Ms. Overstreet was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in the Matanuska Valley. With a Bachelors degree from the University of Idaho, she published research in the field of addiction, presenting her research at Eastern, Western and American Psychological Association Conferences from San Francisco to Atlanta. Graduate school in the Field of Health Psychology took her to Arizona, and upon returning to Alaska she spent five years at Alaska Regional Hospital, using her education and experience for work in the Addictive Behavior Center. During that time she taught drug prevention classes for both Mat Su and Anchorage School Districts in her free time.
Certified at a CDC-III level, Michelle moved back to the Matanuska Valley and worked with youth in recovery, and at a local alternative school teaching drug prevention and resilience. When life took her back to Arizona, she worked on a Spit Tobacco Prevention Team with Joe Garagiola Sr. and the Diamondbacks Baseball team, developing a love for baseball and an awareness of the need for tobacco prevention. Michelle also owned and operated a Life Coaching business for 17 years.
In 2010 Michelle founded Mat Su Youth Housing (MY House), a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless youth in the Mat Su Valley, and has been a founding member of the Valley Opiate Task Force, moving forward to try to address this epidemic among the homeless and across the State of Alaska. From 2010 when the non-profit was founded until 2014, Michelle worked full time as a volunteer, contributing many, many hours to get the non-profit off the ground. Her work has most recently been recognized with the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award (2017), and the National Dorothy Richardson Award for Leadership and Community Impact (2018). Michelle is currently the Executive
Director for MY House and sits on the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Operating Board for the Mat Su Housing and Homeless Coalition.
Michael Carson, Vice President
Mr. Carson is a retired Mat Su Valley School Teacher who has worked Outreach for Covenant House, and remained connected to that organization for a number of years. He has conducted recovery meetings in a variety of venues in the Valley, including 12 years as a volunteer at the local Juvenile Detention Center in cooperation with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Michael has thirty years of sobriety himself and experience working with youth of all ages in homeless and substance abuse recovery situations. He has been on the Operating Board for the local Housing and Homeless Coalition, and continues to take a leadership role with youth and in the recovery field in the community. Michael joined Michelle in founding MY House right after retiring and has been hard at work since that time. Michael’s Alaskan work earned the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award (2018), and continues to spend his retirement volunteering throughout the community.
Ms. Thompson moved to Alaska 25 years ago. She is a single mother of 6 wonderful children and Nana to 4 beautiful grandchildren. Racquel is a person in long-term recovery and is willing to share her story and experience. She has worked as both peer support specialist and case manager during the last two years. Racquel is passionate about helping those who are also seeking recovery. Recovery is a priority in her life as she understands that without recovery she wouldn’t have the life she has now. Racquel strives to be an example to all what recovery looks like.
Mrs. Borges is a full-time homemaker whose journalism has earned national recognition. Previously certified as a chemical dependency counselor in Alaska and Nevada, she has worked in prevention, outreach, juvenile justice and therapeutic settings. Raised by entrepreneurs in Southeast Alaska, she values civic engagement and mentorship — a value fortified by witnessing countless personal transformations. She’s pleased to assist True North’s mission of supporting authentic healing in her home for the past fifteen years — Wasilla and its surrounding area.