Our Team

A Few Words About Us

Since our inception in 2008, Alaska has maintained a diverse network of facilitators. Casey Family Programs helped us to develop and support our original group. Since then, we have held four Training of Facilitator workshops to maintain our network. Our committed and passionate facilitators are the foundation of our work and is what enables us to have the impact we do on Alaska’s communities.

Interested in becoming a KWYA facilitator?

For information on the next Training of Facilitator workshop in Alaska, contact Casey Groat at casey.groat@alaska.gov.

KWYA Steering Committee/Facilitators
Valerie Dudley
Child Welfare Academy (CWA)

Casey Groat
Statewide ICWA Coordinator
Office of Children’s Services (OCS)

Rachel Hanft
Family Support Specialist
Alaska Center for Resource Families (ACRF)

Lou Johnson, MSW
Social Services Director
Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA
Crystal Nixon-Luckhurst, MSW
Children’s Services Program Manager
Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA)

Frana Burtness-Adams
Financial Advisor
Transamerica World Financial Group

Amelia Rivera
Tribal Title IV-E Program Coordinator
Office of Children’s Services (OCS)

Additional KWYA Facilitators:

  • Joy Anderson
  • Retchenda George-Bettisworth,
  • Bridget Calvery
  • Meghan Crow, LCWS, Lead Social Worker,
  • Jenny Dale, Regional ICWA Specialist,
  • Southcentral Region, OCS
  • Rodreshia Dunbar
  • Heather Herron
  • Danielle Holt
  • Leanna Isaac
  • Raeshawndra Jett
  • Bertha Koweluk
  • Keith Morrison
  • Rachel Muir
  • Jeri Museth
  • Katie Nick
  • Trim Nick
  • Panganga Pungowiyi, Program Director, Wellness, Kawerak
  • Sheila Randazzo, ICWA Specialist, Kawerak
  • Olivia Shears
  • April Stahl
  • Leah Warburton
  • Tom Williamson
  • Cheryl Offt
  • Elsie Boudreau
  • Jessica Ullrich
  • Mary Soots
  • Tasha Yatchmeneff
  • Tracey Eason
  • Mary Jane Kasayuli