The Bridge is a peer run program. Trained as Forensic Peer Support Specialists our Employment and Peer Support Specialists bring their lived experience and knowledge of community resources to individuals that are in recovery following treatment or incarceration.
The Bridge began in May 2019 with funding from the State Opioid Response grants from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The Fairbanks Reentry Coalition Coordinator felt that peers could help link individuals with the community.
Meet the Team
Our team is made up of incredibly passionate and dedicated individuals, who not only persevered through their own challenges and adversities but have taken the bold and selfless step to offer their insight and experience to help others in our community.
Reentry Services Director
Linda is the Fairbanks Reentry Coalition Coordinator and established The Bridge. Fairbanks has been home since 1982. Linda has a BS in Nursing and a MA in Global Urban Leadership. With 20 years of non-profit leadership she brings her wisdom to reducing barriers and addressing gaps for returning citizens.
Peer Support Coordinator
Born in Palmer, Tundra Greenstreet is a life-long Alaskan who now calls Fairbanks home. Tundra graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012 with a MA in Professional Communication and has seven years of experience working in mental health, reentry, and recovery support settings. Like many Alaskans, Tundra has seen the impact of substance use disorders on friends and family alike and has a passion for recovery support.
Employment Specialist Coordinator
Retired from the US Army as an infantry Platoon Sergeant from Ft. Wainwright in 2013 Giles pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and is currently completing a Master’s in Social Work.
The Bridge revealed to Giles that social connection, compassion and second chances given to many that are often dismissed because of their personal history. “The amount of good we see in our participants is matched only by their gratitude.”
Encampment Case Manager
Brynn joined our team as our AmeriCorps VISTA and in September 2020 became our Encampment Outreach Case Manager. She is a Forensic Peer Support Specialist and trained with our staff May 2019. Brynn brings her lived experience to the team and our homeless neighbors.
Peer Support Specialist
After a 25 year career with the Alaska Railroad, Don finally found what he wanted to be when he grew up. After retirement from the railroad (a weekend), he worked at Fairbanks Rescue Mission for about six years before going south to Burlington, WA to work with Tierra Nueva Ministries for a year, working with migrant workers and the local gang population. God continually guides Don to the marginalized in our society, helping them find their voice and worth.
Peer Support Specialist
Debbie is a passionate member in the Fairbanks community. She calls North Pole, Alaska her home. Debbie was affected by substance abuse since she was very young. She has been working in the recovery community for the last 6 years, and is powerless NO MORE! In her free time she loves to sing, split wood (because axes are dangerous), play with her dog Bonsai, and most importantly spend quality time with her wonderful Mountain Man, whom she has been married to for 3 years. She also serves as the Director of Alpha House Ministries. “Living Hope, Giving Hope” is Debbie’s personal mission statement.
Employment Specialist/ PSS
Gary’s story started with death, abuse, and destruction. In his darkest times peers stood at his side, and supported him and encouraged him on a path of healing. Change came through healing, forgiveness, resilience, survival, and success. Gary wants to be the peer that encourages individuals to heal and take back their lives and change for the better. “If I can do it, anyone can.”
After a 20 year career with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health, Anna is back in school as a Criminal Justice major. She uses her skills everyday helping our participants overcome legal barriers to work.
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