Meet the Family Safety Net Team

Lisa Wexler, Ph.D., M.S.W. is a Professor in the School of Social Work and a researcher at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her decades-long participatory research program collaborates with Indigenous communities, primarily rural and remote Alaska Native villages, and aims to (1) translate research into strategic, self-determined community action; (2) describe and amplify sources of strength in rural Indigenous communities that promote youth wellness and resilience; and (3) develop practical multilevel approaches to reduce youth suicide risk across the prevention spectrum. The universal prevention approach of the Family Safety Net builds on the strong family orientation of many Alaska Native people, and encourages adults to promote safe firearm storage within their homes as an important way to keep young people safe.

Arlo Davis grew up between Nome and Selawik Alaska in the 80s, back when the World Wide Web was text-only. His father was a librarian at the Kegoayah Kozga Public Library, the oldest library in Alaska, so together they would browse the library in Anchorage over the telephone line from Nome. Back then it was like magic. He learned to shoot and hunt early, starting at six years old, and caught his first caribou at eight. Safety has always been a high priority for Arlo. His grandfather Ralph Ramoth Sr teased him lovingly for years about the big, orange rubber gloves he put on to work on that caribou. Since then he received his undergraduate degree in English (with a Minor in Dance) from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and went on to graduate school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he spent a couple years studying Arctic policy. Now he lives and works in Kotzebue with his family.

Aneliese Apala Flaherty, MPH is a Research Area Specialist at the University of Michigan.  Aneliese is a “jack-of-all-trades” and has been involved with FSN since 2019 in various roles.  Born and raised in Oklahoma, Aneliese was a bioanalytical chemist before returning to graduate school to get her MPH.  Since then, she has focused her efforts on community-led projects for well-being and suicide prevention

Diane Schneeberger, LMSW is the Research Manager on Family Safety Net. Diane has been a clinical social worker since 2015 and has worked in research at University of Michigan for over 10 years, primarily focusing on youth mental health. In addition to Family Safety Net, she collaborates on another one of Dr. Wexler’s studies, Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES). earch Manager on Family Safety Net. Diane has been a clinical social worker since 2015 and has worked in research at University of Michigan for over 10 years, primarily focusing on youth mental health. In addition to Family Safety Net, she collaborates on another one of Dr. Wexler’s studies, Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES).