Helping Seniors Live Healthy, Independent Lives

Who We Are

Founded in 1980, Mat-Su Senior Services is the largest non-profit senior campus in the Mat-Su Valley, serving the widest geographical area of any senior service provider (or agency). In 1983, we became the first senior service Medicaid Waiver (CHOICE) Program provider in Alaska.

Our mission is to help seniors live healthy, independent lives for as long as they can in the place of their choosing by providing them with comprehensive senior services such as transportation, meals, chore, and respite services.

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Our senior center is modern and state-of-the-art, featuring a beautiful dining room with large windows for an excellent view of the mountains, one of the largest stainless-steel kitchens in our area, a gift shop, and numerous activity rooms including a library, computer room, and exercise room.

The center hosts many community events through our facility rental program. We have two senior housing facilities conveniently located on campus and within walking distance of all senior activities. We are also the only senior campus in our area to boast a wonderful adult day center right next door to our senior center.

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We care deeply about the health and well-being of our seniors and their families. That’s why we work hard to create a strong community on campus, investing in senior health promotion & disease prevention and family caregiver support programs, putting on many events and activities and providing information & referral services for senior resources.

Our staff love their jobs and look forward to supporting and encouraging our community
of seniors every day!

Our Staff

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Fred Traber

Interim Chief Executive Officer

ftraber@matsuseniors.com

The Board of Directors of Mat-Su Senior Services in Palmer has contracted with Fred Traber to serve as the Interim CEO to oversee the Agency’s transition and assist with the search for a new CEO.

Originally from Montana, Fred came to Alaska in the mid-’70s as a member of the U.S. Air Force.  Upon completing his tour of duty, he elected to stay in Anchorage, working for Alyeska Pipeline.  He later joined the Municipality of Anchorage as Finance Director for the Anchorage Telephone Utility, retiring in 2000. 

Choosing an active retirement, Fred has worked for the last 20 years as a contractor with numerous Alaska Native Corporations, petroleum companies, and various local governments in Alaska. In addition, he has diverse nonprofit board member experience and currently serves on the board of the statewide Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. 

Fred has successfully been the nimble person who can step into an organization, bringing his diverse experience, positive, happy personality, and bringing a team together to collectively achieve their common goals and organizational mission. 

Beth Westland

Chief Operating Officer

bethw@matsuseniors.com

Beth is our incredible Deputy Director who is passionate about making sure our seniors are not forgotten by bringing them into a community that is like family. She directs the day-to-day operation of all our departments and is responsible for overall program development, management, and evaluation.

Beth has been serving at Mat-Su Senior Services for over 10 years. She started as our Care Coordination Supervisor then became the Manager of our Chore & Respite Department before serving in her current role. Prior to working with us, she owned and operated Angel’s Touch Assisted Living Home. This experience had a significant, positive impact on her and her family. Before this, she was a Medic and the Ambulance Chief for Big Lake Ambulance, another powerful experience in the healthcare sector.

Beth was born in North Dakota and raised in a military family that moved around the country. She has been in Alaska since 1972. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their five children at their cabin. Her family is what keeps her grounded and they are very close-knit.

Amanda Watson

Chief Finance Officer

awatson@matsuseniors.com

Amanda is our amazing CFO who is passionate about creating sustainable, long-term financial plans for nonprofit organizations to propel their missions forward. She oversees all finance and accounting functions at Mat-Su Senior Services.

Amanda has 20+ years of experience in finance, management, and fund accounting. She also has an extensive background in managing federal and state contracts and grant revenue for companies in Alaska and the Lower 48. Amanda has worked as a financial consultant, and she is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Amanda takes advantage of Alaska’s hiking and fishing whenever possible. Raised in Talkeetna, she enjoys cooking and preserving Alaska’s fish, game, and harvests.

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Christopher Koops

chrisk@matsuseniors.com

Adult Day Services

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Sarah Weideman

sweideman@matsuseniors.com

Development & Communications Coordinator

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Lisa Mecham

lisam@matsuseniors.com

Chore & Respite
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Jacueline Libby

Jlibby@matsuseniors.com

Volunteer & Activities Coordinator 

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Phyllis Moore

phyllism@matsuseniors.com

Kitchen

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Kendra Swanson

KendraS@matsuseniors.com

Housing

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Tim Pettit

tpettit@matsuseniors.com

Transportation & Facilities

Work With Us!

Are you a friendly team player who has a heart for supporting and encouraging our senior community? We would love to hear from you! Learn more about careers and volunteers at the links.

Board of Directors

Elected by Mat-Su Senior Services membership, the Board of Directors volunteer for three-year terms. It is their responsibility for the governance of the organization and to identify organizational goals, participate in strategic planning, provide financial oversight, support and organize fundraisers, establish committees, promote Mat-Su Senior Services to the public, and partner with staff to reach long and short term goals.

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Scott Manke

President

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Lisa Smayda

Vice President

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Jennifer McCrary

Treasurer

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Dora Wheeler

Secretary

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  Dee Brown

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  Linda Combs

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  Sally Weiland

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  Catherine Hall

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Become a Member

Become a member of Mat-Su Senior Services for exciting rewards like the ability to vote and serve on the Board of Directors! Membership also includes a subscription to our monthly newsletter, Senior Chatter, and participation in monthly events and activities.

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Help us help our seniors thrive!

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