Board of Directors

  • Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw

    Sherrie is currently the President & CEO of Volunteers of America Alaska, whose mission of providing community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services and affordable housing aligns with her own passions and background. Learn More

  • 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. Learn More

  • Amanda Estes

    Amanda currently works as the Director of Social Marketing and Client Services for Northwest Strategies and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications, with an Emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising, and a Minor in Psychology. Learn More

  • Taryn Link

    Taryn has previously worked for the Department of Corrections as a Probation/Parole Officer III, and has worked in corrections in Alaska for over a decade. Taryn joined the Volunteers of America Alaska Board of Directors in August of 2018. Learn More

  • Lester "Skeet" Black

    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. Learn More

  • Raju Shankar, CPA

    Raju is a CPA with 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 of their Shared Financial Services. Learn More

  • Elaine Pfeiffer

    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. Elaine holds two Master of Arts - one in Rehabilitation Counseling and one in Strategic Studies. Learn More



  • Audrey Lance

    Audrey Lance has been in public accounting since 2009 and 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. Learn More

  • 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. Linda joined  the Volunteers of America Alaska Board in 2007. Learn More