Our Staff

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Lynette Ortolano

Director

Lynette’s diverse set of experiences throughout her career in both for profit and nonprofit professional organizations has given her a unique perspective and ability to collaborate, create, control, and compete.  Her accomplishments and reputation within the community as a facilitator, mentor, and empathizer are heralded. She was recognized as 2015’s Women in Business, in 2019 as an “Afterschool Superhero” by the Alaska Afterschool Network and also presented the Golden Apple award for her work with the youth of the Matanuska Borough.  She has handled, adapted, and grown from those experiences has prepared her to effectively address the varied responsibilities and situations involved in running a nonprofit organization

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Hally Marshal

Executive Assistant

Hally Marshal, Owner and executive Director for over 15 years and in the profession of Early Childhood Education now nearing 25 years. “The field of Early Childhood Education continues to excite me. I am deeply inspired by our community of learners, and am grateful to work in an environment that emphasizes a sense of belonging and well-being for all children. It is my belief that strong relationships are essential foundations for optimal learning”.  Part of my role as Executive Director is to keep abreast of, and advocate for Early Childhood interventions.

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Chris Haughton

Director of Operations

Chris Haughton father of 3, grandfather of 1. Been working for kids kupboard going on 4 years now. I've been in business management, worked in construction & have never had a job more rewarding than working for kids kupboard. I love what I do, & really enjoy being able to give back to my community. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking with family & friends. We definitely take advantage of what the Alaska outdoors has to offer. 

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Dwayne Shelton

Director of Transportation

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Board Of Directors

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Ann Class

Board Member

Ann began her dream as an elementary educator in Mission, TX in 1983. When she moved to Alaska in 1984, she fell in love with her students at Tanaina Elementary and stayed there, shaping little minds, until 2008.  In 2008 Ann began teaching as part of a STEM curriculum team at Machetanz Elementary.  Throughout her tenure as an educator Ann was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the Frontiersman, she was nominated as BP’s Teacher of the Year and upon her retirement in 2016 she was honored by the Alaska Legislature for her commitment to Alaska’s children spanning more than 30 years. 

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Robin Ouelette

Board Member

Robin Ouellette’s classroom learning environment always promoted fun, growth, and a sense of family. Her students knew they were important. She told them every day.  During her 31 years of teaching students here in the MatSu, Robin has served as a professional development mentor, presented workshops for new teachers, and taken an active role in the community. As an educational leader and proven child advocate, Robin volunteers over 800 hours annually with ours and several other agencies, helping children and families with life skills that are both practical and beneficial in their daily lives. 

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Christian Hartley

Board Member

A second-generation Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Valley for well over half of his life, Christian M. Hartley has dedicated his life to public service and public safety. Currently serving as the fire chief for the City of Houston, he has served on many city, Borough, and State boards and commissions over his tenure. He became involved in Kids Kupboard first as the host of a feeding site and volunteer and then ran for a board seat to provide input from his unique perspective of helping people at the times of their greatest need. He is well-versed in grant writing and donation seeking, and is a proficient writer. Christian is married to his wife Alma, and together they live in Big Lake where they raise their three sons and amateur egg farm.

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Diane Firmani

Board Member

Diane Firmani hails from Mishawaka, Indiana. This Hoosier received her B.A. and M.S. in Education from Indiana University. Diane got a wild hair in 1983 and moved to Unalaska to take time off from teaching and work in a cannery. She beelined back to teaching school after that experience and taught in Unalaska for a year, then was hired in the MSBD in 1984. Diane taught 3rd grade and library at Tanaina Elementary for 30 years, then at Larson Elementary for 5 years. She retired in 2018 due to her husband's illness. 

Diane stays active with women's hockey, triathlons, and working at the Wasilla Public Library. She is the proud mom of two boys, Chancie Hanson and Cooper Hanson.

Patrick Schoonover

Board Member

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Whitny Shields

Board Member

Originally from Arizona Whitny and her large family moved to Alaska from Arizona in 2016 thinking it would be temporary but fell in love with Alaska. Whitny is a mom to 7 amazing children, wife to Nathan, B.A. in Dental Hygiene, photographer and business owner. Kids Kupboard started off being a fun activity for their family and has grown into a great relationship. 

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Don Grimes

Board Member

The mission of the North Slope Borough Police Department is to work in partnership with its citizens to create safe and healthy communities, to be respectful of all cultures and people, and to preserve the unique quality of life in North Slope Borough communities.  Don demonstrates his commitment to this mission in his personal life by volunteering in the Matanuska Susitna borough with non-profits committed to combating food insecurity.  He continues to create safe and healthy communities!.  Don is well connected and respected in the community and has an uncanny ability to negotiate, persuade and solidify partnerships.

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Aryne Randall

Board Member

Aryne is a district manager for Wells Fargo Bank and has worked in the banking industry in Alaska since 1996.  Her community involvement includes significant support of youth programming such as hockey and child nutrition programs.  She’s also been appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the Alaska State Council on the Arts.  Aryne’s commitment to the youth of our communities and her extensive banking background coupled with her unwavering integrity and exceptional reputation in the community make her an ideal candidate to help lead the board of directors for Kids Kupboard.

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Tony

Board Member

52 Year resident of Alaska arriving in May of 1969. Married with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Retired and living in Meadow Lakes. Commercial pilot land and sea, air craft mechanic, master guide and master fishing guide. Board of Directors of APHA for 6 years and 3 years as Vice President.