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Shepler moves from AICS to Mat-Su Foundation

 

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Desire Shepler, formerly a social services administrator for Alaska Island Community Services has accepted a position managing grant programs for the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

A former social services administrator for Alaska Island Community Services has found a new home in the Mat-Su Valley helping manage grant programs for the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

Desiré Shepler, who departed Wrangell approximately a month ago, has been hired as a program associate with the Foundation.

“Desiré (brings) unique skills and experiences to the Foundation, and … will be a great asset as we continue to grow in our mission to help Mat-Su become the healthiest Borough in the nation,” said Elizabeth Ripley, executive director of MSHF. “Desiré has a strong background in the nonprofit world and will use that experience to benefit Mat-Su Health Foundation grantees.”

Mark Walker, the executive director of AICS, said Shepler’s absence would be noted around the AICS office building.

“Desiré was a great addition to our staff,” Walker said. “She was full of energy, very creative, and all of the staff liked her. We’re going to miss her a great deal.”

Shepler has a background with MSHF – she received a scholarship from the Foundation in 2010 and is the first scholarship recipient to move on to employment with the Foundation.  

In her new position, Shepler will manage the implementation of selected grant and scholarship programs and her responsibilities will include investigating grant requests, conducting grantee budget analysis, developing funding recommendations, and designing, preparing and analyzing grant reports and program trends.

Shepler holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as a bachelor’s degree, also from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an associate’s degree from Mat-Su College.

 

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