About Child & Family Services

Child and Family Services Continuum provides a wide range of behavioral health services from brief counseling to comprehensive wrap-around supports. Our clinicians specialize in trauma-informed and trauma-focused practices, early childhood intervention, intervention with older children and adolescents, and family intervention. We provide a comprehensive array of skill development services designed to enable children and adolescents to thrive in their community. Families are offered training and support to create more successful family communication and healthy home living environments.

For assessment and intake:

If you live in Interior or Northern Alaska (including Fairbanks),please call 907-371-1300.

If you live anywhere else in Alaska (including Anchorage), please call 907-561-0954.

 

Meet Our Staff

Medical

Dr. Curt Wengel, Child Psychiatrist; Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Curt Wengel

Dr. Curt Wengel is a board certified child and adult psychiatrist and loves 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 trained at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He and his family are excited to live in a place with snow!

Clinicians

Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW; Chief Clinical Officer of Children's Services

Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW  is an expert in trauma-informed care for children, and established the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. He has served 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.

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC; Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC 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.

Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW; Clinical Manager of Wrap-Around Services

Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW is a Clinical Manager and Clinician 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.

Mara Hill, MS, LPC; Clinical Manager

 

Mara Hill, MS, LPC 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.

In this video, Mara explains the Little Tykes program, and why she loves to work there.

Stacie Baker, MS

Stacie Baker, MS is a school-based Clinician with Child and Family Services’ Wrap Around Program in Anchorage. She graduated from Alaska Pacific University with her Masters in Counseling Psychology and is working towards her LPC. Stacie is an Alaska transplant from the lower-48 and spends her free time playing outside, foraging, and taking in the wonders of the world around her.

Jesse Barrett, LMSW - Fairbanks

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Jesse Barrett, LMSW is a Clinician in Child and Family Services based in Fairbank. Jesse studied social work at the undergrad and graduate levels, with a concentration in mental health and trauma. Jesse is passionate about serving his community. He is a giant nerd and big time animal lover. He has experience in working in mental health, addiction, and developmental disability.

Amber Chambers, PsyD, LPC

Amber Chambers, Psy D, LPC  has been working with our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) program since June 2014. She provides short-term crisis intervention services, individual and group psychotherapy to those referred through partnership with Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC). Amber also provides these services to caregivers of the children we see in our Child and Family Outpatient Clinic who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  She is a licensed professional counselor in Alaska and Virginia. She has over 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in General Psychology from Fairmont State University, followed by her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. Campus, and holds a Doctor of Psychology from Alaska Pacific University.

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC is a 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 Parent Child Interaction Therapy by PCIT International.

Tori Fishburn, LMSW

Tori Fishburn, LMSW is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health.  She graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University after previously working as a CA in the Little Tykes program.  Tori is passionate about helping clients work towards achieving their goals and making a difference in the community.  When not in the office, Tori loves being outside in the mountains with her dog.

Saraj Gottstein, MA, LPC

Saraj Gottstein, MA, LPC graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Naropa University, in Boulder Colorado in Transpersonal Counseling and Wilderness Therapy. Saraj has a passion for mental health and overall wellness. She loves to work with clients in the community and in the wilderness throughout Alaska. Currently Saraj works as a Clinician for Alaska Behavioral Health  in Child and Family services and in our transition age youth programs, Alaska Seeds of Change and Power Center.

Veronica Griffith, LMSW

Veronica Griffith, MSW, has a BS in Aerospace Studies with a concentration in Human Factors Psychology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and a Master of Social Work from Simmons University in Boston, MA. She has been volunteering with military families for the past fifteen years, including teaching resiliency and leadership skills through the MRT and AFTB programs for five years. Veronica currently works with teens and their families at Alaska Behavioral Health as a Clinician. When not working, she enjoys dragging her family up mountains, accumulating medals by running crazy distances, being involved in various volunteer organizations, and watching Doctor Who. “Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.” -The Doctor

Geri Hernandez, MEd, LPC

Geri Hernandez, MEd, is a Clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been affected by trauma.

Nicole Jenkins, MS, LMFT

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Nicole Jenkins, MS, LMFT is a Clinician working in Child and Family Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. She has more than 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field and is finishing her Doctorate in Psychology, with the goal of becoming a Licensed Psychologist. Nicole provides behavioral health services to children, adult caregivers, and families using a variety of treatment modalities to meet the needs of her clients.

Eli Michael, MSW, CDC I

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Eli Michael, MSW, CDC grew up in Colorado and worked various seasonal outdoor jobs prior to attending University of Alaska, Anchorage. After completing a Master of Social Work, Eli worked in wilderness therapy in Southeast Alaska. Currently they work as a Clinician in Child and Family Services  using a client-centered approach. Professionally and personally, Eli is a strong advocate for building community, relationships and creating safety within the LGBTQ+ community, focusing with queer houseless youth.  Beyond work and volunteering, Eli is often found outside enjoying wilderness by paddling, biking, skiing or snowboarding.

Amanda Nalewaja, LMSW

Amanda Nalewaja (pronounced nal-ehv-eye-uh), LMSW, 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.

Erica Nardella, LMSW - Fairbanks

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Erica Nardella, LMSW, is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health and currently works in Child and Family Services  in Fairbanks. She utilizes a variety of interventions including ARC, Trauma Focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.

Hilary Nicol, MS, LPC

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Hilary Nicol is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Alaska Behavioral Health working with children, teens, and families. Hilary previously graduated from Western Washington University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and is currently engaged in an Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) framework credentialing process. Prior to moving to Alaska, Hilary provided trauma-informed mental health services to foster youth and their caregivers within a residential group home setting. In her free time, Hilary enjoys mountain biking, ice skating, and berry picking.

Patty Quinn, MS, LPC

Patty Quinn, MS, has been a Clinician with the Little Tykes program at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2015. Patty provides group services in our Little Tykes therapeutic preschool, as well as individual and family therapy.

Ginny Redmond, LMSW - Fairbanks

Ginny Redmond, LMSW, is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. Ginny currently works in Child and Family Services in Fairbanks with youth and families. She utilizes a variety of interventions including ARC, Trauma Focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.

Lauren Rench, MS

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Lauren Rench has a background in early childhood education and clinical mental health. She currently works as a Clinician with Alaska Behavioral Health in Child and Family Services. Lauren utilizes a variety of interventions including ARC, CBT, and motivational interviewing.

Emma Steinzeig, LMSW

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Emma Steinzeig is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health and currently works in Child and Family Services. She graduated from UAA with a Master’s in Social Work. Emma is a lifelong Alaskan and can’t imagine living anywhere else! She enjoys working with children and their families and helping them achieve their goals. In her free time, Emma enjoys hanging out with her dog Griffin as well as family and friends.

Clinical Associates

April Valentine, BSW, Lead Clinical Associate, Anchorage

April Valentine, BSW graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2018. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2016.  She is currently the Lead Clinical Associate for Child and Family Services in Anchorage, supporting clients individually and through group settings. Her favorite part of this job is supporting the clients and watching them make progress.

Faitupe A'asa

Tupe A’asa has been working as a Clinical Associate at  Alaska Seeds of Change/POWER Teen Center since the start of the global pandemic. Tupe is driven by her desire to see people overcome and defeat every giant that stands in their way. Tupe is pursuing an education in ministerial studies to proclaim the Good News that binds the broken heart and brings freedom to captives. Off the clock, she enjoys spending time with family, playing guitar, and laughing at almost everything.

Daphne Ang

Daphne Ang started working at Alaska Behavioral Health in 2018 at the POWER Center as a Peer Outreach Worker . Currently, she is a Peer Support Specialist supporting youth at Alaska Seeds of Change and the POWER Center. Daphne is a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage studying psychology. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Laurel Brady, BSW

Laurel Brady, BSW, has worked as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2018 in Child and Family Continuum Services. She supports clients and their families through individual, group, and family sessions. Laurel previously worked at a treatment center for adolescents recovering from substance abuse. She began her work here as an intern at the Power Center for homeless and at-risk youth. Laurel is working towards her MSW to further her commitment to support the clients she works with. Laurel enjoys the outdoors where she is most often riding her bike.

Emily Cohen, MSW

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Emily Cohen, MSW, is a Clinical Associate with Fairbanks Child and Family Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2020 and her Master of Social Work degree from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2021. Emily is currently working on her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology at University of Alaska Anchorage. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her three old dogs, playing in the outdoors, and eating ice cream.

Liz Dam, BS

Liz Dam, BS is a Clinical Associate with the Little Tykes program. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Psychology of Science in 2014. She has been a part of the Little Tykes team since 2017 and has previously worked as an elementary school teacher and volunteer mentor for the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Liz enjoys getting out in nature with her family, cooking and painting.

Devan Hawkins, BSW

Devan Hawkins, BSW, has worked as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2019 in Child and Family Services.  She loves to support clients through social and emotional skill development, meeting them where they are at and working together to manifest a bright future. Devan enjoys all things art, including theatre, dance, music and poetry. Outside of work, she spends most of her time geeking out with friends, playing with her adorable dog, and hiking her favorite Alaskan trails.

Kathryn Fisher

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Kathryn Fisher is working towards her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. After her move from Connecticut, she began working as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health during the summer of 2021. Previously, she has worked in an inpatient residential setting with adolescents, and provided in home applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services to adolescents with autism. Kathryn loves spending time in the outdoors, reading, and completing puzzles.

Danielle Larson, BSW

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Danielle Larson, BSW  graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2018. She began working as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health at the beginning of 2021. Previously, she had worked as a case manager with children in therapeutic foster care. Danielle supports her clients both individually and in group settings. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with friends, playing games, and going camping in the summer time.

Carolyn Loeffler, BSW

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Carolyn Loeffler, BSW, graduated in 2021 with her Bachelor’s in Social Work from UAA. Carolyn is a Clinical Associate for the Little Tykes team!  She is from South Carolina and moved up to Alaska 5 years ago and loves working with kids. She hopes to continue in the clinical field working with trauma. Carolyn loves to ride her bike, read and be outside!

Tim Martin

Tim Martin has worked as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since July 2000 in Child and Family Services. He supports clients and their families through individual, group, and family sessions.  Tim enjoys spending as much time in the great outdoors and riding his motorcycle. Tim hopes one day to visit his family in Italy.

Kate Mitchell, BS

Kate Mitchell, BS, has worked at Alaska Behavioral Health since early 2019, She is a graduate of the Bachelors of Science Psychology program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2017. She intends to continue to work in the field in order to narrow down her concentration for her Masters degree at a later time. Previously, she worked in an inpatient residential setting with adolescents before joining AKBH in 2019. Kate enjoys working with teenagers and helping them heal from the traumas they have experienced and be able to help them work through teenage struggles.

Kayleen Norris, BSW

Kayleen Norris, BSW started as an intern for the Little Tykes Team before graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Social Work. Kayleen has worked as a Clinical Associate in Child and Family Services since May 2019. She enjoys supporting clients individually and in group settings. Kayleen enjoys riding her friend’s horses in Anchorage and spending time camping with her dogs.

Ana Rosado, BSW

Ana Rosado, BSW received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida before moving to Alaska in 2014. She has always enjoyed working with kids, and especially loves social and emotional learning and trauma work. Little Tykes is the best place to do both! When not working, Ana loves spending time in the outdoors and rock climbing.