Board of Directors

In addition to being a top-notch group of dedicated volunteers, a majority of SAIL's Board of Directors experience a disability. They are members of communities throughout Southeast Alaska, big and small, with diverse interests and backgrounds. Each is committed to SAIL's mission of Inspiring Personal Independence and our vision of inclusive, accessible, barrier-free communities for all ages and abilities.

Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:45 p.m. Public participation is encouraged. Outlying areas or interested individuals have the option to call into the board meeting via teleconference. Contact any SAIL office for more information.

For more information on becoming involved with our Board of Directors or to send a message to the board, please contact the Executive Director or send a message to:

Here's a little more about each member:


Kate Burkhart, Chair

  • Alaskan since 2001, serving those experiencing disabilities, poverty and insecurity.
  • Public interest lawyer by day, volunteer public radio DJ by night.

Elizabeth Spence, Vice Chair

  • Board Member Since 2012
  • Experience in Nonprofit, Grant Management, and Reporting
  • Serves on SAIL Finance and Strategic Planning Committee
  • Long-time Pal of Joan OKeefe (so much so she officiated my wedding)
  • Disability Rights Advocate, Individual with a Disability
  • Care provider for Individual with a Disability
  • Loves Plants - Aspiring Master Gardner
  • Awed by Dragonflies
  • Alaskan since 1998 - Juneauite since 2001

Mary Gregg, Treasurer

  • Parent of an awesome young woman who experiences a disability
  • Opportunity House, Board President
Photo of Ryan Salmon

Ryan Salmon, Secretary

  • Former Volunteer Firefighter
  • Volunteer Adaptive Recreation
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Subsistence Harvester, Loving Husband and Caring Father

Robert Purvis

  • Former (or Previous) SAIL Board President (or chair)
  • Former KTOO board member
  • Current member, state vocational rehab committee

Norton Gregory

  • AWARE, Board Member
  • Juneau Affordable Housing Commission, board member
  • Senior Citizens Support Services Inc. Juneau Assisted Living Task Force, member
  • Douglas Island Neighborhood Association, board member

Jeff Irwin

  • Former AWARE Board Member
  • Former Gustavus Councilman
  • Gustavus Fire Department Volunteer
  • Former SAIL Staff and Person with a Disability
  • Enjoys the Great Outdoors
  • Is a "hack" homesteader - woodsman, carpenter, fisherman, gardner, hunter, mechanic...

Cheryl Putman

  • Juneau NAMI past Board President
  • CBJ ADA Committee Member
  • SAIL Consumer Advocate of the Year, 2012
  • Juneau Low Vision Support Group Co-Host

Jason C. Burke

  • SAIL Board member since 2014, and is on the Board Development Subcommittee.
  • Served as State ADA Coordinator for the State of Alaska from 2007-2014.
  • Experience coordinating programs for public assistance, workforce development, and civil rights compliance.
  • Serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee as an alternate for the vulnerable populations seat. 
  • Member of the Rainforest Recovery Center Advisory Board for Bartlett Regional Hospital.
  • Enjoys hiking, aviation, boating and travel.
  • Adores his wife and toddler son.
  • Has lived in Alaska since 1999, and moved to Juneau in 2000.