Sabbatical Awardees

Meet the nonprofit and tribal leaders who have received a sabbatical

They’ve ziplined in Costa Rica, spent summers at fish camp and toured ancient cities. They’ve reconnected with family and friends, read piles of books and cooked healthy foods. Their extended time away came with supports to ensure success. And they returned to work refreshed and ready to continue doing jobs they are devoted to. Foundation Sabbatical Awards provide paid time away.

Sabbatical spotlight

Mariya Lovishchuk, executive director of the Glory Hall in Juneau, Alaska, received a sabbatical in 2022. She shared her story and encouraged others to apply.

All Sabbatical Awardees

Michele Brown

  • President
  • United Way of Anchorage
  • 2016

Victoria D’Amico

  • Executive Director
  • Sitkans Against Family Violence
  • 2016

Jerry Dzugan

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Marine Safety Education Association
  • 2016

Susan Kessler

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Center for Children and Adults
  • 2016

John Weaver

  • President
  • Valley Residential Services
  • 2016

Guy Adams

  • Executive Director
  • Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority
  • 2015

Marie Carroll

  • President/CEO
  • Arctic Slope Native Association
  • 2015

Nancy Harbour

  • President & CEO
  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2015

Marcia Howell

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Injury Prevention Center
  • 2015

Laurie Kari

  • Executive Director
  • Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • 2015

Rebecca Shields

  • Executive Director
  • Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center
  • 2015

Pauline Smith

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Literacy Program
  • 2015

Kristin Carpenter

  • Executive Director
  • Copper River Watershed Project
  • 2014

Nancy DeCherney

  • Executive Director
  • Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
  • 2014

Barbara Dubovich

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Camp Fire Alaska
  • 2014

Brian Green

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Christian Health Associates
  • 2014

Mark Lackey

  • Executive Director
  • CCS Early Learning
  • 2014

Joan O’Keefe

  • Southeast Alaska Independent Living
  • 2014

Peggy Brown

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • 2013

Deborah Lyons

  • Executive Director
  • Sitka Trail Works
  • 2013

Rowena Palomar

  • Executive Director
  • Advocates for Victims of Violence
  • 2013

Larry Parker

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • YMCA of Anchorage Alaska
  • 2013

Amy Simpson

  • Executive Director
  • Programs for Infants and Children, Inc.
  • 2013

Jill Hodges

  • Executive Director
  • Alaska Brain Injury Network Inc.
  • 2012