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 Coordinator 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
Serena Nesteby, POWER Program Coordinator
Hello! I am so excited to be a part of the team! I joined Alaska Youth Advocates in December 2014. I received my diploma from Barrow High School and my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I’m currently working on my MSW from the University of Western New Mexico. I have worked with youth and families since 2010. I love books, TV show marathons and all things super hero, princess or Harry Potter related. I look forward to meeting you! Please email me with any questions, request or comments.
Chris Mortenson, AYA Program Manager
I joined Alaska Youth Advocates in March 2014 as part of its merger with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. I have worked with ACMHS since 2008, as a Clinician in the Family Services clinic. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continue to split my time between the ACMHS clinic and AYA. I was born and have lived most of my life in Alaska, graduating from Kodiak High School and UAA for both my undergrad and graduate degrees. I am very excited to be joining AYA and the POWER Teen Center. Email me with any questions or concerns – I’d love to hear from you!
Hey! I joined the awesome Alaska Youth Advocates team June, 2014. I am really excited to be a part of the amazing work that is already taking place. My job will be to provide counseling services to any youth in need of a safe person to talk to. It can be more informal as a drop in basis, or you can set up regular consistent times if you are interested in counseling. I have worked with youth and their families for about nine years at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS). I started their as a Case Manager in 2005. In 2010, I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work and became a counselor with ACMHS. I am a lifelong Alaskan and huge lover of Harry Potter! You can stop by Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or email me.
Treshon Felder, Peer Outreach Worker
Hi my name is Treshon Felder and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised in Anchorage, AK and I have had the privilege of serving youth in our community since November, 2014. During the summer I enjoy spending time outdoors and during the winter I prefer staying inside.
Marsana, Lead Peer Outreach Worker
Hi my name is Marsana Davis. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I dislike cold weather and love connecting with our youth and the rest of the world. I look forward to connecting with you.
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
Hi, my name is Quavon, I am a senior Peer Outreach worker I’ve been with Power for about 3 years now. My original plan was to only work at Power during the summer, but I ended up really enjoying working with youth and with the Family like Team at Power.