Philip has a powerful testimony and passion to see others set free from addictions. He was ordained as a minister in 2005 and spent two years as the Director of Northwind School of Ministry. Philip is skilled at establishing relational networks, building infrastructure, and developing systems that facilitate agency growth, community involvement, and personal freedom. In 2008, he became the Executive Director of Set Free Alaska and has been instrumental in its formation and current success. As a community leader, Philip participates in a leadership capacity for several organizations. He is on the Mat-Su Borough’s Health & Social Services Board, is the Substance Abuse Coalition Chair for Thrive Mat-Su, and serves on Northgate Alaska’s Executive Leadership Team. Philip is also an active member of the Mat-Su Business Alliance and the Vice-Chair for the Mat-Su Agency Partnership. He was recently recognized by Governor Sean Parnell as one of the “Great Alaskans” of 2012 for his work in the substance abuse field. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife Cheryl and their three children.
Shelly Thomas, LMFT
Shelly has over 20 years experience in the fields of education, counseling, and health care. Along with being a licensed marriage and family counselor, she also has experience in grief, chemical dependency, and sexual addiction counseling. Shelly has a heart of gold for the people of the Mat-Su and the State of Alaska. She is easy to talk to and carries the love of God for those she helps. Her kindness and compassion make her a valuable asset to our team.
Rae Ann Hendrickson, LPC, CDC II
Rae Ann has over 12 years experience in the field of counseling She is not only a licensed professional counselor, but also has been recognized by the State of Alaska as a Chemical Dependency Counselor II. Rae Ann has worked extensively with women, teens, and others struggling with addiction. Counseling is just one of Rae Ann’s many gifts. She is an excellent administrator, with a vast amount of knowledge in many different areas. Her joy and desire to help others stands out to all who meet her.
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Kimberly Stephens, M. Ed, MAM, CDC II
Assistant Clinical Director
Kimberly is a retired Army Warrant Officer with over twenty years’ experience in the field of organizational and personnel management. After military service, Kimberly pursued her passion of working with hurting people by providing counseling and program administration in the areas of youth and family services to include emergency stabilization; time limited family reunification, family preservation, residential treatment, and outpatient substance abuse services. Kimberly has her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of Alaska. She also holds certifications as a Chemical Dependency Counselor II and NAADAC National Certified Addiction Counselor I.
Paul Bossart, MA CDC1
Paul came to us with experience in counseling, business and the military. Paul has his Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and has degrees in Business Administration and Business systems. He has worked as a counselor for a long-term residential treatment facility where he gained experience working with dual diagnosed clients. Paul also has worked as a counselor helping clients with mental health issues for a local private practice, managed a business and is retired from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service to our country. Paul’s professional and life experiences combine to increase his ability to help those who are struggling with addictions.
Shannon Harris, Counselor Tech
Shannon Harris is the women’s counselor at Set free Alaska. It has always been her heart’s desire to help others struggling with addiction. Shannon has a personal experience with God’s ability to bring freedom and is excited to give back to others. Recently, Shannon went through the RADACT School in an effort to gain her state certification as an addiction counselor. Shannon is very compassionate, loving and kind. She is married to a loving husband and is a mother of five beautiful children.
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Set Free Alaska provides services to the Alaska Native and American Indian community through, South Central Foundations Access to Recovery program. As a case manager, Lisa helps her clients find positive ways to maintain their recovery. As well as being a case manager Lisa has been married for twenty seven years and has four children. Lisa has a heart to see people’s lives change and move forward in victory.
Tabitha recently moved to the state of Alaska bringing with her a love and care for people. Tabitha has a variety of experience in the office environment and is a valuable asset to the Set Free Alaska family. She has a warm and enviting smile that welcomes all who enter our facility. Her organizational abilities and attention to detail make her the “super receptionist.” Tabitha is actively involved in her church and carries a desire to see people set free from the bondage of addiction.
Cassi went to school for accounting where she obtained certificates in Bookkeeping, Payroll, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. She was also the Vice President of the Student Government Association at her school. Cassi has over 6 years’ experience in the customer service field and enjoys working with a diverse group of people. In her spare time she pursues photography and is slowly building recognition in the field having two of her photos published. Cassi enjoys working on her jeep and would like to begin restoring jeeps as well.