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 in Anchorage, please call 907-561-0954

In Fairbanks, please call 907-371-1300.

Meet Our Staff

Medical

Dr. Curt Wengel, Child Psychiatrist

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Dr. Curt Wengel

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!

Clinicians

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

Joshua 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.

Amber Chambers, PsyD, LPC

Amber Chambers 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.

Tori Fishburn, MSW

Tori Fishburn 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 excited to work for the company again and 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

Saraj Gottstein 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 the Child and Family clinic and in our transition age youth programs, Alaska Seeds of Change and Power Center.

Veronica Griffith, MSW

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 in the Parenting with Love & Limits program. 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.

Mara Hill, MS, LPC

Mara has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2015, when she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in clinical psychology and a certificate in children’s mental health. Mara enjoys facilitating preschool psychotherapy groups, eating peanut butter on fruit, and going outside.

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

Nicole Jenkins, MS, LMFT

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Nicole Jenkins, MS, LMFT is a Clinician working in Child & 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.

Amanda Nalewaja, MSW

Amanda Nalewaja (pronounced nal-ehv-eye-uh), holds degrees in Social Work with a minor in Children’s Mental Health. She currently works as a clinician with Alaska Behavioral Health in the Child & Family clinic 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 is a clinician in the Child and Family program and enjoys spending time with her dog, Rusty. She got into social work because she really likes to connect with people and hear their stories – she considers it an honor and says it helps her grow as a person.

Rozette Pegues, MS, LPC

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Rozette Pegues, MS, LPC is a clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. She enjoys working with children and families who have experienced trauma and helping them heal. She is originally from Texas where she graduated from the University of North Texas with her Master’s in Counseling with a focus on play therapy. When she is not working she enjoys baking, spending time with her dog, being outside, and learning new hobbies.

Patty Quinn, MS, LPC

Patty Quinn, MS, has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at Alaska Behavioral Health for three years. Patty provides group services in our http://Little Tykestherapeutic 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 the Child & Family clinic with youth and families. She utilizes a variety of interventions including ARC, Trauma Focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.

Lauren Rench, MS, LPC

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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 the Child & Family clinic where she works with youth and families. Lauren utilizes a variety of interventions including ARC, CBT, and motivational interviewing.

Emma Steinzeig, MSW

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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

Michaela Cameron, Fairbanks Child & Family Clinic Manager

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Michaela  has been a part of AKBH since 2013 (when it was Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services.) In addition to serving as Clinic Manager, she provides therapeutic behavioral skill building as well as case management.  She is passionate about advocating for her clients and their families. Michaela loves to spend her summers outdoors and her winters wishing for summer.

April Valentine, BSW, Lead Clinical Associate, Anchorage

April Valentine 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 the Child and Family Continuum 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 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.

Nadia Allen, BSW

Nadia was born in Nassau, Bahamas and moved to Anchorage Alaska at the age of 10.  She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. Nadia enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as going on outdoor adventures.  She hopes to travel all around the world someday.

Daphne Ang

Daphne has been working at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2018, when she became a Peer Outreach Worker in the POWER Center. Currently, she is a Peer Support Specialist supporting youth at Alaska Seeds of Change. 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 the Child and Family Continuum. 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 Teen 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.

Liz Dam, BS

Liz Dam is a clinical associate of Little Tykes. 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.

Caitlyn Hammett, BS

Caitlyn Hammett graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2020. She previously worked in an inpatient setting, assisting adults with acute mental illness. Caitlyn believes that working in the behavioral health field is most rewarding when you can observe improvements to an individual’s ability to live a healthy life. Outside of work, Caitlyn enjoys camping, hiking, and anything fitness-related. She also likes to spend time with her friends, family, and her cat Bean.

Devan Hawkins, BSW

Devan Hawkins, BSW, has worked as a clinical associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2019 in the Child and Family Continuum. 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.

Tim Martin

Tim Martin has worked as a Clinical Associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since July 2000 in the Child and Family Continuum. 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. She worked in an inpatient residential setting with adolescents prior to being trained in the Parenting with Love and Limits © program in 2019. Kate is a facilitator for the Teen Breakout group and enjoys working with teenagers and helping them heal from the traumas they have experienced and be able to help them work through the teenage struggles.

Kayleen Norris, BSW

Kayleen Norris 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 the Child and Family Continuum since May 2019. She enjoys supporting clients individually and in group settings. Kayleen enjoys riding her friends horses in Anchorage and spending time camping with her dogs.

Ana Rosado, BSW

Ana 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.

Amanda Stuart, BA

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Amanda Stuart is a Clinical Associate with Alaska Behavioral Health. After many years working with the Little Tykes Team in Anchorage, she transitioned to Fairbanks and joined the Child and Family Services Team. Amanda graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with Bachelors in Psychology.  She enjoys working with children and their family members to help build up social and emotional competencies. When not working, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking sourdough breads, spending time outdoors and exploring Alaska one campground at a time.