SFA Board of Directors

Mrs. Linda Hendrickson
Board Chair

Linda served with Teen Challenge and CRISTA Ministries in Seattle before relocating to Alaska in 2001. After 16 years as executive director of Chugiak Senior Center she is ready for the next part of this wonderful journey called life. Owner of several business’s in the valley and lower 48 , Linda desires to bring Biblical principals intertwined with everyday business management expertise to the marketplace in Wasilla. After losing two of her siblings to addiction Linda made a decision to answer the call to serve in any way possible to see people set free from the grips of drugs and alcohol .

Set Free Alaska provided that conduit as it has a strategic plan to not only help people get free from addition, but they help them reach their God given potential in life. Linda counts it an honor and a privilege to serve in this successful organization.

Mr. Ryan Ray

Ryan possesses a deep passion to see people experience true freedom.  During an eleven year career working in the counseling field, Ryan witnessed firsthand the substantial need for effective substance abuse treatment in Alaska.  It was this experience that inspired him to found Set Free Alaska in 2008.

Ryan is often involved in large scale projects having a major impact on the state of Alaska.   Ryan is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Areli & Associates LLC, a business consulting company specializing in business management and continuous process improvement.  Ryan was honored as a 2011 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” award recipient.  Currently, he lives in Palmer with his lovely wife Melissa.

Mr. Philip Licht
Executive Director

Philip has a powerful testimony and passion to see others set free from addictions. He was ordained as a minister in 2005 and has spent the last 11 years helping others. He is skilled at establishing relational networks, building infrastructure, and developing systems that facilitate agency growth, community involvement, and personal freedom. In 2008, he became the Executive Director of Set Free Alaska and has been instrumental in its formation and current success.

As a statewide leader, Philip serves in a leadership capacity for several organizations. He is the Board Chair for the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Philip serves as a steering committee member for ROCK Mat-Su (an effort to increase family resilience and decrease child maltreatment), and Recover Alaska (a statewide initiative to end the devastating impact of excessive alcohol use. He was recognized by Governor Sean Parnell as one of the “Great Alaskans” of 2012 for his work in the substance abuse field. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife Cheryl and their five children; Brayden, Evan, Kaelin, Nathan, and Anna.

Mr. Josh Garvey

Josh Garvey was born and raised in Alaska. He currently lives in Homer, Alaska with his wife Elizabeth and three children. Josh has a Masters in Accounting and Finance, and currently works as the CEO of Land’s End Acquisition Corp. He values community transformation via marketplace ministry, and believes that a healthy family is critical to the building of a healthy community. One of his greatest passions is to see people set free and empowered to fulfill the life they were destined to live.

Mrs. Elizabeth Garvey

Elizabeth Garvey is a third generation Alaskan who lives in Homer with her husband Josh and three children Ariela 8, Raphael 5, and baby Gabriel.  Liz holds an undergraduate degree in Theology and Psychology, and she has a Masters in Business with an emphasis on Human Resources. She believes each individual struggling with addiction will find freedom in a loving community and through faith-based programs like Set Free Alaska.  Liz has volunteered overseas in the Middle East, Mexico, Europe. One of her greatest passions is to see people come alive in their destiny, build loving communities with strong values, and live the fullest life we were intended.

Laura Unfreid

Laura is a full-time wife, and mother to five. She moved to Alaska in 2007 after attending Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and meeting her husband Daniel in Redding, California. Laura and Daniel attend Northgate Alaska Church. Laura serves Northgate as an intercessor, and travels globally on prayer-style mission trips bringing healing and reconciliation to the nations. Laura is a gifted team player, strategic planner, and problem solver. She has a compassionate heart, and is dedicated to helping people live full, abundant lives. Laura is honored to serve Set Free Alaska.

Krista Gonder – Treasurer
Einar Gonder -Director

Krista and Einar have been involved in Set Free Alaska as consultants and supporters for many years.  Their passion for those in addiction being not only healed but trained and equipped to become productive members of society is evident.  They are the owners of Alaska Tags and Titles a DMV Express business which operates in various locations around Alaska, and part owners in Northern Industrial Training with offices located in Mat-Su, Anchorage, and North Dakota.  They are very committed to the health and wellbeing of the communities in which their businesses operate.  Krista is also a top 40 under 40 award winner.