FASDx Staff Members
Marilyn is a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner with over 30 years experience providing care and creating services in the field of maternal and child health. She has expertise working with high social risk women and designed a nationally-recognized infant mortality reduction project for the Alaska Native Medical Center (Nutaqsiivik). She founded the Anchorage FASD Diagnostic Team in 2009 at Assets, Inc. The team's growth has led to the creation of FASDx Services LLC a business that she now owns and manages. She serves as a consultant for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Healthy Native Babies program, University of Alaska Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services and others. She has lived in Alaska since 1975, is married, and has one daughter.
Barb began partnering with families as a Parent Navigator in 2006. She joined the Anchorage FASD Diagnostic team in 2012, providing support to families and individuals during the evaluation process and, following the determination of a diagnosis, assisting families in implementing recommendations and connecting to services and systems of support in the home, community and school settings. Barb is an active member of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education FASD Work Group; a Council Member for the LEND Family Advisory Council (UAA’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND); and the Anchorage FASD Council. She served as the Alaska Family Delegate for the Western States Genetic Services Collaborative (2007-2013) and the Alaska Delegate for the National Organization of Family Voices (2006-2011), where she was selected by the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs to serve as a National Family Mentor. Barb is most grateful to her amazing daughter who, born with a Chromosome Deletion, continually teaches new ideas for celebrating neuro-diversity as well as the importance of nurturing strengths and abilities in reaching best outcomes for all individuals who experience brain based differences.
Whitney joined the FASDx team in 2015. She received her certification for Medical assisting from Charter College in 2011. She has been doing admin work in the medical field for the past 5 years and acquired expertise in clinic development and sleep medicine. Whitney was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and moved to Anchorage in 1999. She now resides in Eagle River with her husband, 2 small daughters, and 2 puppies.