Board of Directors
President Josh Anderson
Vice President Jeremiah Frye
Director of Operations Delbert Lahti
Treasurer James Hastings
Member at Large Kevin Weeks
Member at Large Ramon Olivarez
Alaska's Healing Hearts has no paid staff. Everything we do is 100% Volunteer efforts.
All of our donations directly serve a cause in our Military and Veteran Communities.
Board of Directors
Josh Anderson - President
Josh is originally from Idaho moving to Alaska in 2009. Josh's greatest passion is spending time in the outdoors. Spending time with family while camping, hunting, and fishing bring about his greatest memories. Josh graduated with an MBA while advancing through his career as a General Manager for both Sportsman's Warehouse (Wasilla AK) and multiple Cabela's locations (Lehi UT, Lacey WA). Ultimately his career brought him back to Alaska. Josh currently holds the position of Director of Sales for Safeway/Albertson's, supplying goods and services throughout rural Alaska and international export all over the world. Over the past 12 years, he has been involved with many organizations focusing on wildlife, scouting, and the military. Josh has been a huge compliment to many of the local wildlife organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Alaska Moose Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, and Frontier Trappers Association. In 2010 Josh quickly became a volunteer for Alaska's Healing Hearts. Since then Josh has been providing professional and financial advice to support Alaska's Healing Hearts in advancing the cause. He shares his love, stories, and passion for the outdoors with our nation's warriors, families, and youth.
Jeremiah Frye - Vice President
Jeremiah joined the United States Air Force in 1998 and was a part of numerous deployments to include Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jeremiah is a devoted champion of the Alaskan outdoors. Originally from Indiana, Jeremiah was brought to the Great Land by the Air Force in 2000. A Metals Technician by trade, today, Jeremiah can be found hounding Air Force maintainers as a Quality Assurance Inspector on JBER. His love for the outdoors has engaged in him in various outdoors and wildlife organizations, to include: Ducks Unlimited, NWTF, NRA, Trout Unlimited, Frontier Trappers Association, and Alaska Fish and Game Hunters Education Instructor . He has further sharpened his outdoor knowledge by being chosen as an Experticity Gear Tester – the marketing leader in the Outdoor Sporting Goods industry. When Jeremiah isn’t planning one of his next outdoor projects, he can usually be found somewhere in the vast Alaskan wilderness with his friends and family. Jeremiah’s relationship with Alaska's Healing Hearts began in 2012 when a mutual vision of giving back to the community and veterans was shared during Jeremiah’s own Annual Hardwater Warrior’s Ice Fishing Derby; one of the largest ice fishing tournaments in the state. Jeremiah resides in Alaska with his wife and his four beautiful daughters.
Delbert Lahti - Director of Operations
Delbert was raised in the Rockies and has been an outdoorsman his whole life. His father raised him to be a jack of all trades. His love for family, fishing, hunting, horses, and the mountains drew him to Alaska. He served in the USAF as security forces for 23 years and some change. His service covered five of seven continents, nine assignments, and multiple deployments. After retiring, Delbert returned to his roots and continues to work with active-duty members. He spends his time supporting veterans, as an Equine therapy volunteer. Alaska Healing Hearts caught his attention as a group that was there for his military family, and friends. His family consists of his wife Julie, daughter Samantha, son John Paul, stepson Damian, and daughter-in-law Jessica. He understands the need for support for our veterans and their families. "Merica"
James Hastings - Treasurer
James Hastings, a co-founding member of Alaska's Healing Hearts, is a retired US Army Veteran whose career spans over two decades and four continents, serving as an Airborne Infantryman, Combat Engineer, US Air Force Ground Liaison Officer, and finally as a Recruiter. James is the former State of Alaska Employment Transition Coordinator for the Department of Defense through Hero2Hired and previously appointed as the Recreation and Cultural Services Director for the City of Wasilla, Alaska. He served as the President of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley Veterans Council from 2006-2012, Past Exalted Ruler of the Palmer Elks Lodge #1842, Alaska State Elks Association Youth Camp Property and Program Board Member, former GM of Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Operator of the Mat-Su Resort on Lake Wasilla, and has served as VP of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce. These positions along with working as a backcountry trail guide, river float & fishing guide, Camp and Crew Support, Location Scout, and Safety Coordinator for several Alaska based filming operations which include “Out of the Wild: Surviving Alaska” on the Discovery Channel, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC, "Dude You're Screwed" and "Land Rush" for the Discovery Channel and most recently "The Fixers" on BYUTv, all combine to provide a broad experience base which is tailor-made for Alaska’s Healing Hearts Well-Being Focus Driven Outreach and Total Warrior Support Mission.
Kevin Weeks - Member at Large
Kevin was raised in the Northwest and has been passionate about people and the outdoors for as long as he can remember. He served in the Coast Guard for 10 years, 3 of it on the Cutter Decisive out of St. Petersburg Florida, and the next 7 at MSO San Juan, Puerto Rico. His primary focuses were federal enforcement of contraband entering US waters, SOLAS enforcement, and ultimately facilities and shipping enforcement. In September, of 2001 was recalled back into active duty and spent several months in Seattle working port security. He found his way to Alaska by way of Cabela’s and was the store manager before excepting the role of running both Bass Pro and Cabela’s in Anchorage. Alaska has been the best adventure of his lifetime, year over year, day after day, it simply never gets old. With his love of the outdoors, and his passion for people, alignment with Alaska Healing Hearts only made sense. He proudly serves others, who served for America.
Ramón Olivarez - Member at Large
Ramón served in the US Army as a 12C (“Bridger”) under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he began his Army career in December 2004, was stationed in Fort Hood TX, and deployed three rotations to Iraq. He served for eleven years until he was medically separated in July 2016. He moved to Alaska immediately, never having been and not knowing what to expect he his wife and twin toddlers packed up and moved. He and his family are very happy that he did, saying "it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made". He found AHH soon after arriving in Alaska which has been an essential part of feeling at home for him and his family. He has volunteered with them ever since. He currently works as a real estate consultant who specializes in helping fellow service members, which is extremely useful as an additional way for him to help our community. He truly enjoys helping and motivating people to reach their goals in life. He is always eager to help in whatever he can.