Tara Bourdukofsky – Vice Chair
A lifelong member of the Russian Orthodox Church and Sisterhood, Tara is of Unangan/Aleut/Lakota heritage. Although born in San Francisco, she was raised in Alaska and received her Master’s degree in counseling psychology at Alaska Pacific University. Currently, she is the Human Services Director of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association where she fulfills her passion to serve the Unangan people of the past, present, and future.
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. Sheri is a member of the Orthodox church and values the rich cultural heritage of orthodoxy.
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.
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 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 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).
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.
Skye was born and raised in Fairbanks and following graduation from the University of Colorado College of Architecture & Planning, began working for Design Alaska in Fairbanks. Skye’s passion for adventure and architecture have led her into the backcountry of Alaska to assist with historic preservation projects and to Cambodia and Nepal to work with Habitat for Humanity on a variety of projects.
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
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