Employees

Christy Obie-Barrett
Executive Director
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 Esser
Adoption Agency Director

Kim is a graduate of Northwest Christian University with Master’s in Business Administration. Kim has a long-term dedication to children and loves creating permanency for children in foster care through adoption. When not working she enjoys cooking, camping, travel and spending time with her family.

“Being part of such a dynamic organization gives me the opportunity to affect change in individual lives. It’s all about helping others, especially the kids.”

Kelli Smith
Child and Family Operations Coordinator / Volunteer Coordinator

Kelli was a long term volunteer with A Family For Every Child before finding her place with our organization. Since 2012, her position has grown to include Child Recruitment Services as well as the Volunteer Coordinator for the organization.

“I consider it a privilege to be a part of this 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. By providing free recruitment services, we can achieve this goal together.”

While Kelli’s work is her passion, she likes to spend her free time with her husband, two grown children as well as with many friends and relatives. While they enjoy trips to the Oregon Coast, University of Oregon football, and the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest, they are also self-described nerds and their home is filled with their memorabilia collection.

Charlene Savant
Executive Administrative Assistant / Project Coordinator

Charlene is the Executive Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator to Christy Obie-Barrett and A Family for Every Child. Charlene brings a wide variety of experience, compassion, never ending enthusiasm and commitment to whatever task/assignment/project lies ahead. Especially, when it comes to “A Family for Every Child” and the programs/people/families and children it affects. Just ask her, she will tell anyone who will listen.

Anthonia Erebor
Permanency Specialist

Anthonia graduated from UCLA with her BA in History in 2011 before moving to Eugene the following year. Wanting to do work that would have a positive impact on the community, she made the leap from marketing to working with a A Family For Every Child in the Permanency Department. Anthonia actively works with youth and mentors to create and foster successful matches. She is a mother and a mentor and in her free time enjoys playing with her son, home improvement projects and naps.

Candace Marzullo
Development Associate

Graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a BS in Business Leadership, Organization, and Management. While finishing my education I found a passion for social services while doing an internship with another local non-profit. I offer a variety of experience, as well as commitment and enthusiasm in having a positive impact on the community. When not working I enjoy University of Oregon sports, cooking, and spending time with my husband and children.

Aurora Sherman
Event Coordinator / Heart Gallery Coordinator

Aurora graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017. She has a degree in International Studies with a minor in Non-Profit Administration. She has been with AFFEC since April of 2017 when she started out as a volunteer in the development office. She started working as the Event and Heart Gallery Coordinator in September while she was finishing up her degree. Aurora is thrilled that her first job out of school is working with AFFEC and the Heart Gallery. She is passionate about public health, and loves to travel and spend time in new places.

Kacey Salmans
Permanency Specialist

Permanency Specialist Assistant, just joined the team with a passion for helping children and young adults. Former Foster Parent and lifelong child advocate, Kacey spends her days off at a local church preschool and travels monthly to Northern California to teach Baton Twirling. She lives for the outdoors! The quickest way to her heart is taking her on a hike, fishing, or a day at the beach.

Jen McNutt-Bloom
Event Coordinator

Jen has worked as an event coordinator for more than 12 years. She feels no occasion is too small to celebrate and loves it when all the big plans and tiny details culminate into a successful event. Prior to AFFEC, Jen managed events for King Estate Winery, Iris Vineyards and the University of Oregon Graduate School.

Jen is passionate about great events and supporting the AFFEC mission. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs

When she’s not planning the next event, you’ll often find Jen cheering at her kids’ many sporting events, browsing estate sales, or exploring the outdoors with her husband and three sons.

Andrew Hampton
IT Director
Before joining A Family for Every Child as the IT Director, he spent 5 years working as a web developer / programmer specializing in work with schools, banks, utilities, small businesses, and nonprofits. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family, travel, exploring the outdoors, and is a music fanatic.
Sarah Firth
Program Director & Program Support
Sarah graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in International Studies and Romance Languages. While living abroad during her studies, she discovered her passion for wanting to help others and create a positive impact in the community. Sarah brings a variety of compassion, dedication, and hard work to whatever task is at hand. When she is not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exploring, and photography.