Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the Interior of Alaska, starting with those who take advantage of our programs and services.
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.
Taniesha began her employment at IAA in 2016 as an intern while she completed her Associates in Human services. She is now working towards a Bachelors of Social Work at UAF. 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.
Sonya 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.
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
HIV Client Services Director
Jeff came to IAA as an intern in 2006 for HIV Client services and IMAT, formally known as Project Special Delivery, for 3 semesters. After graduating from UAF with a social work degree, minor in substance abuse, he became a HIV services case manager and was promoted to Client Services Director 4 years ago.
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
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
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
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, BA
Substance Abuse Counselor
Phelicia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology. 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 and intending to transition into full time work at IAA in Fall of 2020.
Justine Slater, AAS, CDC I
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 works with clients to create a smooth application process through individualized case management and connecting with other agencies to provide wrap around services. She has a passion for outreach and enjoys tabling at events in the Interior, providing quality HIV & Hepatitis C testing with risk assessments and education, and assisting with syringe exchange services. She has lived Alaska since she was a small child and intends to continue living in Fairbanks indefinitely with her family.
Maya Bowers, NCPRSS, CT
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.
Joree Hill, AA
IMAT Program Assistant
Joree is a Montana native who is currently in Fairbanks pursuing a BSN degree from UAA. Through her experiences working at IAA, she has gained a respect and a passion for working with rural, underserved populations and hopes to continue helping communities in need once she graduates with her nursing degree. When Joree is not at work, school, or studying, she enjoys exploring the Alaskan outdoors with her pup, Opie.
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
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
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.