School of Social Work Faculty & Staff

School of Social Work Team

  • Vanessa Meade"There's been a few studies here and there about the kinds of resources people want to use, but there's so little that's been done in Alaska, so we don't even have a really good way to measure how many female veterans live in the state other than those who’ve enrolled in VA services. What we are really trying to do is to connect with the women who are not connected to the VA, but also to connect them to other resources and learn through their experiences how we as a state can implement better services to help them live more high-quality lives."

    — Dr. Vanessa Meade

  • Jessica Ullrich"My whole passion has been about ending the disproportionate number of Alaska Native children in out-of-home care, and I felt like I did everything I could within the system to create change, but the number stayed the same. ... What happened in the past is still happening today, and I feel like there’s not enough attention or recognition that the current policies of child welfare are slanted toward removal."

    — Dr. Jessica Ullrich

  • Matthew Cuellar"(Relationship building) helps us address some of the stigma around policing, particularly in these lower-income or higher-need communities. It’s really important that we develop and foster the positive relationship between (students) and police."

    — Dr. Matthew Cuellar

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Name Title Phone Email
David Moxley Professor, Assistant Dean of Behavioral Health 907-786-6907
Donna Aguiniga Associate Professor 907-786-6906
Mary Dallas Allen Professor, MSW Program Coordinator 907-786-6992
Heidi Brocious Professor
Tracey Burke Professor 907-786-6905
Matthew Cuellar Assistant Professor 907-786-6901
Alexa Filanowicz Term Assistant Professor, BSW Field Coordinator 907-786-6908
Amana Mbise Assistant Professor 907-786-6910
Vanessa Meade Assistant Professor 907-786-6903
Ashley O'Connor Assistant Professor 907-786-6904
Jennifer Peeks Term Assistant Professor 907-543-4581
Amanda Sandlin Term Assistant Professor 907-786-6439
Rei Shimizu Assistant Professor 907-786-4708
Kathi Trawver Professor, Interim MSW Field Education Coordinator 907-786-6915
Jessica Ullrich Assistant Professor 907-786-6827



Name Title Phone Email
Sharie Field Academic Specialist, Field Support Technician 907-786-6971
Jenifer Leigh MSW Admissions Coordinator 907-786-6453
Sharlicia Miller Program Support 907-786-6900
Eva Wilson Program Assistant, Travel Coordinator, NRCANE Support 907-786-6972