Joy Steward, Executive Directory

Joy Steward, Executive Director

Joy has worked in the non-profit sector since 1987. She joined the Homer Foundation board in 1994, becoming the first Executive Director in 2000.

Jane Miles, Volunteer Administrative Assistant

Heidi Stage, Bookkeeper

Board of Trustees

The Homer Foundation is overseen by a volunteer board of trustees, and administered by an executive director, representing a broad range of expertise and knowledge of our community’s needs.

Ken Castner, Board Chair and Investment Manager:  Ken was instrumental in the creation of the Homer Foundation and has served on the Board of Trustees since it was founded in 1991. Currently he is owner/operator of Tonsina, LLC. Ken is the producer of the local Nutcracker and other local productions.  He brings his background as a registered investment advisor to the role of Investment Manager for the HF.

Bonnie Jason, YAC Advisor:  Bonnie joined the board in 2002.   She serves as the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) advisor, guiding participants as they learn about the culture of philanthropy through hands on experiences. Bonnie is currently a teacher at Homer Middle School.

Philemon Morris, Investment Committee Chair:  Phil has been on the Board of Trustees since 1991.  He is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee and has served on the Foundation’s Book Project Committee.  Phil was President of Alaska Ferry Adventures, a local tour packager, until his retirement in 2013.  He served as Mayor of Kachemak City and on the Kachemak City Council for many years.  Phil has prior experience as a municipal bond trader and registered investment adviser with extensive experience in the securities industry.

Carol Swartz, Board Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair:  Carol has served on the Board of Trustees since 1991. Carol has been Director of the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska since 1986. Carol is actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations including the Homer/Kachemak Bay Rotary Club, Bunnell Street Arts Center, and was the founding director of Haven House/ South Peninsula Women’s Services.

Steve Albert, Treasurer:  Steve became a member of the board in 2011 and also serves on the Investment and Distributions committees.  Prior to moving to Homer, Steve was a biologist with Alaska Dept. Fish & Game for 27 years.    Steve was a former stock/futures broker in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany with many years of experience to help in the Investment Committee.

Flo Larson, Leadership Development Committee Chair: Flo has served on HF board of trustees since February 2011. Born and raised on a farm in North Dakota, Flo and husband Peter moved to Alaska in 1969, raised two sons, Erik and Bjorn, both graduates of HHS. Flo taught elementary, middle school, and high school mathematics, became a certified childbirth educator (13 years) and received her masters from APU before moving to Homer in 1985.  After six years of teaching mathematics overseas in Jakarta, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, she returned to teach math in Homer for five years before retiring. Flo has served on numerous boards and holds a special interest in foreign exchange students and teachers.  Two grandsons, garden work, reading and writing keep her busy when not volunteering.

Lindsay Wolter:  Lindsay joined the board in May 2015. Lindsay has her own law practice. She serves on the Kachemak Bay Citizens Advisory Board and is on the board of the Ageya Wilderness Center. Lindsay is married to Jedd Fonkert and they have a son, Ole, and are expecting a daughter soon! Lindsay and Jedd share a strong interest in Alaska’s outdoor activities and environment.

John Mouw, Distribution Committee Chair:  John joined the Homer Foundation Board of Trustees in 2011 and became chair of the Distribution Committee in 2012.  He has been on the board of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust since 1997. John is a retired hotel and property manager and his wife Rika is an artist.  Both are actively involved in the Homer community.

Terri Spigelmyer, Policy Committee Chair:  Terri joined the board in 2015. She is a partner in the law practice of Haas & Spigelmyer, Inc. with her husband Andy Haas. Terri has served on several nonprofit boards including AFS Foreign Exchange, Infant Learning Program, Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue, and Kenai Peninsula Youth Court. Terri and Andy have raised their family in Homer and have special interests in many youth oriented organizations. Terri also enjoys outdoor activities and travel.

Christopher Robinson: Chris and wife Linda recently retired to Homer. Chris joined the HF board in 2016 to become active and engaged in his new community. He brings an extensive background with statewide and regional nonprofits, having worked in the special education and behavioral health arena. Chris has also provided strategic planning and consultation to nonprofit and executive boards.

Tom Kizzia: Tom is a professional journalist and longtime resident of Homer.  As a reporter he avoided direct involvement in public service, but after retiring as a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News  he chose to join the HF board in 2016 because he was drawn to the breadth and high mindedness of the HF’s mission. Tom is also a musician, playing piano for the local contra dances.

Luana Stovel: Through her many years of work on the HF’s Distributions Committee Luana developed a deep respect for the work of the Foundation. She joined the board in 2017 to help further the continuing success of the Foundation’s mission. Luana owns and operates a bookkeeping service. Prior to that, many in Homer will remember her as a radio producer for Bodett & Company.

Matt Clarke, : Matt started volunteering for the HF in 2015, serving on the Development Committee, and then joining the board in 2017. Matt has a 17 year career as Deputy Harbormaster for the City of Homer. Both through his volunteerism and employment, Matt has a desire to serve his community and improve quality of life. Matt lives in Homer with his family. He enjoys participating in school activities, and boating, hiking, sport fishing, scuba diving and team sports.

Shannon McBride-Morin: Shannon was born and raised in Homer and across the bay at her family’s Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge. After college and extensive work experience in the Seattle nonprofit and foundation arenas, Shannon returned to Homer with her husband Chris Morin to raise their two daughters and to assume the role of manager, and then owner/operator  for the Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge. Shannon co-founded the Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center and has worked and volunteered for numerous local nonprofit and school councils.