strengthens the organization’s leadership and accountability. Annually evaluating board and member performance, including ethical standards, is a part of this effort. Board members must possess the following  key attributes: a passion for United Way’s mission and vision, a commitment to invest time as an active member, an ability and desire to take a system-wide perspective and a demonstrated commitment to his/her community. Our Board is now comprised of diverse volunteers who are senior representatives of the largest, most influential donors and sponsors, noted intellectual, civic leaders and other stakeholders.

Board of Directors

Sarah Collins
Mat-Su Homebuilders Assn.


Austin Grimes
Mat-Su Borough School District


Kelly Marre
Palmer Probation Office


Debbie Fisher

Community Member

Kathy Mitchell Sayer
100.9 KAYO / Aurora Payment Solutions


Abbie Barker


Robert Morgan
Key Bank


Carolyn Hanson


Alaina Anderson
Palmer Police Department


JoAnn Kohler
Enstar Natural Gas







Executive Director: Stephanie Allen

UWMSB Executive Director Stephanie Allen joined the staff in May 2007. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding nonprofit leadership, health promotion program development and implementation, management of budgets and finances as well as building collaborations and partnerships with other organizations throughout the state and local community. She has a Masters degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University where she focused on Physiology and Research and Design. She serves on the Mat-Su Borough's Health & Social Service Board, is on the Operations Board of the Foraker Group, is past President of the Alaska Health Education Consortium and past Chair of Take Heart Alaska’s Worksite Health Promotion Committee. She lives in Palmer with her husband Rick, sons Rhys & Houston. 

Development Director: Chelsea Fields

Chelsea Fields joined the United Way of Mat-Su staff in June 2015 and brings with her the experiences and skills from being the Mat-Su Community Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. Prior, she traveled throughout the state coordinating health fairs as a Program Director for Alaska Health Fair, Inc. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Social Work with a focus in Interpersonal Relations from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She settled in the Valley in 2011 after falling in love with Alaska's natural beauty and sense of community. In her personal time, Chelsea enjoys traveling, yoga, hiking, sewing and spending time with her husband, TJ, and English Springer Spaniel, Henry.

Community Impact Director: Staci Manier

Staci Manier became a staff member at the United Way of Mat-Su in February of 2014. Prior to joining the staff, she completed two practicums with the United Way of Mat-Su. Staci holds a Bachelor of Human Services degree from the University of Alaska. She has volunteered extensively in her community and especially enjoys working with youth. Originally from S.E. Alaska, Staci and her family moved to Palmer in 2004. She enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Administrative Assistant: Makenna Wyatt

Makenna Wyatt first joined the United Way of Matsu team as a practicum student in 2013. Through that experience she was able to gain familiarity and understanding of the United of Way of Mat-Su. Now joining the United Way of Mat-Su staff as the Administrative Assistant Makenna is excited to continue working to impact and help the Mat-Su Valley. Makenna moved with her family to Palmer in 2004, is a Colony High School graduate and will graduate with her Bachelor of Human Services in May 2017. An Alaskan transplant from a young age Makenna enjoys all the outdoor activities that this great state provides, along with spending time with her family and friends.

Stephanie Allen
Executive Director
Office: (907) 745-5821

Chelsea Fields
Development Director
Office: (907) 745-5822

Staci Manier
Community Impact Director
Office: (907) 745-5827

Makenna Wyatt
Administrative Assistant
Office: (907) 745-5824