Board of Directors
Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw
Sherrie is currently the President & CEO of VOA Alaska, an organization whose mission of providing community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services, prevention, and affordable housing aligns with her own passions and background. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, a BA in Psychology, and a BBA in Management and Marketing. Prior to joining VOA in March of 2018, Sherrie oversaw affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, and served as a program officer at DHSS Division of Behavioral Health leading state coordination and planning to increase supportive housing opportunities. She has direct client care experience in residential, outpatient and community-based behavioral health settings. Hinshaw is also an Adjunct Professor at UAA teaching implementation and evaluation of community health programs. Sherrie is a lifelong Alaskan who left the private sector to follow her passion of behavioral health and changing community health outcomes. She lives in Anchorage with her husband Dave, and children Pepper and Fletcher.
Cynthia “Cindy” Franklin
Cindy currently works for the State of Alaska Department of Law as an Assistant Attorney General, with a distinguished career focused on community health and child welfare. Previously, Cindy served as Director of the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board from 2014-2017, where she oversaw implementation of changes to Title IV regulations and changes related to the legalization of marijuana. She also served as the Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor from 2008-2014, where she led with a focus on child welfare and collaborating with community-based services. She serves on the VOA Alaska board as it aligns with her professional experience and personal passions. Cindy joined the VOA Board of Directors in August of 2018.
Amanda currently works as the Director of Social Marketing & Client Services for Northwest Strategies, with more than a decade in communications and marketing. Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications, with an Emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising, and a Minor in Psychology. Her award-winning work on community-based health campaigns statewide include efforts for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the State of Alaska Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction Prevention, the State of Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She serves on the VOA Alaska Board to bring her learned experience to promote the mission and services. Amanda joined the VOA Alaska Board of Directors in August of 2018.
Taryn has previsioly worked for the Department of Corrections as a Probation/Parole Officer III, and has worked in corrections in Alaska for over a decade. She currently works in the Commissioner’s Office, with a focus on community partnerships and re-entry, most recently serving as a Tri-Chair of the Anchorage Re-Entry Coalition. She is also a member of the DOC Parole Board staff and Clemency Board. She holds a Bachelor’s in Justice with a minor in History, and is highly knowledgeable about both institutional operations, re-entry, and community-based resources. She serves on the VOA Alaska board to volunteer in addressing the health and well-being of the community. Taryn joined the VOA Board of Directors in August of 2018.
Lester "Skeet" Black
Lester was born in Anchorage, Alaska, graduated from West High, and attended University of Alaska, Anchorage. As part of the executive team of a large independent pharmacy and health supply chain, Skeet worked in every aspect of business development from creating national sales strategies to negotiating with overseas manufacturers. Skeet’s last role with Geneva Woods was VP of Client Experience.Skeet is now working for Zenith American Solutions, a third party trust fund administrator as a Client Service Executive.Skeet has a passion for Alaska, is an avid outdoors man, and enjoys sharing these activities with his wife and seven kids
Raju Shankar, CPA
Raju is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked with a wide range of Alaska based businesses for over 10 years. He brings a diverse background in business with experience in Governmental, Nonprofit and Construction Accounting. His work with Foraker focuses on the general operations and providing oversight and support Foraker's Shared Financial Services. Foraker Shared Financial Services provides financial services to over 75 nonprofits in the State of Alaska with annual budgets ranging from $100,000 - $5,000,000. He attended Concordia University in Portland, Oregon where he obtained a degree in Accounting and Business Administration along with minors in E-Commerce and Marketing. Raju was a scholar athlete and was presented with the Leadership Award upon graduation. Prior to his work with The Foraker Group, Raju worked as a traveling auditor and a controller for an Anchorage based Native Corporation. In 2014, Raju was named as one of the Alaska's Journal of Commerce "Top 40 under 40". Outside of work, Raju enjoys spending time with his family and staying active with recreational sports.
Ms Pfeiffer served 25 years as an Active Duty military officer in Human Resources including 6 years as a Commanding Officer and two overseas tours. As Director of a 230 person organization, improved veteran’s records transfer to the Veteran’s Benefits Administration resulting in more timely Disability Payments. While serving at the Pentagon, she advocated for equitable benefits with congress, leading to increased disability and survivor benefits. Elaine holds a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island. She is currently retired and enjoys volunteering at the Serendipity Adult Activity Center, the Eagle River Nature Center and as a church pianist. She is married to Marc Derosier, a veteran, who retired from the Civil Service. They reside in Eagle River.
Audrey Lance has been in public accounting since 2009 and is currently a manager of audit and taxation at Thomas, Head & Greisen. Audrey graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. She has experience in supervising, planning and performing financial statement reviews and audits and single audits, financial statement preparation, accounting training, and tax services. She also has extensive experience with non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants and has received her Not-For-Profit Certificates I and II from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Linda K Bowers
Linda is passionate about the mission and the programs of Volunteers of America Alaska.She has worked to build recognition in the affordable housing market. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Inc. As a member of the National Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Inc. she has been a member of the Governance Committee, Education Sub Committee, Audit Committee. Linda has been a corporate officer and business owner, is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage and has been a CPA (now retired) for over 30 years. Linda joined Volunteers of America Alaska in 2007.