Board of Trustees
Anita M. Halterman - chair
Anita is an Eagle River resident with over thirty years of experience working in federal, state, and local government. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and spent most of her career working for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Anita also served as Chief of Staff for an Anchorage Legislator before becoming an account executive for Deeptree, a risk management firm located in Palmer. She has been and continues to be active in her community, currently serving as a Director for the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame, a Director for the Alaska Collaborative for Telemedicine & Telehealth, and as a Commissioner for the Municipality of Anchorage Women’s Commission. Anita is interested in improving behavioral health in Alaska and brings a unique, well rounded perspective to the Trust.
Rhonda Boyles - vice chair
A longtime resident of Fairbanks, Rhonda is a retired restaurant owner who has held many leadership positions in the Fairbanks business community, and who served as the Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough from 2000-2003. Once honored as Fairbanks Business Person of the Year, Rhonda has served on many boards and commissions, including as Chair of the University’s Statewide Vocational Education Advisory Board and Board Chair for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Later in her life, she worked for the Alaska Pioneer Homes and most recently as a caregiver for her late husband, Vern, who suffered from Diffuse Lewis Body Disease and its associated dementia. Rhonda currently resides in Anchorage.
Brent Fisher secretary, finance committee chair
Brent, a resident of Anchorage, brings extensive leadership experience in industries such as healthcare and organizational management to the board of trustees. Trustee Fisher has served in executive positions for a variety of organizations including hospitals, large medical groups, hospice, software development, consulting, military medicine, and private equity. He currently serves as President & CEO of Alyeska International Inc., as well as other organizations. Having served on the board of directors of numerous professional associations as well civic, business, and religious organizations, Brent currently serves on the boards of the Alaska Collaborative For Telemedicine & Telehealth and the Denali Education Center. Brent’s experience and professional insight into the complexities of the healthcare industry align with Trust efforts on behalf of beneficiaries.
Verné Boerner - program & planning committee chair
Verné has been the President and CEO of the Alaska Native Health Board since 2013. She is Iñupiaq and an enrolled tribal member of the Native Village of Kiana. She is a Native American Research Center on Health (NARCH) Fellow and received her Master of Public Health from Oregon Health and Sciences University. She has over 23 years’ experience in tribal health including 13 years serving on a tribal institutional review board including primary reviewer responsibilities and has served as a co-lead investigator. She is a firm believer in community-based approaches to best tap the existing strengths and resources these resilient populations already possess to garner a greater understanding of the overall health needs and priorities of indigenous peoples.
Kevin Fimon - audit & risk committee chair
Trustee Fimon resides in Anchorage and brings decades of fiscal management to the board of trustees, having owned and operated Fimon Financial Services in Anchorage for the past 32 years. His experience in preparing tax returns, providing financial statements, fiscal management consulting and working with boards and corporations is an asset to the Trust board. Kevin is actively involved in Rotary International, has served with municipal community councils and community schools programs in Nome and Anchorage. Kevin currently serves as treasurer and advisor to nonprofit boards including KNOM Radio Mission Inc., based in Nome and the Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. in Anchorage. Having lived and worked in Nome, Alaska prior to moving to Anchorage, Kevin has an understanding of the provision of services to beneficiaries in Alaska‘s rural communities.
A longtime resident of Ketchikan, Agnes is the Executive Director for Women In Safe Homes, or WISH, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Trustee Moran has also served as a member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly, and has been on the board of directors for First Bank for close to 20 years. Agnes brings more than a decade of work supporting Trust beneficiaries to her role as a trustee, along with skills in building collaborative relationships and in advocacy for Alaska’s rural communities. In addition to her work with WISH, she has extensive volunteer experience, particularly in working with beneficiaries experiencing substance misuse and homelessness. Agnes has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and spent the early part of her career in the aerospace industry.
John Sturgeon - resource management committee chair
John resides in Anchorage and has an extensive background in forestry, having worked for the US Forest Service, as the State Forester for the Alaska Division of Forestry, and in the private forestry sector. He also formerly served as the CEO of Ouzinkie Native Corporation. Trustee Sturgeon has served as a trustee for PNW Medical University and the Nature Conservancy of Alaska, and as a director on the Board of Forestry, Alaska Forest Association, the Wild Sheep Foundation, and the Resource Development Council. He was awarded the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award in 2017.