Chessed  Administration

Chaplain Ruthann Crosby


Chaplain Ruthann Crosby is a published author who holds both a BA and MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College in Pennsylvania—one of the oldest and most distinguished Jewish colleges in the United States. For over twenty years, Chaplain Crosby has worked as a cultural liaison on behalf of the Jewish community, helping to open doors of understanding, as well as new perspectives on the Jewish Scriptures to the world at large.  Chaplain Crosbys’ extensive experience, with all backgrounds and ethnicities, gives her the ability to present the mysteries hidden within the original Divine Language of the Scriptures in a way that will change your life forever.

She currently lives in Wasilla, Alaska as a beloved mother to three children and ten grandchildren. Chaplain Crosby is a portrait painter who enjoys all forms of fine arts.

Jeff Hewitt

Vice President

Jeff is an accomplished businessman who has been involved in several prosperous vocations over the past forty-five years. Drawing from his past education, training, and experience, for thirty years he built and ran his own successful company here in Alaska. Married to his wife Vicki for almost forty years, G-d has blessed them with three children and three grandchildren.

Jill Chadbourne


Jill moved to Alaska from the lower 48 with her husband over 40 years ago.  Her work experience has included employment as a cosmetologist, an operations clerk, and a city clerk, as well as being the full-time mother of two boys, and an active member of her church.  She is now retired and living in the Mat-Su Valley.
Jill became a Christian while attending a Bible study in1970 and has been involved in Christian teaching, children and youth ministries, and church leadership throughout her working life.  When invited to join Chaplain Cleeves’ Jewish Studies classes in 2009, she was delighted to attend, as she had a profound regard for Israel and God’s chosen people, and desired a deeper understanding of the Hebrew text.  When asked to sit on the Board of Directors for Chessed Alaska, she accepted the opportunity with enthusiasm, and is now serving as Treasurer.

Chessed Alaska Directors

  • John Becker
  • Jerilyn Burch

Karen Denny
  • Lan Hecimovitch

Chessed Alaska Advisors

Rabbi Yosef Greenberg
Tim Clayton

  • Susan Cammarata
  • Sharon Clayton