Our Team

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Stephanie Allen




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 Master’s degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University where she focused on Physiology and Research and Design. She serves on the City of Palmer’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Advisory Board, is on the Operations Board of the Foraker Group, and is a member of the Palmer Rotary Club. She is past Chair of the Mat-Su Borough Health & Social Services Board, past President of the Alaska Health Education Consortium, and past Chair of Take Heart Alaska’s Worksite Health Promotion Committee. She lives in Palmer and with her husband Rick, and sons Rhys & Houston.

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Nick Jenkins




Nick Jenkins is the newest member of the United Way of Mat-Su team. He grew up in the windy, high desert plains of Laramie Wyoming. In 2010 Nick enrolled in Alaska Pacific University’s Outdoor Studies program and drove north in search of adventure. He was immediately drawn to the Valley and began working as a guide that summer on the Matanuska Glacier. Nick went on to get a Master’s degree from APU, and now happily lives in Palmer with his partner Iris, son Cedar, and dog Bora. He enjoys backcountry snowboarding, traveling, making movies, silversmithing, and exploring Alaska’s wild places.

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Michele Harmeling




Michele comes to United Way of Mat-Su with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world, including volunteer coordination, media and communications management, and community relations; she has worked in nonprofit and volunteer management in both Alaska and Washington State and is an AmeriCorps alumna. She holds a BA in English with a minor in education from University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University. A graduate of Palmer High (Class of 2000), she is dedicated to celebrating our community’s unique strengths while continuing to build its future. She is a member of Team RWB (Red, White and Blue), helping engage veterans and their families throughout the Valley, and a member of the little a triathlon executive board. In her spare time, she can be found representing Team RWB at ultramarathons and races statewide, hiking, camping, teaching plant and mushroom identification, taking photographs, and generally spoiling her son, Walker, and pets.

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Becky Stoppa




Becky Stoppa serves as Community Impact Director for United Way of Mat-Su. She’s worked as a nonprofit professional for more than 10 years and has experience in health promotion, prevention, policy advocacy and coalition building. Becky has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications from University of Alaska Anchorage. Following a 15-year stint as a stay-at-home mom, school volunteer, and freelance writer, she rejoined the workforce in 2005 as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, covering both health and education in the Valley. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Becky has lived in Alaska since 1984 and in the Mat-Su Valley since 1998. She and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of two Colony High School graduates (Go Knights!), Amy and Sarah. She enjoys reading, hiking, biking, travelling and spending time with her family.


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 comprised of diverse volunteers who are senior representatives of our largest, most influential donors and sponsors, noted intellectual and civic leaders, and other stakeholders.

Board of Directors

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Robert Morgan


Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union

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Alaina Anderson


Palmer Police Dept.

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Sarah Collins

Mat-Su Home Builders Association

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Austin Grimes


Mat-Su Borough School District

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Carolyn Hanson


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Debbie Fischer

Community Advocate


Abbie Barker


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Kathy Mitchell Sayer


100.9 KAYO, Aurora Payment Solutions

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JoAnn Kohler


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Kyra Hoenack

MY House

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Teri Seward

Jenski Automotive