Our Team

MaryBeth Goodman, MA, LMHP, LPC, NBCC

MaryBeth 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. 

MaryBeth 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. MaryBeth 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.   MaryBeth 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.

MaryBeth 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.”

Suzette O’Donnell, LCSW

In her role, Suzette supports the clinical team at the Anchorage Cohen Clinic as leader and champion of targeted, measurement-based care. In addition to providing direct clinical care, she is responsible for the overall management of clinical training. This ensures that our clients receive high-quality, client-centered care that adheres to the fidelity of proven evidence-based practices best suited for the military and veteran community.

Prior to joining the CVN team, Suzette served the military community of JBER as Outreach Manager, Intervention Specialist and Treatment Manager within the 673rd MDG, Mental Health Flight, Family Advocacy Program.  Before becoming a resident in the great state of Alaska, Suzette worked with veterans and their family members as a Readjustment Counselor at the Alexandria Vet Center, in Alexandria, VA. She attributes becoming a LCSW specializing in military culture from her lived experience as a military spouse and the trials and tribulations that come with accepting that role.

Suzette’s clinical passion is rooted in the bio-psycho-social impact of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care. When she is not guiding others to develop healthy coping skills, she practices mental and physical self-care on the rugby pitch as a player with Anchortown Women’s Rugby Club and member of the Alaska Rugby Union. She can also be found hiking and biking year-round with her neurotic dog and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer with her two children.

Suzette received her BA & MA in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her MSW from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Robert Newton, LMFT

Robert is a Graduate of California Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from California State University Bakersfield. He has worked in the mental health field for approximately thirty-five years in various settings. Robert has worked with Group Homes for children and adolescents, Mental Health Hospitals, Juvenile Probation, Private Foster Care, Domestic Violence agencies, Private Practice, and the Director of Lighthouse Christian Counseling Services all in California. In 2011, he and his family moved to the Anchorage area where he worked in a Group Home, Private Practice, with Alaska Military Youth Academy, Military Family Life Counselor, and presently as a Clinician with Cohen Veterans Network. Robert is passionate about helping others with mental health and relationships.

He has been married to Karen since 1986 and they share three married adult children with families living in the lower forty-eight.

Jason Martin, PHMNP, has Masters of Science in Nursing and is board certified in adult psychiatry and mental health. He treats an array of patients with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, Obsessive Compulsive disorders, and addictions through the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and our Anchorage outpatient clinic. Jason utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapies along with medication management, taking a holistic and personalized approach to care. He spent 30 years in the military, and has been providing mental health care for 10 years.

Brittany Chadwick

Brittany Chadwick is a Fellow at the Cohen Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Northwestern State University, and she obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Louisiana State University and is currently working towards her clinical licensure.

Originally from Chicago, Brittany has spent the last seven years moving across the United States with her military spouse. She is excited to be in Alaska and hopes this will be the final destination on their PCS journey. In her free time, Brittany and her family enjoy traveling and exploring the Last Frontier.

Kristen Smith, MSW

In her role, Kristen is responsible for conducting referral screenings and facilitating a smooth and welcoming intake experience for our future clients. Kristen left her home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to accompany her husband, who currently serves in the Air Force and is presently stationed here in Alaska. Her passion for helping the military community comes not only from her personal experiences as a military spouse, but as a member in a long line of family who proudly served. Her dedication to the local military community is exemplified in her volunteer service as Co-Chair to the Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families Behavioral Health Alliance. She looks forward to growing her personal and professional interests at the Cohen Clinic and working toward clinical licensure.

Kristen earned her Bachelor’s in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She recently completed her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Taylor Waldner, BA

Taylor 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 will continue to build strong relationships with our partners across the State of Alaska. By having family ties to the military, this job means a lot to her. She has always been passionate about serving others and is so excited to be a part of the Cohen Clinic.

In her spare time, you can find her hiking with her Bernese Mountain Dog and traveling the world. Alaska has always been her favorite place in the world and she is thrilled to be here serving a purpose that hits close to home.

Shannon has made Alaska home for over 38 years, after the Air Force brought her family to Eielson AFB. Shannon married her husband and raised to wonderful children, who now both serve in the Air National Guard alongside their father and Aunt. The military connection can be seen at least 6 generations of various branches.

It is with this strong sense of military family connection that Shannon has worked or volunteered for her military community the last 15 years. Joining the Cohen Clinic team feels very full circle for her as she is responsible for establishing and nurturing relationships between the Cohen Clinic and the military communities all around our great state. It is her honor to serve others who call Alaska home.

She loves Alaska and all that it brings, especially exploring all the many places and sights this State offers. Shannon is an avid cook and loves singing, listening to music and watching College Football with her husband. Her home is her favorite hobby.