Alexander Dolitsky was born and raised in Kiev, in the former Soviet Union. He received an M.A. in history from Kiev Pedagogical Institute, Ukraine, in 1976; an M.A. in anthropology and archaeology from Brown University in 1983; and attended the Ph.D. program in anthropology at Bryn Mawr College from 1983 to 1985, where he was also a lecturer in the Russian Center.In the U.S.S.R., he was a social studies teacher for three years and an archaeologist for five years at the Ukranian Academy of Sciences. In 1978, he settled in the United States after living one year in Western Europe. Dolitsky visited Alaska for the first time in 1981, while conducting field research for graduate school at Brown. He then settled in Alaska—first, in Sitka in 1985, and then in Juneau in 1986. From 1985 to 1987, he was the U.S. Forest Service archaeologist and social scientist. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast from 1985 to 1999; Social Studies Instructor at the Alyeska Central School, Alaska Department of Education and Yukon-Koyukuk School District from 1988 to 2006; and Director of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center (seewww.aksrc.org) from 1990 to present. He has conducted approximately 30 field studies in various areas of the former Soviet Union (including Siberia), Central Asia, South America, Eastern Europe, and the United States (including Alaska).Dolitsky has been a lecturer on theWorld Discoverer, Spirit of Oceanus, andClipper Odysseyvessels in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. He was the Project Manager for the WWII Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Memorial erected in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2006. Dolitsky is the founder and Program Manager of the “White Nights Festival of Russian Culture” that is held annually in Southeast Alaska.He has published extensively in the fields of anthropology, history, archaeology, and ethnography inCurrent Anthropology, Arctic, American Antiquity, Ultimate Reality and Meaning, Sibirica, and in many other professional journals. His more recent books include:Fairy Tales and Myths of the Bering Strait Chukchi; Tales and Legends of the Yupik Eskimos of Siberia; Ancient Tales of Kamchatka; Old Russia in Modern America: Russian Old Believers in Alaska; Allies in Wartime: The Alaska-Siberia Airway During World War II;andSpirit of the Siberian Tiger: Folktales of the Russian Far East.
Bill Ruddy, former President, AKSRC
Attorney; Ruddy, Bradley & Kolkhorst Corporation
Born: New Haven, Connecticut, July 19, 1937. Admitted to bar: 1962, Connecticut; 1966, Alaska and U.S. District Court, District of Alaska; 1974, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1959; LL.B., 1962). With Office of General Counsel, Federal Maritime Commission, 1964. Assistant Attorney General, State of Alaska, 1965. Trustee, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Inc., 1972-1976. Member: Alaska Board of Marine Pilot Examiners, 1986-1988. Member: Juneau (President, 1970), Alaska and American Bar Associations.
Dr. Jeffrey Hahn, Professor of Political Sciences, Department of Political Sciences,
Villanova University, Villanova
Jeffrey W. Hahn is a Professor of Political Science at Villanova University specializing in Russian politics. He also serves as the Director of the Russian Area Studies Concentration (RASCON) at Villanova.
Professor Hahn received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1971. He is the author of Soviet Grassroots: Citizen Participation in Local Soviet Government (Princeton University Press, 1988) and co-editor (with Theodore H. Friedgut) of Local Power and Post Soviet Politics (M.E. Sharpe, 1994). In February of 1996, a book was published which he edited entitled Democratization in Russia: The Development of Legislative Institutions. He has also published articles on political culture, on political participation, and on local government in Russia. These have appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, the Slavic Review, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Communism and Polity, among other journals. Many of his recent publications draw on field work conducted in Russia from 1990-1997 supported by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, from the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, and from the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX). In recognition of his research efforts, Professor Hahn received "The Outstanding Faculty Research Award" from Villanova University in 1998.
Professor Hahn was a visiting Fulbright Professor for a semester in the Law Faculty of Moscow State University in 1987. He also spent the 1990-91 academic year as a visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of California in Berkeley. He has been as a consultant for various agencies of the U.S. government, including the Department of State, and for private organizations as well. In addition to his professional academic work, Professor Hahn held elective office for two terms (1976-1984) as a city councilman in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he served on the personnel committee (chair) and on the community development committee.
Dr. Anna Kerttula
Arctic Social Sciences
Office of Polar Programs/NSF
Dr. Anna M. Kerttula was born and raised in Alaska, the daughter of a prominent Alaskan, Senator Jalmar M. Kerttula. She graduated from the University of Alaska with a BS in Anthropology and Mathematics. She entered the University of Alaska, Fairbanks to complete a Master's Degree in Anthropology. Her PhD is in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation was based on 2 years of research in a small community in the Russian Far East on the Chukotka Peninsula working with Chukchi and Yup'ik people.
She has written numerous articles based on her research and published a book with Cornell University Press, Antler on the Sea, an ethnography of the people of Sireniki, Russia.
Dr. Kerttula went to Washington, DC in 1992 to work with U.S. Senator Stevens as his Special Assistant for Russian Affairs, and later worked as the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Fisheries, and the Environment for the Alaska Governor's Office in Washington, DC. Currently, she is Program Director of Arctic Social Sciences for the Office of Polar Programs/NSF.
Miriam Lancaster, Treasurer AKSRC
Captain (Ret.) US Public Health Service
Health Care Consultant
CAPT Lancaster retired August 1, 2006 from the United States Public Health service with 35 years of government service and over 40 years of health care experience. She worked for Indian Health Service and Tribes in Anchorage, Ketchikan, and Sitka for over 21 years. There she served in various roles of health care delivery and administration. Additionally she has 7 years of health care experience in the Veterans Administration. CAPT Lancaster holds a Public Health Nurse credential, a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Loma Linda University and a Masters of Education degree with adult cross-cultural emphasis from the University of Alaska. She has published several articles including "Botulism: North To Alaska" in the American Journal of Nursing. Her interest in health care issues of indigenous people prompts her to volunteer in Guyana, South America on the Venezuela border where she lived as a child. She is writing The Scent of Lemon, a historical novel set in the country of Guyana. Currently she has her own consulting business, MLCI, where she does special projects for several government agencies. Miriam enjoys kayaking and managing her vacation rental, Lavender Cove Cottage. Her home is on Lake Ketchum near Stanwood, WA.
Lt. Governor of Alaska
Mead Treadwell's first visit to the Russian Far East occurred in 1981. He joined former Governor and U.S. Interior Secretary Walter J. Hickel on trip from Khabarovsk to Moscow, with stops in Yakutia, Irkutsk, Bratsk, and Novosibirsk. He returned to Russia in 1988 as one of the organizers of the first Friendship Flight which melted the ice curtain between Alaska and Russia. His Siberia Alaska Trading Company later pioneered international ecotourism in the Chukotka and Magadan regions. As Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Conservation in the Hickel Administration, 1990-1994, he helped create the Northern Forum, the emergency response and environmental monitoring programs of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (now continuing through the Arctic Council), as well as bilateral environmental and nuclear safety cooperation with Chukotka. Today, Treadwell is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, with work focusing on Arctic infrastructure and security issues. He serves as a Commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, appointed by the President to advise him and Congress on goals for U.S. Arctic research. He is chairman of Venture Ad Astra, an Anchorage-based technology venture development firm, and serves on the boards of Immersive Media Co., (TVX:IMC), Arctic Transportation Services, Baltimore Dredges, LLC., and Owner State Wireless, LLC. He is former president of the Alaska World Affairs Council, and is active in a number of non-profit boards and charities.
John Binkley, Former Alaska State Senator, President of the Riverboat Discovery Inc.,
Chairman, Alaska Railroad Corporation,
John and Judy Binkley, the proud parents of four children, were both born and currently reside in Fairbanks. John serves as Chairman and CEO of his family's tour business, which owns and operates sternwheel riverboats on the rivers of Interior Alaska. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, a position he has held since 1997. John and Judy previously lived in Bethel, where they built a tug and barge business that operated on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, as well as the coast of the Bering Sea.
John is a former State Senator and served as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Reflecting his commitment to strengthen rural Alaskan communities while in the Legislature, he served on many fisheries committees, subsistence committees, and committees dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. He was directly involved with the U.S. State Department negotiations of international fisheries treaties in the North Pacific, including Japan, Canada, and Russia.
He has also served in a number of key capacities, including a Presidential appointment to the Alaska Federation of Natives' Commission on the Status of Alaska Natives; the advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on Substance Abuse Prevention; President of the Bering Sea Commercial Fisheries Association from 1991 to 1998; and member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center since 1990.
John has been a U.S. Merchant Marine licensed captain since 1972. A private pilot with over 3,000 hours, he has multi-engine, instrument, and float ratings. He is also an FAA licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic. John enjoys playing and coaching hockey in his spare time. He also has the distinction of being the first person to drive from the Arctic Ocean in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushia, Tierra del Fuego on the tip of South America by motorcycle in 1975-76.
Dr. Charles Holmes
Affiliate Research Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Charles E. Holmes has over 30 years of archaeology experience throughout Alaska. He received a B.A. ('70) and M.A. ('74) in anthropology from the University of Alaska and a PH.D. from Washington State University in 1984. He served as cultural resources specialist on the Joint Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission for Alaska in 1972-1974. From 1980-1982 Charles was the statewide coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management cultural resource program and in 1983-1984 was the supervisory archaeologist for the heritage sites inventory under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Until his retirement from the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology in 2004 Charles was the cultural resource management supervisor and archaeology projects director. Dr. Holmes is currently an archaeological consultant with Gudgel and Holmes Associates and Affiliate Assistant Professor at UAA. His academic interests include long-term archaeological research in central Alaska. He has numerous articles published in journals, e.g., Arctic Research of the United States, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Arctic Anthropology, Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska, Archaeometry, and American Antiquity. His recent publications include: “The Taiga Period: Holocene Archaeology of the Northern Boreal Forest”, Alaska in the Alaska Journal of Anthropology; and “The Beringian and Transitional Periods in Alaska: Technology of the East Beringian Tradition as Viewed from Swan Point” (a chapter to be published by the Texas A & M University press).
State of Alaska
Having moved to Alaska during its territorial days, Glenn Bacon enjoyed his early youth along the gulf coast in such places as Metlakatla, Kodiak and Yakutat. Later, after graduation from high school in Anchorage, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology. After a brief stint as Acting Alaska State Archeologist, Bacon returned to school for post-graduate studies in Anthropology at Brown University. The focus of his study was human ecology of the circumpolar zone. After graduate studies, Bacon organized the Alaska Heritage Research Group and for the next 20 years engaged in land-use impact studies throughout Alaska for a variety of private and government clients. Along the way he worked as a Lecturer for the University of Alaska Anchorage and as a Research Associate for the University of Alaska Museum. Bacon is currently employed in the government sector.
J. David (Dave) McMahan
Alaska State Archaeologist
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of History and Archaeology
Dave McMahan has over 30 years experience in Alaska archaeology, with a particular interest in the archaeology of Russian America. He holds BA (1977) and MA (1983) degrees in anthropology from the University of Tennessee. Ancillary certifications and cross-training include forensic hair and fiber microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, skeletal facial reconstruction, marine survival, advanced SCUBA, and historic preservation law. Dave has worked for the Office of History and Archaeology since 1983, and was appointed Alaska State Archaeologist and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer in 2002. Since 2004, he has played key roles in several joint U.S. - Russian research and outreach projects in Siberia and Alaska. These have included archaeological investigations at the Talts’ inka (Baranov-Laxman) glass factory near Lake Baikal, at the Russian-American Company office in Irkutsk, at Tunkinsky Ostrog on the Irkut River, and at the historic customs compound (“ tea exchange” ) in Kiakhta. He has helped to organize several international conferences on this topic, and was a founding member of the International Association of Specialists on Russian America (IASRA). Dave has also played a key role in bringing marine archaeology to Alaska, and has partnered with federal, academic, and private organizations to investigate several of Alaska’ s most important shipwrecks, including that of the Russian-American Company barque KAD’ YAK. With a secondary background in forensic anthropology, Dave has helped to solve some of Alaska’ s most gruesome crimes, and holds a federal appointment as DMORT forensic anthropologist for deployment in mass disasters. In 2006, Dave was awarded the “ Outstanding Service Award” by the Alaska Anthropological Association. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Patty, son Chris and their two Great Danes, Belle and Sampson.Click here to add text.
Born and educated in Detroit, Michigan, J.M. studied classical music and painting as a child. She received her first scholarship in music at the age of 13. Her grandmother, who was a successful painter in Helsinki, Finland, guided her love of the arts. “My grandmother helped me connect with other artists and guided me at an early age to express myself with painting.”
By age 18, it was clear to J.M. that she needed to devote all of her talents to painting.Hhowever, she still maintains a deep passion for classical music and opera. In 1977, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where the rugged lifestyle and freedom of the open country inspired her to develop her artistic talents. Later, moving to Juneau, she took on new challenges teaching painting at the Community College through the University of Alaska, Southeast. Today, Brodrick lives in Oregon and is surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Brodrick has been exhibiting her work since 1971 and continues to strive for excellence in all her paintings. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe, including Atlantic Richfield Corporation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington D.C., and the State of Alaska with a twenty- six foot painting at the Fairbanks International Airport.
Vice President, AKSRC
Mark Kissel has lived in Alaska since 1977. He holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines. He is a former editor of Alaska Fish & Game magazine, a former Publication Specialist for the Alaska Department of Education and Early development, and a retired investigator with the Alaska Office of the Ombudsman. Mark enjoys the outdoor activities and occasional dog mushing. He and his wife, a middle school teacher, live in Juneau.
Masha Skuratovskaya, born in Moscow, Russia, came to the USA in 1993. Received a BA in Business Administration from Bridgewater College in 1997, MS Finance from American University in 1998, CFA charterholder since 2002. Have worked as an investment manager for Freddie Mac, World Bank, and now Alaska Permanent Fund. Co-founded Ikirwa English Medium School in Tanzania and the Ikirwa SchoolProject, an NGO that supports the school, here in the US. Served on St. Margaret's School Board of Governors and is currently a director of the St. Margaret's Foundation Board that oversees the school's endownment. Currently reside in Juneau, Alaska with her son Vadim and husband Bryan.
After many years in the business world, David harnessed his acquired skills to combine his insatiable curiosity of the human experience with his passion for producing personal oral histories. Family History Videos / Pedal Power Productions was founded in 1999 with the purpose of preserving the personal experiences of "The Greatest Generation" so that future generations would be able to hear the stories from those who were there. The effort has developed into an award winning film production company focused on a variety of historical subjects with educational value. More information about David's film projects may be found atwww.familyhistoryvideos.com.
Craig has more than 30 years experience as a professional writer and photographer and currently works for the engineering firm, CH2M HILL. He is actively involved in education and regularly visits schools promoting careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). He holds teaching credentials for adult education and community college and has served as an Advisory Board Member for Western Washington University's Technical Communications Program, among others. Craig is a Board Director for the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, working on an education flight re-creation project and documentary "Warplanes to Siberia" involving the Unites States, Canada, and Russia.
Jeff Geer is a seasoned professional who has spent more than 30 years of his career working for leading companies in engineering and management positions in the telecommunications and aviation industries. He holds an AsEET and attended Bellingham Technical College and Skagit Valley College in the late 1970's and has flown over 20 different types of aircraft since receiving his pilot's license in 1986.
Jeff is the President of GFR Technical Services Inc., a professional telecommunications design and services firm. He also serves as President and Chairman of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support STEM education programs and to preserve historic aircraft and aviation history.
Jeff is a published author having written numerous articles and white papers for the telecommunications and aviation industry. He has presented his work at major telecommunications engineering conferences around the U.S. Jeff has been the subject of radio, television, and newspaper interviews regarding his activities with BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation's Warplanes to Siberia project and documentary film.
Peter Metcalfe, writer/publisher, communications specialist, and life-long resident of Juneau, has produced publications and videos for a wide variety of private and government clients, including every major tribal and ANCSA organization in Southeast Alaska. He is the author of several histories of people and organizations in the region, most recently “Gumboot Determination: The Story of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium,” “Bob & Betty Allen’s Alaska” (about the founders of Allen Marine), and “A Dangerous Idea: The Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights.”