Anchorage

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Anchorage

1750 Abbott Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 561-3313
Fax (907) 561-3315

Toll-free within Alaska
(outside of Anchorage)

1-800-478-1080

Anchorage Education Team

Shelby
Shelby
Farthing - T-CARE Specialist

Shelby is one of our Caregiver Connection Specialist for the Caregiver Connection Program here at the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.  Shelby moved to Alaska after completing her Masters of Public Health in Health, Services, Policy and Management at the University of South Carolina. She is an Aunt to 6 nephews, and 2 nieces, and is a ‘Dog Mom’ to her 10-year-old rescued Miniature Pincher named Jake.  When she is not at work, Shelby is pursuing her PhD in Health Education and Promotion at Walden University, and also enjoys hiking and tv shows like New Girl and Brooklyn 99.

Specialty: T-Care

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 136]
sfarthing@alzalaska.org

Johnathan
Johnathan
Davin - T-CARE Specialist

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Johnathan moved to Alaska in 2010. He has over 10 years of healthcare and medical experience supporting people of all ages. He has worked to help create activities and programs for mentally challenged adolescents and children and has also worked in the Orthopedic Unit at a local Anchorage hospital.

When he’s not working Johnathan loves to travel, watch football and basketball, and enjoys camping and being in the outdoors.

Specialty: T-CARE
Education: Nursing degree
Languages: English, Tagalog

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 105]
📠 907-561-3315
jdavin@alzalaska.org

Kay
Kay
Papakristo - Education Director

Kay has lead our Education department for 2 years. She supports our Education Specialists as they provide education and support to our communities, and works with community partners to enhance and expand services.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 126]
📠 907-561-3315
kpapakristo@alzalaska.org

Ken
Ken
Helander - Mind Aerobics™ Project Director

Ken has been working with older people and their families since 1977. He came to Anchorage in 1981 and was part of the gang that started Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Ken worked many years at Anchorage Community Mental Health as Director of Senior Services, where he had the great pleasure of helping develop Day Break Adult Day Center, as well as the Senior Psychiatric Outreach Team (SPOT). He also worked in a skilled care facility in Anchorage as its Clinical Services Director. While doing doctoral studies in California, Ken worked for Jewish Family Services as a case manager, giving him a deep appreciation for what our ARA Care Coordinators do every day. Other stops along the way included managing Early Stage Services for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, followed by eight years as the Advocacy Director for AARP Alaska.

Ken missed working more directly with Alaska’s older adults and was very glad to find a spot at Alzheimer’s Resource.  He now is working to develop and promote ARA’s newest program, Mind Aerobics™.

In personal pursuits, Ken is a pianist and serves as the accompanist for his church congregation.  He also enjoys working with stained glass in his home workshop.  His best times are with family, including adult children, grandchildren, his husband, Frank, and their very sweet pit bull, Tess.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 104]
📠 907-561-3315
khelander@alzalaska.org

Kevin
Kevin
Silver - Education Specialist

Kevin is our expert on mini-grants and offers support to the Education team. His personal experiences in dealing with dementia make him a valuable resource to those navigating a similar journey.

Specialty: Mini-Grants

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 122]
📠 907-561-3315
ksilver@alzalaska.org

Amy
Amy
Becia - Education Specialist

Amy excels at providing educational support for people living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, their families, and their care partners.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 125]
📠 907-561-3315
abecia@alzalaska.org

Debbie
Debbie
Chulick - Education Specialist

Debbie excels at providing educational support for people living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, their families, and their care partners.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 123]
📠 907-561-3315
dchulick@alzalaska.org

Ann
Ann
Farris - Education Specialist

As an education specialist, Ann teaches and develops programs that help people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias and their care partners.

Meet Ann at one of our Memory Café’s or a Voices of the Last Frontier session.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 111]
📠 907-561-3315
afarris@alzalaska.org

Memory Café, Voices of the Last Frontier

Anchorage Care CoordinationTeam

Ruth
Ruth
Quinlan - CC Program Assistant

Ruth grew up in Iowa, went to college in Ohio, then left the Midwest 29 years ago to move to Alaska.

She earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and has experience working with mentally and physically challenged youth and abused women and children. Most recently she has worked in administrative assistant positions supporting direct care staff.

Ruth’s Grandmother and Aunt experienced dementia.

Ruth loves animals and has volunteered as a foster for dogs and cats.  Currently, she has one cat who prefers to be an only child.

📞 907-771-9146
rQuinlan@ccralaska.org

Nikita
Nikita
Linn - Care Coordinator

Nikita earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016. She spent the next five years working with women and children experiencing homelessness through Catholic Social Services.

She joined Care Coordination Resource of Alaska in 2021 when she was looking for a chance to deepen her understanding of ways to serve within the community. She also provides care to a disabled family member. Providentially, she joined Care Coordination Resource of Alaska and began learning about the populations we serve and the services we offer, when she learned that she has multiple extended family members who’ve experienced dementia diagnoses.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 119]
nlinn@ccralaska.org

Myeongsun (May)
Myeongsun (May)
Olson - Care Coordinator

Myeongsun (May) was born and raised in South Korea and came to Alaska in 2014. She graduated from Hannam University in South Korea and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Christian Studies and Public Administration. Myeongsun speaks and writes in both Korean and English.

In the beginning of 2021, she became a Certified Care Coordinator and in April of 2021 she joined CCRA. Her goal is to help under-served populations navigate the many different community systems and find the best care team to meet their individual needs. Myeongsun advocats on behalf of her clients, provides them information and guides them through the paperwork & communications needed to make informed decisions when it comes to obtaining adequate supports within their community.

Before becoming a Care Coordinator she was a Personal Care Assistance working for seniors who needed hands-on assistance for daily living activities. She became a Case Manager which involved serving seniors and individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities in need of support to live safely and independently, both, in-home and in the community. Myeongsun was in this position for 3 years and advocated alongside her clients to empower them to make their own choices when it came to coordinating the right services with well-trained professional staff.

She believes that her role as a Care Coordinator provides a bridge across multiple systems and ensures clients are informed and empowered to lead to a more fulfilling, healthier and happier life.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 142]
molson@ccralaska.org

Noel
Noel
Tanap - Care Coordinator

Noel was born and raised in Hawaii and, is a recent transplant to Alaska. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. Noel joined Care Coordination of Alaska in 2020, having previously worked as a Resident Crisis manager and behavioral health technician, helping people with mental illness transition into the community. He was drawn to working with the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska because both his father and grandfather dealt with dementia. In his spare time, Noel enjoys traveling, reading, movies, and spending time outdoors with his dog.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 147]
ntenap@ccralaska.org

Tami
Tami
Balts - Care Coordinator

Tami graduated from Biola University with a BA in Psychology. Her interest and the majority of her career has been in working with people with multiple challenges: intellectual & developmental disabilities, physical conditions & illnesses, substance abuse, mental health disorders, etc. Tami’s choice of careers was heavily influenced by her experiences with her youngest brother, who was born with a significant birth defect. With her parents’ support and care, he lived with her family the majority of his young life. Tami has seen the power of love and faith in altering someone’s life when doctors had given no hope. When his medical conditions progressed, he moved to a large group home in Anchorage where he was lovingly cared for by staff. She’s witnessed the power of someone’s life who, though very limited in his communication and physical abilities, made a profound impact on those around him. Through her brother’s life, she learned that someone’s life cannot be measured by what they do, but in the essence of who they are. Through Tami’s work as a Care Coordinator, she seeks to tell each person’s story, so their goals, interests & talents, and support needs are known and met through natural supports, community resources, and Waiver services.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 109]
tbalts@ccralaska.org

Gabriela
Gabriela
Harbison - Care Coordinator

Gabriela is fluent in English and Spanish and has experience on both sides of the tortilla of caregiving. As the caregiver for her own mother and through her work as a Care Coordinator, she has a lot of experience with assisted living homes and other professional caregiving programs. Her professional and personal experiences make her passionate about helping seniors get the supports they need.

Since she believes actions always speak louder than words, Gabriela strives to be on top of her game to provide the best recommendations for each individual she works with. She gives volume to each person’s unique voice. Gabriela graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 103]
gharbison@ccralaska.org

Brandy
Brandy
Barnes - Care Coordinator

Brandy has been providing Care Coordination services for 14 years. She has worked with People First of Alaska – Anchorage Chapter as a mentor providing assistance and guidance to the board and members to expand advocacy and disability awareness throughout the state.

Because of undiagnosed Scarlet Fever, Brandy’s cousin lost his hearing at a young age, piquing her interest in deaf culture and giving her an appreciation for the many different ways people can be different and unique.

She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and an Associate’s in Human Services with an emphasis in Disabilities. She works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as those who experience mental illness and people with ISB.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 129]
bbarnes@ccralaska.org

Liz
Liz
Smith - Anchorage

Care Coordination Supervisor
For more than 8 years, Liz has been working in Care Coordination and focusing her efforts on helping people get onto the Home and Community Based Waiver and working with the in-home folks who do not qualify for the waiver. She also has extensive experience serving Alaska’s rural communities.

Liz works with seniors, and with people who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is often inspired by the people she works with for their wisdom, their humor and their ability to overcome obstacles.

📞 907-561-3313   [ext 145]
lsmith@ccralaska.org