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Rasmuson Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

January 7, 2009 (Anchorage) -- Rasmuson Foundation welcomes Jeff Cook to its Board of Directors. The Foundation Board is comprised of 12 directors, seven of whom are members of the Rasmuson family.

Cook is director of external affairs and administration for Flint Hills Resources Alaska. In this position, he represents Flint Hills in community, business, media and government affairs in Alaska. Flint Hills Resources owns and operates the largest refinery in the state. Prior to his present position, Cook was director of northern community relations for ARCO Alaska and a commercial real estate broker with a family-owned real estate firm in Fairbanks.

"I have been impressed with the significant and positive impact the Foundation has had on the education, health and quality of life for Alaskans across the State,” said Cook.  “It is a privilege to join the Rasmuson Foundation Board and be a part of their tradition of helping others in Alaska."

Cook served on the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board from 1984 to 1990 and again from 1992 – 1998, where he was chairman in 1985. He is a past president of the University of Alaska Board of Regents and Fairbanks Rotary Club, and is the current president of Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation. He’s also a board member of the Providence Health System Alaska and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. He is on advisory boards for Alaska Airlines, Fairbanks International Airport, Holland America-Westmark, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Cook was born and raised in Fairbanks, and is a graduate of Lathrop High School. He completed both his BBA and MBA degrees at the University of Oregon.

Cook replaces Nadine Winters, a Fairbanks consultant with a long history of public and community involvement, whose second term on the board has come to an end. Rasmuson Foundation owes a debt of gratitude to Winters for her service.

About the Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband "E.A." Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

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