Sheri Buretta – Chair
Sheri is the Chair of the Board of the Chugach Alaska Corporation and has served on the ROSSIA Board of Directors since 2004. She grew up witnessing the passion and diligence it took to build the Saint Innocent Cathedral in Anchorage, a 50 year labor of love. Sheri is a member of the Orthodox church and values the rich cultural heritage of orthodoxy.
Tara Bourdukofsky – Vice Chair
Director Tara L. Bourdukofsky was born in San Francisco, California, raised on St. Paul Island, Alaska, and now resides in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a master’s of science in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Tara is presently the Human Services Director at Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association.
Becky Shaffer – Secretary
Rebecca is an architect with the Alaska Regional Office of the National Park Service with a background in historic preservation and sacred spaces, with a focus on energy efficiency and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) compliance. Before moving to Alaska in 2004, Rebecca served on ecumenical boards in campus chaplaincy at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the University of Oregon.
Dorothy Gray – Treasurer
Dorothy is a lifelong educator and a recently retired assistant professor of English for the University of Alaska at the Kenai Peninsula College campus. She is also a lifelong member of the Russian Orthodox Church and serves as the secretary of the Kenai Parish Council. Dorothy helped initiate and direct the 1998 restoration of the Russian Orthodox rectory in Kenai, the 2008 Save America’s Treasure Grant to preserve the Kenai church, one of Alaska’s
National Historic Landmarks, and has served on ROSSIA’s
board since 2008.
Jobe Bernier – Director
A father of two fifth generation Alaskans, Jobe grew up in Chugiak and went on to Montana to study architecture. After being awarded best master’s thesis in his class, receiving the Alpha Rho Chi medal, and interning in Montana, Jobe returned to Alaska to practice architecture in his home state. Jobe loves designing and specializes in high performance energy projects, historic preservation, and community service projects. When he is not thinking
about Architecture, he is helping his wife Michal through her
own graduate program, gardening with his children, and
enjoying Alaska’s seasons.
David Gregory – Director
David has been the Lands Manager at the Ounalashka Corporation in Unalaska since 2003. He also served as the fire chief in Unalaska from 1979 until 2003 (24 years). A wonderful partner to our Board, he brings knowledge and expertise of the Unalaska region as well as an energy for the work of the mission. David joined the ROSSIA Board of Directors in 2014.
Vanessa Norman – Director
Vanessa grew up in Port Graham, Alaska and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Port Graham. She now lives in Anchorage and is an attorney at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine. Her background also includes a master’s degree in Rural Development from the Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks. Vanessa values the culture and heritage of Alaska’s communities and its people. She looks forward to serving on the board of ROSSIA and promoting its mission.
Mary Sattler – Director
Mary and her four children are members of the St. Sophia Russian Orthodox Church in Bethel. She is Yupik Eskimo. Mary’s mother, Lizann Williams, is originally from Kuskokwim River village Kwethluk. Mary grew up in Kwethluk, Tuntutuliak and Platinum before moving to Bethel in 1986. Mary is a lobbyist in Juneau, advocating for rural Alaskans. Formerly she was a legislator representing Bethel and the Yukon Kuskokwim region (1998-2008) and
a community relations employee for Donlin Gold, a prospective
gold mine in Western Alaska (2008-2014).
Angela Totemoff – Director
Angela grew up in Tatitlek, Alaska and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Chenega. Her educational background includes an MBA and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Project Management. She now lives in Anchorage and is the Shareholder Services Manager for The Tatitlek Corporation. She loves her job that allows her to be a part of cultural preservation projects and community development, including the renovation of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Tatitlek. Angela has served on the ROSSIA board since 2014.
Bishop DAVID – Ex Officio
Born in 1952, Father David was received into the Orthodox Christian faith in 1975, two years after his marriage to the former Karen Meterko. Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. On Friday, February 21, 2014, he was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Sitka and Alaska during a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, AK.
If you’re interested in joining ROSSIA’s Board of Directors, volunteering or donating, please contact ROSSIA at firstname.lastname@example.org.