Karen Bitzer has been attending Gloria Dei with her family since the 90s. She has previously served on Council and as Council President. Over her career in Alaska, she has lead several Anchorage non-profit organizations, served as Special Assistant to a Congressional Commission and lastly worked for United Way of Anchorage to create the Alaska 211 system for the State of Alaska.
Karen was married to the late Ron Bitzer for over 25 years. They have 2 sons, Brett and Brian who are both California lawyers (like their father).
Karen enjoys retirement. You can find her in the pool, volunteering for various organizations, traveling and hanging out with her favorite Puggle, Chloe.
Barbara has been a member of Gloria Dei for over 15 years. This is her second time to serve on Church Council. She retired from a long and fulfilling career at UAA, but tends to go back from time to time for special contracts. Barbara’s interests include her family, travel, reading, Pilates, and seeking warmer climates during the winter months.
Our family likes to fish and spent the summers at our cabin in the Kenai Keys. Married 40 years to my husband Tim. Two wonderful daughters and two great grandkids. I love to sew, garden and spend time with my family and friends. I have lived in Alaska most of my life. I work for a fishing lodge in Bristol Bay and have my own business doing t shirts and embroidery.
Chuck KarjalaBuilding & Grounds
As a member of Gloria Dei for 15 years, I am happy to serve on the council as representative of Building and Grounds. My promise to the congregation is to always be a good steward of their financial support to special projects and maintenance of Gloria Dei. I look forward to your input.
Doug grew up in Eagle River back when it was a sleepy little bedroom community, not the bustling metropolis that it is today. He plays the banjo in a local progressive acoustic/bluegrass band, The Snow Drifters. Besides banjo, Doug’s hobbies include hanging out with his family, exercising, and putzing in the garage.