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RurAL CAP Announces Additions to the Leadership Team


Anchorage – September 8, 2017] - The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) is pleased to announce three new additions to its Leadership Team.


Cynthia Tisher has been hired as the new CFO, replacing long-term CFO Diane Mathisen, who retires this fall. Ms. Tisher has fifteen years’ experience in accounting for non-profit and Native organizations, including Bristol Bay Native Corporation and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. She holds degrees from University of Alaska Anchorage and is a Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholder. Ms. Tisher begins her work with RurAL CAP in mid-September.


Kristin Ramstad has been promoted to Child Development Division Director, overseeing multiple programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers, and the Anchorage Child Development Center. Ms. Ramstad began working for RurAL CAP in 1996 within the Child Development Division, leaving for a brief time to serve as the Program Manager at Programs for Infants and Children, Inc., and as the Director of Early Childhood at Eagle County School District before returning in 2009 to RurAL CAP as the Head Start Program Manager. She most recently served as the Headstart Director before her promotion to the Division Director position. Ms. Ramstad has degrees from University of Alaska Anchorage and University of the Pacific.


Val Clark began working for RurAL CAP in mid-June 2017 in the newly-combined position of Communications and Development Director. Ms. Clark has worked for Anchorage non-profits since 1996, most recently as the Director of Programs for YWCA Alaska, where she developed the Cultural Connections intercultural sensitivity program. She has also worked in development and fundraising for the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, and Food Bank of Alaska. She has degrees from University of Alaska Anchorage and Old Dominion University.

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