We work to provide new and challenging options and experiences in an effort to contribute to social reintegration necessary for our nation’s heroes. We strive to reach beyond the clinical rehabilitation offered to injured military personnel and provide hope for warriors to continue to live active and productive lives.

Alaska’s Healing Hearts witness first-hand how our various programs and events genuinely help bolster confidence and self esteem.  

Alaska's Healing Hearts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt #27-4036000, non-profit organization.

Josh Anderson - President                                                                                                                 

Josh has been in the outdoors the majority of his life with an avid passion for the great outdoors, hunting and fishing surpassing any hobby or desire.  As a graduate of Boise State University, he began his professional career in the Outdoor Sporting Goods industry.  Ultimately his career brought him to Alaska. During his career, he has worked for Sportsman's Warehouse, previously managing the store in Wasilla.  Currently, Josh holds a position as General Manager for Cabela's.  While in Alaska, he has been involved with many organizations focusing on wildlife, scouting, and military. Josh has been a huge complement to many of the local wildlife organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Alaska Moose Federation, NWTF, RMEF, NRA, and Frontier Trappers Association.

In the mix of all these organizations, Alaska's Healing Hearts caught his full attention in 2010.  He quickly became involved in supporting the organization, providing professional and financial advice along with supporting the cause.  He shares his love, stories and passion of the outdoors with our nations 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 a 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, step son Damian, son-in-law Tanner Adams 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 22 years and four continents, serving as an Airborne Infantryman, Combat Engineer, US Air Force Ground Liaison Officer, and finally as a Recruiter. James is currently the State of Alaska Employment Transition Coordinator for the Department of Defense for Hero2Hired and formerly worked as the Recreation and Cultural Services Director for the City of Wasilla, Alaska. He has 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 back country 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”, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, and "Catch & Release", all combine to provide a broad experience base which is tailor-made for Alaska’s Healing Hearts Warrior Driven Support Mission.

 

Amy Link - Secretary                                                                                                                 

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Kevin Weeks - Member at Large

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Joe Bennett - Member at Large

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Eric Collier - Member at Large

 Eric Collier joined the Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician on January 1998.  Eric served until August 2006, deploying to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq.  Utilizing the GI Bill, he earned his bachelors of Science in Business management at California Lutheran University, CA in 2010.   Upon graduation, he worked as a project manager, and ultimately as assistant director at the executive level  for  CEO Foods Inc.  In Tucson AZ.  Passion to work with EOD lured Eric to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK as an EOD contractor from 2012 to 2015.   Eric realized his passion working with military and veterans, driving him to a career as a Veteran Service Organization volunteer with Alaska’s Healing Hearts.  Eric also served as the Military Liaison for the Chris Kyle patriots Hospital, working directly with military and veterans at the acute PTSD and Substance abuse in-patient hospital.  From 2015 to present, Eric provides outreach, awareness, and event planning for military and veterans.  In 2017 Eric committed to a full time position with the Air Force Reserves, once again wearing the military uniform full time. 

Jim Zumbo, Past President                                                                                                                

Jim continues to work hard for the passion of outdoor recreation and protecting the conservation of Wildlife. Jim Zumbo is a firearms and hunting commentator and writer. He was the hunting editor for Outdoor Life magazine and host of the television program Jim Zumbo Outdoors on The Outdoor Channel. For more information please visit the www.jimzumbo.com

 

Joe Wurzelbacher, Past President                                                                                                      

Joe Wurzelbacher, a United States Air Force veteran, joined our team early on and passionate about the health and happiness of our wounded military and veterans.  He was instrumental in helping AHH create and build core programs.  Joe is an avid outdoorsman and continues to work hard for what he believes in.