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.

Julia Clymer, CPA

Heidi Stage, Bookkeeper

Jane Miles, Volunteer Administrative Assistant

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 in knowing 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 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.

Buck Laukitis, Audit Committee Co-chair:  Buck joined the board in 2005. Buck is a commercial fisherman and the past president of the North Pacific Fisheries Association. He is actively involved in marine conservation and fishery management issues in state, federal and international forums, as well as workforce development programs for the marine trades professions. Buck and his wife Shelly lived on a self-sufficient homestead prior to moving to Homer. They are avid outdoor and sports coaches and enthusiasts.

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 is currently Mayor of Kachemak City and has served on the City Council there since 1985.  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 Co-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.  Additionally, he is volunteering in the AARP tax aide program.  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: 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.

Denise Pitzman: Denise joined the board in 2012 and currently serves as the chair of the Development Committee. She is a realtor with The Kachemak Group. Denise was the Alaska chapter president of the Children’s Tumor Foundation and has served on the national board. She formerly served on the Birth2Three and Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce boards and is also on the Homer High School Site Council. Her husband Gordon is a teacher at Homer High who commercial fishes in the summers. Denise has two daughters in college and a son still in school.

Polly Prindle-Hess:  Polly joined the board of Trustees in 2012.  She has been a co-owner with her husband, Bruce, of Puffin Electric, Inc. since 1984.  She served on the Board of Directors at Homer Council on the Arts for nine years and the Homer High School Site Council for three years.  Polly was also involved in the dance community for many years, dancing with Jill Berryman, Dance Theatre North, and Jazzline Dancers, and has sung with the Homer Community choir.

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 both have 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, serving as treasurer and currently as vice president.  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:  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.