MaryBeth Goodman – Clinic Director
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 – Lead Clinician
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 – Clinician
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.
Harold Henderson – Clinician
Harold Henderson LPC, LPCS, CCMC
Harold Henderson is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. He is a graduate of The University of Alaska Anchorage earning a BA Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Harold has nearly 30 years of counseling experience including working with military service members and their families. He is the son of a 30-year veteran of The Air Force and has a strong understanding of military culture.
Harold is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counseling Supervisor, and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor. His experience includes being in private practice for 16 years, a school counselor for 26 years, and a Military Family Life Counselor for the past year.
Harold has a robust base of counseling experiences working with adults and adolescents in a variety of situations. His specialty areas include depression, anxiety, PTSD, and couples and family counseling. Harold’s clinical vision is to “ensure my office is a safe place for clients and their families to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories.”
Harold is excited to be part of the vision of the Cohen Veterans Network assisting veterans and their families in their healing process.
Taylor Waldner – Outreach Manager
Taylor was born and raised in Austin, Texas and recently 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 here in Anchorage. 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.
June Ruda – Case Manager
June Ruda was born and raised in Alaska. She grew up as a child of an Air Force Sergeant in a family of six. June followed in her father’s footsteps as a Morse Code Operator in the Army with the exact same job title as her father. She attended school to pursue higher education whenever time allowed while she was stationed at Schofield in Hawaii. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Criminal Justice and continued to earn her Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Alaska Anchorage. June has extensive experience as a Network Engineer, School Counselor, and Case Manager. She volunteers with the Alaska Youth Orchestra, is a U.S.A Swimming Official, and participates on her HOA Board. Her husband, Jim, is a long time Alaskan and her son, Lucas, is a high school student in the Valley. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family near and far, shopping, eating, and camping. June says, “I look forward to serving the Alaskan Veteran population alongside my amazing staff and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Kristen Smith – Intake Coordinator
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.
Jessica McMurray – Data Manager
Jessica is the daughter of a retired Army Infantryman and wife of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Prior to her role at the Cohen Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health, Jessica served as a Program Manager for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in Central Texas. It was there she discovered her passion for helping Veterans. She was elected Chair of the local Coordinated Entry Planning Entity, a housing crisis response system designed to ensure people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness can readily find and navigate crisis intervention assistance. She also served on the board of the Central Texas Homeless Coalition and was a member of the Texas Homeless Network.
In her role, Jessica is responsible for maintaining the clinic’s electronic health record system, monitoring quality assurance, and reporting key outcome measures.
Ronya Hidalgo – Receptionist
Ronya was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where she attended A.J. Dimond High School and went on to graduate from Alaska Career College with a degree in Medical Coding and Billing. She gained her experience in the medical field with Alaska Regional Hospital where she worked for several years. She then ventured on to Alaska Regional’s sister hospital, Largo Medical Center, in Clearwater, Florida where she was introduced to the mental health community, with the guidance from a provider that specialized in Behavioral Health.