Executive Staff

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.

Email Philip
(907) 373-4732

Clinical Supervision

Daniel Davis PsyD, MAC

Clinical Director

Daniel received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University (APU) in 2017.  He also attended APU to acquire his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Daniel has numerous years of experience managing a co-occurring and residential substance abuse program within the Alaska department of corrections system.  He also has years of experience working with the severely mentally disabled and homeless population in Anchorage.

His passion is to help people who feel they are alone and have little to no resources for help.  Daniel interacts with each client not as the expert, but instead as a guiding partner on the often very difficult path towards healing and life. 

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(907) 373-4732

Counseling Staff

Shannon Harris, CDC II

Counselor

Shannon oversees the women’s program at Set free Alaska. It has always been her heart’s desire to help others struggling with addiction. Shannon has a personal experience with God’s ability to bring freedom and is excited to give back to others. Shannon is nationally certified by NAADAC as a substance abuse counselor. Shannon is very compassionate, loving and kind. She is married to a loving husband and is a mother of five beautiful children.

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(907) 373-4732

Heather Archer, CDC I, BHC II

Counselor / Clinical Admin

Heather is especially skilled at using humor and a positive attitude to help people build resilience and find a sense of joy and peace while going through hard times. She has over 20 years combined work, education, and experience in the field of human services three of which have been specifically devoted to the substance abuse and behavioral health field. She is a long time Alaskan having been in the state for over 37 years. Heather is a mother of three, enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and long summer Alaskan days.

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(907) 373-4732

Paul Bossart, MA, LPC, CDC1

Assessment Counselor

Paul came to us with experience in counseling, business and the military. Paul has his Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and has degrees in Business Administration and Business systems. He has worked as a counselor for a long-term residential treatment facility where he gained experience working with dual diagnosed clients. Paul also has worked as a counselor helping clients with mental health issues for a local private practice, managed a business and is retired from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service to our country. Paul’s professional and life experiences combine to increase his ability to help those who are struggling with addictions.

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(907) 373-4732

Rodney Bettis CDC1

Counselor

Rodney works as a counselor in our Men’s program with a desire to help those struggling with addiction. Because of his experience with youth he is looking forward to being involved with our Teen Program at some point. Rodney was born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley, and is a graduate of Palmer High School. After obtaining a degree in Human Resources/Human Services from Valley City State University he spent 8 years working in adult corrections in ND and WA. He returned to Alaska in 2007 and spent the next 9 years as a Juvenile Justice Officer working in a treatment center for troubled youth.

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(907) 373-4732

Beverly Ray, BSHS

Clinician

Bev works as a counselor for our women’s program, and truly loves being witness to the transforming power of God in the lives of the people she serves. Bev has worked in the areas of prison ministry and addiction recovery for over ten years, and has a heart to work with those whom society has discarded to find value, freedom, and purpose in their lives. Bev holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and a BS in Psychology: Addiction & Recovery.  She and her wonderful husband have two grown children, and they enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, and exploring this beautiful state that they feel so blessed to call home.

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(907) 373-4732

Chris Hassen-Gonsalves

Counselor

Chris works as part of our Men’s Program, and has as strong desire to see healing from addiction in our community. Because she has been touched by substance abuse in her own life, she wants to see others set free. Chris has lived in the Valley since 2000, and has spent 11 years working in the social service field as well as working with individuals with mental health needs and disabilities. Chris was also contracted by the Department of Public Assistance to help individuals with substance abuse in the prisons and in the Mat Su Valley community. She holds a degree in Human Services and has a certificate as a Chemical Technician.

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(907) 373-4732

Mandy Zeppa, LCSW

Therapist

Mandy earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of South Carolina. She has been doing therapy since 2009, and has a variety of experience to include; therapy with children and teens in the residential treatment setting, community based mental health treatment, and crisis intervention for children and families. Additionally, she has worked with chronically mentally ill adults and has been involved in volunteer work with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Ft. Polk’s Army Community Services, Victim Advocacy program.

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(907) 373-4732

ElizaBeth Knecht, MS, CDC 1

Clinician

Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health from Southern New Hampshire University and her Chemical Dependency Counselor 1 certificate. She grew up in the Mat-Su Valley and cares deeply about her community.

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(907) 373-4732

Holly Hoff, BS,MA

Clinician

Holly has a desire to walk alongside and build up those who are struggling so they may heal and grow to their full potential as a child of God.  Holly is a longtime resident of Alaska, and has been married for 29 years with three grown children and six grandchildren.  She enjoys playing the piano and camping and has a love for dogs.  Holly has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Christian Counseling emphasis and a Master of Arts in Licensed Professional Counseling.

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(907) 373-4732

Brandy Tolosa. BS

Clinician

Brandy has a desire to care for people both clinically and holistically.  She believes in healing the body, mind and spirit for those struggling with addiction.  She has a BA in Behavioral Science, MS in Mental Health Counseling; and a certification in Theories in Addictive Behavior.  Brandy previously worked as a massage therapist for 15 years before transitioning in to counseling.  Brandy has the desire to follow where God leads her and feels honored to be in a place to walk with clients in their struggle.

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(907) 373-4732

Administrative Staff

Lisa Hilty

Office Manager

Lisa is a dynamic leader who has extensive experience in administration and office management.  Lisa’s carries the spirit of excellence that Set Free holds as a core value.  She is skilled at process improvement and is incredibly innovative in her problem solving abilities.  As well as being a manager, Lisa has been married for twenty seven years and has four children. Lisa has a heart to see people’s lives change and move forward in victory.

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(907) 373-4732

Sherry Hill

Development Director

Sherry is committed to Set Free Alaska by supporting the agency’s donor management and marketing efforts. Sherry has over thirty years’ experience in the telecommunications industry where she gained experience in both Project Management and Marketing, with proven managerial and leadership abilities. Sherry is currently married with two children and a grandson. Her Christian faith and life experiences have led to her deep seeded passion for the broken-hearted and her overall commitment to Set Free Alaska.

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(907) 373-4732

Joy Stein

Finance and Operations Director

Joy has worked in the accounting field since 1983; and obtained her Bachelors in Business with an Emphasis in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2014.  Throughout her career, Joy has worked in all aspects of accounting including the positions of Comptroller for many privately owned companies serving customers in engineering, construction and delivery services.  Joy most recently worked as the Finance Officer for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council since 2014.  Joy and her husband Tom have also facilitated personal finance and budgeting training through Financial Peace University for the last eleven years.  Her passion is to see the captives set free so they can enter into their God given destiny and thrive!

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(907) 373-4732

Ivy Hudman

Receptionist

Ivy carries a presence about her that makes all feel warm, comfortable, and welcome.  Her ability to communicate and help people feel valued and safe truly make her an amazing receptionist.  Her organizational skills also provide support for many of the operations at Set Free Alaska.  In her free time, Ivy enjoys reading and experiencing the Alaskan outdoors with her dogs.

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(907) 373-4732

Cassi Sheppard

Administrative Assistant

Cassi went to school for accounting where she obtained certificates in Bookkeeping, Payroll, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. She was also the Vice President of the Student Government Association at her school. Cassi has over 6 years’ experience in the customer service field and enjoys working with a diverse group of people. In her spare time she pursues photography and is slowly building recognition in the field having two of her photos published. Cassi enjoys working on her jeep and would like to begin restoring jeeps as well.

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(907) 373-4732