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June Board Meeting

Members are welcome and invited to participate in NASW Alaska chapter board of directors meetings!

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June 6, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

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Meeting ID: 854 3160 6827

Committee Meetings

Please contact your regional representative for committee volunteer opportunities and more information.

National Committees

Interested in serving in a national leadership position? Review the list of national committees to determine where your knowledge, skill sets and competencies may be best suited, then submit a nomination form. 
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Ethics CE

Ethics in Rural Practice: There Isn't Always an Exact Answer

Thursday~June 18th, 2020

Credit(s): 3 CEU
Course Number: AK-3
Duration: 3 hours
Date: TBD
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM ((GMT-09:00) Alaska)

Social work and mental health practice in isolated and remote areas, especially in Alaska, can be challenging and present ethical dilemmas usually more easily avoided in urban settings. This presentation will cover issues such as unavoidable dual relationships, confidentiality issues, issues related to social media, and how to feel comfortable making decisions where no clear right answer exists. This is a presentation that is also meant to facilitate group discussion regarding these topics.


J.T. Bolin, LCSW is a mental health clinician in Fairbanks, AK. Most recently, he spent the past five years working as mental health clinician and clinical director in Dillingham, AK where he provided community mental health and psychotherapy services to children, families, and adults in remote villages and towns across the Bristol Bay region. Previously, he provided community mental health and family therapy services to inner-city youth and their families in St. Louis, MO. He is presently the Vice President of the NASW Alaska Chapter and the chairman of the Ethics Committee. He specializes in child and family therapy, personality disorders, chronically suicidal and destructive behaviors, and difficult to engage individuals as well as extensive experience collaborating with child protective workers and family courts. 

Nina Corbett LCSW was raised in Alaska and is a tribal member of Curyung in Bristol Bay. She was originally introduced to NASW during graduate school. She has worked as a clinician providing consultation, therapy and supervision in both an agency setting and private practice.  Nina is the regional supervisor for the Division of Juvenile Justice in Dillingham, and the current President of the Alaska Chapter of NASW. She is no the Ethics committee with JT Bolin. She has previous background as a mental health therapist, clinical supervisor and private practitioner. She loves to fish, garden, pick berries, and spend time with family in her free time.

Frank Ponziano LPCS, MAC, CDCS is an Early Interventions Clinical Supervisor in Fairbanks Alaska and honored to serve the TCC communities with compassion and love. My focus is access to care, utilization and clinical supervision to a team of varying positions, which include intake coordinator, clinical associate, SUD counselor, case managers and clinicians. I have training with addictions, grief and loss, and emotional regulation; in which I practice through a relational framework based on empathy and connection. I have experience providing individual, group, family and community-based interventions in both urban and rural communities such as Chicago IL, Fairbanks and Barrow AK. Lastly, I travel, as needed, throughout the interior, providing supervision and interventions face-to-face, as well as virtually. 

Delivery Method: remotely using Zoom

Registration: HERE! 

The Power of Social Work

members make change possible

Preserving rights.

As dedicated advocates for children’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, lesbian and gay rights, crime victims’ rights, labor rights, human rights, patients’ rights, women’s rights and many others, social workers continue to lead efforts that enhance human well-being. We shape programs and policies that strengthen individual lives and improve the society in which we live.

Strengthening voices.

Social workers also work to empower those who are frequently unheard. We open doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. Whether we work in direct practice, administration, education and research, or policy development, professional social workers are trained to make an impact. Every day, the quality of life for millions of people is improved as they learn to use their own personal power, to build brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Executive Director Tonie Protzman, MS 

Tonie Protzman

Please allow me to introduce myself…my name is Tonie Protzman, whose Native name, Yethnhahnilats, means “makes her life strong,” and I am an enrolled descendant in the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe in Oneida, WI., however, I have been raised in Alaska my whole life.

In July 2019, I accepted the Executive Director position at the National Association of Social Workers and am really excited to be here. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!

My educational background information includes: a Paralegal Certificate (2005), an Associate Degree in General Studies (2005), a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Psychology (2006) and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2012). I was also accepted to a dual PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology with rural and indigenous emphasis, where I have completed all the class, just short internship and dissertation completion.  

I currently hold the contract with Cornerstone Recovery, where I am the Development & Program Director. I previously worked with the Alaska Mental Association for Infant and Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) where I was the Executive Assistant & Communications Director and for the Alaska Psychological Association (AK-PA) where I was the Executive Director for the past 9 years, where I did state and federal lobbying for the Association. I also have prior experience as a directing clinician at a residential treatment center for adolescent boys (The Pathway Home) and prior experience working at McLaughlin with juvenile sex offenders.  

In my spare time, I enjoy flying around Alaska, practicing hot yoga, lifting weights/working out and participating in body building/fitness shows. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter, Paisley who is the absolute love of my life 

Here are a couple of my published work (my pen name is Quaintance):


Rivkin, I.D., Lopez, E., Trimble, J., Johnson, S., Orr, E., & Quaintance, T. (2018). Cultural values, coping, and hope in Yup’ik communities facing rapid cultural change. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(3), 611-627.

Rivkin, I., Johnson, S., Lopez, E., Trimble, J., Quaintance, T., & Orr, E. (2017).  Yup’ik understanding of stress within the context of rapid cultural change. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(1), 33-52.

Rivkin, ID, Lopez, EDS, Quaintance, TM, Trimble, J, Hopkins, S, Fleming, C, Orr, E, & Mohatt, GV (2012). Value of community partnership for understanding stress and coping in rural Yup’ik communities: The CANHR study. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Quaintance, T.M. (2010). Bureau of Justice “Safe Return” juvenile sex offenders rural reentry grant. Unpublished manuscript. University of Alaska.

Quaintance, T. M. (2008). McLaughlin Youth Center Recidivism Rates and the Adam Walsh Act 2009. Unpublished manuscript. University of Alaska. 

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