Meet Our Trainers

Joshua Arvidson, MSS., LCSW
Chief Operations Officer
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.
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Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC-S
Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services
Kristin Mortenson, is the Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. As part of the Alaska Child trauma Center since inception, Kristin provides mental health services to children and families impacted by trauma and is a nationally certified ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) trainer.
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Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director
Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW is a Clinical Director for the Partial Hospitalization Program, Residential Services, and Power Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. She has a Certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies and has been working with children and their families who have experienced trauma since 2010. Marissa provides trauma training and clinical consultation throughout Alaska.
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Mara Hill, MS, LPC-S
Clinical Manager, Child & Family Anchorage Clinic
Mara Hill, is a Clinical Manager and Clinician with Alaska Behavioral Health. She holds a degree in Clinical Psychology and a certificate in Children’s Mental Health and has been working with children and families at AKBH since 2015. Mara provides trainings on trauma and its impacts as well as on the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework throughout the state of Alaska. She enjoys eating apples with peanut butter and going outside, often at the same time.
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Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC-S
Senior Licensed Clinician
Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC-S is a Senior Licensed Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. Lindsay provides mental health services to children and families affected by trauma and trains people throughout the state of Alaska on trauma and its impacts. Lindsay is certified in several evidence-based treatments for trauma including Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and in moments of solitude, loves to bake and take photos.
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Taylor Waldner, BA
Outreach Director
Taylor Waldner was born and raised in Austin, Texas and earned her degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University. In her role, Taylor is responsible for all Outreach Efforts and continues to build strong relationships with our partners across the State of Alaska. Her husband served in the Air Force, father served in the Navy, and brother served in the Coast Guard, along with several uncles who served in the Army and Marines. Her diverse military ties give her a unique perspective when it comes to partnering with all branches of service. She has always been passionate about serving others and is dedicated to reducing the stigma of seeking mental health services. Taylor spends her free time hiking, camping and skiing alongside her husband and mountain dog.
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Amanda Nalewaja, LCSW
Clinician/ Social Worker
Amanda Nalewaja (pronounced nal-ehv-eye-uh), LCSW, holds degrees in Social Work with a minor in Children’s Mental Health. She currently works as a Clinician with Alaska Behavioral Health in Child and Family Services where she provides services focusing on enhancing overall wellness of youth and families. When not at the clinic, Amanda enjoys video games and getting into nature.
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Quavon Bracken
Power Center Program Manager
Mr. Bracken currently serves as a Power Center Program Manager at Alaska Behavioral Health. Bringing over seven years of experience in peer support services and three years of management experience, he has also been trained in CPI, Suicide prevention QPR, and ARC. Mr. Bracken has been a facilitator and trainer of the P.H.A.T curriculum research project through the Institute of social and economic research. He has been a part of the National Council for mental health’s' 'CONNECTED' project. He has actively facilitated positive youth development projects using the harm reduction model within the Power Center at AKBH.
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Brandi Salvatore
Case Manager
Brandi Salvatore is a Case Manager for the Steven a Cohen Military Family Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health, where she completed her internship and was hired in April 2022. Brandi is originally from Kentucky, and was brought to Alaska with her military active duty spouse in December of 2021. Brandi holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
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