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 of the Heart Gallery of America.
Adoption Agency Program Manager
It's a great time to be a duck fan!!
Moving to the Pacific Northwest 17 years ago from Hawaii meant changing our way life and our views on college sports.
Growing up in California meant we were pro sports fans and some of my favorite memories revolve around time spent with my dad at a stadium.
In just a few short years we were college sports supporters and proud Duck faithful.
We moved to Junction City, from Hawaii, when my son was 10 months old.
While we loved Hawaii we wanted our child to be raised around his family Oregon was exactly in the center of my husbands family to the North and mine to the South.
Now, all but one sister (who is in Missouri) live within 45 minutes of Eugene/Springfield and we wouldn't want it any other way.
We have hosted exchange students from around the world and are blessed to be considered family by many of them.
I hold a Masters of Business Administration, I've held positions on Boards including The American Red Cross, Vida McKenzie Community Center, Capital City Bird Club, Parents Participating Positively and President of the McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce.
Community service is an important part of my beliefs.
Organizations I have, or currently volunteer with are Citizens Review Board, McKenzie Mobile Meals, Womanspace, Cub Scouts, and Lions, receiving an award for International Citizenship from Lions International.
I spent 7 years with U-Haul International drafting strategic planning, long range goals, and product utilization.
For the past 3 years I've specialized in Management and Product Liability Insurance.
I firmly believe that team work and open expression are the keys to building a profitable, respected, and successful program.
I look forward to what we will accomplish together.
Adoption Agency and Licensing Coordinator
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Jenell is the Adoption Agency Administrative Coordinator for AFFEC.
She is a recent graduate of Pioneer Pacific College with an Associates Degree in Accounting.
She is also Certified in Early Childhood Education and has an Associates Degree in Geological Sciences which she earned from LCC.
She has always enjoyed helping children who cannot always help themselves and has found working with our wonderful families deeply rewarding as well.
She is the mom of two amazing children and in her free time she loves to travel, cook, read, and play the piano.
She also teaches life skill classes to children with autism part time and says that her students have shown her a great new way to look at the world.
Michelle Ehlers was born in Oregon, and at 18 moved to California
to experience city life. She was a retail manager for more than 15 years before returning to Oregon with her three kids.
She always knew she wanted to be in a profession where she could impact lives,
as helping others has always been a priority.
Michelle is now attending LCC to obtain a transfer degree, and then move on to OSU
to complete their Bachelors program in Human Services. After learning about multiple
programs and a wealth of knowledge by interning for a year at AFFEC, she
knows she has found her passion! Her overall goal will be to become an adoption
worker and continue to help place foster children with forever families.
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Mavis is a graduate from Southern Oregon University. She received her Bachelors in Psychology. She is the new Mentor Program Director of Lane County as well as AFFEC's Diversity Coordinator. It is with great pride and honor that she takes on these new positions and offer this organization a different perspective due to her cultural background. She believes it is crucial for youth of all ages to receive support from a strong positive role model in order for positive personal growth to be achieved. Support during these years is vital and with this position she aids in successful matches of mentors and mentees. She has a thirst for adventure and enjoy cooking, hiking and traveling to the coast as much as possible.
Child and Family Operations Coordinator
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Kelli volunteered with A Family For Every Child
for over a year before finding her place with our organization.
Since that time, her position has grown to include Child Recruitment.
“I consider it a privilege to be a part of such an incredible organization and to work alongside such dedicated individuals.
I firmly believe that there truly is a family for every child.”
Kelli is exuberant about her work and eager to form partnerships with agencies and social workers nationwide.
“We all have the same goal in mind: to find stable, loving homes for waiting foster children.
Providing options in recruitment services while working as a team is how we will accomplish this.”
While Kelli‘s work may be one of her passions, she also enjoys
spending her free time with her husband, college student daughter, and teenage son.
They enjoy trips to the Oregon Coast, movies, the outdoors, and Oregon Ducks football.
Kelli and her family are self-described “nerdy types” who collect television, web, and movie memorabilia.
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.
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.
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and I spent my childhood
summers coming to Portland, Oregon to visit family. After high school
graduation I moved to Portland. I received my bachelor's degree in
Elementary Education from Concordia University in Portland in 2000. In
2001, I moved to Bend where I lived for 13 years. It was in Bend when I
first fell in love with working in human services. I worked as the Program
Coordinator for a Theraputic Boarding School for teenage girls, most of whom
were adopted and have experienced a lot of trauma in their early lives.
Being a part of these girl's healing meant a lot to me.
I continued my career in human services as a caseworker for adults with
developmental disabilities for several years. It was during this job that I
realized I had a love and passion for being a caseworker. It became very
important to me to protect and advocate for my clients.
After turning 40, I felt it was time for a change in my career and change my
career focus back to what I am most passionate about, and that is working
with children. As I seeked out opportunities in the Bend area I realized it
was time for me to journey back to Portland where there are more
opportunities. It was when I was living in Portland I was connected with A
Family For Every Child and took on the position as an Adoption Worker. Every
day I wake up and I am grateful that I get to be a part of these amazing
families who want to grow their family and take in a child from foster care.
My passion is to help as many children get out of foster care and find their
forever family. So that these children have a safe place to sleep at night,
a safe place to heal and grow and to feel love and security. I believe that
every child deserves a safe family. I am passionate and dedicated to
advocating for children, so their voice can be heard. I am forever grateful
for all of the families I get to work with who open their hearts and homes
to these children.
Development Associate and Event Coordinator
Jessica has lived in this community since she was 9 days old.
She has strong ties to the area and is passionate about community service and philanthropy.
She has over 10 years’ experience in office administration and sales.
She joined the AFFEC team after leaving the world of property and casualty insurance to pursue something more rewarding.
Jessica has strong communication skills and is dedicated to providing outstanding service and support to our various donors, sponsors, and volunteers.
As the events coordinator, she is responsible from taking an idea from its infancy through fruition, complete with balloons and glitter when appropriate.
She loves her job and the creative freedom that it offers.
The relationships that she is able to form is the most fulfilling part of her position.
When she is not planning events or assisting our development efforts, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching terrible 1980's action movies, and volunteering at her church where she serves as the Sunday School and Discipleship International Chairperson.
She is an avid college football fan who only missed 3 Oregon home games between 1989 and 2009.
Since graduating with a Master's Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University in 1980 Rena has worked in the field of adoption and child welfare.
She believes every child deserves a nurturing family able to provide love, structure, and support.
She is married, lives in Seattle, Washington and has a very cool daughter about to graduate from college.
Hiking, walking her dog, calligraphy, and practicing yoga take up her leisure time.
Nichole Brown has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Spanish from The University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. She worked as a Bilingual Child Protective Services caseworker for 12 years and has extensive experience working with foster families, interviewing child abuse victims and developing individualized case/safety plans. She currently serves as a legal assistant and child visitor for juvenile and family law attorneys currently serving local youth in foster care.
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 another website for Heart Gallery
of America. If you find an error or would like to help overhaul the website, please
let him know!
Matthew graduated from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon in June, 2013 with an
associate degree in computer programming and a certificate in database management. He started off at A Family For
Every Child as an intern in April 2013, worked part time from June 2013 to October 2014, and in October 2014 he
became a full time member of our team. Matthew developed the Worker Login; if you find bugs or have suggestions
about how to make it, or the rest of the website better, 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.