Family Support Specialist
Cassie joined Help Me Grow Alaska and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership as a Family Support Specialist in June 2020. She previously worked in public health and youth empowerment in Lesotho and South Africa. Her work has primarily focused on youth health education and supporting families. In her free time, Cassie enjoys kayaking, fishing on her family’s commercial boat in Prince William Sound, and nordic and downhill skiing. Cassie grew up on the Kenai Peninsula and is thrilled to be back home and working to assist Alaskan families in positive health practices for their holistic wellbeing.
Family Support Specialist
Tricia joined Help Me Grow Alaska and All Alaska Pediatric Partnership as a Family Support Specialist in December 2020. She was born and raised in Alaska and enjoys traveling when she can. For the past 10 years Tricia has been working in the field of developmental disabilities helping families and individuals connect with resources and services to obtain their goals. She is passionate about personal growth and supporting people where they are to get to where they want to be. She feels that building people’s confidence in their abilities can strengthen their relationships in a positive way which will pave the way for building stronger communities. When she’s not working, Tricia enjoys training and educating, being outside, chatting with people, but most of all spending time with her husband and two young energetic boys with whatever new adventure awaits the day.
Centralized Access Point Lead
Marcy joined Help Me Grow Alaska and All Alaska Pediatric Partnership as the Centralized Access Point Lead in December 2020. Marcy was raised in a small town in Tennessee, but the military has moved her family around to California, Texas, and now Alaska for the 2nd time. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration on Child and Family Studies. Marcy’s background and experience has primarily been in the field of early childhood education and nonprofit organizations providing direct services to children, families, and a variety of home visiting programs. Marcy holds a very special place in her heart for Alaska, birth place of her only child in 2014. Her hobbies include home improvement projects, photography, coloring, singing, long strolls down the aisles of Target, and spontaneous adventures with her husband, son, and two dogs.
All Alaska Pediatric Partnership 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 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.
Rachel first joined the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership as a social work practicum intern with Help Me Grow Alaska for the 2017-2018 school year and was then hired on in July 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Cedarville University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Rachel has experience in special education, children’s behavioral health, coaching teachers, and supporting family systems. When not working, Rachel enjoys exploring Alaska on foot, kayak, ice skates, skis, bike or whatever else takes her to the backcountry with her husband, and dog of course.
Elizabeth joined Help Me Grow Alaska in August 2019 as the Help Me Grow Alaska Outreach Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science and Psychology from Juniata College and a Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Seminary. Elizabeth has worked as a Presbyterian pastor, focusing on youth and families, community outreach, and national and international service opportunities. She most recently served as the Community and Nonprofit Liaison, and policy analyst on Housing and Homelessness, for Governor Bill Walker. In this role, she had the opportunity to build strong relationships within the nonprofit community, identify gaps and barriers, and work collaboratively to improve systems to meet various challenges faced by Alaskan families and communities. She also planned and implemented statewide interfaith forums and a training for State of Alaska Commissioners and Division Directors on the Adverse Childhood Experiences study and trauma engaged response. Elizabeth and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of three children and love to call Alaska home!
Michelle joined Help Me Grow Alaska and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership as a Family Support Specialist in August 2020. She transitioned the role of Program Coordinator in early 2021. She has more than 10 years of experience helping people, communities and nonprofit organizations find their strengths, passions and true potential. After living all over the lower 48 and Canada she is excited to start her new adventure in Alaska. She has a passion and commitment to close the opportunity divide and believes this begins with improving the lives and health of children, youth and families.
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.