Our Staff

Stewart McDonald, Ed.D. – Executive Director

Stewart began his service in the field of Special Education serving children experiencing severe emotional disturbance and behavioral needs.  Throughout his public school career, Stewart focused on managing resources, staff, as well as, federal and state mandates to ensure the child remained at the center focus.  Stewart earned degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Master of Educational Leadership, Superintendent Endorsement, Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership and Management, Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Accountability, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management.  He has lived in Alaska since 1992 and has 29 years of experience working with Alaska’s families and children.   Stewart Joined the CODI team as the Executive Director in December of 2019. Stewart considers the service of children and families the highest calling and honor.

Kristina Summers – Finance Director

Kristina joined the CODI team in 2015. She grew up in the Mat-Su Valley, has spent her entire life in Alaska, and has been working in accounting and finance in the south-central region since 2004. She has worked in the wholesale, construction, technical services, and oil and gas industries, and has excelled in both small and large companies.

Allen J Blair, PsyD, LPC- Clinical Director

Allen earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Allen has over 17 years of combined clinical and counseling work experience to include child/youth and family behavioral health clinic treatment, in-patient treatment, residential psychiatric treatment and private practice. Academia experience includes presentations of, “An Alaskan Transition System for Improving Outcomes of Youth and Young Adults in Community and Rural Settings: TIP Model Implementation & Sustainability”, Georgetown Training Institutes; Forensic Assessment; and The Neurobiology of Instrumental and Impulsive Aggression.

Administrative Staff

Accounting Specialist – Mary Pistulka
Billing Specialist – Chelsea Weber
Reception and Intake/Records Specialist – Kim Torgerson-Zarr
Reception and Office Coordinator – Sabrina Miller

Behavioral Health Associates

Behavioral Health Associates work directly with our clients to support them one-on-one in the classroom as well as out in the community.

Damion Bailey
Kolten Brueggeman
Julie Canales
Jennifer Christensen
Joyce Cornell
Jacob Dewey
Joy Dysert
Allen Joy Isselbacher
Samantha Jamison (Summer Staff)
Nate Kristich (Summer Staff)
Xaiver Lechleitner
Nicholas Lethenstrom
Kaliann Martin
Toby Matthis
Jeremiah Morin
Drue Olsen
Beverly Popescu
Rowan Porter
Alexandra Reyes
Seth Russell
Luke Schmidt
Ashley Stallard
Elizabeth Wolfe (Summer Staff)

Case Managers

Case Managers work with the client’s families to support them and link them to resources, as well as work directly with our clients to support them out in the community.

Danya Nicketa
Chad Stone
Gloria Torres
Jennifer Hise

Clinicians

Our Clinicians provide individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy to support our clients.

Heather Hunziker, MS
Janelle Alley, MS, LPC
Jordann Reynolds, MSW
Rebecca Warren, MS, LPC

Intern, Practicum, and Field Experience

Our Clinical Interns and Students participate in supervised services and learning experiences.

Rosanna Brandon, Capella University Master Internship
Julie Canales, Master Practicum Capella University
Jaleie Edwards, Field Experience BSW at University of Alaska
Juli Curney, Associate Field Experience University of Alaska
Marcia Harrison, Associate Field Experience University of Alaska