3401 E 42nd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99508
Meet the people who make it happen!
Inspired, Passionate, Grateful, Blessed, Awed, Uplifted, Joyful, and Filled with Love…This is how I feel when I walk into 'work!' It’s the same way I felt in 1999 when Vicki & I followed a 'nudge' to begin a Program where participants come together to learn, laugh, and have FUN with each other. Friendships were born, and today they continue to grow and flourish. I am continually learning from the people in our Program.
Their unconditional love for life and each other inspires me to be a better teacher, leader, and human being. Add to that the most talented, dedicated, unique, humble and passionate Team of Staff…and you’ve just created the Perfect Brew. Drink it in daily and it will promise to heal all that ails!
As for me, I love yoga, walking in nature, playing with my puppy Max, and spending time with my family. I’m blessed with two beautiful homes in the most amazing places on earth, Alaska and Hawaii. I share my life with my partner Pat, who supports and inspires me to follow my passions daily. I’m a Spiritual Practitioner with the Alaska Center for Spiritual Living. I begin each day with prayer and meditation as it helps keep me present in the Presence of my Higher Power.
I’m grateful for the amazing Life I get to live, the people who support and love me, and the 'kiddos' who shine their Lights out into the world and make it a better place to live….for all of us!
I am grateful and amazed to see how much our agency has grown since Cindy and I started it back in the summer of 1999! I especially love that I get to see our participants every day. They always put a smile on my face, even in the most challenging moments.
I love that we provide jobs in our community and that we are able to attract such talented and wonderful staff who support and teach through positive and fun activities.
I have lived in Anchorage for over 40 years and I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to live. My dog and I go for a nature walk every day. I love birds and animals, and that’s probably why I don’t eat them. I have played many sports over the years, and now I play tennis and golf… the latter weather permitting, of course! I am a big reader and I love the paper books – no computer reading for me.
When I started this work, I didn’t have any gray hair! But the gray hair has been so worth it for the last 15 years… I have learned so much from our 'kiddos,' and I am still learning from them every day!
I was born in Anchorage, but spent most of my teenage years in Utah where I met my husband, Matt. We were best friends throughout our school years and got married in 2003 after I attended college in Utah.
In the summer of 2004, we moved to Alaska and I met Cindy and Vic through our previous work at the Anchorage School District ACT Program. I started working part time for Cindy and Vic’s back in April of 2006, and have been a full time employee since September of 2010.
Our agency is my forever home, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to work! I adore all of the ‘Kiddos’ and staff we work with!!
Some of my favorite things are camping with my family, fishing with my husband, going on vacation, and spending time with our beautiful daughter! Matt and I welcomed Cambria in January of 2015 and we are so in love with our little girl!
I moved to Anchorage in 1972, and started working for the Anchorage School District after graduating from West High in 1978. I started out as a substitute, and was then offered a full time Teaching Assistant position in 1984. I worked as a T.A. for 7 years, and then moved away for 4 years.
When I moved back, I returned to the school district where I met Cindy and Vic. When they first opened their program, I worked on call. As the program grew, I worked the summer program and later was offered a full time position as a Residential Manager at Peace Place.
My work at Peace Place has been an awesome experience! I am currently the Community Living Supervisor, which has been both challenging and rewarding! My faith and my family are a very important part of my life.
Teri 'Poppins' Cunningham
If you ignore the first 6 months of my life I am a lifelong Alaskan. My father was raised in Ketchikan and spent a short time in Colorado, where I was born. I grew up in southeast Alaska, eventually moving to Anchorage where I’ve spent most of my life. I lived in Fairbanks for 5 years but that’s another story…
After a long career in printing and publishing life brought changes and Cindy and Vic’s was one of those. I worked in the day-hab Program and weekend relief while completing certification in Medical Assisting.
When Cindy and Vic opened the 'Joyful Joint' house, I took on the role of Resident Manager and now live with 3 amazingly gifted young women. We cook together, work out, and generally laugh a lot. I enjoy helping both make healthy decisions and living and loving life.
Audra joined the Cindy and Vic’s family in June of 2017, and soon we were all feeling the Lovejoy! Audra was born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, where she lived in Hoonah, Cordova, and Anchorage where she met her husband, Rick. In 1988, they got married and moved to San Diego, and then to Oregon where they raised their 3 children.
There Audra worked for a local school district, where she honed her skills providing supports for students with a wide variety of needs as a Behavior Consultant. Audra says, ‘We recently moved back to Anchorage and it feels so good to be home!’
Audra’s connection to Cindy and Vic’s came about during her daughter’s wedding, where our very own Anna Pieper was the photographer! After Audra heard about C&V from Anna, she was compelled to seek a job here. The stars aligned, and we had an opening that was the perfect fit: Peace Place Resident Manager. In Audra’s own words, ‘I feel so incredibly blessed… The ladies at Peace Place are amazing and bring joy to my life daily.’
Hi! My favorite thing to do is to hangout with my grandson and rest of the family. I also like to hike, bike, swim and take long drives and take picture of nature.
I came Cindy and Vic's because I needed a job with insurance and knew they were an awesome company to work for.
I really enjoy work at Blessing Bungalow with my guys, they are the best. - Annette
We are so blessed to have Tara as part of the Cindy and Vic’s team! Her vibrant personality and can-do attitude have a positive effect on all of us, and she shows true dedication to helping others work toward their full potential.
She shares her many gifts with our Participants, such as her love of nature and her passion for yoga. Tara has a sparkling smile and a calm but powerful energy that she brings with her to work each day. In the words of her team members, who nominated her for Staff of the Quarter, “I would love to nominate Tara to be recognized as an exemplary employee. She always has such a positive attitude and is willing to step up to the plate when needed. I also very much enjoy her calming effect on everyone.”
“Tara continues to do an amazing job with the ladies. When they come from a day out with her, they talk about the activities and the healthy choices and the fun they had. I appreciate all that she does!” Thank you for everything, Tara! You are a shining star and we love you!
Wendy joined us in January of 2017, and we are so happy to have her warm and friendly spirit as part of the Cindy and Vic’s family! Wendy was born in Queens, New York, as the first generation of a family who immigrated from Mexico. Wendy married her high school sweetheart, and they headed from Kansas to Alaska in search of adventure!
Wendy was a hairdresser for 12 years and says, “I helped people feel good about themselves on the outside and I believe I got into DSP work to help people on the insde!” Wendy has lots of love to share with her 5 godchildren and 3 “fur babies,” and she and her husband also foster dogs and raise chickens. Wendy’s hobbies include yoga, gardening, and bellydancing… when she’s not busy with her cute menagerie!
I was born and raised here in Anchorage. I was first introduced to Cindy and Vic’s by my mother, Allison Wilson, who was already employed with them. She suspected I would really love this job, so she had me come and visit her at work and introduced me to some of the participants. She was right! I fell in love. Shortly after my introduction to the Program, I began my work here in August of 2013. I am currently a student at UAA, getting a Health Sciences degree. I love American Sign Language! I am conversationally fluent and I absolutely love teaching sign to our participants. This job has been wonderful and challenges me daily. I learn so much from our participants and I find that there is never a dull moment!