Meet Our Team

Wendy Howard

Wendy Howard, a Bilingual Early Childhood Specialist for thread and Care Coordinator for Help Me Grow Alaska, works with families, child care providers, and communities by providing child care referral services, child development information, parenting education resources, free child developmental screenings and other resources that support healthy growth and learning opportunities for children.

Wendy believes that the most rewarding aspects of her position are helping families and their children. Her positive and outgoing personality helps families gain access to resources and support that they can benefit from.

Wendy has been working for thread for over 12 years, and throughout the years she has provided consistent excellent customer services (in Spanish and English). Her dedication, knowledge, and commitment to families have made a difference in our community. She has been awarded and nominated for “Best Customer Service award”, “Cheerleader Award”, “Best advocate award”, “Most inspirational award”, and for most “Efficiency innovation award” for her work.

Wendy is very familiar with special education, early childhood development education; and she is currently enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services offered through the UAA College of Health, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Tamora Harding-Childs

Tamora Harding-Childs, an Early Childhood Specialist for thread and Care Coordinator for Help Me Grow Alaska,  works with families, child care providers, and communities by providing child care referral services, child development information, parenting education resources, free child developmental screenings and other resources that support healthy growth and learning opportunities for children.

Tamora’s guidance assists Alaska families to be informed about available supports to grow healthy children and build local connections in their region.

As an Early Childhood Specialist for thread (Alaska’s CCR&R Network), Tamora has years of experience in working with early educators, children with special needs and their families, and assisting caregivers with early learning & care needs and sharing information on parenting, child development, and program quality expectations. Her education is based in early childhood studies and fine arts.

Tamora holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Alaska.

Michelle Kates

Michelle Kates, an Early Childhood Specialist for thread and Care Coordinator for Help Me Grow Alaska,  works with families, child care providers, and communities by providing child care referral services, child development information, parenting education resources, free child developmental screenings and other resources that support healthy growth and learning opportunities for children.

Michelle knows that by supporting families in their time of need, providing information about parenting and healthy child development, and helping families make social connections help them to thrive.

Michelle has worked at thread 17 years as an Early Childhood Specialist. She is certified in Medic First Aid and has had training and experience with Strengthening Families, Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Coaching, Family Navigator, brain development, inclusive practices, ACES and Trauma-Informed Services.

Executive Director

Tamar Ben-Yosef joined AAPP in 2015 as executive director, following a position as account executive at Thompson & Co. Public Relations, a leading public relations agency in Anchorage, Alaska. During her time at the PR agency, Tamar played an active role in bringing in new business through developing and writing business proposals, strategizing and coordinating events for clients and developing original content for websites, blogs, and editorials. She has traveled extensively throughout rural Alaska writing stories for the Arctic Sounder and Dutch Harbor Fisherman newspapers.

CARMEN WENGER

Program Director

Carmen Wenger joined AAPP in July 2017 as the program director for Help Me Grow Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Health Degree in International Health and Development from Tulane University. Carmen has worked in public health and community development in the United States, Latin America, and southern Africa. Her work has centered around social justice causes, primarily focused on access to appropriate health services and other basic human rights.

 About All Alaska Pediatric Partnership

The All Alaska Pediatric Partnership is a catalyst for improvements in Alaska’s health care systems and services for children and their families. We support and link healthcare services between government, healthcare entities, social services, and payers for children and families by leading collaborative opportunities, improving efficiency within systems, advocating on behalf of children, expanding education and training opportunities for healthcare professionals, and enhancing communication around children’s health and wellness. We recognize and respect the diversity within our organization and our community, and use it as a guide to innovative thinking that leads to change.

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