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Diane Castro named new CDVSA director

April 15th, 2017 | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

L. Diane Castro has been named the new executive director of Alaska's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). She will start in her position on May 1.

"The Council is excited about having Diane at the head of our organization," said council member Rachel Gernat in a release. "We look forward to her leading the CDVSA and continuing our work of helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and sustaining our efforts to prevent these crimes."

According to the release, Castro has a B.A. in Anthropology from Central Washington University and an M.P.A. from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

She already has significant experience in the state as she currently works for the Department of Health and Social Services as its behavioral health policy advisor.

Before that, she worked as the deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, the prevention and early intervention manager in the state's behavioral health division through DHSS, the director of Alaska's Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the director of the Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, and the director of Fairbanks' Resource Center for Parents and Children.

"Her philosophy is that partnerships, coalitions, and collaboration are always better than working in isolation," the release stated. "Working toward a collective impact and population health has been her life's work."


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