Board of Directors








Northern Regional Representative


South Central Regional Unit: Seat 1

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Luvenia V. Johnson, LMSW

South Central Regional Unit: Seat 2
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Luvenia Johnson, LMSW, andd graduate of USC School of Social Work, 2014. I have 15 years of experience working in the field of social work, including 6+ years in supervisory roles and leading multi-diciplinary teams. I am pursuing a LCSW and Trauma Specialist Certification. I am a strong believer in remaining current with best practices using evidence based techniques. I provide consultations to patients by providing leadership in patient care planning and caseload management which ensures improved efficiency and effectiveness in services delivered. I actively promote patient/family autonomy by ensuring their participation in the planning, decision-making, and development of problem-solving abilities. I enjoy building relationships and providing much needed resources to enable patients with tools for success.

My vision of NASW-AK would be that all social workers have the opportunity for affiliation, engagement and membership to their professional organization. I will contribute to the vision by maintaining active membership, actively participating on the NASW-AK board, attending board meetings and participating on one or more committees, and engaging in opportunities to share information of the profession organization while networking with other social workers and other professions.


Southeast Regional Unit

Erika Noll, LMSW

Western Regional Unit


MSW Student


BSW Student Representative

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Tonie Protzman, MS, CDC, PSP III

Executive Director

Tonie Protzman, whose Native name, Yethnhahnilats, means “makes her life strong,” is an enrolled descendant in the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe in Oneida, WI. Tonie was raised and remains in Anchorage, Alaska with her Iñupiat Eskimo daughter, Paisley. 

Protzman holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Justice and Psychology both degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was a PhD Candidate with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Clinical Community Psychology Program with rural and indigenous emphasis, as well. Since graduating with her MS, Protzman has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors of behavioral and mental health. Currently, Protzman is the Assistant Operations Manager at the non-profit Christian Health Associates (CHA), where she is also the Program Director at Cornerstone Recovery (CHA is the parent company). In addition, she is also the Executive Director of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Prior to NASW, Protzman was the Executive Director with the Alaska Psychological Association (AK-PA). 
Protzman shares she has a vocation to work with individuals and communities struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD). She is passionate about reducing stigma associated with alcohol misuse and disseminating information/access to AUD services and care to Alaska communities. Protzman is a Governor Dunleavy appointee to the State of Alaska Mental Health Board. She also sits on the Anchorage Behavioral Health Coalition. 
Protzman’s role as NASW Executive Director will be to increase membership, develop the chapter’s strategic/succession plans and to advocate for social workers in both traditional and non-traditional roles in Alaska and Washington, D.C. She plans to expand continuing education resources that address cultural trainings specific to social worker licensing requirements and to strengthen local presence and impact around the state of Alaska through development of relationships with statewide prevention program partners. 
As a first-generation college graduate, Protzman is a devoted mentor, supporting historically underserved populations in Alaska studying higher education. Protzman mentors’ students and professionals new to the behavioral health field with the University of Alaskan Anchorage and with the Women’s Power League of Alaska. 
Protzman is a dynamic and powerful American Native woman who is passionate about reducing stigma in Alaska communities regarding receiving behavioral/mental health services. She dreams of one day to have a world stigma free of receiving such services – “it should be the same as going to your routine medical appointment.” Protzman has solid business expertise serving in association management and advocacy while networked throughout the State of Alaska and beyond. Tonie is active in her community, serving on several national and statewide boards and committees that address stigma associated with alcohol misuse.  

Publications (PEN NAME: 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, 45(1), 1-17.

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.


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



Ethics Nina Corbett
SHARP Counsel Rep Luvenia Johnson 
Nominations and Leadership Identification Nina Corbett and Rachel Gearhart
Social Action Committee Rachel Gearhart
Conference Planning Tonie Protzman, Rachel Gearhart, Luvenia Johnson, Ruddy Taylor, Angelica Telfair


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Be an advocate for your community and yourself. Get involved today! 

Learn more about the board member roles and responsibilities with our Board Manual.

Are you interested in advocating for change? Are you interested in the legislative process? If so then we would love for you to join our Social Action Committee. We are currently gearing up for 2022-2023 and need your input. Please contact Tonie Protzman, MS for more information. 

2022 Board of Directors and Committees Election

Election results published to membership June 30
Term Starts: July 1, 2022
Questions: Contact Tonie Protzman
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NASW-AK Redistricting

Based on member feedback and concern, a committee developed a new regional map to better reflect the diversity and population distribution of NASW-AK members. The regional map adds a representatives and will allow for more equitable representation of the membership.

Alaska Regions

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

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Committee Meetings

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National Committees

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Are you interested in advocating for change?

Are you interested in the legislative process? If so then we would love for you to join our Social Action Committee. We are currently gearing up for 2022-2023 and need your input. Please contact Tonie Protzman, MS for more information.