Jackie Bell

Jackie was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She was a bookkeeper for the family business before continuing her education. Jackie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education form the University of Alaska Southeast and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. she taught Head Start and first and second grade before moving to Juneau. Jackie has been working at Reach since 2001, initially as a Direct Service Provider then as a Developmental Specialist with the Infant Learning Program. In addition to Juneau, Jackie is the contact person for Hoonah. Jackie enjoys beach time, hiking and needlework.

Julie Peters

Julie was raised in Florida and was working as an early intervention speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Atlanta, GA before she found herself fulfilling her adventurous spirit by moving to Juneau and serving as an AmeriCorp Vista volunteer in 2004.

Julie earned a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida and has been working as a SLP for over 15 years. She became a Fellow of the University of Massachusetts Infant Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program in 2015. In her free time she enjoys hiking, boating, and baking.

Kathleen Hansen

Kathleen was raised in the Philadelphia area and moved to Juneau in 2005 as a Jesuit Volunteer. She earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She began working in early intervention serving families in the Norton Sound Region of Alaska before working for the REACH Infant Learning Program. In addition to serving families in Juneau, Kathleen is the contact person for families living in Yakutat. Kathleen also serves as the Program Director for Reach ILP.  Her special interest areas include sensory processing disorders and picky eaters.

She lives in Juneau with her husband and sons. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and hiking.

Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer is a speech-language therapist who has worked with children for over 10 years.  She has a private speech-language therapy business and works with REACH ILP staff and enrolled infants, toddlers, and their families in Juneau, Hoonah, Petersburg and Wrangell.

Jennifer enjoys walking the beaches with her daughter and husband, finding treasures along the way.

Shannon Gress

In collaboration with Bartlett Regional Hospital, Shannon provides consultation and services to our staff and enrolled infants, toddlers, and their parents in Juneau. Shannon came to Juneau in 2007 as a Jesuit Volunteer before continuing her education at Northwestern University where she earned a doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Shannon is an avid runner. She lives in Juneau with her husband and beloved dog Adabelle.

Emilie Arkus

Emily was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She earned her Masters degree in Child Development and Infancy from Erikson Institute. She has been working in early intervention since 2014 serving families in Chicago and most recently on a naval base in Sicily. Emily is also a certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is new to Juneau and is very excited to join the team at REACH Infant Learning Program. Emily enjoys traveling, reading, and all things outdoors!

Anna Mattox

Anna was raised on a farm in Kentucky and moved to Juneau in 2018. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she earned her master’s in Occupational Therapy. She graduated in 2018. She is now apart of the REACH Infant Learning Program and enjoys working with children everyday.

Anna enjoys spending time camping, hiking and fishing.

Hillary Landers

Hillary Landers was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Environmental Education 2012. After working as a Spanish teacher and outdoor educator for several years, she returned to school to complete the pre-requisite coursework to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Hillary completed her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in bilingual language acquisition at Portland State University in June 2019. Last September, she moved to Juneau to join the REACH Infant Learning Program. Hillary loves working as part of an amazing interdisciplinary team, and especially loves play-based therapy that considers the whole child. When she’s not at home visits, you will likely find her out running, skiing, hiking, or enjoying home-cooked Alaskan cuisine.

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