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
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.
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 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.
Crissy received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University in
Portland in 2000. In 2001, she moved to Bend where she lived for 13 years. Crissy worked as the
Program Coordinator for a Therapeutic Boarding School for teenage girls, most of whom were
adopted and had experienced a lot of trauma in their early lives. She then worked as a
caseworker for adults with developmental disabilities for several years. After moving back to
Portland in 2013, Crissy was connected with A Family For Every Child and started her work as
an Adoption Worker. Crissy is passionate about helping children get out of foster care and find
their forever family. Crissy enjoys reading, yoga, outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her
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.
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.