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AUUF Sunday Services - Speakers

Rev. Shelley Page

Reverend Shelley Page joined AUUF as Interim Minister in January 2018. She specializes as a Unitarian Universalist minister called to help congregations navigate transitional times. Raised Roman Catholic, she became a UU as a young adult, and has been a UU for over 35 years. She brings experience from previous careers in corporate marketing and communications, and not-for-profit management in organizations as diverse as Procter & Gamble and Planned Parenthood. After attending Cornell University and working in the business arena, Rev. Page prepared for ministry service at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in New York and at Star King School for the Ministry, a multi-religious seminary in Berkeley, California. Through her ministerial work, she has championed interfaith cooperation and is a proven bridge-builder. She originally hails from the Finger Lakes region of New York, and has lived in states across the U.S. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Petra and Greta. 

January Speakers


Maria Williams Speaking at 9 a.m. on 1/26

Cultural Honoring vs. Cultural Appropriation

Maria Shaa Tlaa Williams, PhD, is a Professor in Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and has taught at the university since 2008.  She is Tlingit and was born and raised in Anchorage. She earned masters and doctorate degrees in Music, specializing in Ethnomusicology, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, she taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and the University of New Mexico.  She is editor of The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture and Politics (Duke University Press 2009), and produced a documentary on Daisy Stridaztse Demientieff, a Dene/Athabascan artist, titled "A Beautiful Journey" (Anaguina Productions 2009). For more information about Maria and her work, visit the UAA website.

February Speakers

Lance Wilber Speaking with Tom Roth at 9 a.m. on 2/2

Bonds! Why Your Vote Matters

Lance Wilber is the Director of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Office of Management & Budget (OMB). He is responsible for coordinating, developing, implementating and monitoring capital and operating budgets for 38 departments; facilitating city-wide performance measures; and reviewing management policies.  Previously, Lance served as MOA’s Public Transportation Director. Before that, he was Central Region Director for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, where he was responsible for leading, managing and overseeing design, construction, maintenance and operations for the region serving over half of Alaska’s population.  He is a graduate of Oregon State University and Eastern Washington University, and earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Lance is an active member and past president of Anchorage East Rotary. He enjoys a life of Alaska adventures. For more information the city's budgets, see MOA's OMB web page.  


Tom Roth Speaking with Lance Wilber at 9 a.m. on 2/2

Bonds! Why Your Vote Matters

TTom Roth is the Chief Operating Officer of the Anchorage School District (ASD). He is responsible for all district facilities, busing, student meals, safety, security, risk management and medical services. Prior to joining ASD in July 2015, Tom served as a career officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He held numerous command and staff positions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, before retiring from the Army as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Alaska. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degrees in Management and Strategic Studies. He enjoys physical fitness training, fishing and spending time with his family. Tom and his wife, Michelle, live in Eagle River and they have five children and a dog. For more information about the 2020 2-year school bond, visit the ASD Bonds  web page .   


Robin Kornfield Speaking at 9 a.m. on 2/9

SKIKU: Making Tracks with Native Youth in Rural Alaska

Robin Kornfield is founder and Executive Director of Skiku, a rural Alaska village cross-country skiing program. Skiku has grown from serving four villages in 2012 to a statewide project that will serve 8,000 Alaska youth this winter in more than 50 remote villages. Robin is of Iñupiaq descent, born in Nome, and from the village of Kiana. Previously, she served as vice president of NANA Development Corporation, president of its film production subsidiary, and executive director of the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Robin earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from Northwestern University, a master's of Business Administration MBA from UAA, and a certificate of French language from the University of Grenoble. Robin has served on many boards, including Alaska Sea Life Center, Alaska Ski for Women, Breast Cancer Focus, Inc., Alaska Public Telecommunications, and Alaska Chamber Singers. She is a parent of elite-level cross-country skiers, and an avid recreational skier. For more information about Skiku, visit its website.


Mary Jo Torgeson Speaking at 9 a.m. on 2/16

Making Book on the Future of Anchorage Libraries

Mary Jo Torgeson is the Director of the Anchorage Public Library. She beieves passionately that libraries are an essential part of a vibrant and cohesive community, both in developing strong partnerships with businesses, schools and community agencies and in creating services that transform lives. Mary Jo brings a wide range of experience in developing user-centered services that make libraries easier to use and understand. She has been a leader in developing library services to diverse communities, including non English-speaking communities. Mary Jo earned a master’s of Library Science at the University of Washington and a master’s of Public Administration at Seattle University.  She does what librarians often do for fun -- READ. She also cooks, walks dogs, goes to indie films and enjoys the beautiful Alaska outdoors.For more information about the library system, visit its website.

Bede Trantina Speaking at 9 a.m. on 2/23

Yippee, It’s Bede!! Gratitude for a Life in Public Radio … and a Life After

Yippee, It’s Bede!! Gratitude for a Life in Public Radio … and a Life After
Bede Trantina retired as Morning Show Host and Programming Director for Anchorage Public Radio station KSKA in 2018. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University. Bede became a volunteer at KSKA when she moved to Alaska in 1979. She was hired as a  “temporary vacation relief” that summer, and then “had the great fortune to bloom where she was planted” for the next 39 years until retirement from Alaska Public Media (APM).  Former APM General Manager Steve Lindbeck wrote, “...she taught me by example, day in and day out, that our community was the only reason for our existence.”  Since 2002, Bede has been a member of “her church” -- the Providence Hospital’s Cuddle Corps, holding babies in their Newborn Intensive Care Unit.