Valley Oaks Women’s Residential Treatment Staff

Beverly Ray, MPC

Valley Oaks Program Manager

Bev works as the program manager at our Valley Oaks Residential Treatment Center for women and their children.  Bev truly loves being witness to the transforming power of God in the lives of the ladies she serves.  If fact, she believes that the ladies coming served at Valley Oaks have the opportunity to change the trajectory of their families’ lives forever.  Bev has volunteered and worked in the areas of prison ministry and addiction recovery for 13 years, and has a heart to work with those individuals society has discarded to find self-worth, freedom, and purpose in their lives.  Bev has earned her BS in Psychology: Addiction & Recovery, and MS in Professional Counseling.  She and her husband Steve have two adult children, two grandchildren, and they enjoy all things outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and exploring this beautiful state that they have been blessed to call home for the past nearly 8 years.

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(907) 373-4732

April Hart

Clinician

April works as a clinician in our women’s residential program, and also provides family therapy.  She started with Set Free Alaska as an intern, and when she completed her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Capella University, she got hired on as a clinician. Growing up April was always very loving and compassionate. She has the heart of wanting to help others and see them succeed and be happy.  April has worked in the mental health field for over 5 years and has worked as a Mental Health Specialist for children.  April is originally from Illinois, but has lived in Alaska with her family for almost 6 years now. She loves the scenery and the Alaskan culture.  In April’s off time she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Christa Underwood, MA

Clinician

Christa works as a Clinician at our Valley Oak’s Residential Center for women. She has 13 years of social work experience.  Christa relocated here in 2018 and enjoys all that Alaska has to offer; Alaskan summers, hiking, fishing and golfing. 

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Nina Reutov

Office Administrator

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

Client Care Coordinator

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

Case Manager

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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Claudia Hopper

House Aide

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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Cassandra Wojtacha

House Aide

Cassandra is a lifelong Alaska resident and dog mom. She is also in long term recovery. She has a passion for those who struggle with addiction because she has lived it first hand and wants to show others that with faith, hard work and desire recovery is possible. She wants to share her experiences to help others. Cassie loves to cook with her boyfriend and go on long weekend adventures, road trips and she also enjoys working her 2 jobs as well as volunteering in the community and spending time with her family. Cassie wants anyone struggling to know that help is available

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Nikki Bettis

Night Aide

Nikki serves as one of the night staff monitors. She has resided in Alaska since 1981 and enjoys gardening, fishing, reading, and spending time outside with her family and The Lord. Nikki’s desire is to come alongside the women at Valley Oaks and support them through their recovery and recognizing their worth. Nikki thrives watching the transformations that take place in the women that attend valley oaks.

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Alexandria Romano

Night Aide

Alexandria is an extrovert with heart to see everyone fully know their value and identity in Christ. Her parents did foster care throughout her life, and helped even more people through things like reunifying parents with their children, helpless homeless find homes and advocating for those who had no voice.  She grew up understanding that everyone has a chance for fuller living, whether it’s the first, second or a thousandth chance God has a plan! She carries this belief into every interaction and loves seeing people bloom into their true selves. Alexandria also is a worship leader, wedding and special events makeup artist and lover of Podcasts.

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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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