Advisory Group

We are grateful for the advice and assistance of our seven member advisory group:

Diane Casto, M.P.A.

Ms. Casto is an important part of the statewide advisory group, contributing experiences and wisdom obtained through her many years of FASD prevention and identification experience as Director of the State of Alaska Office of FAS. She brings a special emphasis on statewide issue and policy development.

Anne Dennis-Choi, M.S., L.P.C.

Ms. Dennis-Choi contributes experience and wisdom obtained through her many years of serving women with alcohol abuse and dependence issues, as well as former Executive Director of Salvation Army Clitheroe Center (the largest provider of substance abuse treatment services in Alaska) and current Clinical Director of Residential Services for Alaska Children's Services.She brings a special emphasis on FASD prevention through targeted services for high-risk women.

Jeanne Gerhardt-Cyrus

Ms. Gerhardt-Cyrus, a longtime Alaskan living in a rural community, is an important part of the statewide advisory group, contributing experiences and wisdom obtained through her many years of parenting children with an FASD, serving as a consultant to local rural school systems, and as a former Diagnostic Team Coordinator.She brings a special emphasis on the perspective of parents of children experiencing an FASD, rural residents, and longtime Alaskans.

Michael Jeffery, J.D.

Judge Micheal Jeffery has along history of working with individuals with FASDs who find themselves involved with the judicial system.  He has devised ways of making court proceedings and documents more understandable to individuals with FASDs and is committed to preventing the need for individuals with FASDs to become involved in the judicial and correctional systems through jail diversion.  He is interested especially in the prevention of criminal behavior among individuals with FASDs and the facilitation of the judicial process for such individuals if they do commit a crime.

Rhonda Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP

Dr. Johnson contributes and wisdom obtained through her many years of research, training, and service related to maternal child health issues and public health leadership, and as Chair of the Masters of Public Health program at UAA.She brings a special emphasis on public health policy related to maternal child health and community education and outreach.

Sally Mead, MPH

Ms. Mead contributes experiences and wisdom obtained through her many years of work related to the development of distance-delivered allied health programs and involvement in early Alaska FASD prevention and intervention efforts as someone with expertise in early childhood education, as well as Division Director of Allied Health at UAA.  She brings a special emphasis on curriculum delivery to allied health practitioners and students across the vastness of rural Alaska.

Vickie Tinker

Ms. Tinker contributes experiences and wisdom obtained through her service as the Coordinator for Frontier Community Services' Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Program in the Kenai Peninsula and as an advocate for individuals with FASD and for substance abuse prevention.Ms. Tinker brings a special emphasis on the perspective of a diagnostic team leader, the needs of rural residents, and the special circumstances of delivering FASD diagnosis and prevention services in rural settings.