Employee Bio and Contact Information

A Family For Every Child Heart Gallery

1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Office: (541) 343-2856
Toll Free: (877) 343-2856

Christy Obie-Barrett
Executive Director
(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.

Kim EsserKim Esser
Adoption Agency Program Manager

Kim is the Adoption Agency Director for AFFEC. She is a graduate of Northwest Christian University with a Master's in Business Administration. She and her husband have one child, now enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Kim has always had a dedication to children and a desire to assist in bettering their lives.

"Being part of such a dynamic organization gives me the opportunity to affect change in individual lives and legislation. It's all about helping others, especially the kids". When not working, Kim and her family enjoy camping, boating and Sunday suppers with her extended family and friends.

JenellJenell Koelblin
Adoption Agency and Licensing Coordinator
(541) 343-2856 (Office)

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.

KelliKelli Smith
Child and Family Operations Coordinator
(541) 343-2856 (Office)

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 Rosalind Trotter
Social Worker

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.

Kimberley Lauman Kimberley Lauman
Social Worker

Kimberley received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Washington State University Vancouver in 2012. Her degree focused on child development, research, and early trauma. She completed her externship with A Children's Home Society of SW Washington, working with children on behavior modification and with the families on reunification. Kimberley has been a foster parent; her foster daughter is now an adult living on her own. Kimberley is passionate about working with children and assisting families. In her free time, Kimberley enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and spending time with her young son.

Jessica Elwell Jessica Elwell
Development Associate and Event Coordinator

Jessica has lived in this community since she was nine days old. She has strong ties to the area and is passionate about community service and philanthropy. She has more than10 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. 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.

Ayasha Benninghoven Ayasha Benninghoven
Development Coordinator and Director of Social Marketing and Brand Communications

Ayasha is the Development Coordinator and Director of Social Marketing and Brand Communications for AFFEC. She graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 with a degree in Journalism Advertising. Ayasha excels in public speaking and written communications. Outside of aspiring to write children’s books and thinking that babies are cooler than other humans, she writes poetry in any extra time and plans to launch a blog soon so her fans can stay up to date. In regards to her position she says, “I just think that every child, every kid in this world, deserves unconditional love. They deserve to know each day that they are supported, heard, and just loved, love really is the best thing, the most important thing. AFFEC is doing such important work, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Rena Grant Rena Grant
Adoption Worker

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 Nichole Brown
Adoption Worker

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.

Liz Liz Driscoll
Adoption Worker

Liz Driscoll has a rich history with adoption. Her father was adopted at birth by a beautiful couple and recently developed a relationship with his biological family. Because of this, Liz has had a strong desire to serve families and children in this area to ensure the welfare of waiting children and an amazing adoption experience for parents. She lives in Redmond, Oregon with her husband of 11+ years and their 2 beautiful children. Early in her career she worked with at-risk youth in the Mt. Hood community at a Police Activities League. This work inspired her and her husband to do foster care and for her to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Human Services with an emphasis on Family and Child Welfare. Most recently she has worked with families and youth in International Exchange. When she is not busy serving families and working in real estate, she enjoys reading, cooking, fitness, outdoor activities, and making shmushy faces and laughing with her kids.

Emma Emma Stahl
Mentor and Permanency Director

Emma Stahl After moving from upstate New York, Emma graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a degree in both Ethnic Studies and Sociology. After finishing her degrees, she volunteered at AFFEC before being hired on in April 2016. As the Permanency Director, Emma is able to continuously facilitate connection for foster and at-risk youth, both nationwide and within the Eugene-Springfield area. Being an advocate for youth and finding ways to have their voices heard makes this job an on-going learning opportunity. In her free time Emma enjoys being a member of the Eugene Reign Women’s Rugby team and volunteering with Hosea Youth Services.

Matthew Matthew Ferchland
Web Developer

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 at A Family For Every Child in April 2013. If you have any suggestions for how to improve our website please direct them to Matthew!

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.