Administrative Staff

Catriona Reynolds, Executive Director
I’ve been a staff member at the Clinic since January 2003 and, for the first 13 years I served as the Clinic Manager; in 2016 I was selected to be the Executive Director. This new role brings additional challenges and joys; I prize the opportunity to strengthen this organization and develop sustainability to ensure success into the future.

I am a member of the MAPP of SKP Steering Committee (Mobilizing to Action through Planning and Partnerships of the Southern Kenai Peninsula). I was a member of the State of Alaska MediCaid Advisory Committee (MCAC) 2008-2017 and participated in meetings all around our state. In my role on the Alaska HIV Prevention Materials Review Panel I have the occasional opportunity to provide input and feedback about educational tools and media messages for HIV prevention activities.

Before KBFPC, I was lucky enough to work at several other Homer area non-profits, including the Pratt Museum and Kachemak Heritage Land Trust. I am a founding member of Homer Cycling Club, advocating for cyclists is almost as important to me as advocating for reproductive and sexual health rights. I am the parent of two children, and enjoy playing and learning with them. As a parent I greatly appreciate the many ways KBFPC supports the youth of our community. In 2014 I was elected to Homer City Council, a service I’m happy to do to strengthen health and well being in our community. 
When I’m not at work, you’ll see me out and about on my bicycle.

Lydia Lohse, Bookkeeper and Executive Assistant
I was born and raised on Kodiak Island, married after graduation and moved to the next US Coast Guard station. My accounting career has been quite diverse as I worked for large & small businesses and corporations, community/government and Native agencies both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, throughout the United States, before returning to Kodiak in 1989.

Leaving once again in 2001 I relocated to Homer to attend college, after that I worked for the City of Homer in various positions in the Accounting Department and the City Clerk’s office from 2003 –2009, the South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services and the Center for Coastal Studies before joining the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic team in June of 2013.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic has continued to grow and diversify, so have the accounting requirements.  I have enjoyed working with the Executive Director over the past few years, to create the new accounting department, establishing new procedures and consolidate all the financial information into one location. It is an exciting time to be working for KBFPC, being part of a great team as we continue to grow and add more services for the men, women and youth on the peninsula.

 

Clinic Staff

Dr. Katie Ostrom, MD-Medical Director
I have had the pleasure of serving as Medical Director at KBFPC since October 2014 and since I moved to Homer in 2016 I also enjoy being part of the clinic staff. After my residency in New Mexico, I worked for 10 years in Anchorage at Alaska Native Medical Center then in private practice. I serve on a number of state boards and committees related to the health of women and children in Alaska. My main office is now at Homer Medical Clinic where I provide obstetric and gynecologic care for the women in Homer and along the peninsula.

Living in Homer is a dream come true for me-a beautiful place to raise my two children, tend a garden and ride bikes on the beach. Although cycling is my first love, I do enjoy challenging myself with endurance events in running, swimming and biking!

 

Julie McCarron, ANP(CNM)-Practitioner
As a certified Nurse-Midwife/Advanced Nurse Practitioner I care for women across the lifespan and young children in my jobs at KBFPC and Homer Medical Clinic.  I have been here at KBFPC since fall of 2004.  I can’t think of a better place to work and grow as a practitioner and for women to come for women’s health care. It is such a positive place to work and I hope we make it a positive place for women to get their care too. I enjoy helping women make good health decisions to achieve their best state of health in all aspects of their lives.

I am also the parent of 5 children ranging in age from 18 to 6. In addition to spending time with my husband and kids I enjoy hiking and camping, watching my kids sports games, reading and walking and skiing.

Sharon Gorman, ANP(CNM)-Practitioner
I have been a CNM since 1990, graduating from OHSU. I have worked for 2 nonprofits in Vancouver, WA, and Davis, CA, where I had the privilege of caring for pregnant and birthing women and their families. I worked at UC Davis Student Health for a decade, providing women’s health care to college and graduate students. At KBFPC, I love the combination of science, compassion and mindfulness that is part of every visit. There is such wonderful atmosphere of laughter and warmth with the KBFPC Board, staff and clients that I come to my days at KBFPC excited and so happy that I am with women as they make decisions about their healthcare and reproductive life.

I come from a hearty, large, Midwestern family and culture that includes 16 years of Catholic education—12 years of feminist Dominican nuns and 4 years of socially active Jesuits. My Alaskan life started in the 1990’s when my family would travel from California to Bethel for the summers. As a little girl, our daughter Johanna would travel to Delta villages with her dad, while I worked as a CNM at YKHC in Bethel.

In 2001, we moved to Alaska permanently and picked Homer as our home. I cannot believe what a great choice we made. Whether it is being with a friend, hiking, dip netting or whale watching, the Homer community is the most wonderful place to live. In addition to my work at KBFPC, I enjoy being with Homer’s teens at HHS as the school nurse, volunteering with the needle exchange program, organizing an annual mindfulness retreat with my husband and having regular very lazy days.

Clare Wheeler

 

Clare Wheeler, Clinic Manager

 

 

 

Selina Mach, Clinic Assistant
After growing up in Homer and living in Washington for three years, I was welcomed to the KBFPC crew as a clinic assistant in the fall of 2014. With an educational background in women’s and gender studies, it has been exciting to see how my passion for social justice has unfolded through my work at the clinic. One of my favorite aspects of this position is the opportunity that it provides for ongoing education—from contraceptive counseling to HIV testing, there is always something new to learn. In addition to regular clinic assistant tasks, I also put together the recently revamped KBFPC newsletter. This has been an awesome way for me to share organizational updates with our community and also reconnect with my love of writing. Aside from reproductive healthcare and education, some of my favorite things include new notebooks, pens, the ocean, curry, and things made from leather.

Rose Wohlgemuth, Clinic Assistant
I was raised in Homer and was a member of KBFPC’s R.A.R.E-T, a youth-led AIDS awareness program, while attending Homer High. After about 8 years of living in California and Colorado, I decided to return to Alaska to be closer to family. I was very excited to rejoin the KBFPC team and have been a clinic assistant since 2014. I also have the pleasure of participating in classroom teaching with the Homer Peer Education team and occasionally work with the Outreach program. In my spare time, I enjoy walks with my dog, sunshine, and cooking.

Emily Munns, Clinic Assistant
After spending nearly 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, I returned to Homer in the fall of 2016, and was thrilled to join KBFPC at that time. In California, I earned a degree in Latin American Studies, and enjoyed volunteering with the Housing Rights Committee, an organization that provides free counseling for tenants in San Francisco who are experiencing illegal evictions or landlord harassment. I love to read and play music, and here in Homer, I’m looking forward to honing my gardening skills (which are weak at this point), and be out on the water as much as possible. Working at the clinic is a dream for me, and it’s been a pleasure to return to Homer and be part of an organization with a staff and a mission that I so value.

Outreach Staff

Kathy Morton, Outreach Advocate
Even though Alaska has been my home for most of my life, I was born into a family with deep roots in New England, where I grew up surrounded by beautiful architecture and spent summers at the beach. Later I studied art and natural history and caught the travel bug.

Living here fulfills my love of the sea, clean air and the majesty of Nature. I’m part of a town that cares, a place full of character and characters. As a young mother raising two children here, I came to rely on KBFPC for my annual well woman visit, and later became a volunteer.

I’m so fortunate to be able to work with the caring and dedicated staff and board at KBFPC. We are encouraged to learn and grow and work with our community.

It’s tough having more interests than I have time for, but somehow there’s always time for dog walking, reading, inventive cooking and hat making. One of my passions is volunteering with Hospice of Homer, where I find great satisfaction helping others. I’m also a longtime supporter of the Homer Farmer’s Market, another thriving and ever evolving community resource.

Rebecca Bartee, Outreach Advocate 
I was born and raised in Anchorage and regardless of the places I have been Alaska will always hold my heart! My family raised me to help others when possible, love the land and all that it offers, and never stop learning.

After high school I took time off to explore and travel the world. When I was done I moved to Homer where I spent a year and a half slinging fish on the docks and taking in all the beauty that is Homer. It was then when I first became a client of KBFPC. I immediately fell in love with the clinic. The women were so caring and helpful, I was and still am to this day, so thankful that Homer has such a wonderful clinic available to its public.

I spent a decade on my college journey, I studied in Hawaii, New Zealand and Juneau, where I graduated from the University of Southeast Alaska with a BA in Art. I moved back to Homer the Summer of 2013 to help run the family homestead. We raise livestock and bees, maintain a 70ft high tunnel  and strive to live as sustainably as possible. In 2016 I was given the opportunity to join the KBFPC outreach team and jumped at the chance. I’m grateful to be a part of such a strong and committed group of people.

Youth Education/R.E.C. Room Staff

Anna

Anna Meredith, Youth Health Education and Programs Manager
Returning to Alaska after a splendid dairy farm childhood in New York State, I settled into the community of Homer working and learning in various fields from fishing, carpentry, land stewardship, behavioral health, and now I pleasantly find myself working with teenagers once again as the Youth Program Manager at KBFPC.

My job is to ensure KBFPC’s ever-providing style through serving the needs of Homer’s most valuable assets, our youth.  My work day glides between R.E.C. Room programming/hosting and the Promoting Health Among Teens sexual education/healthy relationship program where we work out in the community educating youth.  I’m proud to represent KBFPC working side-by-side with youth Peer Educators via the PHAT program.  Youth fulfill the sense of capability, growth, and right to be responsible which this program hopes to make available to young people in our community and surrounding areas.

In the rest of my life, I’m spending much time out and about with my family and two pups that rally through the country side.  We seek good times from barrels to peaks!  We’re currently building a house and are appreciative to have a constant connection with this community.

Doug Koester

Doug Koester, Youth Health Education Coordinator
After growing up near Chicago and earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Health. I joined the United States Peace Corps. I lived and worked with the people of Chad, Africa for over two years. Upon returning to the US I moved to Nome, Alaska where I worked as an Environmental Health Specialist responsible for 27 native villages as well as Kotzebue and Nome. My desire to garden and homestead drew me to Homer where I live at 17mile east end road with my beloved wife Katie and son Augustus. After working at the center and Homer soil and water with youth my dreams came true again when I had the opportunity to work for KBFPC and the R.E.C. room. I had always admired the good natured and helpful atmosphere here and am very proud to now be a part of it as of January 2012. I also feel lucky to be a part of the ground breaking PHAT program using a peer to peer approach with sex education. Working with the Homers youth continues to be inspiring on a daily basis. I look forward to continuing to work towards more choices for health and happiness in our beautiful community.

Cody Davidson, R.E.C. Room Coordinator 
In 2012 I began volunteering with the R.E.C. Room, which is a youth resource center provided by Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC). The R.E.C. Room provided me with an outlet to pursue my passion for teaching and music as I started a program called Youth On Record Alaska. Youth On Record Alaska teaches professional music production and engineering all the while holding a foundation of empowerment and positive reinforcement. Youth on Record Alaska has evolved over the years into a subculture or club atmosphere where former students return to volunteer as mentors, teachers and partners of this program.

For the past five years I’ve continued to teach Youth on Record Alaska classes as a volunteer and more recently I was hired to work as the R.E.C. Room coordinator during the school year. As the R.E.C. Room coordinator I  help provide adult support for the youth who visit as well as help coordinate events and general maintenance. I work with youth in many capacities due to my involvement with South Peninsula Behavioral Health’s Child and Family Services.

My personal life consists of thankfulness due to my lovely wife Brittani and my four children: Harmony, Justice, Talon and Sabriel. I am a teacher and music producer who lives in the most beautiful place on earth- Homer Alaska. I have earned my stripes as an Alaskan as I have spent many seasons out at sea as a commercial fisherman. I love and find hope through the youth in my community and I am humbled and honored to have the capacity to work next to many of the great ones through the R.E.C. Room.

Chloë Pleznac, Peer Educator
Chloë was born and raised in Homer, where she is currently attending Homer High School as a senior. She has been working at the R.E.C. Room since April of 2016, where she enjoys the opportunity to teach her peers and travel across the state meeting other interesting and passionate youth. In love with the idea of learning, as well as helping others, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in psychiatry after high school. In her spare time Chloë writes poetry, reads psychology textbooks, and listens to obscure indie bands.

Cassidy Lush, Peer Educator
Cassidy has been working with the R.E.C. Room since October 2016, following the role of his older sister Shenandoah Lush as a youth Peer Educator. In his free time he enjoys working on tech and biking around Homer. His post-high school plans have not been finalized, but he plans on following a career path somewhere in Computer Sciences.

Lia Jacobsen, Peer Educator
Lia was raised in Homer and is currently attending Homer High School as a Junior. Lia is planning on pursuing a life with animals and having many dogs. In her free time she likes to swim, help others, and listen to a variety of music while following her goal in life of being happy.

Parker Gibson, Peer Educator
Parker was born and raised in California for the first 10 years of his life, until he moved up to Alaska in 2012. He is currently attending Homer High School as a sophomore, where he is attempting to graduate early and earn a doctorate in astrophysics. He first visited the R.E.C. Room in February of 2017.