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 of focus.  Stewart earned degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, a Master of Educational Leadership, Superintendent Endorsement, a Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership and Management, a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Accountability, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management.  Stewart Joined the CODI team as the Executive Director in December 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, including 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
Intake/Records Specialist – Kim Torgerson-Zarr
Reception and Office Coordinator – Kawai Gasmen
Behavioral Health Associate Supervisor- 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.

Tyler Albrecht
Jordan Auldridge
Kolten Brueggeman
Ashley Burdick
Jacob Dewey
Bonnie Erickson
Abigail Florenski
Jonathan Geddes
Wesley Hales
Ciara Haunold
Joy Isselbacher
Heaven Mayer
Jeremiah Morin
Laurelei Olsen
Luke Schmidt
Melissa Starkey
Destiny Wells
Briley Williams
Liz Wolfe

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
Gloria Torres
Jennifer Hise


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

Julie Canales, MS, NCC
Jules Gerbar, MSW
Heather Hunziker, MS
Jordann Reynolds, LMSW
Karin Shannon, MSW

Intern, Practicum, and Field Experience

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