Executive Director: Sandra Kerns, MEd., MSW, LCSW


Sandy has a long career as a social work and education professional. She has strong experience working with organizational Boards, foundations, with clients, and in management. Sandy established a private practice called Winter’s Grace Guidance Center – which she recently transitioned to a part time status.  Through this practice she has coordinated with school systems and medical and behavioral health providers to design unique niche programs offering family, social and interpersonal development with animal assisted and equine facilitated wellness. Previously, Sandy worked at the Providence Alaska Medical Center to help develop and manage the health-system’s new multi-million-dollar cancer center which included the creation of the Office of Patient Navigation, Susan Butcher Family Center, healing arts, animal assisted activities/therapies, equine facilitated wellness, and clinical support groups.  
In addition, Sandy has held many academic positions and presented at numerous conferences and trainings in Alaska and Florida.  She has served on nonprofit Boards and volunteered with organizations including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sandy has received the Lifetime of Service Award from the Heroes of Health Care, Hospice of Anchorage, the Mission Spirit Award for Programs from Providence Hospital Systems, and an award from the Susan Butcher Family Center.
Sandy has a MSW from Florida State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She also has a BSW/Minor in Child Welfare from the University of West Florida, and a BA in Home Economics/Minor in Business Administration from Central Missouri State. She holds a Certifcation as an Equine Facilitated Wellness Mental Health, Learning and Equine Professional.

Where To Find Us:

National Association of Social Workers - Alaska Chapter


Mailing address:

35555 Spur Hwy., PMB #116

Soldotna, AK 99669


Phone: 907-332-6279

Toll Free: 1-800-478-6279

Email: skerns.naswak@socialworkers.org


Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30am -1:30pm AKST

Appointments may be scheduled outside of office hours, email for availability and to connect!




Board of Directors

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is March 17, 2019.  Please click the link below to contact your regional representatives for details on how to participate.


Licensing Board

Reach the AK Licening Board by calling

(907) 465-2551.  Research the Rules & Regulations via www.commerce.alaska.gov and navigate to Become A Licensed Professional and then Professions Licensed, then click on Social Work Examiners.



Future Dates:

September 25-27, 2019

NASW-AK Chapter Biannual Conference

Centeniall Hall Convention Center

Juneau, AK

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