Traci, who was born and raised in Oregon, has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience with an emphasis in education, community outreach, and service to girls, women, children, and families. Traci was recently named a 2020 Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal. She volunteers on local boards in alignment with her personal and professional commitment to youth success and equitable access to services and systems to foster a more equitable Oregon. Traci currently sits on the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors, The Gray Family Foundation Board, is a founding member of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon Board and an American Leadership Forum Fellow.
Amy is a native of Indianapolis, IN, and graduate of Ball State University with bachelor degree in organizational communications. She brings extensive experience in operational and financial leadership, building and coaching strong teams, and creating sustainable strategic plans. Amy is thrilled to join Friends of the Children-Portland. She appreciates how everyone at Friends is so committed and onboard to our purpose." I am really inspired by the core assets and how we work with our youth." When out of the office, Amy likes to hike, cycle, and cheer on the Portland Timbers from the Timbers Army.
Rachel grew up in Santa Cruz, California and went to college at San Francisco State University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She moved to Oregon almost 16 years ago. It took her awhile to love it, but does now! Rachel has been working in the Juvenile Justice system for the past 20 years developing programs for youth in the system. She is excited to work for Friends of the Children and use her skills and experience to prevent youth from ever ending up in the system. Prevention has always been her focus and working at Friends allows her to work alongside such a talented and diverse group of people using a program model that really works and has incredible outcomes. Rachel looks forward to putting her efforts towards the goals of increasing graduates ability to be self-sufficient in life. Her favorite things about Friends of the Children is that the relationship with youth is “no matter what”. The unconditional support is so unique and so greatly needed in a world which often alienates kids who make mistakes. Outside of work she loves to be with her 3 kids, playing in nature at the beach or in the forest.
Andrea was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, originally from Seattle. She earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Washington in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies with a focus on Asian American Studies. Her experience includes women's advocacy, crisis counseling, and volunteer management with a Seattle area domestic violence nonprofit organization and program management and human resources in the tech industry here in Portland. After taking a career pause to be a stay-at-home parent to raise her two children, she found her way back to nonprofit mission driven work with Friends of the Children–Portland. Andrea enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and travel, but mostly loves spending time with her family in NE Portland.
Associate Director of Corporate and Donor Relations
Lisa was born in southern California and moved to Portland with her family when she was in middle school, eventually earning her degree from Oregon State University. Having worked at the Classic Wines Auction for a couple of years, Lisa loved seeing the first hand impact Friends makes on the youth in our community. She is impressed with the warmth, kindness and sense of community that resonates throughout every aspect of our donor environment and program development. She loves that in all things, Friends of the Children–Portland puts the needs of the children first. Lisa enjoys quality time with her family, planning fun trips with her girlfriends and spending time in Manzanita.
Erika is originally from Spokane, WA, but moved across the state to attend Seattle University, where she studied International Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She has been working in nonprofit gift services since 2014 and has worked with amazing organizations in Seattle and now Portland! She moved to Portland in Summer, 2020 and is looking forward to getting to know the city once everything is open again.
Erika loves Friends of the Children Portland’s deep commitment to helping children of all backgrounds feel excited and empowered to grow into their best selves. She is also so impressed with the wonderful and devoted individuals who work and volunteer at Friends of the Children Portland.
Outside of the office, Erika enjoys dancing, playing games with her husband, and snuggling with her two cats, Chester Copperpot and Leonardo DiCatrio.
Kim is a native Portlander who graduated from the UO with a Journalism degree. Her background includes PR and newspaper reporting. Before joining Friends, she was a grant writer at Human Solutions for about 6 years. She appreciates the enthusiasm and energy of her colleagues and the 12.5 year commitment to each youth. Kim is a huge animal lover, avid cyclist and enjoys being outside as much as possible - especially in the summer! She also loves to read, watch movies, cook new vegetarian recipes and spend time with friends and family.
Meiling started working in nonprofit development and fundraising in 2004 and she’s been hooked ever since. She loves the way that charitable giving empowers families and businesses to connect with each other, learn from their communities, and come together to identify solutions and make a lasting impact. She is passionate that young people should feel strengthened and supported by their communities, so Friends has been a natural fit for her since she joined the staff in 2012. Meiling loves small everyday adventures, all kinds of food and drink, and naps. If you can’t find Meiling in front of her computer, she’s probably at a park or festival, berry-picking with her family, or star-gazing from her deck.
Rose grew up in a small town in northern Nevada. She went to the University of Oregon where she studied philosophy and nonprofit management. She has been working in Development in Portland ever since. She appreciates the commitment everyone at Friends has to the mission, the youth, and the community. The energy is inspiring! When she's not working, Rose enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and going to concerts.
Kristy began working for nonprofits in 2014 and is originally from Canada. She just moved to the Portland area in 2018 and is loving the area so far. She loves the feeling of being with an organization that is truly making a difference. Kristy also loves music, traveling, teaching herself coding, falling in love with new foods, playing video games, and being outdoors.
I enjoy hiking and exploring Portland parks with my youth, taking pictures of clouds and landscapes, my favorite type of foods is anything with the word berry in it, My dog Jucy Fruit is a beautiful min pin, and among my life experiences I'm happy to say I have worked for mickey mouse @WDW, built schools for youth in Honduras and I have the best job I never knew I wanted here at Friends of the Children.
Nolan was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. (Go Brewers!) After graduating from Marquette University with a BA, he found a passion for working with youth as an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Wisconsin. He appreciates the sense of family Friends of the Children–Portland that is ever present between the youth and the staff. Nolan likes to play Pokemon Trading Card game competitively and spend time with his wife.
Paul is a proud NE Portland resident. He attended Benson Polytechnic High School and attended Lane Community College, University of Oregon and Portland State University. He was a Black Studies and Social Science Major. Paul appreciates that Friends provides an environment to be equitable and inclusive for our youth and families. Friends provides space for youth to be themselves fully which he also appreciates. Paul enjoys music, watching Oregon Ducks sports, and go to the park with his dog, Canela.
Eric grew up in the Beaverton area and graduated from Beaverton High School. While attending University of Oregon he was heavily involved in the athletic bands, drumming in the marching band and basketball band, directing the Green Garter Band, and founding the student drumline Rhythm O. He worked with Camp Fire Columbia for many years, both with their Before & After School program and at Camp Namanu. After leaving Camp Fire, he spent a year teaching English with the JET Program in Sapporo, Japan. Over the years, he has recorded and toured with Portland band Husky Boys, taught private drum lessons, and instructed the drumlines at Beaverton and Kelso High Schools. Eric is passionate about music, books, the environment, and youth work.
Adam has worked with youth of all backgrounds over the last two decades, including his hometown of Spokane, California and Portland. He has lived in Portland since 2011. Adam appreciates the individualized, strength based approach at Friends. The program allows him to really build a meaningful relationship with each and every youth and empower them to achieve their goals. He loves to cook, travel, read and learn about new things.
I’m from Southern California. I spent the first half of my
childhood in Los Angeles, and the other half in Huntington Beach. I received a
BA in Political Science at California State University Long Beach.
I appreciate the work that Friends of the Children does to
help empower youth. It brings dignity to the work that Friends and youth are
doing in themselves and their communities. I love that the organization focuses
on the emotional and social wellbeing of youth. I enjoy camping and
hiking with friends and my dog, Finn. I love gathering around a big table of
food with all the people that I love!
Aidan grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he moved to Missoula, Montana and attended the University of Montana. Aidan is really excited to work at a place that is explicitly youth focused and is full of passionate people. He says," It’s clear just for the hiring and orientation process that everyone in the organization is hard working and passionate about this work." Aidan loves all sorts of outdoor activities; hiking, rock climbing and backpacking. He also enjoys video games, reading, painting and baking on a rainy day.
I was born in Lubbock, Texas and moved to Dallas as a teenager. I’m a proud alum of the University of Missouri (M-I-Z!) where I studied Philosophy, Psychology, and Gender Studies. In Portland I’ve found a place to call home, and I look forward to being here for a good, long while.
I love the complete and total commitment to our youth, and how they’re truly at the center of everything we do.
I really enjoy all vehicles of storytelling. Graphic novels, television, film, video games, books small and large; there’s just so much good stuff out there! I also enjoy hiking with my wonderful partner and our miniature dachshund, Clementine, which is generally how I spend my weekends and summers.
Mary was born and raised in Portland. She attended Lincoln High School and Western Oregon University. She appreciates the long term one on one relationships and getting to know her youth on a deeper level. She likes advocating with youth and families to navigate the systems and working with 'cool' people. Outside of Friends, she likes to spend time with her family, play soccer, kickball, volleyball and travel.
Natasha is from Portland, Oregon. She attended The Evergreen State College and had an emphasis in cultural and ethnic studies: African American Studies. She enjoys being a mom, blogging and baking delicious treats. She is writing a book that her youth encouraged her to write. Natasha enjoys providing access to post-secondary education opportunities to program youth. She loves the relationships she fosters with the youth in the program and looks at the relationships like sisters.
Warren was born and raised in Portland. He appreciates the work that Friends does to help youth and support those that work here. He likes to play basketball, hang out with friends and family. He loves to watch movies and explore different food spots and go bowling.
I grew up in the Portland area and went to the University of Oregon, where I graduated with a degree in History. I have been working with young children and youth for the past eight years and have enjoyed every moment. In my free time, I love to dance (jazz and hip hop), play kickball, read and watch my nieces and nephews play basketball and soccer. I can be found watching all of the Duck football games with my family in the fall and getting together for gatherings throughout the rest of the year. It is wonderful to be a part of the FOTC team and to get to work with our program youth.
Alejandra was born and raised in Umatilla Oregon and moved to this side of the state to attend Western Oregon University. She studied Community Health Education with a Minor in Psychology. Honna has always been drawn to youth work due to the lack of help youth received in her home town community. She loves being able to be a supportive and be positive role model in the lives of youth here at Friends of the Children. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with my son and family, hiking, reading and playing sports.
Fama is from Ifo Refugee Camp in Kenya but has called the City of Roses her home for the last 14 years. She has recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Human Services. What she appreciates about Friends is that the youth are the number one priority and the sense of community with the youth and staff alike. Fama loves morning runs, the music scene, exploring the outdoors, reading, plants, activism and her cat, D.W. Talk to her about: music, reproductive and racial justice, astrology, and soccer.
I was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. My family and I moved to Oregon when I was seven years old. Oregon is where I went to school from 2nd grade all the way to College. I graduated from Pacific University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education.
What I appreciate most about Friends of the Children is that instead of putting their primary focus on what obstacles the children are facing, they look for resources available to help them overcome them. Also, being there for the children as support systems and letting them know that they are not alone, and that they have people who care for them and will look after them.
I love hiking and exploring nature.
This is my way of releasing stress and appreciating the beauty of nature itself. I also enjoy traveling, learning about new cultures, foods, and different traditions. I love spending time with my family, friends, and my lovely dog Kiko.
Tyler was born and raised in Portland and thrilled to be back home. Tyler studied sociology and education at Colorado College, served as a corps member at City Year in Boston and attended University of Oregon for a Masters in community and regional planning. Tyler loves the youth centered and empowering approach offered at Friends, providing the opportunity for youth to be the best versions of themselves. Outside of Friends, he enjoys playing sports, exploring the Pacific Northwest, attending Blazer and Timbers games and spending time with his friends and family.
Ayni (“Annie”) hails from the bustling metropolis of Butte Falls, Oregon. Since graduating from University of Oregon, she’s lived in Istanbul, Denver, Yosemite, and now Portland. During that time, she paid the bills by working in marketing, but spent her free time volunteering with youth development organizations. She’s excited to turn her out-of-office experience into a full-time pursuit with Friends of the Children where she’ll work with youth in care. Outside of work, Ayni can be found backpacking, practicing yoga, reading, playing the harp.
Riley is from St. Louis, Missouri originally. She graduated from Creighton University located in Omaha, NE with a degree in sociology and moved to Tulsa, OK to be a high school teacher. From she followed her partner and their dreams out to the West Coast for what she keeps calling her grand adventure. I am passionate about working with people and building strong relationships.
What Riley appreciates most about Friends of the Children is the fully thought out and well rounded approach to mentorship and working within the community. There is truly a comprehensive and inclusive message behind what we do. She is excited to fully embrace the nine Core Assets, and plant roots here in the Portland community.
When she is not working, Riley continues to find joy spending time with others, including her two dogs, partner, and roommate. I love game nights, painting, breathing fresh air, and discovering new things.
Mark is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned a degree from Aquinas College in International Studies and Spanish. He moved to work with AmeriCorps Service in economic development before transitioning into an AmeriCorps membership role with Partnerships for Student Achievement where he served as a math tutor for at-risk high school students. Mark appreciates the unwavering commitment that Friends and staff have to the youth and is thankful for being able to work in an environment that values social equity. In his free time, Mark might be reading his endless list of non-fiction books, watching an NBA game or feeling over-competitive in a game of chess. One of Mark's favorite things is enjoying the outdoors with loved ones.
Carliss was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from MWSC with a BA in Recreation Administration with youth sports. She has worked with youth for 15+ years and has a 12 year old son. She graduated in 2017 with a certificate in group fitness. She was a Friend previously for 7.5 years and appreciates the friendships she has made with staff, mentors, families, youth and schools over the years. She loves hanging out with her son, family and friends. She loves to play and watch sports and participate in fitness and working out activities. She likes to listen to music, watch movies, travel and see new places.
I’m from Milwaukie, Oregon. I went to school at Oregon State University. What I appreciate about Friends of the Children is, the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of the youth we mentor. I’m a huge sports fan and, enjoying attending college football games and Blazers games. Spending time with my girlfriend, family, and friends.
I was born in Michigan, but have been a transplant of Oregon since the the 80's. I went to Portland State University. What I appreciate about Friends, is that I have the opportunity to work with such wonderful young people and to have the chance to be a positive impact in their lives as they grow and learn all of their own great qualities. Outside of work, the things that bring me joy are spending quality time with my family, doing wild and fun things together; nothing beats that for me.
I was born and raised in Portland, OR and went to college in Los Angeles where I studied Spanish and Education. I love playing volleyball, singing, going to the zoo and traveling to new places. Every day I come into work, I can't believe I get to work for such a phenomenal organization with such fun people.
I’m from Clackamas, Oregon and graduated from the University of Portland as an English and Psychology major with Spanish minor. Before Friends, I worked at a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center for children and adolescents experiencing mental health crises as a Psychiatric Technician (QMHA) and was also an Education Assistant for Clackamas ESD’s Life Enrichment Education Program for children with various disabilities. I enjoy Basketball (Go Blazers!), Literature, and Classical Guitar.
Gregg is from Detroit. He studied elementary education with an early childhood emphasis at Western Michigan University. He has continued furthering his education at other colleges. He appreciates working with the youth at Friends. He loves going to work every day and values his relationship with his co-workers. When Gregg is not at Friends, you can find him riding bikes with his family and friends, hiking, listening to music, making art or sharing time with neighbors.
I grew up in Portland, a few blocks away from the new Rockwood office. I went to Parkrose High School and was in the class of 2009. Afterwards, I attended the U of O and majored in psychology and graduated in 2013. I appreciate the relationships most at Friends.I love the relationship that I have with both youth, their families, and the other program staff. Many times my job doesn't feel like a job because it I'm simply making plans with my own friends.Outside of work I enjoy spending time annoying my husband, hanging out with the dogs, reading, and getting caught up on my favorite TV shows.
I live in Parkrose. It used to be a town but now it’s a neighborhood in Portland. We say “Park- ROSE” because it fits. The high school is one of the most diverse schools in the state of Oregon. Before that, I lived in Montana, which is beautiful but not very diverse. I have an English Degree from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. I love thee kids, the long-term relationships, the people who work here, and the jiu jitzu.
I am married and have three children. My family brings me untold joy, a few struggles, and requires a lot of energy. At the end of the day, there is nowhere I would rather be, though. Nothing but love for those folks. My wife and I are coming up on 20 years of marriage in January, and she is the funniest, smartest, most beautiful woman in the world to me.
Jay is originally from Brooklyn, NY. He attended St. John's University with a degree in sociology. He appreciates the co-workers and being able to have autonomy with the youth he works with to provide the best mentor experience. When he is not working, he loves to watch sports, specifically the Eagles and the Knicks and read.
Emma was born and raised right here in Portland, Oregon. She studied at University of Oregon where she majored in English before earning her Master's degree in teaching from Concordia University in 2016. Emma appreciates Friends of the Children for their commitment to providing positive, long term relationships with youth as well as their commitment to equity and inclusivity. In her free time, she enjoys seeing live music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
I grew up in Falls City, a very rural area west of Salem, Oregon. It is a beautiful place I am so thankful to still have access to, but I have had to unlearn a lot of negative rural cultural influences. I graduated from the UofO with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in collecting cans for deposit. I began working right afterward at Outdoor School and found that I love working with youth enough that 17 years later, I am still going strong. I love the supportive community we have created at FOTC. Also how adaptable we can be in helping our youth to meet their own needs over the long term. My favorite hobbies are bike streamer tag and getting people to play games I have invented such as Ultiball. I also enjoy making people uncomfortable by performing seemingly dangerous tricks with my young children (We've worked on them long enough that my kids are like ninja's.) 😉
I am originally from Norman, Oklahoma and graduated from Colorado State University. I am passionate about social equity, political involvement and working in the community with young leaders. Most of my free time is spent with my husband, Philip and friends, and you can frequently find me with my head buried in a Wonder Woman comic.
Nicole was born and raised in Portland. After high school at Benson Polytechnic she enrolled at Portland Community College where she is currently pursing a degree in psychology and Black studies. What she appreciates about Friends is the time and effort the organization puts at risk children who may be easily overlooked. She likes that they provide positive, consistent and stable role models with ample amount of time to build a genuine relationship. Outside of work Nicole likes to hike, read, and eat tacos in bed watching all of my favorite shows with her pup, Huey.
Rock was born in Philly a proud city at the foundation of democracy and die hard sports fans. Rock volunteered for two years in Colorado through Americorps where he met his lovely wife. He camped out for a grad semester, wrote a thesis on Power of Play In Education, and has a Masters in Education from Goddard College in Vermont. Rock loves being a part of Friends of Children because of the value of being a long term mentor in the lives of youth towards helping them fully thrive. Outside of Friends of Children Rock appreciates living in the woods near Mount Hood between two rivers where he can hike, bike, kayak, cross country ski, snowboard, garden, and just be with family.
Janeyry was born and raised in Salem by her two wonderful parents. She graduated from McKay Highschool and ended up pursuing her degree at Portland State University. Something she appreciates about Friends of the Children is their commitment to the youth and their families as well as how welcoming they are. What I enjoy doing outside of Friends of the Children is hanging out with her 7 year old sister and my dog. Janeyry also enjoys discovering new eating places and hidden hiking trails. All of these thing bring so much joy and energy into my life.
Melissa is originally from Southeast Texas and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend college. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Melissa started as a volunteer working with our youth through our Next Steps Project. She then served a 10 month Americorps service as Post Secondary coordinator for the Next Steps Project. After her service was complete she transitioned into the role of a Female Adolescent Friend. She appreciated the commitment to the youth served at Friends. She enjoys making art of different mediums, reading, visiting museums and traveling.
Originally from Northern Ca, Chris spent half of his life in the Oakland Ca area and the other half near Sacramento CA. In 2014, he moved to Portland Oregon to attend Portland State University. So far what he appreciates about Friends is how welcoming and genuine everyone has been, from employees to even the youth, I am very excited to be part of this awesome team.
Chris really enjoys going out with friends and being social, spending time with his dogs (Luna, a Huskie- and Drake, Boston Terrier). Chris also loves finding new things to do and new places to eat to eat here in Portland.
Greg is a first generation college graduate who comes from a Russian Jewish refugee family. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is originally from Maryland and moved to Portland after his service where he attended Portland State University and got his degree in Psychology. Greg appreciates Friends research-based approach that guided the creation of the program. Friends of the Children is also unique in that from the top down, it feels like a big extended family. He values how the change created from the program and the effect on the community is long lasting, deep, and powerful. Outside of being a mentor, Greg loves to boulder, spend time with his wife and children and play Rocket League.
Annie was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and went to school for Environmental Science in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is currently pursuing her BA in Special Education through an online university, and have worked in Special Education for 5 years. Annie is drawn to Friends after seeing the love and energy the staff members put into their everyday interactions. The relationships she hopes to build are one of the most exciting parts of this new journey, here at Friends. The commitment, compassion, and pure joy I see in the staff and youth, alike, makes me so excited to join this team. In her free time, she loves gardening, learning about permaculture (utilizing renewable energy sources), playing card and board games with friends, and cooking.
I was born in Kansas City Missouri which no longer resembles my childhood memories. Growing up, I considered myself bicoastal having grown up between my hometown and various parts of California. I earned my degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where I was VERY active in my sorority (shout out to Soror Kamala Harris on her VP nomination! SkeeWee!) I went on to attend the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law on the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.
What do you appreciate about Friends of the Children? The long term commitment to supporting children and families.
What do you do outside of Friends of the Children that brings you joy and energy? Long drives that allow my mind to drift into space.
Sania proudly hails from (the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection) Philadelphia, PA. Fly Eagles Fly!!! Her alma mater, Massachusetts College promptly prepared her for a career intersecting the arts and social justice. What Sania appreciates most about Friends of the Children is the long-term commitment to supporting children and families.
Sania and her family are passionate season ticket holders for the Winterhawks and the Portland Thorns. Her hobbies (post Covid) include tinkering and modifying her Jeep wrangler via YouTube tutorials. Having intense fetch and tug of war sessions with her tripod yorkie, Jersey. Practicing Phase 10 discard dances and Tik Toc dog challenges with her forever embarrassed 14 year old, Emilia.
Taylor was born and raised in Gettysburg, OH and earned a Bachelors in Education from Ohio State University. In 2016, he moved to the west coast, engaging in youth focused programs for Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District and as a Vice Principal at Youth Progress Association. Taylor appreciates the long term commitment to youth and the focus on building relationships that is central to Friends of the Children–Portland's approach to mentoring. He likes to play basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, and video games, spend time with his family and travel.
Amy attended Northern Arizona University for both her undergrad and Master degrees. After nine years teaching in South Korea, Palestine, the Czech Republic, Honduras, and Arizona, she spent the last year at the Oregon Food Bank in Nutrition Education. Amy is excited to join Friends of the Children and especially appreciate the emphasis on meeting youth where they are at. Now that she has fled the desert sun, she enjoys exploring Oregon with my dog and horse.
Graylen moved out to Portland in her Corolla 2 years ago from North Carolina. She attended UNC Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) for undergrad and UNC Charlotte for her MSW. She loves traveling and had the urge to move across the country after her 2015 graduation. She served as an AmeriCorps member with the MFS non-profit and helped run the SUN program at an elementary school. In her free time, she likes being outside, taking pictures of her cat, and recently joined a dragon boat team!
Alicia was born and raised in Fresno, California where she studied at the Fresno Institute of Technology. She has a strong appreciation for Friends of the Children's mission driven work to break generational cycles and empower youth to be successful. In her off time, Alicia enjoys outdoor adventures with her children, reading a good book, and sharing laughter with good friends.
Meghan has been working in the youth development field for 15 years and at Friends of the Children for almost 10 years. Meghan holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Therapy & Child/Adolescent Development from Miami University of Ohio. Meghan was drawn to this field from a desire to work with youth through an interdisciplinary approach and advocate holistically in all areas of the youths’ lives. In her free time she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, creating art, and spending time with friends and family.
Anne was born in Michigan and grew up in Connecticut. In 2001, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from SUNY New Paltz in New York. Her intuitive dreams came true when she moved to Portland in 2004 to live in the beauty of the PNW.
She appreciates Friends
for its encouragement to bring one’s own unique talents to the organization and its values & dedication to equitable change & positive growth. Anne’s major sparks are creating Visual arts (ceramics is her true love!), practicing Reiki, nurturing houseplants, petting all the dogs, and being with Nature ~ Trees are her favorite!
LaShea Chatman was born and raised in NE Portland. Her professional background is mostly Nonprofit and Social Service work. She worked for Self Enhancement Inc. for over 20 years and recently decided to leave the nest but continue to work in and with my community where she is extremely passionate about.
LaShea said. "My most personal achievements are being married to my high School sweetheart and our 3 beautiful children."
Briana left the San Francisco bay area for the great Pacific Northwest in search of cooler weather, more trees and higher mountains. She attended the University of Puget Sound, the University of Oregon and Portland State University. She wakes up every morning feeling blessed that she gets to do the work she loves and is inspired daily by the youth and families she serves. Briana enjoys gardening, adventuring with her family and dog Olive Juice, kickboxing and anything that involves being in, on or near large bodies of water.
Sierra was born and raised in Carlsbad, California. She moved to Portland in 2015 to attend Warner Pacific University, earning a Bachelors in Social Work. She is thrilled to be a part of the Friends family and excited to bring culturally specific programming from a restorative perspective. In her free time, Sierra enjoys sleeping, spending time with her cats, and the occasional river adventure.
Phillip is from Portland and attended Warner Pacific with a sociology major. He appreciates the relationships with the youth and their families. Phillips loves being a youth pastor and doing things with his youth group. He enjoys working with his wife on her entrepreneurial endeavors. He loves playing with his two girls, writing and creating.
Estefania was born in Los Angeles before moving to the Oregon Coast where she spent her childhood. In 2013, she moved to Portland to earn her degree from Portland State University. She appreciates the values, dedication and commitment to the children. She is happy to be a part of an organization who genuinely has a desire and resources to make an impact in their life in a positive way. Estefania likes to get together with people that have similar health / fitness goals, to motivate and hold each other accountable.
I am a proud Portland native. I graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Community Health. Working at Friends of the Children has been the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. We all come from different backgrounds and work experience, yet we are all here because of the mission. Outside of work, I enjoy being with family/friends, traveling, and eating all kinds of foods.
Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Future Pathways
Wanda has been working with youth for 10+ years and is now leading and supporting Friends at Friends of the Children. Wanda has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Portland State University. Drawn to the field of helping children because of her experience being the eldest in her family, caring for her younger siblings and being the first to graduate from college. She enjoys visiting, chatting and cooking for friends and family, exploring various forms of crafts/arts and reading to learn and develop. Wanda’s favorite past time is watching movies with her husband and three little doggies.
Associate Director of Family and Alumni Engagement
I love being outdoors, I am super creative: I love to paint, craft and sew. I love to read. I have an awesome family- my husband and I have 2 kids. We have a dog, a cat and 3 chickens. I also am on the board for a local youth baseball organization. I started as a Friend in 2003 and love this organization with all my heart!!
Associate Director of Program Employee Development
Ki'ilani was born and raised in O'ahu, Hawaii. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BS in Applied Developmental Psychology and minors in Psychology and Special Education. She has a Masters in Education in School Counseling from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Ki has been at Friends for 11 1/2 years and appreciates the longevity of the commitment made to the youth served. She also appreciates the inclusive work environment - the open, welcoming community we have that encourages folks to be who they are and appreciates each unique person. Additionally, she appreciate sthe relationships made with youth, their families, and co-workers. Outside of Friends, she plays with her dog, Keona, takes pictures out in the community, creates artwork, is in nature, does community service activities and spends time with her niece and nephew.
Born in Toppenish WA, my family moved to occupied Palestine 17 miles from Gaza when I was 8 (1964). Moved back to OR @19, been here ever since. Went to OR College of Education, it is now called Western OR University. LOVE all food, love relaxing and camping by a loud babbling rivers, and walking on the Ocean shores. Friends is the most amazing program, appreciate the early intervention, and that it is long term, and not a band aid solution.
Audrey has been a part of fundraising and development in Portland since 2004 and with Friends of the Children since 2012 focusing on events, campaigns, operations and logistics for the team. Watching Friends work with their youth is truly inspiring and motivates Audrey every day. When she’s not working, Audrey enjoys getting outside with her husband, two girls and dog, Olive.
A lover of people, Terry has been with Friends since October 2016. She loves that she is able to serve the community that she grew up in and believes that being a local is crucial in making a profound connection with the kids. Whether she is in or out of the office, her goal is to make at least one person smile a day.
Jack grew up in California. After graduating from Santa Clara University, he moved to Portland. His first job in Portland was a crisis intervention counselor at a homeless shelter in Old Town. He has been with Friends since 2000 and started as a Friend. He appreciates the hard work and dedication to the mission at Friends. He likes cooking and eating meals with his family and is a drummer in a rock trio called Three Finger Jack.
Adam is a native of Grant Rapids, MI and moved to Portland in 2015. He has a master’s degree in accounting from University of Michigan and a bachelor degree in sustainable business from Aquinas College. Before coming to Friends – Portland, he had eight years of nonprofit experience and a CPA from a Big Four accounting firm. Adam is inspired by solutions that are bold and big enough to address systemic problems at the core. The Friends - Portland commitment of twelve and a half years, no matter what, is just such a promise that demonstrably works to change lives. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, dance, podcasts, tabletop role playing games, and other activism