Kevin Gadsey returned to Ketchikan in January 2015 after earning top honors in the National University of (Galway) Ireland’s Master of Public Advocacy and Activism degree, completing his thesis and internship in inner city Baltimore, and working as a government advocate for people with disabilities at the Missouri State Capitol. From 2007-2013, Gadsey served as the local program director for Southeast Alaska Independent Living, facilitating many advocacy campaigns for accessibility and state funding in addition to providing counseling and solutions to hundreds of Ketchikan residents with disabilities.
Prevention Program Director
Kenda is originally from Northern Kentucky, a suburb just south of Cincinnati. She received a B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2012, and a Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston in December of 2017, where she completed her thesis on the removal of microplastics by wastewater treatment plants.
DFC Program Director
Reed returned to Ketchikan in 2016 after living in Idaho and running the Cache Valley Adult Day Center. Reed received his bachelors degree from the University of Washington and graduated cum laude. Before living in Idaho Reed worked for Community Connections as a coordinator and eventually manager of their senior and disability services.
AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Ashley Kessler is from Ketchikan, AK. She is serving as our AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2017-2018 year. She’s a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where in 2016 she earned a BA in Psychology, a BS in Sociology and a minor in German. Previously she worked as a Paraprofessional at a local elementary school.
Karri is the Drug Free Youth Coordinator, she is in charge of the Kayhi club Ketchikan Youth Support Network.(also known as KYSN) Her job is to promote along with the other club members, healthy and fun alternative choices than substance abuse within the teen population. Her mission for KYSN is bring more members in, plan more events, and the members to be involed in the community with volunteer work. Karri was born and raised in Ketchikan, she is inolved with many school clubs and activies outside of school such as Ketchikan Youth Inviaties. After High School, Karri hopes to get a doctorate in Psychology and help teens struggling with mental illnesses, drug addiction, or have been affected by drugs in their lifetime. .