Who are Our Members
The Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni is composed of graduates and participants of the Anchorage Therapeutic Courts.
Lance Hanes is a 2014 graduate of the Felony Alcohol Therapeutic Court. He has been on the Alumni board since 2013 and states he would not have remained sober if not for his fellow alumni. He is a trained MRT facilitator, a trained peer mentor through the McShin Foundation, as well as a Chemical Dependency Counselor I. He is employed in the recovery services field to better help others find their way to find freedom from addiction.
Charles “Carlos” Diaz is a facilitator and Board member for the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Group. Having graduated from Anchorage felony DUI Court in 2018, Carlos is one of the newest additions to the AKTCA Board. Carlos is extremely active within the local recovery field and is working tirelessly to become more involved in the Recovery field at both the state and national level. Carlos lives in Anchorage and currently works as a painter for ASRC and AK Summit Drywall and Paint – he hopes to transition into more full-time Recovery work in the near future.
Catherine McGlashan is a 2013 graduate of the Wellness Drug Court program. After graduating from the program, Catherine became a board member for the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Group, volunteering regularly at court, and mentoring current participants of our Wellness Courts. Catherine has taken on many roles over the past couple of years for our organization including website coordinator and being an inspirational speaker at conferences. Catherine is currently the
Secretary of the Board and is responsible for all planning and coordination of Board of Director Meetings, agendas, minutes and communications. Catherine is also a trained Recovery Coach and
Group Facilitator. Catherine has held the position of Facilitator Coordinator for the past year. Her responsibilities include managing our Wellness Together and Peer Groups. Catherine has had the
honor of being instrumental in the AKTCA’s first contract to provide Intervention services for the State of Alaska, Alcohol Safety Action Program. She and other Alumni present monthly at a Victim’s Impact Panel, on education and awareness about driving under the influence, addiction and recovery. Catherine works full time as an Administrative Assistant for the Director of Recovery Services at Cook Inlet tribal Council, as well as administrative work for Ron’s transitional house Give Back Services. Catherine actively attends Church and aspires to start a women’s recovery group within the congregation. “Recovery has afforded me this incredible life where get to be of service to my family my husband and the recovery community. “
Doreen Schenkenberger is Alaska Native Inupiaq decent, born and raised in Nome, Alaska. She is a 2005 Wellness Court Graduate and a founding Member of the AKTCA; in long term recovery since August 17, 2003. She is very involved at the local and statewide levels working with others, doing outreach and working to improve programs for sobriety. Doreen has testified numerous times to the Alaska State Legislature in support of Therapeutic Courts, Recovery and Treatment for Addiction. Her work experience includes Grant Writing that helped to secure funding for Alcohol and Juvenile Justice Programs in Rural Alaska. She is the Executive Director of Partners for Progress in Anchorage, Alaska, a non-profit focused on Justice Reinvestment and reducing recidivism. Doreen has a BBA in Management and Accounting and also attended graduate school at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In her spare time she loves fishing, traveling, scuba diving, skiing and most of all, being a healthy, sober, loving and dependable mom to her kids, Sean and Kaelyn.
Laurie Hume lives in Anchorage with her husband (also in recovery) and daughter; she graduated from the Family Care Court in September of 2010. Recently she participated in a community cafe discussion at the University of Alaska Anchorage, for parents who are or have been involved with the Office of Children’s Services; to brainstorm ideas of how OCS and parents who desire help can better understand one another and be successful in family reunification. My therapeutic court journey made this possible. Through my participation in the therapeutic court I have been able to find purpose in my life; something I forfeited to my alcoholism and gave up on years ago. Today, my aim is to share my experience with others and lend support to those who find themselves in a state of dreadful hopelessness and despair like I was. I am committed to openly sharing my story with lawmakers, organizations and the public because I know there is a general lack of awareness of the power and inspiration within Anchorage and Alaska’s recovery community. Laurie graduated APU with honors in 2013 with an accounting degree and works as a Controller in Anchorage.
Leigh Copeland is a July 2014 graduate of the Anchorage Therapeutic Felony Alcohol Court Program. Leigh is actively involved in the recovery community in Anchorage. She attends AA and is involved in various positions in her home group, a volunteer at the Anchorage AA Intergroup office, a Board member of AKTCA and group facilitator for Wellness Together Groups. Leigh is involved as a volunteer with Hand-in-Paw, a pet assisted therapy organization. Leigh is retired after working thirty-five years in the mental health field as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Leigh now splits her time between Alaska and her home state of Alabama. Leigh credits the Anchorage Wellness Court with providing her the structure and treatment she needed to continue on the path to long term sobriety.
Michael VanLinden graduated from the Juneau Therapeutic Felony Drug Court Program in February of 2016 and has been in recovery since September of 2014. Since his graduation from the program, Michael has become a Chemical Dependency Counselor as well as a facilitator/board member for the AKTCA. He gets to share his experience, strength, and hope with fellow court participants and alumni by facilitating a 12-step wellness group as well as a monthly sober activity. Living in Alaska’s capital city has allowed Michael to become and advocate for criminal justice reform and opiate overdose prevention. Michael has a passion for the recovery community as well as the reentry community in Juneau. He serves as the chair for the peer support work group in the Juneau reentry coalition. Michael also works fulltime as a Reentry and Recovery Support Coordinator for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. At NCADD Michael provides case management for medium to high risk individuals being released from Lemon Creek Correctional Center as well as coordinates the peer support recovery coach program. Michael enjoys gold prospecting, hiking and moonlights as an electronics technician. Michael is a loving husband and a proud father. One interesting fact about Michael is that he once worked as a crab fisherman in the Bering Sea.
Michael Mooradian graduated from Anchorage Drug Court in 2003 and has been in recovery for over eleven years. Since graduating, Michael has completed over thousands of hours of training, and has received a Chemical Dependency Counselor II from the State of Alaska and has worked full time work in the substance abuse counseling field since. Michael has been an active member of the Alaska Alumni Group since its inception. For the past eleven years, he has also given presentations on addiction at Anchorage area schools, the Annual School on Addictions Spring Training, and local treatment abuse centers. Michael has been a key member of the Alaska Alumni Group, initiating closer contact with the Wellness Court and its participants. As a representative of the Alumni Group, he has been a primary speaker in outreach programs in Tok, Fairbanks, and Palmer. He has also been a speaker at the NADCP Conference in Boston, MA. As a speaker, Michael challenges the status quo when it interferes with bringing sobriety to an addicted individual or to a community wanting to halt the epidemic of under-age drinking and drug abuse. Michael is an MRT Facilitator with the Anchorage Wellness Court. In 2007, Michael highlighted sobriety in the community by organizing a sober table at the Anchorage Mayor’s Diversity Dinner. Following his lead, the Alaska Alumni Group had a sober table again at the Diversity Dinner in 2008.
Ron Wilson is a 2010 graduate of the Anchorage Therapeutic Felony Drug Court Program and an active member of the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Group. Presently, Ron is the AKTCA Board Chair and has presented numerous times at NADCP. He is an ordained Pastor and is very active in his church. Ron was instrumental in developing a contract between the AKTCA and Volunteers of America where he has been a regular volunteer speaker for the Victims Impact Panel for the past seven years. This outreach/awareness program is for 1sttime DUI Offenders. He is also a Facilitator for the AKTCA Wellness Together Groups and has been a regular volunteer for “Meeting the Challenge”, traveling to our state’s Capital in Juneau, Alaska to support legislation affecting recovery and addiction. He is a married, father of four, and a 25-year IBEW member as an electrician. Ron owns and manages transitional housing for Re-Entry, is self-employed and specializes in building sales teams.
Tim Willis is a 2017 graduate of the Fairbanks felony DUI Court and is a member of the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Board. Since his graduation Tim has been developing an outdoor program for people in recovery. His dream is to get people back to nature, and take them to an environment that is conducive to self-reflection. Tim also has plans for a sober retreat to be built on his property west of Fairbanks where people can gather around the campfire and enjoy each other’s company, as well as sober fun. While growing up in the interior of Alaska Tim developed a love for people, and The Great Outdoors which motivated him as a single father to raise his Three Sons in the same environment. After running his own electrical business for 20 years he moved to Fairbanks where he joined the IBEW and enjoys a great job with Star Electric. Tim’s dream today is to be a healthy part of others recovery as he continues his.
The Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni meets Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45pm at Holy Family Cathedral.
Holy Family Cathedral
800 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
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Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni is able to provide mentoring and sponsorship in various area including alcohol and addiction.
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Partners for Progress
Partners for Progress is an Alaskan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to support therapeutic justice throughout Alaska’s Criminal Justice System.
The root cause of much of the crime in Alaska is the drug and alcohol addiction of the offenders. In the words of Judge Jim Wanamaker who started Alaska’s first therapeutic court in 1999, ‘To stop addiction-based crime, get the alcohol and drugs out of the offender.’
Since then, therapeutic courts have shown that combining addiction treatment with the coercion and structure of the Justice System can break the pattern of repeated addiction-fueled crime that is usual for those who go through traditional incarceration.
The ‘ripple effect’ of the recovery of an addicted offender can be seen in every therapeutic courtroom. Babies are born without Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Children are restored to responsible parents. Employers are appreciative of sober employees, and people who once were failures gain self-respect and a sense of responsibility.
Through therapeutic justice, Alaska’s Criminal Justice System can protect the public in a way that lasts beyond a term of incarceration.