Contact Information

Hope’s Leadership Team


Executive Director – Michele Girault

After falling in love with Alaska while on vacation, Michele opted to move to our beautiful state and joined the Hope team in 1984. Prior to coming to Hope she developed a passion for those with differing abilities while working in a small institution in California. Her focus has been to help build communities where everyone is valued and opportunity to contribute. Michele has a background in Human Development and Family Studies as well as Organizational Management.

Deputy Executive Director – Michael Bailey




 Leadership Team Contacts

Executive Emeritus

Roy T. Scheller, Ph.D.

Chief Information Officer

Jerry Kung

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Hiratsuka

Deputy Director of Community Support Services Ray Collins
Deputy Director of Health & Wellness

Jo-Anne Sullivan

Deputy Director of Internal & External Relations Kris Jez
Deputy Director of Licensing, Internal Audit & Quality Assurance

Esther Cabarles

Deputy Director of Mental & Behavioral Health Services

Ronnie Reynolds

Deputy Director of Physical Plant Operations

Brendan Farrell

Director of Human Resources Sharayah Talarovich
Director of Spirituality & Organizational Wellness Rick Benjamin
Clinical Director Dr. Chuck Lester
Medical Director Dr. William Browner
Corporate Culture Director Robin Siverson
Director of Mental Health Services Paul Ingram

Other Important Contacts

Artistic Expressions Director

Jennifer Moore

Director of Community Support Services - Kenai

Catherine Wheeler

Director of Community Support Services - Kodiak

Brenda Hathcock

Director of Community Support Services - Mat-Su

Julie Mettler

Community Activities Director

Molly Horton

Foster Care Licensing Specialist

Courtney Wise

Peer Advocate

Travis Noah

Ethics and Human Rights Committee

Rick Benjamin



Media Contact

If you are a member of the media and you have questions or need information about Hope Community Resources, including photos or expert sources for an article you are researching, please contact:

Kris Jez
Deputy Director of Internal & External Relations

For general agency information, history and background, please visit the appropriate resources available on this web site.