Dorothy is a lifelong educator and a 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 Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox church, one of Alaska’s National Historic Landmarks; the 2019 St. Nicholas Chapel restoration in Kenai; and the 2020 Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary new roofing project. She has served on ROSSIA’s board since 2008, first as treasurer for 12 years and is now excited to serve as chair.
Tanya is Alutiiq and Inupiaq with family from Nome and Tatitlek, Alaska. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Policy Analysis from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. She owns Frontier Solutions and provides government relations consulting services to local companies. Her work experience includes government relations, marketing and business development. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dogs, traveling, and touring national monuments and parks.
Sheri is the Chairman of the Board of the Chugach Alaska Corporation since 1998 and has served on as Chairman of 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. She is currently serving as chair of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.
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.
Okalena Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory is an Aleut born and raised in Unalaska, Alaska. Patty has a B.A. in Rural Development, as well as an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies and in Tribal Management. O. Patricia has served on the Holy Ascension Cathedral Church Council with her late dad, Starosta Nicholai S. Lekanoff. She and Nicholai also served on the Holy Ascension Cathedral Restoration Committee whose mission is restore this historic Cathedral. Okalena serves on her village corporation board and has served on her Tribal Council as well as the regional non-profit in the past. O. Patricia is currently the Administrator for Aleutian Pribilof Islands Restitution Trust (APIRT). O. Patricia learned the art of bell ringing in her cathedral from her late dad; she now teaches her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
O. Patricia is married to Starosta David M. Gregory who is also on the ROSSIA board; they have two adult children together, James David and Delores Jane.
Jayme is a lifelong member of the Russian Orthodox Church. She is of Dena’ina and Alutiiq decent with family throughout Lake Clark and the Prince William Sound. Born and raised in west Anchorage, she serves as the Shareholder Development Manager for Chugach Alaska Corporation. She has worked for Chugach in various capacities since 2005. Jayme holds a master’s degree in business administration and an Alaska Native Executive Leadership graduate certificate from Alaska Pacific University. She has a background in HR, Shareholder Development, Cultural Heritage, and non-profit boards. In the summers, she enjoys doing subsistence with her husband and family. Jayme joined the ROSSIA Board in 2023.
Mary Sattler Peltola is Yupik Eskimo and lives in Bethel, Alaska. She was raised on the Kuskokwim River in Kwethluk, Tuntutuliak, Platinum and Bethel. Mary served five terms (1999-2009) in the Alaska State House of Representatives serving the Bethel area (and Bristol Bay/Nushagak villages from 1999-2003). She has worked for a large proposed mining project near the Kuskokwim River, and as a state lobbyist. She is currently the Executive Director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, a consortium of 33 federally recognized tribes.
Mary is married to Gene Peltola, Jr. and together they have seven children, and one granddaughter.