A Family For Every Child Heart Gallery
1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Office: (541) 343-2856
Toll Free: (877) 343-2856
(541) 954-9626 Cell
Christy Obie-Barrett, the Executive Director created the agency through dedicated and insightful leadership. She brings the unique perspective of an adoptive parent, a business person and a community partner together to motivate others toward positive outcomes for children. Christy is President-Elect of the Heart Gallery of America for the 2010-2012 term.
Susie is the mother of twins and has been married to her wonderful husband for 21 years. She spent her career in advertising and marketing while at the same time volunteering at her kids schools and various non-profits benefiting children. After volunteering at AFFEC she was hooked and is a true believer that every child deserves a loving home and a supportive family.
Susie is a member of our development team involved in fundraising, sponsorship planning and development.
Linzy is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon.
She spent several months as a volunteer before finding her fit as a staff member.
Linzy truly believes that no child is unadoptable and that everyone deserve a forever family to call their own.
She is excited to find new and more efficient ways to spread the word about the great things that AFFEC is doing for kids.
Linzy provides administrative and program support to the Executive Director of A Family For Every Child.
In addition, she is a liaison to child welfare, families & children.
This position is involved in and support all roles of the Executive Director.
Nora Sharp graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She volunteered as a Family Adoption Specialist for a little over a year before finding her fit as Matching Assistance Coordinator. Being an adopted child herself, she feels very strongly that all children should grow up having the same love and support from a family like she did, which has led her into working in the foster care adoption field. She has plans to obtain her Master's in Social Work to further her career in adoption. In her free time she loves to hike, cook, go to football games, and is an avid runner.
Family Finding Local Director
Caitlinis a University of Oregon graduate and started with A Family For Every Child as the Local Family Finding Director. She now oversees the Mentor and Family Finding programs, which allows her to work more closely with children, their biological relatives, their foster families, and others who are important to them. She is a sincere believer in the fact that all children in care need consistent, permanent connections to help them thrive and become successful young adults. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys art, reading, yoga, and spending time outdoors.
Eugene-Based Adoption Worker
A love of children and happy endings drew Barbara (BJ) Hurwich into Adoption work. "I'm quite passionate that children deserve love, safety, care and the potential for a bright future." BJ has dual Master's degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and has counseled families for 20 years. She is a parent and foster parent, and enjoys gardening, dancing, remodeling houses, training master recyclers and helping organize events for the homeless. One of BJ's specialties is helping families analyze their adoption portfolio to showcase their strengths and identify how they can build their skills to effectively parent special needs children.
Rosalind has a Master's Degree in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. She worked as a
caseworker for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare department for seven years. She has
also worked with homeless families and victims of domestic violence. She says, "I believe that taking
care of children is the most important job in our society and children in foster care are among those
needing the most care". Rosalind was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Italy. She has worked in
Africa helping girls to go to high school. She has three children, six grandchildren, one cat, and enjoys
gardening and writing.
Katie is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, where she studied Family and Human Services and History.
Her studies and experience at the UO helped her discover a passion for non profits and sparked her interest in foster care and adoption.
Katie originally worked at A Family For Every Child as their Recruitment Coordinator, and took the position of Adoption Worker upon her move to Portland.
When not working, Katie enjoys camping and hiking, reading, amateur photography and learning about history.
Michelle Brown is A Family For Every Child Adoption Worker.
She has a degree in social work from Brescia University in Kentucky and she is passionate about making life happier
for hurting or abused children.
She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Besides adoption work, she currently assists young families and their children with establishing healthy
lifestyles and accessing helpful community resources.
Michelle lives in Southern Oregon and enjoys going on walks with her husband and her Japanese Chinn, Franklin.
She also loves spending time with her three grown daughters, watching community plays and concerts, and travelling.
Scott Corcoran, our full-time web programmer graduated with a
degree in Math from UCLA. He worked 15 years as a scientific and system programmer
in California before starting to dabble with the www in North Carolina in 2007.
Since that time he has put up 3 websites and maintains more websites for Heart Gallery
of America. If you find an error or would like to help overhaul the website, please
let him know!
Not included here are the countless volunteers who helped to build this
agency and continue to support Oregon’s children through their generous
donations of time and effort.