A big welcome to our newly-appointed Board members!

Read more about Teresa Martinez and Kelly Larson below.

We are still recruiting for several upcoming Board vacancies. If you have a passion for community, a desire for positive change, and a heart for giving, please consider joining the UWMS Board of Directors. Contact Stephanie Allen, Executive Director, for more information: 745-5821 or sallen@unitedwaymatsu.org


Teresa is a fixture in the Mat-Su community, volunteering for many of our events including Project Homeless Connect, Stuff the Bus and Play 60. She is a proud mother and grandmother whose family can be seen volunteering and participating in these events and more around the Valley. She often brings her grandson Dominik along, and he too has become a regular volunteer.
Originally from Texas, Teresa enjoys
Mat-Su Miners baseball games, spending time with her grandchildren, reading, movies and keeping up with Alaskan sports like mushing.
Teresa was a 2019 nominee for the UWMS Volunteer of the Year award, and has worked as a childcare provider and companion and caregiver to the elderly, visually-impaired and those in need for many years.
Kelly Larson has lived in Alaska since the ripe old age of three.  She married her high-school sweetheart, Link, is the mother of two, and the grandmother of three. Kelly grew up in Anchorage and she now resides in the Valley with her husband. She is the Director of Community and Corporate Partnerships for the Alaska State Fair. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is pursuing her Master’s degree in the same field. She is a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management and holds the distinction of Certified Fair Executive! She is also a second-year student in Institute of Venue Management. Kelly’s favorite part of her job is working with the talented staff at the Fair to build memories and make people at the Fair happy! She enjoys serving her community, is a recovering Past-president, Secretary and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Palmer; and is excited to be a District 5010 2017-19 Public Image Chair. She is also Director of the Greater Palmer Chamber of Palmer Board. In her spare time… she sleeps!!