Clinton Lasley, Deputy Commissioner

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Serena Wieder, PhD

Serena Wieder, PhD, is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and other special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder was a Board Member of Zero to Three for twenty-four years and serves on advisory boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs, including Profectum Certificate Programs in Argentina, Singapore and Brazil.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern follow up of children on the autism spectrum who have received DIR model comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs.

Dr. Serena Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 0-3). Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally. At this time, Dr. Serena Wieder has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.

Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents. Dr. Chasnoff’s work encompasses community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care, the schools, and the other multiple systems that serve children and families. Dr. Chasnoff has served several U.S. presidential administrations on committees and commissions dedicated to organizing and coordinating services for children and families across the nation and developing policies and procedures for addressing the needs of children at risk from prenatal and postnatal trauma. He also has worked with a wide range of States across the nation and internationally in developing universal outreach and early intervention programs for children and families affected by trauma or substance abuse.

Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous research articles regarding the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of high-risk children, and his article on racial and social class bias in the health care system has been cited as a landmark study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Chasnoff has authored twelve books, which have received numerous awards and one of which has been recognized by The Hague International Court. Dr. Chasnoff’s books explore the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of high-risk children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom. His newest book, FASD and the Online World, examines the scientific basis of risk children and teens face in their interactions on the Internet. Dr. Chasnoff is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, writing about high-risk children and their families. The recipient of several awards for his work with women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in America’s Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services. Dr. Chasnoff has been active in establishing comprehensive family intervention programs for children in Australia, Denmark, Portugal, Canada, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and across the United States and has lectured on this topic around the world.

Christina Hulquist

Christina Hulquist is a Program Coordinator II with the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office. Christina has a Bachelors’ in Communications and 16 years of experience in the early childhood field. Christina’s focus is supporting early learning programs increase their capacity for providing high quality care, and to help improve coordination of the early childhood system. Christina works closely with Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System, engaging child care programs in continuous quality improvement. She also works closely with the System for Early Education Development (SEED) supporting the early childhood workforce. Christina participates in the planning, development, and implementation of the Child Care Development Fund state plan, and oversees the grant for the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. She is dedicated to strengthening Alaska’s early childhood system.

Jimael Johnson, MPH

Jimael Johnson is a program officer with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Among other priority investment areas, she works to increase the Trust’s opportunities for advocacy and partnership related to infant and early childhood mental health. This work supports the Trust’s mandate to promote early intervention and prevention strategies on behalf of its beneficiaries. Jimael has a background in child and family systems development with the State of Alaska. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in maternal child health.

Maureen Harwood

Maureen Harwood currently serves as the Part C coordinator for Alaska's Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program. She lives and works in Fairbanks. She is a long time state employee, former special education teacher and family service coordinator.

Tamar Ben-Yosef, BS

Tamar Ben-Yosef is the executive director for the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership (AAPP), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health and wellness outcomes for kids through partnerships, education, programs and more. Through her work with AAPP, Tamar has maintained a robust network of statewide partners that has resulted in numerous collaborations including the implementation and adoption of Help Me Grow Alaska - a screening, resource and referral network recently launched to connect children and families to the resources, services and supports needed. Tamar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in communication studies and has experience working in both journalism, small business management and public relations prior to joining AAPP.

Jeanine Jeffers-Woolf, LMFT, IMH-E®(III)

Jeanine Jeffers-Woolf, LMFT, IMH-E®(III), is an early childhood mental health clinician in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has lived in Fairbanks for over thirty years and has had the great good fortune of working as an early childhood mental health consultant to many programs in Fairbanks and the Interior over the last twenty years. Jeanine was a NEAR@Home Facilitator under the 2017-2019 Region X Innovation Grant, supporting home visiting programs across the State of Alaska with NEAR@Home implementation.

Michelle Harvey, MSW, CSWA, IMH-E®(III)

Michelle Harvey, MSW, CSWA, IMH-E®(III), is a social worker with 14 years of experience in early childhood home visiting under Oregon Relief Nursery, Healthy Families America, and Early Head Start models. She currently works as an early childhood program manager, infant mental health consultant, and trauma therapist certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Michelle was a NEAR@Home Facilitator under the 2017-2019 Region X Innovation Grant, supporting MIECHV-funded home visiting programs across the state of Oregon with NEAR@Home implementation.