Alaska Stories

Summer 2017

Fredrick Katelnikoff and Father Innocent Philo

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Fredrick Katelnikoff, a security officer at Providence Health & Services Kodiak, shares with Father Innocent Philo the experience and lessons learned as a former village public safety officer (VPSO). VPSOs provide emergency assistance and law enforcement to rural Alaska communities hundreds of miles away from state services. He often relied on help from villagers he had arrested previously for minor crimes – encounters that taught him to treat everyone with respect.

Spring 2017

Agnes Twishime and Kathleen Hollis

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Born in Congo, Agnes Twishime arrived at a refugee camp in Uganda when she was just three. Now with laundry services at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Agnes shares with Mission Services Director Kathleen Hollis her experience as a child refugee and desire to help care for the vulnerable and those in need.

Willy and Adrianne Shelton

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

At just 5-years old, Joel Shelton was diagnosed with leukemia. His parents, Willy and Adrianne, talk about how the experience deepened their understanding of their son, and how it has given them a glimpse into the man he will become.

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory when, as a teen one day, he wanted to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that episode influences his work as a nurse today.

Sara Lovell and Bryant Skinner

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Bryant Skinner talks to colleague Sara Lovell about his work with Alaska CARES, a children’s advocacy center. One young girl’s drawings during her therapy to overcome abuse affirm his belief that there is hope for healing. Patient permission was granted to share this story.

Winter 2016

Lisa Aquino and Tricia Teasley

Production Credit: StoryCorps

Lisa Aquino and her husband, Chris, were living abroad when he sustained a traumatic brain injury in a motor scooter accident, leading to weeks of intensive care. Lisa shares with friend and coworker Tricia Teasley a story of suffering, love and the healing touch of the Anchorage community.

Arleta Lefler and Theresa Gleason

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Arleta Lefler talks to her colleague, Theresa Gleason, about nursing being more than a job and how a stolen moment with a kitten allowed a man with cancer to die at peace.

Sister Genevieve Osayame and Susan Halvor

Production Credit: StoryCorps

Sister Genevieve Osayame’s spiritual awakening was akin to falling in love, she tells coworker Susan Halvor. From Africa to Alaska, Sister Genevieve has embraced the universal need for love, caring and someone to listen to.

Ginny Shaffer and Lisa Solomonson

Production Credit: Alaska Public Media

Friends Ginny Shaffer and Lisa Solomonson recall the passing of Ginny's infant son, Bryson. At the time, Lisa was a nurse who cared for Bryson and his twin sister, Holland. Both were born with heart defects. Ginny and Lisa bonded during the care of Bryson and Holland through this difficult time.