Meet Our BHS Providers
|Liz Everett||Ward Walker|
Dr. Liz Everett is a Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with adolescents, families, and adults. She received her first master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2013 and went on to receive her doctorate degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu.
After completing her pre-doctoral internship at NSHC, she has stayed on and is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship here as well. Dr. Everett has worked in community mental health, residential, intensive outpatient, hospital, forensic, and educational settings in rural and urban communities. She has experience providing individual and group psychotherapies with a variety of adults and adolescents across a range of clinical conditions including substance use, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, healthy relationships, spirituality, and identity development. Dr. Everett primarily utilizes interpersonal, existential, and cognitive strength-based therapy modalities to help clients enact meaningful change.
When she is not working, Dr. Everett enjoys spending time hiking, fishing, and eating.
Erica Szkody is a Clinical Psychology PhD student working as a psychology intern. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University and originally hails from a small town in Michigan.
Her research is focused on explaining why supportive messages may or may not be not perceived by the recipient as supportive. She enjoys using her research and clinical experience to help individuals form and maintain healthy social relationships (e.g., with friends, family, and significant others).
Garrick Fuller is a licensed clinical social worker who has lived in Nome since January of 2015. He received his Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis where he focused on children, youth, and families. He has received post-graduate school training in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the International Psychotherapy Institute’s Combined Child Training, Object Relations Theory and Practice, and Infant Observation programs. He currently guest teaches in the Combined Child Training program and is enrolled in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Consultation Program. He has extensive experience working with children and their parents. He also enjoys the opportunity to work with anyone looking to make a change in their life. He looks forward to working with people on the root of their struggles that lie below the symptoms they are experiencing.
Ward Walker is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has lived in Stebbins for seven years. He offers healing talking circles to promote sobriety, and specializes in anger management, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, historical trauma, and grief. Ward enjoys Yupik Dancing, subsistence fishing, woodworking projects, making stained glass, and sailing. He also enjoys his work immensely and is most grateful to be able to serve our communities.
Yuka Ungwiluk is a Village-Based Counselor (VBC) in Gambell. She has been working as a VBC for five years. She is certified as a Behavioral Health Aid II, holds an associate’s degree in Human Services, and is currently working on a bachelor’s in Social Work. She works as a substance use counselor and advocates for people to better mental health services. She enjoys the journey of healing with anyone she encounters. She humbly appreciates the resiliency in each one of us and loves to share the joy of living.
Yuka is originally from Japan and has been living in Gambell for the past 24 years. She is an adopted member of the Native Village of Gambell and holds a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan style karate. She teaches karate to any age at Gambell School as one of her outreach services. She loves going out hunting, fishing, picking greens and berries, and camping with her family.
Wendy Osinkosky is new to the region, but she spent several years in northwestern Alberta. Most of her years practicing social work have been spent in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 10+ years of experience in a state psychiatric hospital and another 10+ years in other social work roles (medical social work, nonprofit management, and family preservation work).
Her preference in practice is to start where the client is and pick interventions that are solution-focused and strengths-based and that meet the individual needs of the person. And, she says, since people are so different, there’s not just one practice style that fits all. She is a compassionate advocate for people facing mental illness, substance use, and trauma/loss – with special attention to disparities related to race/ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
In her free time, you can find Wendy fishing, hiking, gathering sea glass, or on a travel adventure to visit her large extended family that are spread out from Anchorage to Honolulu and throughout the lower 48.
Donna Barr is a Village-Based Counselor in Shishmaref. She is a life-long resident of Shishmaref and has worked with BHS since 2009. She obtained an associate’s in Human Services in 2016 and is currently working toward her bachelor’s in Social Work. She enjoys hunting, gathering, preparing traditional food, sewing local native attire, hosting big family meals, and spending time with grandchildren.
Donna enjoys volunteering and coordinating community events, youth cultural activities, and facilitating workshops. She says it is important to find ways to positively engage in change within ourselves through self-awareness and skill building.
~My journey of struggles, failures, defeat and the will to succeed are part of the foundation to gain courage; not walk ahead of you, but in strength to walk beside you in the time of need.~
Duane H. Lincoln is a Village-Based Counselor (VBC) in Golovin. He was raised in Golovin and is happy to be working in his home community. He holds a Rural Human Service certificate and a bachelor’s in Social Work, which he earned in 2013. He started working as a VBC in 1998.
Duane was adopted at three months old and says his parents, Howard F. Lincoln and Florence B. Doyle, helped make him who he is today. “I thank them from the bottom of my heart for taking on this great challenge to raise me,” he says. He also has four older sisters named Roseann, Sharon (deceased), Betty Jean, and DeAnn.
In Golovin, he mostly works as a Substance Use counselor and can make mental health referrals to other counselors. He enjoys visiting the school to see what he can do to help, and wants to see youth grow to be whoever they want to be. He says, “We can be a happy community and work together for the betterment of ourselves and community.”
Gwendolyn Barnhart is a post-doctoral fellow at NSHC, where she also completed her clinical internship. She has a Ph.D. in General Psychology with an emphasis in research and evaluation, a Psy.D., in Clinical Psychology, and an Ed.D. in Education.
Clinically, Gwendolyn believes that clients are the experts of themselves and focuses on a person-centered approach. She works to build connections with her clients and operates in tandem towards healing and growth. Gwendolyn has over 20 years of experience in working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is passionate about education and strives to add more to wealth of knowledge within the field through her research. All three of her dissertations focus on autism with an emphasis on neurodiversity and using strength – based approaches.
Gwendolyn was raised in the Santa Cruz mountains among the redwoods, just south of San Francisco, CA. She has lived all over the world to include Beijing, China and Honolulu, Hawaii. She came to Nome from Lakebay, Washington where her and her husband have a therapeutic farm with pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, dogs, cats and an alpaca. Gwendolyn also has three beautiful children ages 19, 21, and 22.
Emma Irene Olanna was born in Wales, raised in Nome, and has lived in Brevig Mission for the past 31 years. She has been in the BHS field since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2012 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She loves subsistence and gathering food, reading, watching movies, cooking, and baking.