Who We Are

Our mission is to improve the employment opportunities, home environments, and community connections of individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses who need substantial supports.

We believe that by doing so their independence and self-worth are enhanced and the community in which they live, and work realizes the benefits of their citizenship.

Our Beliefs

  • Have a stable home of their choice.
  • Be employed in rewarding jobs with benefits, growth opportunities, fair wages and flexible schedules.
  • Determine their service and define what improve means for them.
  • Experience discreet, non-intrusive, individualized supports of their choice.
  • Be good neighbors who actively participate in their community and belong to community clubs, associations, leagues etc.
  • Have access for affordable, accessible, and flexible transportation.
  • Have opportunities to return to their roots (village, family, etc.).
  • To experience community acceptance on a day-to-day basis.
  • Be respected and heard.
  • Have a reputation and identify free from the human service system.
  • Make their own decisions based on informed decisions.
  • Be seen as givers/contributors to the community.
  • Be self advocates—network with each other for support.
  • Experience a sense of confidence and empowerment and control.
  • Have a variety of friends.
  • Understand the obligation of service providers and expect it to be fulfilled.
  • Get only the services they request.

Core Values

Treat each person with dignity and respect.

Treat each person with dignity and respect.

This means: seeking first to understand the other person. Practicing active listening. Avoid labels. Bringing out the best in each person. Making courtesies and kindness a part of all interactions. Practicing loyalty to those who are absent. Withholding criticism until you have “walked in their shoes” of the other person. Affirming each person’s unique talents, interests and values.

Make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

This means: empowering, involving, encouraging, supporting, inspiring and recognizing each person. Being determined to make a positive impact on each person. Thoughtfully planning your actions. Thinking and communicating inclusion. Readily extending trust. Being partners. Managing risks. Increasing knowledge about possibilities and alternatives. Believing in each person. Providing assistance with integrity.

Continually improve - forever

Continually improve – forever.

This means: always looking for ways to do better, be more efficient, be more effective, to make an even bigger difference. Honoring the creative process. Have a high tolerance for ambiguity. Being incessantly curious about the way things work. Encourage learning, diverse opinions and open disagreement. Actively work to decrease fear and anxiety. Be a learner. Share what you learn.

Adapt, overcome, improvise.

Adapt, overcome, improvise.

This means: finding a way when it doesn’t seem possible. Practicing creative and patient persistence. Doing what it takes. Being smarter. Working smarter. Being a responsible risk taker. Creating an atmosphere that encourages risk and innovation. Having a sense of humor. Not taking yourself too seriously.

History

Assets, Inc. celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2010, a major milestone that caused us to stop and reflect on our remarkable past. The organization was founded by determined parents and friends of individuals with disabilities, and for many years, was knows as Alaska Specialized Employment and Training Services.

In 1980, a print shop, bindery and other in-house contracts provided employment opportunities for the initial 80 adults served by Assets. Today, the print shop is still in operation, still providing high quality products, including F&G, Business Monthly, etc.

Assets, Inc. is the 64th largest private employer is the State of Alaska, with a workforce of over 270 employees, 41.97% of whom are individuals with disabilities. Each member contributes to the local economy and plays a valued role in the community.

Four years after Assets opened its doors, a contract was signed providing janitorial services at the Anchorage Airport. This was a pivotal moment in the history of the organization as it was the first of many service contracts established between Assets and various entities. Today, these contracts provide a variety of employment options for over 200 employees, both disabled and non-disabled, in such environments as the Anchorage Area Commissary, Providence Hospital, and the Alaska State Court House System. Employees of Assets wash every dish at Providence Hospital, stock every shelf at the commissary and clean every square inch of the Courthouse and Federal Buildings!

Our Supported Living Services began in 1984, followed by Employment Services in 1986. Supported Living Services refers to any combination of skill building, coaching and resource coordination to assist individuals to live in their own homes. Supported Employment assists individuals to obtain and retain employment within local businesses. Assets currently partners with over forty local employers in hiring the right person to ensure job satisfaction for both the employee and employer.

Assets has embraced change and incorporated cutting edge thinking into its service delivery system. New understandings about how individuals with disabilities are best supported have been the foundation of our services.

Our overall purpose, for individuals with disabilities to thrive in and contribute to their community, inspires and challenges us each and every day. We invite you to join us in recognizing the accomplishments over the last 34 years, and in continuing our commitment to make an even greater difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities in the 21st century.

Board Members

Interested in joining our board of directors? Please contact us.

Board Chair Travers Gee
Vice Chair Brenda Duty Financial
Secretary Faith Myers Volunteer Mental Health Associate
Board Member Kelley Clouser
Board Member Michael Ashmore
Board Member Gina Bastian
Board Member Wallace Jenkins Jr. Treasurer

Our Staff

Matt Jones

Executive Director

Matt Jones, M.A. Mental Health Counseling

Matt Jones started work at Assets in a direct support position in 1986. He began his career in Human services prior to that while attending Prince William Sound College and working in Alaska’s now closed institution for persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Harborview Developmental Center.

Matt holds degrees in developmental disabilities, organizational administration, and an M.A. in mental health counseling. When not involved in the greatest career field ever, matt enjoys fishing, farming working with the Sutton Fire Department, archery, and his family.



Chief of Services

Mistee Davis, B.A. Psychology, A.A.S.

Mistee Davis, B.A. Psychology, A.A.S. Human Services, has 16+ years of experience and dedication, working towards Assets’ mission of making a difference in the lives of individuals who experience intellectual / developmental disabilities and / or severe and chronic mental illness, by working to consistently improve the home environments, employment opportunities, and community connections of the individuals we serve, in various roles and capacities. She has been Assets’ Chief of Services since September of 2014.

Mistee is a born and raised Alaskan, who enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and chocolate lab. Hobbies include fishing, boating, flying, camping, and any activity that allows her to explore our beautiful state.



Clinical Director

Marti Romero, Psy.D., LPC-S

Marti Romero, Psy.D., LPC-S is a licensed psychologist with 30+ years dedicated to providing treatment and supports to individuals who experience intellectual/developmental disabilities and severe and chronic mental illness. She has been Assets’ Clinical Director since October, 2014.

Dr. Romero is a life-long Alaskan, who enjoys spending time with family and friends; fishing, camping, hiking, playing softball – generally most things in the great outdoors.


Employment Services Manager

Alexandra “Alex” Gerlt, B.A. Psychology

Alexandra “Alex” Gerlt is a born and raised Alaskan who holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Alex has over 8 years of experience working in the nonprofit industry. She seeks to work herself out of a job by increasing the independence of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and assisting her community in recognizing their work. In her free time she avoids bears on hiking trails, fails at trivia, and spends time with family.