Jordan grew up and went to school in Idaho. He says ever since high school, he has wanted to help people in some way. He was in the army for a while, then worked at a research lab studying behavioral health. For a time, he was a mental health case manager.
One day Jordan saw a want ad for therapists at Community Connections. Jordan responded to the ad, and ended up getting the job. He was excited to come to Alaska and moved up with his whole family in 2014. Today he works as a therapist in the Children’s Mental Health program in Ketchikan.
Jordan likes working with clients and providing therapy groups at the office, and at middle and high schools. He enjoys educating staff and families about mental health.
One of the challenges of his job is getting clients the resources they need, since southern southeast AK is a relatively rural area compared to down south.
Max Mercer oversees the Children’s Mental Health program and notes that Jordan runs therapy groups at a local high school, and is highly respected by the teachers and administrators.
“He’s helping us to realize our mission, by supporting the school in practicing the principles associated with Trauma Informed Practice,” says Max.
In his free time, Jordan teaches martial arts at the Ketchikan Rec Center and spends time with his wife and five kids.
Thanks for all that you do, Jordan!
We feature staff as part of our monthly Stellar Staff Spotlight. The spotlight rotates between programs (Children’s Mental Health, Early Learning, and Senior & Disability Services), and between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales, with a focus on recognizing direct service staff.