Kris Palmatier

Director of Finance

Phone: (907) 334-0504


Kris Palmatier joined Rasmuson Foundation in 2016 as accounting manager. Today, Kris serves as finance director and oversees all things finance from audits to budgets and taxes.

Kris is a dancer and entrepreneur by trade, and his past experiences include co-founding Underground Dance Company (UDC), owning a small café, and owning a finance startup. Kris’s experience operating the dance company exposed him to accounting and finance, and he has served in financial functions for the State of Alaska, Cornerstone General Contractors, and Kimura and Associates.

Kris received an associate’s in accounting and a bachelor’s in business administration and management, minoring in finance, from Alaska Pacific University. In 2020, he completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University. In addition to academics, Kris is an alumni of Leadership Anchorage, a program of the Alaska Humanities Forum, and Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence, a program of The Foraker Group.

Kris is part of Momentum Dance Collective, contributes to the work of Alaska Humanities Forum and supports DanceWest Booster Club, helping his alma mater, West Anchorage High School.

Kris is a lifelong Alaskan with a passion for all things art — especially local dance and theater. He attributes much of who he is as an individual and a professional to his early exposure to the arts. It was this exposure that gave Kris his voice and taught him that repetition does indeed have purpose, which has served to build his commitment to financial excellence.


Roy Agloinga

Program Officer of External Affairs

Jeff Baird

Chief of Staff

Michele Brown

Senior Fellow

Sydney Copley

Executive Assistant to Vice President

Angela Cox

Vice President of External Affairs

Lisa Demer

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Bob Doehl

Senior Fellow

Julee Farley

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Monica Garcia-Itchoak

Program Officer

Christina Gheen

Grant Management Associate

Carmen Goodwin

Payroll and Benefits Manager

Jess Haley

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Marian Hunter

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Diane Kaplan

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Tanya King

Senior Program Officer

Emily Kwon

External Affairs Associate

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Alexandra McKay

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Samona Norombaba

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Chris Perez

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Allison Ruoff

Office Assistant

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Program Officer

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