Leadership & Staff
Alaska Youth Advocates is effective through our strong staff and board partnerships. While there is a hierarchy structure, Alaska Youth Advocates’ core values of Empowerment, A Voice and Connections are extended throughout the agency. From our youngest, or most recent, Peer Outreach Workers to our Program Manager everyone brings life experience, education, passion and perspective to strengthen Alaska Youth Advocates and fulfill our mission. There is an array of experienced professionals to help the youth of our community to lead productive lives.
Meet the Staff
Seina Bell, Program Manager
Hello, I’m Seina. I have been working closely with Alaska Youth Advocates as the Program Manager for Alaska Seeds of Change since 2015, and in 2018 I took over management of AYA and the POWER Teen Center. I was born and raised in Alaska and have been working with teens and young adults here since 2011. I love to help people navigate the choices and opportunities which lead into adulthood, and I learn a lot about how to be a functional adult myself! I always strive for growth, so if you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions please email me.
Alaina Prince, Clinical Associate
Hey, my name is Alaina! Although I am new to Alaska Youth Advocates, I have worked in the mental health field since June of 2017. I recently graduated from UAA with my Bachelor’s degree in psychology. I absolutely love psychology and neuroscience! In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, fishing, camping, and hanging out with my friends. I’m beyond excited to work here!
Ivory Dickinson, Peer Outreach Worker
Hi, my name is Ivory and I am a Peer Outreach Worker. I enjoy meeting new people and putting a smile on people’s faces! I look forward to meeting you.
Quavon Bracken, Peer Outreach Worker
My name is Quavon Bracken and I have been a Peer Outreach Worker with AYA since 2014. My favorite part of my job is knowing that our program makes a positive impact on the lives of youth that come into center. Even if the encounter seems small, it can be big to them.
Drake “Mr. Kool” King, Peer Outreach Worker
Hi, My name is Drake. I’m a new Peer Outreach Worker. I’ve worked with AYA since March 2017. I like working here because I like helping people out.
Jennifer Sheakley, Peer Outreach Worker
Hello, my name is Jennifer! I recently started working as a Peer Outreach Worker in August. I graduated from A.V.A.I.L. High School and in my free time I love to hike, camping and dipnetting. I look forward to meeting you!
Daphne Ang, Peer Outreach Worker
Hey, my name is Daphne, and I started working as a Peer Outreach Worker since August 2018. I enjoy working at AYA for many different reasons, but one of them is that we help out youth in our community. I’m currently a student at Alaska Middle College School, and I love to travel because it allows me to meet new people around the world.
Olive Spohnholz-Johnson, Peer Outreach Worker
Hi, my name is Olive Spohnholz-Johnson. I started working with AYA as a Peer Outreach Worker in August 2018. I currently attend UAA where I am pursuing my goal of becoming a Forensic Psychologist. I love to play music, read, and help others.