Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors

Patty Allen
Board President
Patty studied accounting and education at Boise State. She moved o Eugene, OR with her Husband and young daughter in 1993. They raised three daughters in Eugene and owned and operated a small business for over 23 years. Patty also spent much of her time volunteering in the neighborhood schools and for youth organizations. She also mentored middle school students. She volunteered with the Lancer Pageant for 4 years which is a school program that partners and supports Children’s Miracle Network. Patty has been a supporter of “A Family For Every Child” for many years and joined the Board in 2019. She is passionate about supporting youth and providing positive influences. She loves to spend time with family and friends.
Joan Obie
Board Vice President

I moved to Oregon from Montana in 1986 , prior to that, I owned a fine china and gift shop. I did bookkeeping for many of my father’s businesses and did research for a local law firm.

I have always felt a passion for children and have four of my own. Through the years we have hosted more than 30 kids from France and Spain and taken in many children who were in bad situations ranging from homeless kids to adult kids that just needed help getting on their feet. I have volunteered in different aspects, all of which dealt with kids.

I served on the Board of director’s with Direction Service prior to joining the Board with AFFEC. I spent six years volunteering with First Place Family Center where I recruited sponsors to proviide Christmas for the families being served by First Place. I always feel that we may not be able to change adults but we can impact children’s lives for the better.

I really enjoy working with AFFEC because thiis organization does so much to make lives better for those who we serve.

I have great respect and admiration for Christy and the organization she founded.

Delores Mord

Grew up in Montana, where Delores and spouse operated their own large Dairy Farm. Along with working with the welfare system in foster care where Delores created a soft spot in understanding the neesd of children in the system

Delores and faily moved to Oregon continuing in foster care and to venture into the family business of Advertising. This lead to many other added business Manufacturing, Radio, and Property Development in Private companies and a Public Company

She worked in all departments of the business bookkeeper, scheduling, office manager, tax preparations and Chief Financial Officer of the multiple organizations of the business in several states.

Education: Correspondent courses, Lane Community College, ongoing courses throughout the years and working with CPA’s.

Delores has been involved with A FAMILY FOR EVERY CHILD since inception. Has done some mentoring and has passion for working with the organization in making a difference for our children and families.

Has acted as Bookkeeper in all aspects along with preparing the 990’s and government documents, Insurance and Payroll reports.

Jessica Pelatt
Board Member
Long time Mentor, Volunteer Photographer and Volunteer Venue coordinator, all around AFFEC supporter. Working with children has always been a large part of Jessica’s life from helping with her little brother, babysitting and volunteering to work with children from a young age. At sixteen she even raised money to work with children at an orphanage in Azerbaijan, which ended up being a life changing experience for Jessica. Now with a degree in English and a masters in Education, she has worked as a teacher. Jessica now dedicates her time to many volunteer roles, many of which A Family For Every child are very grateful to have her a part of. Her role as a long time Mentor, to her mentee Lizzie, has made all the difference in Lizzie’s success after Foster care. Lizzie now lives with Jessica and her husband. Jessica loves photography, reading, singing, crafting and many other hobbies. She also loves learning new skills. Jessica is committed to assisting AFFEC in many ways, and we at AFFEC feel honored to have her on our team.
Cicely Coleman
Board Member
A Family for Every Child has had a special place in Cicely’s heart for some time now. She originally started as a volunteer in 2006, and then several years later, Cicely and her husband adopted their daughter through A Family for Every Child in 2013. On a personal note, she is a mom, wife, aunt, and passionate advocate and mentor for vulnerable and underserved populations in our community. Professionally Cicely is a dedicated leader, advisor, and consultant with demonstrated experience in Healthcare, Insurance, and Information Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oregon and certificates in Management & Leadership and Strategy & Innovation from MIT.
Scott Cottrell
Board Member

I moved to Eugene from Germany in 1979 to attend the University of Oregon. I have work experience in local and federal law enforcement, teaching at the Police Academy, security services, and operating room devices and own a handful of patents. I own a medical company focusing on the operating room and security locking hardware company where we make patented devices. My volunteer experience includes CASA for 12 years, the Lane County Sheriff’s Board, Food for Lane County, FEMA, and a number of positions at my church.

I have been married for 25 years and have an adopted daughter from China who is a junior at the University of Oregon. My 83 lb. Golden Retriever and 60,000 honey bees keep me busy on the weekends.

I look forward to being a board member for A Family for Every Child.

Associate Board of Directors

The mission of the Associate Board is to promote awareness of a Family for Every Child’s mission in the communities it serves, to organize philanthropic initiatives and to provide volunteer service. As ambassadors of AFFEC, the Associate Board has the opportunity to participate in many different ways, including fundraising, public relations, outreach and recruiting of new members.

We continue to build our membership in the Associate Board. We meet quarterly as a group, and each members meets with the Executive Director and staff regularly.

Thomas Ball
Associate Board Member

Thomas Ball is currently a Portfolio Manager for Summit Bank in Eugene. Growing up in San Jose, California, Thomas gravitated toward jobs and organizations that provided skills/aid to foster and at-risk youth. Thomas began his working career as a bookkeeper/HR coordinator for Teenforce (now Pivotal), a Silicon Valley non-profit that provides job skills and professionalism training to foster/at-risk youth before placing them in a paid position with one of their partnered businesses. After moving to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon, Thomas graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Outside of his work with AFFEC, Thomas is a member of the Eugene Active 20-30 Club, which provides volunteering and fundraising to improve the quality of life for the special needs of the children in the local community.