Early Learning Program Director (ELP)
Children's Mental Health Program Director (CMH)
Tandra recently joined the Community Connections team in summer of 2021. Tandra has been fortunate to work closely with children and families for over 20 years in respite care, wilderness therapy, early education, special education, and as a parent educator. In Alaska, Tandra has worked as a foster parent, teacher, child care manager, social services coordinator, and has provided training all over the state in early intervention and child care programming. Tandra’s undergraduate and graduate studies focused on best practices for promoting child, family and community health. Tandra believes everything she has done in her life has brought her here to Community Connections. She has a strong commitment to human development, family systems, school success, training and program design. Tandra has lived in Ketchikan since 2009 with her family and she looks forward to serving and supporting the communities of Ketchikan and Prince of Wales for many years to come.
Senior & Disability Services Program Director (SDS)
Tyler has been with Community Connections since moving back to Ketchikan in the summer of 2015. After graduating from Kayhi, he moved to Idaho and began working as a direct service provider and has worked in social services ever since. In his professional career, Tyler has primarily provided services to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), however he has also worked with adolescents in residential treatment and still currently works with adolescents through regular volunteer work in the community. Prior to moving back to Ketchikan, Tyler spent several years overseeing group homes for adults with IDD outside of Seattle. Much of his time with Community Connections was spent overseeing services at Opportunity House and more recently he has worked as the Disability Services Manager for Ketchikan. In April of 2022, after completion of his BA in Human Services, he transitioned to his current role as the SDS Program director. Tyler believes strongly in the Mission of Community Connections and deeply values Person-Centered and Customer-Directed services. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time in nature with his wife and two daughters.