Valley Oaks Women’s Residential Treatment Staff

Beverly Ray, BSHS

Valley Oaks Program Manager

Bev works as the Program Manager at our Valley Oaks Residential Center for women. Bev 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

Shannon Harris, CDC II

Associate Program Manager

Shannon works as the Associate Program Manager at Valley Oaks.  It has always been her heart’s desire to be part of a Women’s Residential treatment center 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

Chris Hassen

Case Manager

Chris works as part of our Valley Oaks staff as a Case Manager.  Chris 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

Liberty Samples-Niesen

House Aide

Liberty came to Set Free with a heart to help others receive God’s Love and freedom from addiction. She felt the Lord was calling her to serve by helping those struggling with addiction.  Liberty attended Lane Community College where she studied business; and then went on to attend Matsu College where she studied Psychology and English.  She has been married for 17 years and is the mother of a son age 23 and daughter age 17. She is a born and raised lifelong Alaskan that enjoys hiking, fishing, reading and just spending time outside with her family and The Lord.

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Nina Reutov

House Aide

Nina was born and raised in Alaska in a small Russian community with a private church and school. Nina comes from a family of 13 siblings with a 22-year gap from the oldest to the youngest. Russian was her first language prior to starting kindergarten. Nina sustained a lifestyle by growing her own food, hunting and fishing. Alcohol was a big part of her culture, which has brought devastation for many families, including her own. Nina is now in her fourth year of recovery and sobriety.  Nina’s goal is to show people how much value they have, what Gods love is and how much he loves them. Her goal is to also raise her children in a sober environment with God as the center of their lives to overcome sin and alcoholism for future generations.  She loves spending time with her kids and husband and loves Jesus.

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Sarah Hildebrand

House Aide

Sarah is in long- term recovery, has come to know the Lord and is now free from the bondage of active addiction.  She has felt a calling to share her experiences, strength and hope with other’s who are struggling with addiction.  Her desire is to help the women of Valley Oak’s come to know God’s love and to be set free from addiction.  Sarah has spent the last 3 years actively serving in her community by volunteering at a transitional living home, providing peer support to people in recovery, attending addiction schooling, and now working towards one day attaining her CDC.  Sarah is happily married and has a beautiful daughter who will be graduating high school this year and continuing to college. Today her life is second to none and she is blessed beyond measure. 

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Jennifer Johnson

House Aide

Jennifer’s heart is to help women recover from alcoholism, domestic violence, childhood trauma, and addiction of all forms.  She wants to help people find out who God says they are and see them come to believe it!  She wants to come along side and love on the broken.  Jennifer is a mother of four children, and a child of God created in His image.  She has four years in recovery and freedom from trauma.  Jennifer recently received her CDC 1 and is now completing her internship at Set Free Alaska.

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Teta Harrell

House Aide

Teta came to Set Free Alaska as a client and is now an employee at Valley Oaks. Teta’s desire is to see the women at Valley Oaks experience hope and freedom from addiction. Teta was born in Alaska and raised in Northern Michigan.  She loves to go fishing with her two adult sons.  She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Mat-Su College. Teta enjoys nature especially bird watching; her dream is to someday travel to South America and see parrots in their nature habitat.

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Jessica Reiss

House Aide

Jessica serves as one of the Night Staff Monitors at Valley Oaks.  She has a strong desire to come along side and walk with women in Recovery. Jessica knows firsthand that there is freedom from the bondage of addiction, and believes in the mind-body-spirit approach to recovery. Jessica is a mother of five beautiful children; and has no greater joy then to continue to invest in the lives of others because she believes that’s what God has called her to do.

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Dana M. Murphy-Hoffman

Kitchen Coordinator

Dana grew up in California and moved to Alaska with her family in 1962.  She attended and graduated from West Anchorage High School.  Dana began her career as a legal assistant and worked for several law firms in Anchorage.  Dana has served on several Boards to include the Alaska Mental Association, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center.

Dana was also the Administrator for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee/Teams in Anchorage, and is currently President of REFUGE for Women, Inc. In Wasilla.  Dana has also worked in the private sector, where she opened a successful fabric and sewing machine store, followed by an interior design firm.  Dana began working for the Alaska Court System in 1999 where she worked as a Judge’s Assistant with the District Court.

She held that position until 2006 when she moved to the Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights (OVR), where she then retired in 2014.  Almost immediately upon retirement REFUGE for Women was born out of a need to provide assistance to women who were struggling with drug/alcohol issues, some of whom had lost custody of their children to the Office of Children’s Services.  Many of these women are also domestic violence victims. Dana is a Bible study teacher and very involved in the church she attends.  Additionally, she is also an artist/designer, an avid gardener and loves to cook for her family and friends.  She has one sibling, two daughters and one step-son along with fourteen grandchildren.

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Claudia Hopper

Kitchen Coordinator

Claudia has a mother’s heart and general love for others.  As a stay at home mom for 25 years, nothing is more comfortable to her than hanging out in the kitchen and chatting with other women while preparing meals.  Her past 10 years working as an Administrative Secretary with a Pastoral Staff has continued to shape and grow her ability to love on people well.  Claudia and her husband Pat have been married 39 years have 4 grown children.

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