For immediate release March 10, 2022
Contact: Lisa Demer, 907-545-3555 (cell)

Anchorage, AK – A doctor with rural Alaska roots has joined the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors.

Kathy Hurlburt was born and raised in the Southwestern Alaska fishing hub of Naknek, where she worked as a commercial fisherman before leaving to pursue her medical degree. She owns and operates her own private practice in Anchorage.

Dr. Kathy Hurlburt

Dr. Hurlburt also serves on the Providence Alaska Medical Center board and the Alaska Innovative Medicine board and previously served on boards for Victory Ministries and Alaska Christian College. She is on the Providence Credentials Committee and is a former Alaska Regional Hospital chief of staff.

She has volunteered at youth camps around the state including as a physician for Victory Ministries. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alaska and earned her medical degree from the University of Washington.

“Kathy is an exceptionally well-rounded board member,” said board Chair Adam Gibbons. “Her medical expertise is particularly timely, but we also appreciate the addition of a rural voice and her deep understanding of both commercial and subsistence fishing.”

Dr. Hurlburt lives in Anchorage with her husband, Ward B. Hurlburt IV. She is passionate about the Bristol Bay region, where her parents, oldest son and his family still live. She loves spending time with her granddaughters and subsistence fishing in Bristol Bay.

“I’m excited to serve on the board and hope to make a lasting contribution,” Dr. Hurlburt said. “I think of my granddaughters and all future generations and want them to have quality health care and educational opportunity.”

“Community board members have helped to govern Rasmuson Foundation since its inception in 1955,” said Diane Kaplan, Foundation president and CEO. “They contribute diverse views, geographic perspectives and skills.” Rasmuson Foundation welcomes Kathy Hurlburt.

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About the Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Main funding areas are solutions to homelessness, health care, the arts, organizational and community development and human services including projects to address domestic violence, child abuse and services for seniors and people with disabilities. The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson.