Our Staff

Jackie Yates

Executive Director

Alma Manabat Parker

Health Equity Program Coordinator & Director of Operations

I am a sun-loving traveler, rom-com watching fanatic, high functioning multi-tasker, who loves event planning & promotion, crazy dancing with kiddos and fabulously fun friendships. 

Born in the Philippines, raised in the rain forest, I have called Ketchikan my home for 40+ years.  Working in a position of helping, promoting, and supporting health and wellness for the mind, body and soul is a perfect fit for me! 

I am the wife of a retired USMC 1st Sergeant, a mother of two, eldest (and only) sister to two brothers, dance coach to many….and loving them is like food to my soul!

Lisa DeLaet

Crisis Now Community Director

My family and I are happy to be living in Ketchikan for the third time since 2008. With my husband in the US Coast Guard, we’ve moved around the country and keep coming back to Ketchikan. We love this community, the rain, and all that is Alaska. I was born and raised in Minnesota, served in the US Coast Guard for 11 years, and I hold a master’s degree in psychology. I’ve enjoyed working in community mental health and medical centers helping people in time of need.

Steve Dempsey

Reentry Coalition Coordinator

I am a 30 year Ketchikan resident who is encouraging people to make healthy choices.

Alli Willett

KWC Program Assistant

I am a mama to three beautiful human beings and wife to my best friend, Kit. In my spare time, you will find me digging around in my garden, reading to my babies, hosting family and friends around our table, and studying to get my master’s degree in family and marriage therapy. 

Dennis Walsh

Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator

I am a desert baby who was transplanted to the rain forest, and who has been a lifelong athletics participant, referee and coach.
Although I’m a math nerd and accountant by nature, I love finding, building and maintaining meaningful relationships with my peers and colleagues.
I’m a husband, father of three and coach of hundreds of golfers and soccer players. Family always comes first, whether at work or home, and I feel that helping people discover their true happy place in life is key to their long-term health!

Stephanie Brissette

Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

How lucky am I to be born and raised on this beautiful island in Alaska? Living in Ketchikan is unlike other communities; you are not just a number here-you are seen, heard, and supported.  The outdoor lifestyle is food for the soul. I love to travel and see the world, but I always know home is with my husband, our two children, our cat, and lots of chickens.

I own Stephanie Brissette Photography within Mama Bird Photography studio and I continue to be involved in real estate with Coastal KW Realty.  On Sundays, you will find me at South Tongass Alliance Church serving with the tech team.

I am excited to join the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition team and play a role in its ever-growing community wellness efforts. I want my family and others to continue to flourish, grow, and make Ketchikan the place we choose to live.

Kristen Van de Geer

Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

I am a world traveler, thoughtful empath, experienced educator, and sunrise-obsessed logistical wizard with a passion for supporting and celebrating the successes of others.

Born in Massachusetts, I have lived in and traveled to many places around the world, even before I became a Coast Guard wife. When not at work, I can be found crocheting stuffed animals, snuggling Maine coon kitties, being the world’s best Auntie, or seaglass hunting on the shoreline with my husband, Jon.

Czarina Cabillo

Office Clerk

I’m Czarina Cabillo, about to be a senior at Ketchikan High School. I’m the kind of person that loves socializing and I would call myself a young leader.

I was born in the Philippines then moved to Ketchikan April 2019. I am the oldest child in my family and representing as mom to my siblings because my mom is in the Philippines.
I am the President of the Filipino-American Cultural Club at Ketchikan High School and am on the K-Highlites Dance Team. I’ve danced for 10 years and love it! My first job was at Taco time where I gained confidence and am really enjoying working at KWC. 

Our Board

Austin Otos

Board President

I want to help nonprofits collaborate and form strong partnerships with one another!

Day Job:  Director at Youth Court; hospitality at The Inn at Creek St


Vice President

Rick Hines


Erin Traudt


I believe in the important collaborative work that KWC is doing to improve the lives of the citizens of Ketchikan.

Day job: National Board Certified Health Coach, Owner, Whole Foundation Health Coaching

Soohyun Kim

Board Member

I am inspired by KWC’s mission and commitment to community well-being.

Day Job: Public Health Analyst, U.S. HHS

Diane Gubatayao

Board Member

I believe that we were blessed with talents and abilities to help and support others to make lives better.

Day job: volunteer on KGBSD, soccer referee

Kris Flora

Board Member

I enjoy working with people who are passionate and committed to helping people in our community.

Day job: Counselor at Revilla High School.

Jennifer Bergen

Board Member

I am passionate about addressing social determinants of health and promoting health equity!

Day job: Public Health Nurse Manager

Christy Willis

Board Member

I appreciate the work that KWC does to help make Ketchikan a great place to live.

Day job: Advertising & Marketing, The Local Paper

Erica Caudill

Board Member

I believe in KWC’s Mission and Vision statements and like to support the wellness of this community in tangible ways.

Day job: Clinical Risk Manager, PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center

Open Seat

Board Member

Open Seat

Board Member

Board Meeting Minutes - coming soon

April 2022

May 2022 – Coming soon!



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