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Who We Are

Meet the IMAT Team

Anna Nelson, Executive Director since 2002, started at IAA in 1997 as the HIV Client Services Director. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and from Western Washington University with a BA in Psychology. In her free time she likes to make things with wood, ceramic tile, glass beads, fabric (quilting) – not all at the same time…usually.

 

Brenda Henze-Nelson is a farm girl born and raised in South Dakota. She moved to Alaska in 1985, and like many others, decided to stay and plant herself. She is a mother of two boys and has been married for 31 years. Like the other members of the IMAT team, Brenda is a UAF graduate. Her Bachelor’s degree was in Psychology with a minor in Human Services, followed by a Master’s in Education in Counseling. Since that time, Brenda has received her LPC, Master Addiction Counselor certification, and the Chemical Dependency Counselor II certification. She loves music and doing outdoor activities including snow shoeing, skiing, and hiking, winter and summer, as well as boating and fishing – anything on the water.

 

Adie Callahan was born in Fairbanks, raised Outside, and moved back to Alaska in 2001. After a year-long internship at IAA in 2015 she became a counselor with its Interior Medication Assisted Treatment Program in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology, a Master’s of Business Administration, and a Master’s of Education in Counseling—all from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She earned a Chemical Dependency I certification in 2017 and is working towards licensure. In her free time, she enjoys winter activities that involve ice and snow, traveling, yoga, cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Lindsey Grennan was born and raised in Fairbanks. She received Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been working as a substance abuse counselor with IAA’s Interior Medication Assisted Treatment Program since 2014. She earned her Chemical Dependency I certification in 2017 and is working towards state licensure. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and being outside with her dog.

 

Evelyn Griffin was born and raised in Hawai’i. She completed her undergraduate education at New York University and has a Bachelor’s degree in English. Evelyn lived in New York City and Los Angeles before moving to Fairbanks in 2012. She is currently completing the Master’s in Counseling program at UAF. In her down time, Evelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and their ever growing assortment of animals.

 

Annie Laweryson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She moved to Alaska in 2015 to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology at UAF, and is currently still in school. She has received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology. When she is not studying or working as a counselor, she enjoys hiking, camping, and running- pretty much anything outdoors.

 

Justine Bates moved to Alaska as a young child with her family, and now enjoys all Alaska has to offer with her own children. She completed her Associate’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Addictions Counseling. She is currently enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Justice. Justine is a Case Manager for the Interior Medication Assisted Treatment program and assists clients with accessing services within the community.

 

Maya Bowers is a lifelong Alaskan. She is pursuing an AA degree in Human Services through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a Case Manager for the Interior Medication Assisted Treatment program. She helps consumers with finding resources in the Fairbanks area such as housing, insurance, food assistance, and other needs.

 

Laura Plowman, RN, was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She also lived in Arizona, Washington, and Seward, Alaska before moving to the Fairbanks area in 2015. Laura attended South Western College in San Diego and has two degrees, one in  Nursing and one in Biotechnology. She has worked in the medical field for 25 years and has been a Registered Nurse for 5 years. Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and children, working on projects at home, watching movies, reading books, going for bike rides, church activities, and playing in parks.

Meet the Admin/Finance Team

Sonya Birchard is a lifelong Fairbanks resident. She received her accounting degree from UAF Community Technical College in 2009. She became the finance manager at Interior AIDS Association in 2015. She enjoys working with the staff here at IAA and plans to be here for many years to come. In her free time she enjoys gardening, watching movies & spending time outdoors with her family.

 

Taniesha Moses began her employment at IAA in 2016 as an intern while she completed her Associates in Human services. Taniesha started a permanent position in 2017 and is currently the Executive Assistant. She is originally from Northway, Alaska but has lived in Fairbanks since 2011. Aside from work Taniesha enjoys spending quality time with her family and being outdoors.

 

Joree Hill was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. After graduating high school, she moved to Portland, Oregon for a few years before ending up in Fairbanks in 2017. She is IAA's administrative assistant. Joree recently got her Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently pursuing a nursing degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. When she is not working or in class, Joree enjoys spending time with her 3 fur babies, exploring the Alaskan outdoors, and drinking coffee while reading new books.

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