Who We Are

The ARCSP Board of Directors:jim

Founder & President. Dr. James M. Wisland. B.A. University of Washington; two year (M.A.B.S.) & four year degrees (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary; doctorate from Western Seminary. Taught high school science for 6 years. Pastored three different churches in Washington, North Dakota & Alaska over a 25 year period. Scholar primarily interested in researching life-forming ideas that have been around for lengthy periods of time through philosophy, theology & literature. Married to Jane for 35 years & aim to celebrate our 40th in New Zealand. Survivor since 2011 having lost their second child & only son to suicide due to complicated & over-lapping mental illnesses (OCD; GAD; ; Depression; Schizophrenia). Backpacker; Racquetball player; Weak weight-lifter; Occasional mountain biker; slow runner.

corlisVice President.  Corlis Taylor holds an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University in California. She is Manager of the Education Department at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Corlis has lived in Alaska since 1979 first living in Bethel and moving to Fairbanks in 1991. She has been married to James Taylor for 32 years and they have one daughter Michelle and hosted seven foreign exchange students. Corlis is a survivor of suicide having lost her brother Clayton Cooper to suicide at the age of 25.

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Treasurer.  Vaughn Ewig was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in History. Vaughn currently works for the UAF Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department, teaching future chefs the math they will need for their careers. As a volunteer with the Fairbanks Mathcounts program, an adviser for the UAF Latin Dance club, and a Bible study teacher he enjoys interacting with and having a positive impact on teenagers and young adults. Vaughn has no wife or children but enjoys spending time with his parents, sister, and many friends. His other interests include theology, psychology, ballroom dancing, and video games. Vaughn is a survivor of suicide as a result of his grandfather’s decision to end his own life a decade ago.

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Secretary.  Helena Schreder is the assistant director for nutrition services at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She moved from Minnesota to North Pole, Alaska in 1988. She is married to Michael Schreder & together they raised five children, sons Joshua, Luke, Jacob, and twin daughters Megan & Nicole. Helena feels blessed to have found support & friendship with others from the Suicide Support Group which led to her enthusiastic interest in ARCSP. She views her involvement as an opportunity for positive action as a result of great tragedy. Helena & Mike are survivors of suicide having lost their son, Luke Barthelemy, on September 11, 2012 a month short of his 30th birthday.  On October 25, 2016, Helena lost her 79 year old father, a Vietnam veteran, to suicide as well.

BookkeeperTraci Marrs is a life-long resident of Alaska coming to Fairbanks in January ofTraci Marrs3x5_7423 smaller 1968. A retired Full-charge Bookkeeper, Traci is now a writer for Psalm 84 Christians and completed her first book, “Sojourners of the Wilderness,” released in June of 2015. She has studied biblical theology at Eternity Bible College and Ligonier Academy holding a Certificate in Christian Lay Counseling. Traci is the wife of Kevin Marrs and they raised two amazing children, Tanya, and Trevor, who are now both married. They are blessed to have their first grandchild, Levi LaBuda, who gives Traci plenty of writing material. Traci served five years as the Ministry of Celebrate Recovery at Friends Church and has led a Bible study for the past nine years. Traci is honored to serve on the board of ARCSP as a way of giving back after nearly taking her life three times over a period of 31 years with suicidal depression and finally winning victory through the love and guidance of Christ.

 

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