907-743-6600 info@anchorageprojectaccess.org 2401 East 42nd Ave Ste 104, Anchorage, Alaska 99508


Crystal Casad, BS
Eligibility and Outreach Coordinator

Crystal is the Eligibility Specialist for Anchorage Project Access. She is certified to help participants apply for the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare health insurance. Crystal has over 20 years’ experience as a Social worker and holds a BS in Child and Family. Crystal has worked as a Case Manager and Caseworker for Community Mental Health, Child Protective Services and Foster care programs.

Direct: 907.743.6610
Email: CCasad@AnchorageProjectAccess.org

Erika Espinosa
Dental Health Coordinator

Direct: 907.743.6621

Email: eespinosa@anchorageprojectaccess.org

Melinda Freemon, MS, LPC, CCS
Executive Director

Melinda Freemon has been in health-related leadership positions in Alaska for over 30 years. She has worked as an Executive Director in the behavioral health and health care fields overseeing comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, programs for women in transition, permanent supportive housing programs and public health programs with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. Ms. Freemon has worked extensively in rural and urban Alaska to address health and social service disparities. Ms. Freemon has served as the Executive Director of the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center, the Director of the Supportive Housing Division for RurAL CAP and the Director of the Anchorage Health Department. She has served on local task forces and statewide commissions working to improve access to health care for all Alaskans. Ms. Freemon began her position at Anchorage Project Access in August 2018.

Ms. Freemon is a recipient of the 2012 YWCA BP Exploration’s Woman of Achievement Award as well as the 2012 Hard-Won Victory Award by the American Planning Association Alaska Chapter. Ms. Freemon has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Direct: 907.743.6651
Email: mfreemon@AnchorageProjectAccess.org

Zyra Lannutti
Dental Health Coordinator

Direct: 907.743.6620

Email: zlannutti@anchorageprojectaccess.org

Gail Schiemann, MPH
Operations Manager

Gail Schiemann has been working with non-profit organizations and in public health for Alaskans for over 20 years.  Career highlights include: Wellness Educator for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program; Program Manager for the State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention Program; Program Director for the American Lung Association; and Education Director for Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.  Gail has served nationally, statewide, and locally on numerous community wellness coalitions and strategic health planning initiatives. She joined Anchorage Project Access in 2020.

Before moving to Anchorage in 1999, Gail was employed by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Health as a Research Associate and Project Manager for the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations. Gail holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Public Health Practice.

Direct: 907.743.6650

Email: gschiemann@anchorageprojectaccess.org