Joshua is an expert in trauma-informed care for children, and established the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. He serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the Principal Investigator for the Military Family Child Trauma Program. He’s also on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and has presented at over 100 conferences on childhood trauma, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Joshua serves on the Board of Directors for FOCUS and has designed and taught courses on clinical practice with children and adolescents and childhood trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua has published in the journals, Child Welfare 360, Child Maltreatment, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and Trauma, Abuse and Violence. He’s been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” and has received a Business Achievement Award for Healthcare from the Anchorage Daily News.
Christine Alvarez, LPC, joined Alaska Behavioral Health in August 2020. Since joining AKBH, Christine has focused on increasing access to care, reducing wait times, implementing evidence-based practice, and expanding crisis and intensive community based services. Prior to joining AKBH, Christine worked as Assistant Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, the Director of the Counseling Center at Multnomah University, and Team Lead of the Expanded Mobile Crisis Team at Austin-Travis County Integral Care. When not working, Christine enjoys hiking, hockey, and exploring Alaska with her family.
Dr. Wengel is a board certified psychiatrist and is excited about working as part of a team that includes therapy and wrap-around services to fully meet the mental health needs of our clients.
Dr. Wengel comes to us from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He and his family are excited to live in a place with snow!.
Originally from New Mexico, Kelsea joined the United States Army and served for four and a half years before being Honorably Discharged in order to pursue a calling in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Kelsea joined Mountain Family Health Centers as their Controller in 2017. In 2018, Kelsea joined Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colorado as their Chief Financial Officer and graduated with her MBA in Finance. Kelsea comes to us from White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Arizona where she was their Chief Financial Officer.
Kelsea is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration.
Pamela Kennedy has worked at Alaska Behavioral Health (AKBH) for 16 years in various positions from providing direct clinical care to process improvement. She is passionate about the work she does to improve the care, quality of services and client experiences at AKBH. She leads the Organizational accreditation process with Council On Accreditation as well as actively works to improve processes that elevate the delivery of quality service at AKBH. Pamela is the HIPAA Privacy Officer for AKBH and is Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) through HCCA. She is a Licensed Clinician (LPC) in the State of Alaska, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) as well as an approved supervisor for those seeking licensure as an LPC. She has been providing supervision for LPC licensure for 8 years. Her clinical focus is on providing person centered, goal directed, trauma informed behavioral health interventions using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy techniques, and sensory integration techniques.
Mary Beth Goodman is the Clinic Director at the Cohen Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health, a role she took on in January 2020. Previously, she was a Clinical Director and Therapist working with military families and veterans her entire clinical career. She is responsible for providing oversight and inspiration to her entire dedicated staff of clinicians, caregivers and warriors. Other responsibilities include developing and monitoring measurable goals for staff, providing oversight of clinical cases, assuring quality of care and maintaining strong relationships with staff, clients, and external referral sources.
Mary Beth has a background in administrative and clinical leadership and has worked collaboratively with others to achieve program goals in previous employment. She is dedicated to the Cohen Veterans Network philosophical approach and to supporting the clinical team in her role as clinic director. Her passion for direct work with veterans and military families over the years enhances her ability to be connected to the needs of clients and families and to the staff. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinician working directly with active duty military, veterans, and military family members. She is certified and/or trained in CBT, CPT, EMDR, and PE. Mary Beth received her undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, philosophy, and education from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She continued her graduate studies in counseling and psychology at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA. Mary Beth has been fortunate to have worked to help individuals who struggled with PTSD, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, divorce, addiction, and sensory integration issues. She works with adults, children and families.
Mary Beth has worked in the mental health arena for 24 years and has yet to find a corner where hope does not exist. Her message to you is simple, “Be proud of the decision you made to seek treatment and to be proud of the courage it took to desire change. You are AWESOME. I look forward to meeting you.”
Ken is honored to be serving at AKBH for over 20 years with more than half of that being in clinical operations and program management. He also has served as the Corporate Records Officer and Corporate Safety Officer. In addition, Ken has a background in project management including agile, scrum, lean six sigma, and root cause analysis. Ken believes that the success of the Alaska Behavioral Health team is ingrained in a spirit of collaboration, not competition; and that “…the bottom line of leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. That is achieved by serving others and adding value to their lives.” (John Maxwell).
Jessica has worked at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2014, first as Executive Coordinator before moving into Community Relations & Communications. She previously worked for almost 20 years as a public radio reporter and producer in Anchorage, which gave her the opportunity to learn a lot about Alaska and gain an appreciation for the role of mental health in many issues affecting Alaskans. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, ice skating and generally being outside with her family.
Ksenia Leshtaeva – Executive Coordinator