About Us

What is ACCA?

ACCA is a non-profit agency that has served the Fairbanks community since 1946.

It began with a grassroots community effort to assist people needing orthopedic referrals and equipment as well as speech therapy. The agency was known as ‘Alaska Crippled Children and Adults’ and was associated with the Easter Seals Society.

In 1998, the agency adopted a new name, ‘Alaska Center for Children and Adults’. Over the years, programs for individuals with disabilities has expanded to support many areas of the state of Alaska.

Our Approach

Our Mission

To assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families by providing quality diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and referral services in conjunction with other community providers without regard to ability to pay.

Proud Member of

ACCA is one of the proud original members of the United Way of the Tanana Valley, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

Timeline of Our History

Our Board of Directors

Carrie Nash

President

Carrie was born and raised in Fairbanks, and she and her husband Art are raising three children who experience various needs. She has worked in all five of the large school districts in our state, in addition to her time with UAF and UAS.

Sam Bush

Vice President

LaVada “Sam” Bush was born in Livermore, California. She has lived and worked in Alaska since 1980 and loves this state and the wonders in it. Sam is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and loves all of those roles.

Janelle Chapin

Secretary

Janelle holds an associates in addictions counseling and bachelors of fine arts in social work. She has worked for many agencies in Fairbanks as an advocate for victims of domestic violence as well those with traumatic brain injuries.

Janet Daley

Treasurer

Janet is a Certified Management Accountant with many years’ experience in the non-profit sector both professionally and as a volunteer. This includes working in Africa on development and relief projects with individuals from different cultures and covering a broad spectrum of ability, education and health. She is passionate about using her financial and human services skills in serving the community.

Isaac Bush

Member

When Isaac was born he was diagnosed with multiple disabilities. The doctors told his parents to love him but accept he would not live long. He has continually surprised medical professionals as he leads a productive life as an active member of the community. Doctors said that he would be non-verbal yet he has done public speaking and advocacy throughout the state. As a young teen, Isaac was a guest page on the floor of the state Senate during one of his trips to Juneau.

Debbie Mekiana

Member

Debbie joined the ACCA board after being involved with ACCA through her family while living in Anaktuvuk Pass. Debbie’s family has lived in both rural and urban areas in Alaska and she shares her knowledge of services in those areas. Her passion for delivery services and improving the lives of all individuals is a strong motivator for Debbie in her service on the ACCA board.

Mandi Hart

Member-at-Large

Bio coming soon.