PRESIDENT

ANGIE (Fraize) Salvato is a police officer with Anchorage Police Department currently assigned to Background and Recruiting. 2021 marks her 20th year in law enforcement! FOCUS has been in Angie’s life since 2009, when Gianna was born with Down syndrome. Gianna is currently in 7th grade at Gruening Junior High School.

Angie is passionate about community volunteerism, humanizing police officers and advocating for children and families who experience different abilities.

 

TREASURER

Matt Coates grew up in Tampa, and moved to Alaska after graduating from USF in 2009. Matt spent his first 2 years in Alaska working as an auditor, traversing the state performing audits of local governments and not-for-profits. He then joined NSEDC, where he currently works as the company’s Controller.

Matt has been married to his wife Jenah for 9 years; they have a 6 year old daughter Maddie and two dogs. Maddie has a rare genetic disorder causing Global Developmental Delay, and she regularly takes part in PT, OT and speech. Matt enjoys exercising and going on walks/hikes.

SECRETARY

Magayr Knox is a born and raised member of the Chugiak-Eagle River community. She and her husband Lafewt are raising 3 daughters to have hopefully half as much grit and finesse as FOCUS has exhibited through natural disaster and global pandemic.

Magayr’s roots run deep with FOCUS. Her mom, Lizette, served as Executive Director of FOCUS until 2014, so Magayr got to grow up alongside the organization. She has served on the Board since 2018 and currently holds the position of Secretary

BOARD MEMBER

Joshua Arvidson is the Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center and Early Childhood Services at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Alaska’s first child trauma treatment and training center. Joshua is a Lead Technical Assistant and Trainer for the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMHSA-funded national trauma training center.

He manages two statewide trauma training and technical assistance programs, one focused on traumainformed behavioral health and one focused on early childhood mental health. Joshua served on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Steering Committee and numerous work groups. Trained as a therapist and clinician, Joshua has over 15 years’ experience working with children and families impacted by trauma.

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Gianelloni is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician with the USAF stationed at JBER hospital. She grew up in western Washington and has lived all over the world with the Air Force.

She did her general pediatrics training at LSU in New Orleans, LA and her developmental and behavioral training with Brown University in Providence, RI. She arrived last summer with her family and is eager to explore Alaska!