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Behavioral Health’s Prevention Leadership Team

Partnering to Promote & Build Healthy Alaska Communities

 

The DBH Prevention Leadership Team is working hard to promote strong partnership with communities across the state, as we all work toward healthy outcomes for communities, families and individuals.  Please let us know what we can do to assist you and your community coalitions & partners.

 
 

Stacy Toner, LPC is a 4th Generation Alaskan, born and raised in Juneau.  Over the course of her 14 years with DHSS, she served as Program Officer for Out of Home Care with the Office of Children’s Services and as Deputy Director for the Division of Behavioral Health.  She is known to be a strong leader, pushing the envelope on a wide range of children’s issues, adult treatment and recovery, trauma informed care, access to treatment.    She also is an unflagging advocate developing an effective and efficient behavioral health treatment system where Alaskan’s have access to quality services in their time of need.  Current federal grants in which she acts as Project Director are the Alaska Partnership for Adolescent Treatment and the Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers Planning Grant.

Prior to joining DHSS, Stacy worked for Juneau Youth Services in the areas of Emergency Crisis Assessment and Stabilization, Family Mediation, Runaway Outreach and Mobile Crisis Services and near the end of her tenure was the Quality Director for their large Adolescent Residential and Day Treatment system.  She was a key resource for policy formulation in developing a comprehensive system of community-based children’s services that achieved successful JCAHO Accreditation in Behavioral Health Services.  She served on the Bartlett Regional Hospital Board of Directors for 10 years where she was elected President for 2 years and served on the Executive Committee for 8 of those years. She graduated with a MA in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alaska.

Genevieve Casey, MSW is a Program Coordinator for the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health, Section of Prevention & Early Intervention, serving as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coordinator for the division, as well as managing a number of prevention grant programs providing support, oversight, training and technical assistance to communities working on behavioral health prevention interventions.  Genevieve has served in the fields of child abuse prevention, family reunification, emergency mental health service, in-patient behavioral health services, and counseling for over 15 years. Genevieve has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2006.  She provides Motivational Interviewing, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) training and consultation to a variety of Alaskan service providers including the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), the Alaska Therapeutic Courts, and Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc.  She received her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and the Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. genevieve.casey@alaska.gov (907) 465-4984.

Sara Clark, BA joined the Division of Behavioral Health, section of Prevention & Early Intervention in May 2013.  Sara, a life-long Alaskan, graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and worked with youth and families in community-based organizations for over 7 years.  Sara has experience with a range of behavioral health services including treatment and prevention at the local level, primarily with youth populations.  She has worked with a variety of communities, urban and rural, to improve prevention services, secure funding, and build capacity to better serve Alaska’s youth.  Prior to joining DBH she worked for Boys & Girls Club of Alaska and Denali Family Services. sara.clark@alaska.gov (907) 269-3781.

James Gallanos, MSW is the lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Alaska    DHSS Division of Behavioral Health. He currently manages the Community-Based Suicide Prevention Program and several other statewide projects, including the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project, the Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training program, and the Alaska Postvention Project. James lives with his family in Juneau and enjoys running, skiing, surfing and playing in the mountains. james.gallanos@alaska.gov (907) 465-8536.

M. Claire Schleder MPH is a strong advocate for community-led health and wellness initiatives. She comes from Virginia where she earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2011. Claire comes to the State with experience in research and evaluation from the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies. Her work on multidisciplinary research designs that link population-level health data and sociocultural context has provided her with a unique perspective that is useful in the evaluation and improvement of community-level, grant-funded outcomes. Claire enjoys collaborating with community stakeholders across Alaska in the utilization of data-driven processes for the purpose of evaluating the effects of community-based interventions on preventable behavioral health outcomes. claire.schleder@alaska.gov (907) 269-3425

Tony Piper, MS, LPC has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for over 25 years.  He has worked in-patient, residential, and out-patient settings as a youth worker, counselor, and therapist before joining the prevention and early intervention team with the state of Alaska.  Tony is currently the manager of the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) for the state and oversees the monitoring of misdemeanor alcohol and drug offenders as well as the case management and community supervision of several Therapeutic Courts around the state. He is an LPC, has a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology, and is working on his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in social transformation. tony.piper@alaska.gov (907) 264-0500

Michael Powell, Ph.D has served as a Health Program Manager for community-based programs with the State of Alaska since 1999. When he isn’t working with colleagues in seeking non-toxic alternatives to tobacco and drug use, he may be found promoting his passion for measuring what we do. He currently assists in oversight and approval of Alaska’s private substance abuse treatment programs (for court ordered clients) with the Division of Behavioral Health and as a special assistant for executive projects for the Alcohol Safety Action Program, as well as grants management for the statewide Rural Human Services Systems Project, promoting rural workforce development. michael.powell@alaska.gov (907) 269-3795.

Ingrid Stevens is the current Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Fellow for Division of Behavioral Health.