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.
Karlin Itchoak Speaking at 9 a.m. on 11/3 "Protecting Alaska's Wild and Sacred Spaces"
Karlin Itchoak is Alaska State Director of The Wilderness Society. He is Inupiat, and grew up in Nome with family from Utqiaqvik and upstate New York. He graduated from UAF, and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University. Professional experience includes working for Ukpeagvik Inupiat Native Corporation, the Institute of the North, and the Berkowitz gubernatorial campaign, clerking for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and conducting economic development plans for the Bering Strait region. He co-founded a consulting company focused on Arctic business relations, partnerships, and diplomacy. He currently serves on the boards of the Alaska Center and Alaska Institute of Justice, and previously served as elected President of the Nome Eskimo Community Council. Karlin is passionate about defending Native subsistence rights, climate adaptation issues in the Arctic, circumpolar policymaking, and preserving Alaska Native cultures.
Becky Roberts Speaking with Tony Gasbarro at 9 a.m. on 11/10 “Leading a Life of Service”
Becky Roberts was born and raised in Anchorage in an AUUF family. During her time at Macalester College in Minnesota—a school with a concept of global citizenship—she had the opportunity to visit Uganda with a Somali classmate and later returned there to work on youth empowerment projects. Becky also immersed herself in Anchorage’s rich international culture. She volunteered as a family mentor for the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services and taught English at the Alaska Literacy Program. Later she served four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching environmental education in Mexico, then started the independent collective organization Raíces del Mundo (Roots of the World) to promote cultural and environmental consciousness. In addition to traveling and learning about cultures, she also enjoys hiking, yoga, drawing mandalas, dancing, and music. Together for a better world!
Tony Gasbarro Speaking with Becky Roberts at 9 a.m. on 11/10 “Leading a Life of Service”
Tony Gasbarro is a professor emeritus in UAF’s School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. He was the state extension forester for the Cooperative Extension Service, and retired in 1996 after 23 years on the faculty. Tony completed two Peace Corps assignments, in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, spent nearly three years as a project operations officer in Rome with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, and served five years as a field forester with the U.S. Forest Service in California and Alaska. After 45 years in Fairbanks, Tony moved to Raven’s Roost co-housing in Anchorage. He actively oversees scholarship programs and community development projects for a non-profit helping the poor in rural El Salvador. He has visited El Salvador for three to five weeks annually since finishing his last Peace Corps assignment there in 1998.
Ingrid Larson Speaking at 11 a.m. on 11/10 “Standing at Attention--the True Cost of War”
Ingrid Larson served three years as a Judge Advocate General in the United States air Force from 2002-2005. Following a medical discharge and son Benjamin's birth, she opened her own Elder law firm has served as a certified professional Guardian, and a veteran service officer for the Disabled American Veteran office, and is an active member of Veterans for Peace. Moving to Anchorage and AUUF in 2011, she joined choir and has played concert harp for us.
Ingrid felt called away from law and entered the Journey Program of Iliff School of Theology in Denver. In remission from cancer(!!!), she is working toward a Master of Divinity, and will graduate spring of 2021.
Courtney Alexander Speaking at 9 a.m. on 11/17 “One Job Should be Enough—The Truth about Service Jobs in Alaska”
Courtney Alexander is a Yale graduate and long-time researcher and strategist for UNITE HERE, a union representing workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, and transportation industries throughout the U.S. and Canada. A Nevada resident, Courtney has served UNITE HERE for over 30 years by unraveling the corporate financial structures of hotel, gaming and culinary industry giants, and understands how corporations influence the hospitality industry all the way to the hourly workers on the front lines. Courtney has delved into the world of commercial real estate, acquisitions and mergers of hotel giants, investment trusts and the resulting dehumanization of workers throughout the hospitality industry. She fights for equality and social justice daily and believes education and advocacy on these issues can make a difference in the lives of working people.
Doreen Schenkenberger Speaking at 9 a.m. on 11/24 “Supporting Restorative Justice, Reentry and Alaska’s Therapeutic Courts”
Doreen Schenkenberger is Executive Director of Partners for Progress. She has been active in promoting therapeutic justice throughout the state of Alaska for over 20 years. She is a founding member of the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Group (AKTCA), a statewide peer support group supporting reentry, recovery, and therapeutic courts. An Inupiaq Eskimo born and raised in Nome, Doreen is especially involved in managing program development, financial management, and grant writing to secure funding for reformative justice programs in rural Alaska. Doreen has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Accounting from UAA and enjoys volunteering, fishing, traveling, scuba diving, and skiing with her family. She prioritizes fostering a spirit of cooperation among Partners’ personnel and cooperating agencies as the key to success in Partners’ mission to reduce recidivism.