Photo Credit: Marlise Photography

Photo Credit: Marlise Photography


Alan Schmitt

Alan Schmitt was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated twice from the University of Louisville (1975 and 1978). In 1982 he signed up for a two-year stint with Alaska Legal Services Corporation. He arrived in Kodiak in February of that year and it became home. After five years with ALSC, Alan moved into private practice. He retired from the active practice of law effective January 1, 2011. In April of that year he attended a meeting of folks interested in forming a volunteer hospice agency in Kodiak. He got involved. Alan is thankful for the opportunity to help lay a good foundation for HoK and to watch it grow.


Mark Withrow, MD
Vice President

Mark Withrow has been a physician in Kodiak since 1978. He is a graduate of Mayo Medical School in Minnesota. He has recently retired from clinical medicine and teaching, but is still affiliated with Kodiak Island Medical Associates. He is now Honorary Staff at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center where he practiced in all departments. Dr. Withrow has served on the Monashka Bay Service Board, the Alaska State Parks Board and for thirty years was the Medical Director for the Kodiak Emergency Medical System.


Meghan Kelly

Meghan Kelly was born and raised in the hills of southwestern Wisconsin where she grew up hearing stories about her parents' travels via motorcycle to Alaska. She decided to see the Last Frontier for herself, and came to Kodiak in 2008 after grad school to work for the local judge in what was intended to be a one-year clerkship. Years later she is still here and enjoying the Kodiak community and island life to the fullest.

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Scott Carver, CRNA

Scott Carver, CRNA is the chief nurse anesthetist at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Scott moved to Kodiak in 2012 with his wife Nicole and two sons, Nicholas and Matthew from Kansas City, Missouri. Scott is also on the board at Kodiak Bible Chapel. In his free time Scott enjoys hiking and fishing.

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Judy Starrett

Judy Starrett was born and raised in Pratt, KS. She graduated from Southwestern College in 1979 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. As a military spouse she moved to Kodiak in 1994 and began working at Kodiak Island Medical Associates. In 1998 was transferred to Cape Cod, MA. Within a year was transferred back to Kodiak and back to KIMA. Over the years Judy held many positions at KIMA, receptionist, accounts payable/payroll and patient accounts. In October 2014, Judy took over as the office manager of KIMA. She is an active member of the St Paul Lutheran Church. Judy is excited about being a part of Hospice of Kodiak as she feels it is an important group to help the Community of Kodiak.

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Rick Kniaziowski

Rick Kniaziowski is the Terminal Operations Manager for Matson here in Kodiak. He and family moved to Kodiak from Unalaska where they had lived for 18 years. Rick’s better half, Aimee, is the city manager of Kodiak and they stay young raising their grandson, Eli, a student at Kodiak High School. He has lived in Alaska since 1979. Rick has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Matson Foundation, the Kodiak School Board, the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of American Port Authorities. He also served as president of the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Port Advisory Board, The Association of Alaska of School Boards, and the Unalaska School Board. Rick was born in London, England, and immigrated to sunny Southern California where he spent his formative years. He attended the Air Force Academy, Loyola Marymount, UAA and UAF.


Carol Austerman

Carol Austerman is the Compliance Director for Kodiak Community Health Center. She was raised in Kodiak and after living in the lower 48 and other Alaskan cities, considers Kodiak home. Carol has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from UAA and she has worked in marketing and business administration for a variety of government entities, corporations and non-profits. Carol and her husband own a fire safety company in Kodiak, serving the Coast Guard and local businesses. Carol has a long history of volunteering for non-profit boards, sitting on her first board just out of college. Carol is especially engaged in the Kodiak healthcare fellowship, having served on the Providence Hospital Community Advisory Board, the Kodiak Community Health Center Board and now Hospice of Kodiak.

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Jeff Larsen, MD


Pat Branson

Pat Branson is originally from a Chicago suburb, but moved west to Portland and then migrated to Kodiak with her husband Gordon Gould in 1982. For 27 years she has been the Executive Director of Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Inc. (SCOK), the only senior center in Alaska which is nationally accredited through the National Council on Aging. She has served on many national, state and local organizations’ boards including Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, Providence Alaska Region, Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Marine Highway Transportation Advisory Board, National Institute of Senior Centers and was elected to the Kodiak Island Borough assembly for 12 years, the Kodiak City Council for 1 year and as City of Kodiak Mayor

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Mike Pfeffer

Gina Bishop