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.
Nora Sharp graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She is the Matching Assistance Coordinator, overseeing the Matching Assistance Program at A Family for Every Child. She works to connect adoptive families with waiting foster children, and provides support, resources, recruitment services and guidance to families. Being an adopted child herself, she feels very strongly that all children should grow up in a loving and supportive family, which has led her into working in the foster care adoption field. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband running, hiking, camping, cooking, exploring Seattle, and watching football.
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
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.
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
Kelli volunteered with A Family For Every Child for over a year before finding her place with our organization.
She spends her free time with her husband and two teenage children.
They enjoy family trips to the coast and movies.
The entire family enjoys collecting television, web, and movie memorabilia.
Kelli's hobbies include designing and making chainmaille jewelry.
Rochelle has focused her education on women and children in crisis as well as family interventions.
She says, “I believe that although families come in many different forms, from many diverse cultures and backgrounds, at the end of the day, each family unit brings its own uniqueness to the table to provide love, support, and a sense of belonging that every child is deserving of.”
Rochelle draws from both life experience and education in her unique ability to successfully reach people from a variety of different backgrounds for AFFEC’s Family Finding program.
Rochelle is the mother of 2 daughters, and expecting her 3rd daughter July 2015.
She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, decorating, and the many outdoor activities that the Pacific NW has to offer during the summertime.
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.
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.
A recent graduate from Portland State University with a BA in Anthropology, Sarah moved to Eugene
in 2013 and brings to the team her experience in event planning and fundraising.
She is passionate about helping children and very excited to be a part of the AFFEC team.
On the weekends Sarah brings ballet to the Oakridge community, an under-served area when
it comes to the performing arts and youth activities. She is also a developing grant writer
for North Atlantic Dance Theatre. Her personal interests include anything physical,
eating delicious food, reading everything, and spending time with her husband and son.
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.