Luncheon Speakers

March 1, 2018–Stan Jones and Patricia Watts–How to collaborate on a book without ending up wanting to kill yourself, your collaborator, or both, and instead produce a book that someone actually wants to publish

Stan Jones is author of the Nathan Active mystery series, which is set in a fictional Inupiat Eskimo village modeled on Kotzebue. Five volumes have been published and the sixth–The Big Empty–is due out later this year from Soho Press. He is also co-author with Sharon Bushell of “The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon […]

Jan. 4, 2018–Dr. Jennifer Burns–From Pole to Pole: Why Research on Seals in Antarctica is Relevant to Alaskans

Dr. Jennifer Burns is a Professor of biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She came to Anchorage in 2000, following a gradual move north from Berkeley (undergraduate degree) California, with stops in Santa Cruz (Postdoctoral research), Seattle (MSc) and Fairbanks (PhD). Her research focuses on understanding how the age and physiological status influences […]

Dec. 7, 2017–Michelle Tabler–Preventing ID Theft, Top Scams in Alaska, and Cyber-Security Awareness

Michelle Tabler is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest. Michelle grew up in Anchorage and has more than 35 years’ experience in insurance, including 22 years as the owner of an Allstate agency, business development with Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and research-based consulting with McDowell Group. On behalf of BBB, Michelle is […]

Nov 2, 2017–David Jensen–Paws Along the Trail

David Jensen, author and owner of Pet-ography, will present “Paws along the Trail,” describing his love for animals and how those relationships have contributed to his writing projects. Jensen is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Fairbanks. His family moved to Anchorage in 1963 just before the Great Alaska Earthquake. David graduated from the University of […]