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Board & Staff

Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the Interior of Alaska, starting with those who take advantage of our programs and services.


Anna Nelson

Executive Director

Anna has been IAA’s Executive Director since 2002 and was the HIV Client Services Director for 4 ½ years prior to that. She has bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English Education. Born in Idaho, raised in western Washington, Anna came to Alaska in 1989 with her husband. On her first view of the interior from the Alaska Highway, she knew this was home.

Karen Lewis, BA

Billing Coordinator

Karen was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.  She moved to a couple of states and found her way back home to the “Last Frontier”.  She earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management.  While working for various places she has become aware of multiple backgrounds and faucets with diversity in employment.

“IAA is a place of encouragement and has given me the opportunity to utilize my education and background for the betterment and vision we pursue.”-Karen

Justine Slater

Justine earned her AAS in Human Services with a focus in Addiction’s Counseling in 2017, Chemical Dependency Counselor I certificate in 2019 and is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Criminal Justice. She has lived Alaska since she was a small child and intends to continue living in Fairbanks indefinitely with her family.

HIV Services

Allison Emmett

HIV Case Manager

Allison received her BA in Psychology in 2011. She has worked to ensure that HIV+ individuals and their families have access to necessary assistance from local medical and social agencies since the beginning of 2019. Allison was born and raised in Alaska and loves the outdoors. She also enjoys sports, fitness, volunteering, all kinds of art, and traveling with her husband and little dog.

Interior Medication Assisted Treatment

Brenda Henze-Nelson, LPC, MAC, CDC II

Clinical Director

Substance Abuse Counselor

Brenda has worked at Interior AIDS Association since 2002. She got her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from UAF. She loved her educational experience and have been gratified to teach for the school from which she graduated. IAA has also taken multiple practicum students and counseling interns from UAF and hired them as part of our capable team. Although she hales from the Midwest, she has lived in Fairbanks since 1985. Her and her husband of 33 years have two sons that were born and raised here the interior and she is on my way to becoming a grandparent in November. Brenda’s family and career here at IAA have provided me with great joy, challenge, and fulfillment and I feel grateful to be part of this organization and privileged to serve our clients.

Lindsey Grennan, LPC, CDC I

Program Manager

Substance Abuse Counselor

Lindsey was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. 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 Chemical Dependency I certification in 2017 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor as of October 2019.  She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and dogs.

Adie Callahan, LPC, CDC I

Clinical Supervisor

Substance Abuse Counselor

Adie 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 has a Chemical Dependency I certification and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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.

Phelicia Wazny, M. Ed

Substance Abuse Counselor

Phelicia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology and her Master’s of Education in Counseling. She began as an intern at IAA in January of 2019 in order to pursue her educational goals towards getting her M.Ed in Counseling from UAF.  She is working towards CDC I certification through the state of Alaska.

Maya Bowers, NCPRSS, CT

Peer Support Specialist & Case Manager

Maya is a lifelong Alaskan who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at UAF. In 2019 she earned her National Peer Recovery Support Specialist and Chemical Dependency Counselor Technician certifications and is working toward earning her Chemical Dependency Counselor I.  She is the Case Manager for Interior Medication Assisted Treatment and Prevention Outreach. She assists consumers with locating resources in the community to assist them with housing, insurance, food assistance, and other needs. She also works with the IAA Prevention team to provide the Fairbanks community with free HIV and Hepatitis C testing and the Northern Exchange program. In her free time, she enjoys long-boarding, fishing, gardening, and camping with her family and friends.

Michala Coghill

Program Assistant

Michala was born and raised in Alaska. She grew up in Nenana, graduated high school there in 2012 and moved to Fairbanks to go to UAF for a degree in Criminal Justice. As a Program Assistant she handles a variety of things around the IAA office daily and is always willing to give a helping hand to counselors and case managers if needed. After a brief hiatus, she intends to return to school in the near future. Michala loves spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and traveling.


Dr. Herbert Day, DO - Medical Director

Amy Neel, RN 

Nurse Manager

Amy has resided in AK for the last 22 years. She earned her AAS in Pre-Nursing in 2014, her AAS in Nursing in 2016 and is currently working towards her BSN. She was able to achieve this from UAA without leaving Fairbanks! She is passionate about the Harm Reduction model, so is a great fit here at IMAT. She plans on staying in the Interior, where she can continue to play outside, pretend she has a green thumb, ski and raise her family.

Alison Casper, RN

Esther Frykman, RN

Angel Baalam, RN


Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

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