Meet the Board

The Current CPGH, Inc. Board of Directors includes the following members:

Trena Richardson, Board President - Trena Richardson has lived in the Central Peninsula Area since January of 1973. Ms. Richardson retired from the Kenai Peninsula School District after 29 years, where she taught at Tustumena, Soldotna and K-Beach Elementary Schools.  Her last years with the district she held the position of Principal at Nikiski Elementary and K-Beach Elementary before retiring in June of 2002.  Ms. Richardson is a current member on the City of Soldotna Planning & Zoning Commission and is a past President of the local Kenai Peninsula Administrators Association, and has served on the NEA State Board of Directors and the Alaska State Community Services Commission. Trena earned her B.A. in Education from the College of Idaho, and her M.A. in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. When not volunteering, Ms. Richardson enjoys spending time with her son, Travis, and his wife Megan, reading, playing golf and traveling to locations such as Australia and South Africa.

Jim McHale, Vice PresidentJim McHale a consultant providing professional, technical and emergency management services to U.S. and foreign governmental agencies, local communities, the cruise ship, commercial fishing and oil industries.  He is a retired Vietnam Veteran and has 35 years' experience working in various management capacities with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Alaska Clean Seas and SEACOR Environmental Service International.  With undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Troy State University, Chapman College, University of Alaska, Anchorage and Alaska Methodist University, Jim is currently enrolled in an MBA Program at Chadwick University. He has participated in national and international studies on contingency planning, prevention, and response strategies and is published nationally and internationally in conference proceedings, magazines and journals. Jim and his wife Mariane enjoy life on the Kenai River in the Funny River area.

John Bramante, M.D., - Dr. Bramante is a board certified internist and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He enjoys the broad practice of internal medicine, the care of patients with complex illness and has special interests in gastrointestinal endoscopy and echocardiography. Dr. Bramante joined the CPGH Board of Directors in January 2015 and served on the board previously prior to 2010. Outside of work he is dedicated to his family life including wife Katie and three daughters. He coaches youth soccer and formerly coached the boys varsity soccer team at Soldotna High School. He and Katie are accomplished mushers and continue to maintain an active sled dog team.

Irv Carlisle, Secretary/Treasurer - Irv Carlisle is a retired CPA and business owner who was raised on a small dairy farm in Western Washington. Irv is a U.S. Army veteran that served a year in Vietnam before returning to school to complete his studies. In 1970 after graduating with a BA in Accounting from Central Washington University he moved to Anchorage to work for a national accounting firm.  In 1974 Irv moved to Soldotna with his wife Carla and two sons to start his own CPA practice. He has been active on many local boards including Central Peninsula Health Foundation, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Soldotna Rotary Club, Miss Alaska Pageant, Special Olympics and many others. Irv has been active in Alaska fisheries issues and has been appointed by five different Governors to fisheries boards and committees which included an appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Irv and Carla are avid gardeners and love the outdoor opportunities that Alaska offers. They are both ardent basketball fans and through the booster club are very involved with the boys and girls programs at Soldotna High School.

Mark Dixson - Mark Dixson is currently the City Manager for the City of Soldotna. He was formerly the General Services Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough overseeing human resources and risk management. He moved to Soldotna from Tioga County, a rural county in upstate New York, where he served as County Attorney for 4 years and had a private practice for 17 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for Robert Packer Hospital and for Tioga State Bank. He is currently licensed to practice law in the states of Alaska and New York. He and his wife Maria live in Soldotna. Maria, a former librarian, is a volunteer for CPGH, primarily working at Heritage Place doing story time and other interactive activities. Mr. Dixson is also a member of Rotary.

Candy Columbia - Candy is a retired RN.  She received her nursing degree from Wesley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (now Northwestern Memorial Hospital) in Chicago.  She received her BS in Health Care Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.  Candy worked for 21 years in critical care and 20 years as a Sr. Clinical Research Associate in pharmaceutical research.  She is active with the Funny River Chamber of Commerce and Community Association and currently serves as their Treasurer.  Candy and her husband, Rob, have lived in the Funny River area since 2014 after moving there from Florida.  They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren residing in the lower 48.

Mark Premo - Mark is a Principal in Premo Consulting an independent consulting firm specializing in business, organizational development and change management. He is the fourth generation of his family to live and work in Alaska. He received his Bachelors and Master degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and is licensed Civil Engineer. Mark has been active in many national and international Boards and is presently Treasurer for the international nonprofit Board Water for People, and past president of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He recently retired from the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility where he was General Manager for over 20 years. His hobbies include chasing the illusive king salmon and continuous building out of the family property in Sterling.

Steve Manley - Steve was born and raised in Soldotna.  After graduating from Skyview High School, he earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Returning home after college, Steve worked as an Accountant for a public accounting firm, then Controller for a Community Development Quota group, and currently as a Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo.  He also serves on the board of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.  Steve and his wife Emily have three daughters, and spend their free time riding bikes, taking walks and visiting with family and friends.   

Sal Mattero - Sal Mattero is a retired Human Resources Professional with over 25 years of experience. He grew up in New York City and attended New York University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel and Industrial Relations. Experiences gained from a combined 34 years at both Union Oil Company of California and Agrium, U.S.A., resulted in his holding both Supervisory and Management positions at the Field, Regional, and Corporate levels. Since retirement in 2002, he has served on multiple Boards and Committees, earning him the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's "Community Service Award" in 2008.  He recently completed five years as the President of the Friends of the Kenai Community Library and currently serves as Director of the Kenai Rotary, President of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Our Lady of the Angels Parish Council, and Secretary of the Kenai Community Foundation.  Sal and his wife, Kathleen, have lived in Kenai since 1997. They have two grown sons living in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Gregg Motonaga, MD - Gregg Motonaga, M.D. was raised in Anchorage.  He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Gregg received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and participated in the Alaska WWAMI program.  He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular-thoracic anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic.  He has been the medical director of the Central Peninsula Hospital Anesthesia Department since 2007. 

Debbie Shuey - Debbie Shuey, with her husband Curt, moved to Alaska in 1978, and made their home in the Central Kenai Peninsula area. Debbie has over 25+ years' experience in the health and education fields. She began her career in nursing and later secured a degree in human resource management from Alaska Pacific University. She has primarily worked in community, school, and public health. Debbie began work in the early childhood field in 1998 with the Kenaitze Head Start program where she worked for 10 years. She and her husband own Lighthouse Consultation Services and Debbie offers customized, culturally responsive support to early childhood programs. She has traveled extensively throughout Alaska and the Lower 48 consulting with Tribal Head Start grantees. Currently she works part time as the Executive Director for People Promoting Wellness through Community Action (PPWCA). PPWCA coordinates wellness and prevention services in the local area. She and her husband commercially fished for 20 years, and lived and worked at the Kenai Moose Research Center for 5 years. She and her husband hike, ski, fish, boat, and bike every chance they get.
To contact the Board of Directors, please email Terri Nettles, Board Assistant, or call 714-4721.