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September 2019

Melissa Kemberling · Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship

Mat-Su Health Foundation Vice President of Programs Dr. Melissa Kemberling has been selected for the prestigious Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship. This national program is conducted by Grantmakers for Effective Organization. It is a 10-month peer cohort program for senior executives who are responsible for developing and guiding key change efforts in their organizations.

Participants in the Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship program explore what it takes to lead transformational change through an individual, organizational, and ecosystem lens. Participants convene in-person and virtually with one another to learn, share resources and apply insights to their work in real time. Fellows also identify best practices and recommendations for creating organizational conditions that lead to smarter grantmaking. These practices, informed by fellows’ experiences and related research, will be shared broadly with the field to support other leaders and build greater knowledge of leading change in philanthropy.

In her role, Dr. Kemberling oversees grants, scholarships, and community systems change, and manages research and evaluation for the Mat-Su Health Foundation. She began her career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston City Hospital in Massachusetts, as well as working in local schools.  Her career in public health began with international work evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Central America, as well as health clinics in Trinidad and Tobago. When she first arrived in Alaska she taught in the Sociology Department at UAA. She also spent six years at the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at ANTHC where she served as the Senior Epidemiologist.

Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK)

Contact: Robin Minard
Phone: 907.352.2892