Who We Are

The Alliance is a collaborative effort of multiple and diverse partners across Alaska who recognize the impacts of alcohol misuse on individuals and communities. We are personally and professionally committed to working together to address this complex problem in our state.

Our primary goal is to connect and engage communities as partners — increasing protective factors, reducing risk factors, and changing social norms — to prevent underage alcohol use and eliminate adult misuse in Alaska.

Prevention Landscape Map

Our Journey Here

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Our Partners

Regional Co-Chair Contact

Lonnie Ridgeway


Coalition Director VOA Alaska
Anchorage-MatSu
907-265-1904 • [email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
Adolescent substance misuse and prevention is my career and wellness is my passion. I love seeing healthy and happy people.

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
My vision of a healthy and well Alaska is a stable economy, low unemployment, affordable healthcare, vast opportunities to be active, and attainable access to support and services for those who are in need.

What I love about the place I live:
I truly love and appreciate the diversity of the people that make up Anchorage. Fun fact, Anchorage's East High School is the most diverse high school in America!


Stephanie Stillwell


SRS Consulting
Gulf Coast
[email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
I facilitate the Southern Kenai Peninsula Opioid Task Force, am a consultant with the Opioid Response Network and in general have a passion for prevention & wellness work within communities across Alaska.

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
My vision for a healthy & well Alaska looks like community connectedness across the state, access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

What I love about the place I live:
I love all of the things that make Alaska the incredible place that it is. The people who live here, the natural wonders of the land and the bond we all share by living in this great place together.


Tillila Beetus


Independent Consultant
Interior
[email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
I have been doing this work, using my lived experiences as an impetus, since 2014. My passion is empowering and promoting others to find their best self especially when they have been deeply affected by adverse life events.

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
My vision of a healthy and well Alaska is one where people no longer live with systemic oppression, are able to address and heal from their trauma(s) and can thrive personally and socially.

What I love about the place I live:
The place I live is gorgeous year-round. It has very little traffic, you can get just about anywhere in 10 minutes or less.


DeShaun Whiskey


Public Health Projects Manager/North Slope Borough Health & Social Services
Northern
[email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
Our program also has the CBHPEI grant, TPC grant and SNAP-Ed grant

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
People having understanding of how their action can impact not just themselves but the people around them, easier access to public health resources

What I love about the place I live:
The diversity or cultures and opportunities to become your own person


Loyd Platson


Prevention Director
Southeast Alaska
907-747-3636 • [email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
HOPE Coalition Director, over 45 years in prevention, health and wellness

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
Connected communities based in equity for all community members and working on personal and collective healing.

What I love about the place I live:
The beauty and community spirit


Nicholai Joekay


Shelter Manager, Tundra Women's Coalition
Southwest
[email protected]

Connection to prevention / wellness work:
Tundra Women’s Coalition provides safe, empowering services for families experiencing domestic or sexual violence. We seek to promote violence-free communities through culturally appropriate outreach programs, supportive services and violence prevention programs.

Vision of a healthy and well Alaska:
People who never feel like they need an escape from life.

What I love about the place I live:
The people make this place. The culture of taking care of each other and stepping up when systems fall short of serving people.


The Alliance Coordinator

Jess Limbird (she/her)


Program Manager, Recover Alaska
[email protected]

Jess is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, and made her way to Alaska permanently in 2007, by way of Olympia, Washington, where she studied liberal arts at the Evergreen State College. In 2009, she took a position with Anchorage School District’s Title VI/ Indian Education program, where she advocated for Alaska Native and Native American families and students, working with grant initiative Project Ki’L as well. Her work with Title VI/ Indian Education won her a Denali Award in 2011. With a keen awareness of the inefficiencies of people-serving systems, and a strong desire to create change, Jess pursued a Master’s of Arts in Education degree through Goddard College, based in Vermont. She brought those same values to her work at YWCA Alaska as a Youth Empowerment Manager. Her work continues with Recover Alaska, where she manages programs, including Education and Prevention. Jess is mother to a sweet boy. Jess and Solomon enjoy being Alaskan- adventuring, fishing, and visiting with family. They are also the proud owners of three wonderful cats.