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.
In Alliance pre-proposal work, it became apparent that in order to do this work effectively we cannot simply rely on meeting at a statewide level. Regional breakouts of The Alliance help determine what is working and what challenges and expectations exist at the regional level. There is also the reality that Recover Alaska does not hold all the important relationships, nor should we.
The purpose of identifying and collaborating with a regional co-chair is to empower leaders around the state to interact with their regional partners in real-time, acting as liaisons between their region and the overall Alliance. The regions, as defined for the purposes of The Alliance, are Northern, Southwest, Anchorage/Mat-Su, Gulf Coast, Interior, and Southeast. This regional breakout is likely to expand as The Alliance grows.
Recover Alaska Staff - Our Coordinators
JESS LIMBIRD (she/they)Program Manager, Recover Alaska
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 with Recover Alaska began in 2017, where she manages programs, including Education and Prevention. Jess has been The Alliance coordinator since 2019.
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.
AUTUMN CANTU (she/her)Youth Wellness Coordinator
Autumn Cantu is originally from Ruby, Alaska but resides in Fairbanks. Autumn spends her free time with her husband and children, enjoying the outdoors, reading and running as much as possible. Autumn is currently attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) for her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and plans to graduate in spring 2023. She intends to go for her master’s degree in Social Work as well, in hopes to better serve her home state.
In addition to being the Youth Wellness Coordinator for The Alliance, Autumn works with Native Peoples Action Community Fund through her business, Cantu Tactics and Consulting as a Climate Campaign Coordinator. She has years of knowledge with training staff, establishing rapport with clients and strategic planning. She has experience as a Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (TVR), Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) Project Director, and a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Tanana Chiefs Conference, where she worked for five years Autumn also worked at the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility (YKEALF) in Galena as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA).
Autumn believes that communication, trust, and follow-through are important in any successful relationship, so she works hard to build successful relationships within a community or company.