R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children With Kindness)
Director: Desiré Shepler, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 352-2845
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children With Kindness) is a collaborative of community members – including individuals and organizations – joining together to promote family resilience and reduce child maltreatment. R.O.C.K. works to build social supports, eliminate silos, and influence systems that affect kids and families throughout the borough, all in support of achieving the goal of ending child abuse in Mat-Su.
R.O.C.K. began developing in 2014 when a group of influential champions in the fields of child protection, early childhood education, behavioral health, primary care, tribal health, infant learning, and education began exploring the Collective Impact framework. The goal was for individuals working to improve the lives of children and families in Mat-Su to identify a new way of working, a way that left behind silos in favor of a collective approach to working toward a common goal. Since that time, R.O.C.K. Mat-Su has grown from the initial group of 18 champions exploring a new way of working together to a functioning collaborative of over 30 partners structured around the Collective Impact framework.
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su operates under the oversight of a Community Advisory Board, at the direction of a Steering Committee, and under the governance of the Mat-Su Health Foundation Program Committee. The work of the initiative is coordinated by three working groups: Primary Prevention; Secondary and Tertiary Prevention; and Policy. Each R.O.C.K. Mat-Su work-group is working on a limited number of strategies.
Much of the work of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su centers around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect ACEs can have on physical health. We also focus on the resiliency factors that can help people overcome ACEs they may have experienced. Interested in learning more? R.O.C.K. Mat-Su offers free training about ACEs and resilience.
Desiré Shepler, Director, R.O.C.K. Mat-Su: email@example.com
Lindsay Prunella, Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Smith, Upper Su Community Coordinator: email@example.com
Telsche Thiessen, Chickaloon/Sutton Community Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su Steering Committee Members
Dawn Adams, Office of Children’s Services
Aaron Clements, Co-Occurring Disorders Institute
Diane Demoski, Burchell High School
Deb Haynes, Mat-Su Central School
Peter Host, Wasilla Area Seniors
Paula Jones, The Children’s Place
Shelis Jorgensen, Sunshine Community Health Center
Jean Kincaid, Mat-Su Services for Children and Adults
Mark Lackey, CCS Early Learning
Philip Licht, Set-Free Alaska
Rachel Olson, Royal Family Kids
Sammye Pokryfki, CASA Volunteer
Pam Robinson, Alaska Family Services
Trevor Storrs, Alaska Children’s Trust
Jeff Vereide, Full Circle Counseling
Lisa Wade, Chickaloon Native Village
Betsy Woodin, Alaska Center for Resource Families