Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors

Joan Obie
Board President
2014

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.

Patty Allen
Board Vice President
2019
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.
Delores Mord
Treasurer
2006

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
Secretary
2016
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.
Gary Gamer
Board Member
2016
Gary Gamer is a consultant working internationally in child welfare, livelihoods and strategic planning. Examples of his assignments include evaluating a national system for preventing institutionalization of children in Moldova, developing the strategic for Uganda’s national child helpline, developing case management and monitoring and evaluation systems for child protection centers in Turkey and evaluating women’s empowerment rural livelihood programs in India. Gary worked in senior leadership positions for Holt International Children’s Services including President and CEO. In his career he also has directed refugee resettlement and immigration counseling programs and coordinated peace and justice initiatives for national boards of U.S. churches. Gary holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is also a graduate of the University of Oregon’s College of Business.
Juan Carlos Valle
Board Member
2019
Juan Carlos Valle is a long time resident of Eugene. He is a graduate from LCC and the University of Oregon and is in his 27th year working in public service. Current and past volunteer and community engagement include, Parenting Now, Relief Nursery, City CLub of Eugene, Police Commission, Centro LatinoAmericano, Equity and Access Board, LULAC, HAAC, Round Table, Casa Cultural Frida Kahlo and many others. A strong community and a supportive family where children thrive is his main interests. Mr. Valle believes that education continues to be the greatest equalizer and gets involved to make it happen.
Christy Obie-Barrett
Non-voting Executive Board Member
Executive Director
2006

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.

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.

Chris Sterling
Director
2013

Chris worked for the Department of Human Services for over 20 years. Now she works for our wonderful community partner, CASA of Lane County. Chris is interested in getting involved in system change and expanding recruitment areas for waiting children through AFFEC’s services. Chris is a foster and adoptive mom.

Christina Sutton
Associate Board Member

Christina comes to the Associate Board with the longest history of connection to AFFEC. In the very early days she ran our Mentor Program, and then she took a break to foster and adopt many children. While she still has a home filled with adopted and foster children, she is getting involved again to help us build our education classes for youth at risk of aging out of care and those who will become adults with little preparation for the real world. She will plan and teach bi-weekly classes on everything from “How to write a check” to “How to shop for food” to college, trade-school knowledge, and resume-building. Christina grew up in foster care and never got a family of her own, so her passion for at-risk youth is huge and based in real-life experience.

Desiree Robinson
Director
2013

Desiree has been our primary go-to gal for video for over five years. She has created 90% of the videos on our web page, and now as an Associate Board member, she is looking forward to getting involved in other areas. Desiree has recently expressed interest in writing grants for us.

Linda Hamilton
Director
2013

Linda joined the AFFEC Associate Board to assist us with diversity outreach. She has helped connect us to the faith-based community and to an organization in which she is very involved, BIG. (Blacks in Government). Linda is also becoming a mentor.

Lisa Gallo
Director
2013

Lisa is a local attorney and is excited to get involved on the AFFEC Associate Board. We are hoping Lisa can help guide our newly formed system-change group, which meets weekly to look at big-picture foster care system change.

Mary Bromley
Director
2013

Mary has been an AFFEC mentor for over five years. She is the only consistent person in the life of her mentee. Mary also recently retired from the school district and will begin working with us on our Education/Mentor/Mentee Program as an Education Liaison.

Steve Apel
Associate Board Member
2013

Steve has been a long time volunteer for AFFEC. He prepares our weekly newsletter in addition to daily postings of waiting children on our social-media platforms. Steve is looking forward to getting involved in many other areas at AFFEC and has dedicated himself to his role on the Associate Board.

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.

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Charlene Savant
Associate Director
Charlene is the Associate Director of 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.
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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.

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Jan Ferguson
Mentor Director
Host Home and Mentor Programs Director

Jan comes to us having worked 17 years in Special Education and has always had a passion for supporting youth. She has extensive experience with youth with Autism, ADHD, PTSD, RAD and numerous other disorders. It has always been her desire to be a consistent, patient and positive advocate for young people.

Having lived most of her life in the Midwest, she moved to Eugene in June ’18 to start a new adventure. Enjoying the outdoors, cooking, reading and yoga are some of her passions, along with spending time with family & friends.

Her role as Mentor & Host Home Programs Director has given her a place to focus her passion. Being the mother of two grown adult daughters, she had been on a search to find a place to put her concern & desire to be useful. Being offered a position at A Family For Every Child was the perfect solution. In addition to helping facilitate successful matches with Mentors & Mentees in our Mentor Program , Jan is very excited to see the Host Home Program grow and help get local students in homes and off the streets.

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Shawnell tolliver

Adoption Agency Assistant

Heart Gallery Director & Photo Coordinator

Shawnell began her journey with A Family For Every Child early 2018 as a Family Adoption Specialist Volunteer and was hired as the Matching Assistance Director and Heart Gallery Director early 2019.  Shawnell now works for the agency as the Adoption Agency Assistant and Heart Gallery Director in addition to helping with special events such as the Silent Auction for the annual Gala Fundraiser. Through her experience she has gained a unique perspective in agency development, marketing, and serving our mission of helping every waiting foster child find permanent and loving homes. Shawnell is passionate about community volunteer engagement and brings positive enthusiasm  to help inspire families to find their children during their adoption search. 

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.
Alex Graham
Events Associate

Alex has been with A Family for Every Child since August of 2019. Before he joined the team, he worked in retail after graduating from Oregon State University in 2014. Finding a passion for coordinating events and working with the public while in college, Alex determined he was done with retail and wanted to go back to something he had been missing. Having been born and raised in the Eugene/Springfield area, Alex feels very at home in his community and is glad to be making a positive impact while working with A Family for Every Child. Alex enjoys art, music, cooking, photography, and collecting vinyl records. 

Adoption Workers

Rosalind Trotter
Adoption Worker
Eugene

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.

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Nichole Brown
Adoption Worker
Eugene

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.

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Heather Raskin
Adoption Worker
Eugene Area

Heather is an adoption worker based out of the Eugene/Springfield area, however, she works with families all over the state.  She has been with the agency for several years now and absolutely loves being able to help families through their adoption journey.  She has a huge heart, and has made it her mission to find loving and stable homes for children in the foster care system. Heather has a background in education and taught elementary and middle school for 13 years in Florida, California and Oregon before stepping into the social work arena.  She spent time traveling around the United States in her camper before settling down in Oregon. She has worked with diverse populations and especially loves to work with non-traditional families. Heather connects well with children and goes the extra mile when it comes to providing service for her clients before, during and after adoptions.  Additionally, Heather facilitates a community adoption support group that meets in Eugene once a month and is in the process of creating a group in the Medford area.   

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Staci Super
Adoption Worker
Portland Area

Staci is an adoptive parent who has a passion for assisting others grow their families through adoption.  Staci is a passionate advocate and has a strong knowledge of adoption and how the system works.  She lives in the Portland area with her children and husband.  They enjoy the outdoors, helping others, and doing things together as a family.  Staci is a dedicated worker who has many years of experience as a youth support counselor and as a teacher.  Staci loves assisting others through the adoption process.

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Tina Childers
Adoption Worker
Washington

Athenia (Tina) Childers……..was born in California to a single mother in crisis. She spent most of her formative years moving often from state to state, even at one point living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Much of these years were spent moving in and out of foster care, group care, receiving care and relative care.

Tina has 4 biological children and 7 grandchildren and 1 very cherished angel. Currently she has a teenager and her two sisters residing all in the same home.

Growing up in care Tina brings a unique perspective to the table. Always questioning and encouraging our youth to question. Bringing the “family value” of teaching our children to Dream……that is the one word that most us take for granted. Passion…….Drive……..Teach……..these are all very valuable qualities that Tina has had to learn along the way. One’s that she values above all else and shares with friends and family.

Tina has worked in Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program / Shelter (YWCA), Federal Probation & Parole, State of Washington Children’s Administration (Child Protective, Child Welfare, Division of Licensed Resources), Pioneer Human Resources, Auburn Youth Resources, Sea Mar Community Healthcare and Anthem Healthcare (Amerigroup.) Currently she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensics, and a Master’s in Science Criminal Justice Administration. With numerous other trainings and certifications. It is also with great anticipation that Tina looks forward to collaborating with our community, state and agency partners to provide a better future and to teach our kids to Dream again.

Lyndsie Wynn
Adoption Worker
Bend
My name is Lyndsie and I live in Redmond, OR. I enjoy playing volleyball, practicing yoga, and reading! I have a passion for working with children and families and I am a very motivated individual with a strong focus on my career.
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Dani Clifford
Adoption Worker
Bend
Dani is a compassionate human services professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human services from the University of Oregon. She has a background in foster care where she worked primarily with the foster youth. For the last several years, she has been assisting foster youth, aiding them in their journey to become self sufficient leaders of their own lives as they age out of the system. She helped them to secure life opportunities in housing, education, employment and helped them to develop necessary skills for success. Dani is a dedicated and resourceful advocate with an infectious enthusiasm for helping others. She is passionate about improving the care and well-being of those who experience societal disadvantages or are unable to advocate for themselves. She is extremely excited to work with a non-profit adoption agency and to further her reach within this system. Dani has strong facilitation and case management skills with experience in maintaining cultural sensitivity, establishing rapport with members of diverse groups and creating an open and safe environment. She believes in focusing her work on open communication and mutual respect to ensure the best outcome for all involved. Personally, she is a PNW native, proud dog mom and auntie of two. She is an outdoors fanatic and loves to kayak, camp and hike, She is a travel enthusiast, lover of all things furry and a sucker for a good scary movie
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Chauntel Semien
Adoption Worker
Eugene

I was born and raised in here in Eugene Oregon and have no plans on ever leaving this beautiful state. I got my B.A. at Northwest Christian University and studied English, History, and Early childhood Education. During that time, I interned as a teacher’s aide at a local elementary school and volunteered at our local Childs Advocacy Center KIDS FIRST. After Volunteering at KIDS FIRST, I knew I wanted help children in the foster care system find forever families. I am thrilled to be apart of the AFFEC family. During my free time, I like to take my daughter on mommy and daughter dates to Barnes and Noble and order warm drinks and read for hours.

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Mae Salas
Adoption Worker
Salem
Mae earned her Masters’ of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Her education and career have always focused on her passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Mae has a strong background in working with foster and adoptive families and extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Mae is a focused, driven and organized profession that strives to support families in their self-directed adoption journey.
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Stephanie Cummings
Adoption Worker
Eugene/Prineville

Hello my name is Stephanie Cummings and I am an Adoption Worker.

I have been working with families and children for over 30 years. I started out as a foster parent at 23 with a new baby myself. My household quickly grew with 2 bio children, 5 foster and a guardianship within a year. I fell in love with the children and began to look at the "why" and "how" we have children in foster care and the needs of families and communities. I became an advocate for my kids in court and providing resources for special needs. My heart grew bigger and I needed to know and research about this vulnerable population of little people. I decided to continue my education at received a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and in Women's Studies from Portland State University. I also have a 2-year degree in Interpersonal and Domestic Violence.

I have worked with families all over Oregon in many different roles. I have been an in home safety service provider, a foster parent, community trainer, family advocate, homeless families case manager in Portland and a child welfare social worker in Child Protective services and adoptions. I recently worked as an Education Manager for Head Start and Early Head Start and a Family Advocate. I have many years and training hours in attachment and bonding, special needs and education, RAD, oppositional and defiant behaviors and trauma and crisis.

I live in Prineville but travel to Eugene often as a second home base! I grew up in Springfield but have traveled and lived all over the state of Oregon plus a few other states! I have a blended family with 5 children and 6 grandchildren all under the age of 7! I love to travel, read, quilt and meet new people!

I feel strong and open communication, knowing your families and providing amazing family and child connections and matches are so important in what I do! I am so excited to begin this journey with A Family for Every Child

Wendy Cooley
Adoption Worker
Eugene

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. My job history includes a couple of years at an adoption agency, 10 years as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare and five years with the Nursing Facilities Unit. I was born and raised in Oregon and have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading, computers and learning.

Megan Anderson
Adoption Worker
Eugene & Other Select Areas
As an advocate for youth in foster care as both a CASA and an Adoption Worker, I cannot wait to help guide you through the home study and adoption process. Adoption has always been a part of my story—my older sister was adopted from a neglectful situation as a young child more than 40 years ago. I draw from this experience to assist families seeking to adopt.   As a graduate from the University of Oregon I have strong connections to the Eugene/Springfield area, where I have lived with my family since 2002. I have four children ranging in age from 2-14 and married my husband in June of 2019. Currently, I am balancing adoption work with running my own business creating online corporate training content.   I understand this process can be overwhelming and emotional. I see my job as helping families see their strengths and then helping them match successfully with a child waiting in foster care who will benefit from those strengths
Grace Works
Adoption Worker
Eugene
Grace originally comes from Kansas, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Kansas State University. During her time in college, Grace worked with her local juvenile intake program, volunteered with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), lived and volunteered with youth in South Africa, and worked with a literacy program targeted to serve economically-disadvantaged families.     It has long been Grace’s passion to support children in attaining their life goals. She has spent the past 8 years either volunteering or working with marginalized communities and knows that serving at-risk youth and families is where she truly belongs. Since graduating, she has worked with Teach for America and KIPP schools where she pursued her passion and commitment to education equity and social justice. While teaching in Jacksonville, Florida, she had the opportunity to work with over 500 diverse students and families in the previous 3 years.   Some of her interests include spending time with family, travel, coffee, books, baking, Disney, and Harry Potter.
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Mildred Aranda
Adoption Worker
Portland
Mildred (Mily) Aranda has been providing social services since 2004. In 2016, she began to work with families applying to be kinship, foster and adoptive homes serving both English- and Spanish-speaking families. She has provided mental health services through both group sessions and one-on-one settings to individuals and families. Mily has taught at New Mexico State University and the University of Texas San Antonio during the last 10 years.
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Joanna Crawford
Adoption Worker
Salem
Hello! I am Joanna and I am a mom of two in the Salem area. I have been working with children and families for the last thirteen years.I graduated with a Bachelors in both Human Services and Psychology from Oregon State university in 2007.I love helping children and have had the privilege of many years in DHS working in investigations and in permanency work doing just this. In this role I facilitated multiple successful adoptions and remember this as some of my favorite moments of this work. I have a passion for educational advocacy and working with children with special needs and disabilities which led to a Masters Degree in School Counseling from George Fox University. The last few years have been spent in a training position for new workers and foster parents to support them in their service to children across the state. Adoption was a part of my family of origin and I have been drawn to this work over and over again and am thrilled to be joining AFEC. I have a commitment to equity and am always interested in ways to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in my personal and professional life. When I am not working or researching best practices I am spending time with my kids, my pets, or in my garden or garage, which I call “The Studio”. Painting, crafting, ceramics, furniture repurposing, cross stitch, coloring, all have become interests that I move through depending on my mood. I believe in the healing power of creating art, gardening, cooking, and getting outdoors. My husband and I love getting our family out in Oregon and exploring, going on scavenger hunts, hikes, and to any kind of farmers market or outdoor festival.
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