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Theme: Finding Our Voice

This event occurred on
March 24, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm AKDT
(UTC -8hrs)
Anchorage, AK
United States

TEDxAnchorage 2012 will showcase individual voices, ideas and themes coming out of Alaska today. The day is split into three themes:
Young Alaskan Voices, Alaskan Voices in Innovation and Our Voice in Art, Culture and Nature.

Wilda Marston Theatre
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK, 99503
United States
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Bernie Karl

Considered by some to be Alaska’s green energy pioneer, Bernie Karl owns and operates Chena Hot Springs Resort located 60 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. There he and his wife Connie turned an unprofitable business into a serious money making family destination; all with the power of renewable energy. Now he continues to lead the charge for renewable energy development and sustainability in Alaska with research and innovation conducted at Chena year round.

Jeremiah Dunham

Jeremiah Dunham is the President of Design-PT, an Anchorage-based Information Technology (IT) service provider with branches in Homer and Soldotna. He has more than ten years of experience working in the IT industry including years spent developing technology for Microsoft,, and Alaska Airlines. He is the founder of the start-up engine 3DS Alaska, which was responsible for the genesis of the local web-based equipment exchange GearSpoke.

Dr. Gary Ferguson

Dr. Gary Ferguson, Naturopathic Doctor, is Director of Wellness & Prevention at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and a staff doctor at Avante Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Ferguson is of Unangan/Aleut ancestry and grew up in the Shumagin Island community of Sand Point. He has a deep passion for addressing the health concerns of Alaska Native People. Gary obtained his undergraduate degree from Multnomah University, and his Naturopathic Doctorate Degree from National College of Natural Medicine. He serves as a board member of The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, Access Alaska and the Aleut Foundation. He also serves as a Steering Committee Member for Take Heart Alaska, the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, the National Diabetes Education American Indian/Alaska Native Workgroup and for the American Diabetes Association Native American Initiative Subcommittee. He is an avid sports person who bikes, roller blades, skis and lifts weights, and also enjoys art, photography, music and spending time with his three very active dogs.

Nils Andreassen

Nils Andreassen is the Managing Director of the Institute of the North. His background in rural and international development, Alaska policy issues and leadership development fit well within the Institute’s mission to research commonly-owned lands, seas and resources while educating and engaging Alaskans in the responsibilities of that ownership. The Institute has a legacy working on Arctic infrastructure priorities and policies that serve to strengthen and connect northern communities. Andreassen has a degree in Peace and Development from the University of Bradford in England and has lived in Anchorage, Alaska since 2002. He is on the UAA College of Education advisory board, the Independent Sector’s NGEN advisory board, as well as on the board of directors for Commonwealth North and REAP. He is married and has a nine year old daughter.

Rob Kinneen

Rob Kinneen is an Alaskan Chef of Tlingit heritage who has been working in restaurants since he was 15 years old.   He has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and fine tuned his skills in all facets of the industry while working at several fine dining restaurants in the lower 48. Returning to Alaska, he established a reputation as a chef for loyalty to Alaskan product and community involvement. He represented Alaska in the 2008 Great American Seafood Cookoff, contributed to cookbooks Pacific Feast by Jennifer Hahn and Wild Alaskan Seafood by James Fraioli, most recently he cooked with Al Roker of the TODAY Show highlighting “Alaskan Regional Cuisine.” He has completed several webisodes on Alaskan regional cuisine including; Fresh Alaska presenting the contemporary food infrastructure and Traditional Foods, Contemporary Chef highlighting the nutrient dense, traditional foods of Indigenous Alaskans by region. Rob is developing a new webisode series and documentary on Alaskan food culture and Native Identity for his website He works on food development strategies with Alaskan companies, does private events, demonstrations and speaks advocating using local and sustainable practices both locally and nationally. This summer he will be premiering a line of Alaskan inspired sauces reinforcing the importance of sourcing locally. He is married with a nineteen month old daughter.

Faith Brainerd Kelly

Faith Brainerd Kelly is the Director of Focus: Art, a community arts program serving adults who experience disabilities. Faith has had a passion for visual and performing arts since childhood.  She majored in Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, concentrating on site specific sculpture and non-traditional printmaking.  During college, Faith also honed her performance skills as a singer / songwriter and puppeteer and volunteered for an after school program for special education students.      After moving from Maine to Alaska in 2000, Faith quickly found her niche in the world of non-profit services for people with disabilities. The work clicked with her personal philosophy of human rights, self-determination, and respect for all people. She worked for several years at The Arc of Anchorage and Hope Community Resources, then found her home at Focus, Inc, in 2007. Faith continued to explore creative avenues in her free time with painting, fiber arts, and music. While Faith enjoyed her work as a Case Manager and Care Coordinator, she yearned for a way to merge her passion for the arts with that of serving others. After dreaming aloud with her supportive Executive Director, the Focus Board gave Faith the opportunity to design an innovative arts program from the ground up. In October of 2011, Focus: Art opened their doors at Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage. Faith works with program participants directly, designing and teaching hands-on lessons and providing guidance during open studio sessions. Faith’s goals for Focus: Art include inclusion, community integration, and playing a vital role in the Anchorage arts scene.

Kiatcha Benson

Kiatcha Benson, an Improvement Specialist, has been with Southcentral Foundation for 10 years. She has served on the board of Healing Racism in Anchorage for four years and is currently the Chair. In addition she advocates for racial justice through participating on the Visionary and Host group committees for the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity. In her spare time she enjoys Airboarding, quilting and watching Netflix.

Chad Taylor

Voice and the art of place-making Chad Taylor is a landscape designer and partner in the Anchorage based landscape design/build practice, Intrinsic Landscapes. Chad, along with landscape architect, Kevin Doniere, represent the American Society of Landscape Architects Alaska Chapter's Student Outreach Committee. Chad and Kevin have been involved in a unique design collaboration between Clark Middle School and the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department on the re-design of W.B. Lyons Park in Mountain View. The goal of the ASLA Student Outreach Committee is to educate students on the profession of landscape architecture and how it gives shape to our built environment. The Student Outreach Committee strives to engage in a lasting experience for students by not only exposing the many facets of landscape architecture, but by also sharing a lens to view the world around them, and to empower students through critical and creative problem solving. Promoting students to explore and develop their voice through hands on design problems within their community encourages a sense of ownership and pride. This connection to community and the celebration of a community’s voice is necessary for the creation of meaningful landscapes. Chad moved to Alaska in 1997 and established Intrinsic Landscapes with his wife in 2002. He has a degree in Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Chad’s other interests include exploring furniture design, sculpture, and photography.

Jon Waterhouse

Jon Waterhouse, the Executive Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), a non-profit organization made up of 70 Tribes and First Nations, created to preserve and protect the Yukon Watershed and Native cultures in an area that encompasses approximately 325,000 square miles within Alaska and Canada. This organization’s accomplishments have been well noted and have earned honors that include the Innovations Award from Harvard’s JFK School of Government/Ash Institute, the Honoring Nations Award from Harvard University and the Partners in Conservation Award from the United States Department of the Interior. In 2009, Waterhouse orchestrated the YRITWC’s acceptance into the U.N. under Consultative Status. Their work, under Jon’s guidance, is now being replicated around the world, including Russia, Greenland, Europe, South America, Africa, and New Zealand. Appointed a National Geographic Education Fellow in 2010, that same year he was also appointed by President Barack Obama to the 15-member Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), where he is among representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States chosen to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on environmental challenges. Waterhouse also serves on the Board of the Alaska-Sudan Medical Project as Community Development Director under Dr. Jack Hickel, assisting in the creation of primary medical care facilities and the placement of wells in remote Indigenous areas of South Sudan. This work is helping to bring peace to a People who have suffered close to 40 years of civil war. In 1995, Mr. Waterhouse retired from a twenty year career in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, moved to Alaska with his backpack, lived all around the state, met Mary his wife and travel/expedition partner.

Miranda Udelhoven

Miranda Udelhoven was born in Anchorage, AK and has lived in Alaska her entire life. She is a determined sixteen year old who firmly believes that everyone has a story to offer. After losing her father and a friend in a boating accident on Tustumena Lake on June 4th, 2011, she decided that her story needed to be told. The idea has grown and developed into T.I.P. (Teenagers Inspiring Perspective) which will be the topic of her presentation on March 24th. She plans to attend college at Oklahoma State University and obtain a degree in International Business and eventually open up her own bakery. She will continue her work on T.I.P.

Josiah Patkotak

Josiah Patkotak stars in the short film, Sikumi, which has won many awards. He delivers a strong performance and is modest about his talent. His primary ambition now is to learn his Inupiaq culture.

Lory Miebs

Lory Miebs shares her personal story with domestic violence as an AWAIC volunteer. She works to interrupt the cycle of violence by talking with other youth about warning signs and red flags of abuse.

Kima Hamilton

I was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised between Philadelphia and Georgia by 3 generations of strong African American women. I have over 15 years of writing and performing spoken word poetry in a variety of different formats. Moving from Philly to Georgia was the first big life adjustment I had to make as an adult. Using writing as a refuge, it turned out to be the point at which set me on the course of where I am today. Considered a contemporary griot, my poetic narratives are a mixture of inner city instinct and southern sensibility. I am a by-product of the golden era of Hip-Hop and Soulfood Sundays at Grandma Mamie's house. While attending school at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, I penned my first "Poem-a-loge", which is a cross between a poem and a monologue. These Poem-A-Loges would become my sanctuary which I used to address the events that interest and concerned me. Since then, I have strived to carve my own niche into the growing community of poets from East Coast to West Coast blending a laid back story-telling style with the bite of a seasoned deviant. I have represented Alaska twice as a member of the Alaska Poetry League's National Poetry Slam teams. In 2005 I won the Alaska Slam Poetry Regional. Currently I conducts poetry workshops for the Anchorage School District, Matsu Borough School district, various writing groups, and residential treatment centers nationally. I was tapped, in February of 2010, to be a visiting dignitary to the country of Nepal by the United States Embassy as a part of a Hip-Hop Cultural exchange program. I have since traveled to both Mexico and Colombia as a member of the Global Block Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Hip-Hop communities globally. The objective of these missions was to cultivate the Hip-Hop communities, via demonstrations, workshops, and lectures on the 5 elements of Hip-Hop and the values they teach.

Organizing team


Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Clare Stockert
    Planning Committee Member
  • Karen Zeman
    Planning Committee Member
  • Kate O'Brien
    Planning Committee Member
  • Peter Briggs
    Design Committee Member
  • Jayson Smart
    Planning Committee Member
  • Jordan Marshall
    Planning Committee Member
  • Alan Erikson
    Filming/Tech Committee Member
  • Alan Erikson
    Filming/Tech Committee Member