Alyssa Bish, Director of Development & Communications
Alyssa’s passion for giving back to the community through non-profit work started as a student worker at the University of Alaska Foundation. This first role sparked a desire to dedicate her professional life to supporting the work of non-profit organizations. Following her time at the Foundation, she went on to spend 6 amazing years connecting Alaskans with the world at the Alaska World Affairs Council. In 2018, she moved to Scotland to pursue an MBA at the University of Edinburgh. While completing her capstone project, Alyssa learned more about the mission and impact of VOA Alaska and decided she wanted to find a way to become a part of the team, which she soon did! Outside of work, Alyssa is on the Board of Alaska Common Ground and loves to spend time with her golden pups, Poppy and Thor.
Juan Chapa, Director of Outpatient Services
Juan’s journey to serve his community has been one of self-reflection. It was born with a need to better assist those who believe there is little to no hope and who’s anger can overshadow their own voice of self-advocacy. He spent time serving his nation in various areas. During that time, he worked with diverse cultures and pursued higher education to in order to become an advocate for those needing a voice. Juan came to VOA to work with an organization that was committed to assisting those who are underserved in our community. Juan accepted the invitation to work in concert with VOA in June 2019 as Director of Clinical Services. He enjoys family and outdoor activities.
Sara Clark, Vice President of Public Health & Prevention
Sara Clark grew up in Alaska and received her BA in Psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage. She developed a passion for public health while working on substance abuse prevention initiatives at the State of Alaska. She knew this field would keep her enthusiastic in her work and would improve the health of her community. Joining the team at VOA allowed Sara to apply years of experience as well as her commitment to improve the health and wellness of Alaska families. When not working at VOA, Sara enjoys being outdoors with her family, listening to music and knitting warm things.
Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw, President/CEO
After ten years in construction, Sherrie moved into social services out of a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Alaskans. As a curious problem-solver, Sherrie’s journey prior to leading VOA Alaska included exploring and understand the challenges Alaskan individuals and communities face from multiple perspectives. As a direct service provider, Sherrie has experience in residential psychiatric treatment for young children, mental health services for adults, and family self-sufficiency programs for low-income households. From a larger, systemic perspective, Sherrie has spent time digging into the health of communities and statewide housing and homeless service systems. Now at VOA, she is inspired by the many opportunities we have to make an impact in the lives of youth who are in pain, to help communities become healthy, and provide housing for youth and families. She has a Bachelor in Business Administration in Management & Marketing, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. As a lifelong Alaskan, wife to Dave, and mother to Pepper and Fletcher, Sherrie is driven each day to strengthen the community and state she has always been honored to call “home.”
Julia Luey, Vice President of Treatment Services
Julia joined the VOA Alaska family in 2018 to pursue her passion in serving Alaska's most vulnerable, our children. She has been in the field since 2007 where she first fell in love with the substance use and behavioral health field in her work with women with children. Julia pursued educational and professional counseling certification to continue moving up the ladder, and has experience in most direct-service provider positions. Throughout her experiences in working in the adult and children sector she identified the need for stronger youth programs in our State and she was drawn to VOA's mission and vision. Julia has a Bachelors in Psychology and holds the following national counseling certifications: Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor and National Certified Addiction Counselor I. Throughout her experience and education, Julia believes in the power of connection and hope and is motivated to spread this to the youth and families VOA serves.
Michelle Pattison, Vice President of Admin Operations
In 1998, Michelle began working in the healthcare industry in leadership roles related to quality assurance, compliance, and customer service. Over the years, Michelle obtained a Masters in Business Management, and in 2012 was the recipient of the President’s award at ANTHC for her involvement in strategy planning and improving Customer Experience outcomes. In 2013, Michelle decided to take a break from the healthcare world and spend time at home with her youngest child. In 2016 the family moved from Anchorage to Eagle River, and coincidentally, very close to the ARCH location. Michelle reached out to ARCH and asked if she could volunteer teaching yoga to the clients, and started doing so twice a week. Months later, it was discovered by chance that the “yoga lady” actually had the credentials and years of experience in management, compliance, and strategic planning to advance to a leadership role with Administration and Compliance. Michelle always thought that when she decided to return to work full time, it would be at a hospital, but she has fallen in love with the vision and values of VOA Alaska, and is thrilled to contribute to supporting the hope, health, and healing of every Alaskan. Michelle enjoys yoga, snowboarding, camping, and any activity that involves spending time with her family.
Lonnie Ridgeway, Coalition Director, Public Health & Prevention
Lonnie was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He attended college at the University of Alaska Anchorage where he played on the men’s basketball team and obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Over the course of his professional career, he’s worked in various roles for the State of Alaska within the Department of Health and Social Services. Lonnie is passionate about improving the overall health and safety of the Anchorage community and found an aligning passion within VOA’s mission, vision, and values. He joined the VOA Alaska team during the winter of 2019 as the Coalition Director and is looking forward to using his knowledge, skills, and abilities to address the substance misuse issues in Alaska. During his free time, Lonnie loves reading, traveling, staying active with his family, and coaching his daughter’s basketball team. He is a lover of food and dry humor.