Board of Directors
Sunshine Community Health Center is fortunate to have a dynamic Board of Directors. Each member brings a unique perspective, but all are united in their commitment to improving health for Mat-Su residents. Members serve two-year terms and may serve up to five consecutive terms.
Now Recruiting New Board Members
As our board members’ terms end, we are enlisting potential new members. If you want to help improve the health and wellness of Mat-Su Alaskans, this is a terrific opportunity for you! We are looking for potential board members with expertise in long term planning, governance, risk management, finance, and health care quality.
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Kathy lives in Willow and joined the Sunshine Board to be a voice for her community. She graduated from Alan Hancock College in 1980 with a A.A. in Social Science. After graduating she spent 30 years working for the Department of Health and Human Services in California. Kathy retired in 2010 and moved to Willow Alaska in 2015. She has been married 20 years, is the Program Manager for Willow’s CERT team and a member of the Willow Garden Club and Iditaquilters. Kathy loves serving her community.
Mike Von Ah
Mike Von Ah’s 36 year nursing career has been in Women’s Health and he considers it a privilege to be a Sunshine Community Health Center board member.
Mike worked as a nursing manager in Ketchikan, was the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Alaska Regional Hospital for 3 years and worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for 13 years. Mike briefly taught nursing in the great University of Alaska Anchorage Program. During his career he has worked for the State of Alaska in with the Breast and Cervical Program and Fairbanks Public Health providing services at Fairbanks Delta, and Tok and being requested to do primarily women’s health at many remote locations.
Mike also worked flying with the Airlines full time as a pilot and simultaneously working in women’s health over several years.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to do two careers I very much love – nursing and aviation. I closed my Women’s Healthcare Clinic due to family health concerns for our family’s. This allows me more flexibility to go out of state when needed. I look forward to this new challenge and have been pleased that I will be working with wonderful Board Members.
Mary Middleton lives in Anchorage and has been the Executive Director at Stone Soup Group since 2013. She moved to Bethel, Alaska from Texas in 2001 and then to Anchorage a year later. Growing up an Army brat, she moved frequently and still enjoys traveling to new places. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has worked in non-profit management for more than 25 years. Mary also serves on the board of directors for the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership and is the former chair of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. She is the mother of a young adult son who experiences autism and a teenage daughter.
Bryann has been an Alaska resident since 2012 and has lived in the Willow community for the past 3 years. She joined the Sunshine Community Health Center Board because she feels strongly about the purpose of community health centers as well as the history behind the clinic. Since 2018, she has been the Northern Region Manager at Matanuska Valley Credit Union where she is responsible for the Big Lake, Willow and Sunshine offices. She is also on the Board for the Talkeetna Chamber of Commerce as well as a volunteer for many of the Credit Union community projects. Coming from a financial/accounting background of 26 years, she wants to see the clinic thrive financially throughout the future. Bryann enjoys reading, crafting, gardening and spending time with her husband and their dog, Koda.
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Mary is a long time resident of Talkeetna. She worked as Licensed Practical Nurse at University of Wisconsin in the early 1970’s and moved to Talkeetna in 1976. Mary earned her B.A. in Education and taught primary grades at both Talkeetna and Willow Elementary. Presently Mary is retired and keeps busy with grandchildren and art projects.
Melitta was born late November in inner-city Manhattan, New York. She always thought Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was a marvelous way to celebrate her birthday. She attended nursing school in Brooklyn. Married to her high school friend by then, she was employed as a Registered Nurse in a hospital pediatrics unit and then in an emergency room. A fateful decision was to come to Alaska, five months before the ‘64 earthquake, where she worked at the original Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage as a pediatric nurse and then in the orthopedic and burn unit. Returning to Anchorage and Eagle River in 1969 after two years in Juneau she continued work as office manager and purchasing agent, then changed careers to Realty Specialist/Land Law Adjudicator with the Bureau of Land Management. In that capacity, she traveled to remote corners of Alaska by helicopter to examine, report, and write survey instructions for lands in federal jurisdiction. Concurrently she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. After 30 years in federal service, she retired and continued being her mother’s caregiver for a total of 22 years.
Volunteer work consisted of over 20 years with Alaska Health Fairs in many locations providing healthcare information. During one trip with them to Kuparuk on the North Slope, she joined the Polar Bear Club by swimming in the Beaufort Sea. Now living in Willow she is a member of Willow CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Willow Garden Club, Willow Historical and Wildlife Foundation, Willow Homemakers (FCE), and Willow Iditaquilters, and joined the Sunshine Community Health Center Board of Directors to continue serving her community.
For fun, Melitta watches and feeds wild birds, walks and plays with her dog, raises houseplants, experiments with recipes, learns from Great Courses, reads, and goes camping. Skiing brought her to Willow to have closer access to snow and the joys of the outdoors.
Margo graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education she trained with the Olympic handball team. She coached girls basketball at Wichita State University prior to moving to Utah where she taught and coached three different sports moving into the position of Athletic Director for 12 years before retiring. Margo was voted Utah Health Educator of the year in 2014.
Margo regularly visited Talkeetna since 1998 and moved to Talkeetna after retiring from teaching. She is an active member of Talkeetna CERT where her desire to help and assist in her community is welcomed. These are the same reasons that brought her to the Board of Sunshine CHC.
Mabel was born in Ohio from a large family of 13 children. She later spent many years in Kentucky working, running a cattle farm and building and running a grocery store. She and her husband lived in Bellingham Washington before moving to Alaska in 1999. Her husband of 27 years, Ron, is a volunteer with the Talkeetna Fire Department.
Mabel’s experiences in Alaska are many, including learning from Native women the art of making beaded amulet bags, Quillows, and fur sewing. Mabel is the owner of Alaska Unique Creations making and selling her beaded jewelry at cooperatives, bazaars and the Alaska State Fair. Mabel and Ron managed the Denali Overlook Inn for many years before retiring in May 2020.
Mabel is involved in many non-profits including the Talkeetna and the State Homemakers FCE, the Talkeetna CERT team and the Fireman’s Auxiliary. She became a Sunshine Community Health Center Board Member in 2019 because she wanted to become more involved with the community and find ways to give back.
I moved to the Talkeetna area in August of 2013 with two large canines and a bevy of dreams. Since relocating I’ve volunteered at KTNA doing music shows, newscasts, and operating the soundboard for live music as well as volunteered as a ‘shopper’ for the Upper Susitna Food Pantry before finally sitting on their board. I was accepted onto the board of the SCHC in September of 2017 and remained there until I took a ten-month hiatus beginning in September of 2018. I returned to the SCHC board in June of 2020. I am also the team lead for Talkeetna CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) which was formed in March of 2019.
Living in Alaska is as close to living a dream as I’ve known. I’m still learning how to not just survive but to thrive in semi-rural south-central Alaska. I have fostered large rescue canines and continue to participate in a ‘citizen/scientist’ organization called CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow) network which collects daily precipitation measurements. Meteorology is a hobby as is night sky watching (when it is dark, anyway…) and listening to music on a high-end stereo system. I completely support the SCHC and hope I can assist this most worthy operation in continuing to provide quality health care for this area.