Behavioral Health’s Prevention Leadership Team
Partnering to Promote & Build Healthy Alaska Communities
The DBH Prevention Leadership Team is working hard to promote strong partnership with communities across the state, as we all work toward healthy outcomes for communities, families and individuals. Please let us know what we can do to assist you and your community coalitions & partners.
Genevieve Casey, MSW is a Program Coordinator for the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health, Section of Prevention & Early Intervention, serving as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coordinator for the division, as well as managing a number of prevention grant programs providing support, oversight, training and technical assistance to communities working on behavioral health prevention interventions. Genevieve has served in the fields of child abuse prevention, family reunification, emergency mental health service, in-patient behavioral health services, and counseling for over 15 years. Genevieve has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2006. She provides Motivational Interviewing, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) training and consultation to a variety of Alaskan service providers including the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), the Alaska Therapeutic Courts, and Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and the Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
L. Diane Casto, MPA is a lifelong advocate for children, parents, families and healthy communities. She has worked in the areas of child abuse and neglect, fetal alcohol syndrome, substance abuse prevention and healthy families since 1978. Currently she is the Manager of Prevention and Early Intervention Services within the Alaska DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health, having held that position for ten years. From 1998 through 2006, she served as the statewide Coordinator for the State’s Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; taking the lead for this new office and a $29 million grant to reduce FASD in Alaska. Earlier in her career she served as the Director, Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, and Executive Director of the Resource Center for Parents and Children in Fairbanks. Diane has a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Central Washington University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.
Sara Clark, BA joined the Division of Behavioral Health, section of Prevention & Early Intervention in May 2013. Sara, a life-long Alaskan, graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and worked with youth and families in community-based organizations for over 7 years. Sara has experience with a range of behavioral health services including treatment and prevention at the local level, primarily with youth populations. She has worked with a variety of communities, urban and rural, to improve prevention services, secure funding, and build capacity to better serve Alaska’s youth. Prior to joining DBH she worked for Boys & Girls Club of Alaska and Denali Family Services.
James Gallanos, MSW is the lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Alaska DHSS Division of Behavioral Health. He currently manages the Community-Based Suicide Prevention Program and several other statewide projects, including the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project, the Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training program, and the Alaska Postvention Project. James lives with his family in Juneau and enjoys running, skiing, surfing and playing in the mountains.
Devon Lewis, BHS is the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Project Assistant for the Alaska DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health. Devon works in Juneau, where she was born and raised. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for SPF grantees, working with six grantees and coalitions (totaling 9 communities) across the state. Devon works with the SPF SIG teams, including the training and technical assistance and evaluation teams, as well as workgroups associated with the project. Outside of work Devon attends the University of Alaska Anchorage’s distance cohort program pursuing a Master’s in Social Work, and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating for youth in foster care.
M. Claire Magowan, MPH is a strong advocate for community-led health and wellness initiatives. She comes from Virginia where she earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2011. Claire comes to the State with experience in research and evaluation from the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies. Her work on multidisciplinary research designs that link population-level health data and sociocultural context has provided her with a unique perspective that is useful in the evaluation and improvement of community-level, grant-funded outcomes. Claire enjoys collaborating with community stakeholders across Alaska in the utilization of data-driven processes for the purpose of evaluating the effects of community-based interventions on preventable behavioral health outcomes.
Tony Piper, MS, LPC has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for over 25 years. He has worked in-patient, residential, and out-patient settings as a youth worker, counselor, and therapist before joining the prevention and early intervention team with the state of Alaska. Tony is currently the manager of the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) for the state and oversees the monitoring of misdemeanor alcohol and drug offenders as well as the case management and community supervision of several Therapeutic Courts around the state. He is an LPC, has a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology, and is working on his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in social transformation.
Michael Powell, Ph.D has served as a Health Program Manager for community-based programs with the State of Alaska since 1999. When he isn’t working with colleagues in seeking non-toxic alternatives to tobacco and drug use, he may be found promoting his passion for measuring what we do. He currently assists in oversight and approval of Alaska’s private substance abuse treatment programs (for court ordered clients) with the Division of Behavioral Health and as a special assistant for executive projects for the Alcohol Safety Action Program, as well as grants management for the statewide Rural Human Services Systems Project, promoting rural workforce development
The DBH Prevention Leadership Team wants to thank and recognize our photographer, Joel M. Casto of Juneau! Great job. We appreciate your time and attention to making us all look great!