Board Members

“Teaming Together, Making a Difference”

Pamela Skogstad

President

Pamela is the founder of “The Basics” and currently serves as President of the The Basics. Pamela is an Adapted Physical Education Consultant, Adjunct Instructor with the University of Alaska distance education program, UAA PACE. Pamela has twenty-five years of experience, including “rural” Alaska, implementing physical education programs for students with disabilities in remote school settings. While implementing inclusive physical activity programs, peer buddies were an essential part of establishing a successful program. Pamela recognized the need for the “basics”, shoes for children in need as a high percentage of the peer buddies were from Title I schools. Pamela and colleagues were constantly purchasing shoes for children in need, thus came the idea to create a non-profit to stream line the process of getting shoes to children in need.

Courtney Elmer

Vice President

Courtney is a History/Human Resources Major at UAA, helps run Chugach Chocolates in Girdwood with her boyfriend Marcus. Courtney is dedicated to helping children and adults in needs. Courtney’s dream is to have a ski/snow board program which supplies gear for children in need, giving them the opportunity to experience the world of winter sports.

Tom Burgin

Secretary

Tom currently serves as Secretary for “The Basics” and has been involved as a volunteer within the organization since 2012. Tom attended the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. Tom retired as Product Line Operations Manager with Halliburton Energy Services after 30 years of service. He is a past volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and Assistant Chief of the Hope/Sunrise Emergency Medical Services.

Joyce Burgin

Treasurer

Joyce is a tremendous advocate for those in need, she and her husband created the local food bank. Joyce is very humble, quietly serving the needs of those who are in need of food, clothing, and shelter. Joyce was eager to join The Basics, bringing her expertise in finance to the treasury position, with prior experience as a treasurer on non-profit boards.

Melanie Sutton

Board Member

She graduated with honors from National University in California, obtaining a Master’s degree in Teaching with a specialization in teacher leadership. Melanie is the only Nationally Board certified teacher in health education in the State of Alaska. She holds a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Christopher Newport University, and an AAS in Human Services with a focus on Early Childhood Education from Corning Community College in New York.
Melanie serves on the University of Alaska, Anchorage Health, Physical Education and Recreation Advisory Board.

Dave Mayo-Kiely

Co-Cchairman ASD Liaison Committee

Dave became Program Coordinator for the Anchorage School District’s Child in Transition Program (CIT) in 2009. CIT provides services for Anchorage homeless students and their families. Approximately 5% of ASD’s students qualify for services through CIT. CIT provides referral services and academic support to students as well as providing school supplies and non-traditional supplies such as gym shoes and winter gear. Prior to his work with CIT, Dave worked with children and families for a variety of agencies in MN, MT, and MI.

Rick Hansen

Board Member

Rick is a life time Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage, with a BS in Engineering and employed by GCI as Sr. Director of Engineering in the Oil and Gas market. Rick has two children in the ASD and both are very active in sports. Passions for both Rick and his wife Kristen, include mountain running, marathons, skiing and watching their kid’s events. You always find him in the mountains. Rick’s passion for running and pursuing a healthy active lifestyle for he and his family is a great addition for The Basics mission.

Cheryl Curtis

Board Member

Cheryl has lived in Alaska for nearly 40 years where she and her husband, Peter, raised two children. Cheryl works in the Surgical Services Department at Mat-Su Regional. As an RN, she understands the importance for children to incorporate healthy living as a part of their daily routine. Cheryl’s children, now adults, were multi-sport athletes in high school and both went on to play at the college level. As an empty nester, she has found volunteering for The Basics the perfect fit! A volunteer since 2015, she continues to work diligently with the Mat-Su Borough School District serving students in-need.

Maureen Hansen

Board Member

Worked as a Dental Assistant in MN and Wisconsin , before moving to Alaska in 1971. Continued to work for various Dentist in Anchorage until I retired in 2006.
Married to Douglas. (We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this Sept.) We have 2 grown boys and 4 wonderful grandchildren that we love to spoil.
We enjoy fishing salmon in the Iliamna area and halibut fishing in Seward. I enjoy biking, xc skiing and tending my flowers in the summer.

Heather Helzer

Board Member

Heather is Alaska‘s first ever kid’s triathlon head coach and owner of Turnagain Training, putting on kids triathlon teams & races. Heather is an integral part of the success of the “Kicks For Kids” recycling feature of “The Basics”. She collects shoes for recycling on a weekly basis from Skinny Raven Sports as well as delivering shoes to Anchorage schools. She has also flown to remote location (Dillingham) with shoes for disadvantaged children there.
Heather attended Long Island University for her B.S. in Physical Education and State University of New York College at Brockport for her M.S. in Adapted Physical Education. Heather is nationally certified in Adapted Physical Education. She was awarded the Physical Educator of the Year at Long Island University in 2008, Coaches Award for Cross Country Running in 2007 and 2008 and was on Team USA for triathlon in 2008-2010.

Patty Ortiz-Perham

Board Member

Patty is a Health and Physical Education teacher with the Anchorage School District. Patty is a liaison for The Basics connecting with staff in the Anchorage School District. Patty is a passionate advocate for ALL kids having access to physical activity programs.

Stacy Fisk

Board Memeber

Stacy is the Running Manager for Goldstream Sports in Fairbanks, Alaska. Stacy has an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and has received her Master’s degree in Athletic Coaching Education. During her coaching career, she has led many runners to national level competitions.

Stacy herself has been in running for 20 years and has competed at collegiate levels and during her college years she set many school records which still stand in all major distance events in track and cross country running. She has qualified for the NCAA in cross country running in multiple years, among other notable cross country and track accomplishments. She was inducted into her college Hall of Fame in 2010.