Mr. Ryan Ray
Founder, Board Chair
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
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. and Mrs. Maurice and Linda Hendrickson
Maurice retired from the FAA where he held position as a supervisor, instructor pilot and Aviation Safety Inspector. Linda served with Teen Challenge and Crista Ministries in Seattle before she relocated to Alaska. Linda is currently the CEO of Chugiak Eagle River senior center, a nonprofit. They started an assisted living home in the valley in 2004. Inspired, by a promise to ‘Joshua’, built on a legacy, and sustained by six generations of devotion. They have just opened a second home to serve seniors. They both bring management and business skills from experience and a desire to see biblical principles intertwined with everyday business. They both have gone on several missions trip overseas and have supported others to do the same. Currently they feel that they can best serve by enabling others to achieve their God given potential. Having been touched personally by the devastating effects of addition in Linda’s family we both support the mission of Set Free and the beautiful way in which it brings the good news of a path to freedom. We are honored and count it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve.
Mr. Thomas Stein
Tom endeavors to cultivate a culture and atmosphere of honor in the community. As a Field Manager with twenty nine years experience in the electrical construction industry, Tom views it not only as an opportunity but also a privilege to bring his experience and passion to the marketplace. Tom is a talented leader with an in-depth understanding of operational excellence. Along with Joy, his bride of over twenty-five years, the two have championed efforts to bring freedom to the broken-hearted through leading, ministering and facilitating in the areas of pre-marital teaching, marriage reconciliation, abuse intervention, personal finance, budgeting as a lifestyle, pressing in through intersession, and inner healing.
Mr. Guy Peters
Guy is a licensed minister, worship leader, speaker and strategic organizational leader with passion to see all of Alaska healed and transformed. With broad experience as an entrepreneur, director, HR supervisor, and development specialist, he has helped companies and organizations across the state. As a natural helper and organizational leader he facilitates dialogues, conferences and workshops bringing awareness and healing to the issues of violence, abuse and neglect. Guy is often called upon as a cultural bridge builder and asked to help facilitate sensitive community issues. He currently is working on statewide initiatives to improve living conditions and spiritual and emotional health, and building a consulting business.
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 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.