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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.


Administration

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

Finance Director

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, AAS

Accounting Specialist/Human Resources

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

Now Hiring!


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.

Crystal Leavitt - Program Assistant


Medical

Dr. Herbert Day, DO - Medical Director

Susan McLane, RN - Nurse Manager

Esther Frykman, RN

Cassandra McNeely, 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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