For Immediate Release
Contact: Aleesha Towns-Bain, (907) 334-0509
Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its Board of Directors and has added a new employee to its team.
Rebecca Brice Henderson brings her experience as a lifelong Alaskan, small business owner, and advocate for children to the Rasmuson Board. Henderson was born at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital along the banks of the Chena River in Fairbanks. She grew up travelling across Alaska by small plane with her father, Al Brice, former owner of Brice Incorporated, a civil construction company. Henderson’s mother, Carol Brice, shared her concern for children with her daughter. Henderson received a degree in Social Work from UAF, and spent the first decade of her professional life working with at-risk children and families. She served as a board member for the Resource Center for Parents and Children and Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption. When she was younger, Henderson travelled the world with her grandmother, helenka Brice. Today, she shares her passion for exploring new places with others as owner of Santa’s Vagabond Travel. Henderson keeps up with the changing issues that affect the travel industry through her service as President of the Pacific Northwest Board of the American Society of Travel Agents. Henderson and her husband Todd, a former UAF hockey player, have two sons, Tavis and Jonah. They enjoy cheering the boys on at hockey games, golf tournaments, skiing and foot races. A runner herself, Ms. Henderson can often be found on the wooded equinox trails that run through her backyard.
Lifelong Alaskan Kris Palmatier joined the Foundation staff as Accounting Manager in 2016. After graduating from West Anchorage High School, he co-founded a local dance studio. He started Underground Dance Company with his talent and passion for dance, and discovered that he also had an interest in and aptitude for the business side of the operation. Palmatier went on to work in a variety of financial functions with the State of Alaska, Cornerstone Construction Company, and Kimura and Associates. He received an associate’s degree in accounting and bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance and a concentration in nonprofit management from Alaska Pacific University. Palmatier attributes much of who he is as an individual and a professional to his early exposure to the arts. Dance taught him that repetition does indeed have purpose, which has served as an unconventional but excellent foundation for success in accounting. Palmatier currently serves as a board member and officer for Alaska Junior Theater.
About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband “E.A.” Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.