Executive Board of Directors
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.
Board Vice President
Jeffrey Brown is a local minister and former Director of Technology at the University of Oregon. He spent 15 years in high education IT before transitioning to the church. He is the father of four children that have been adopted from DHS foster care. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Divinity from Northwest Nazarene University. He joined the board at the end of 2016.
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.
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 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.
Bachelor of Arts – Merchandising – American College of Switzerland
24 years small business owner/ distributor
43 years retail & wholesale experience May Co., Pendleton Woolen Mills, Nordstrom, Etcetera
15 years employed by Levi Strauss & Co. Eugene – Order Analyst
Hobbies – Grand kids, Scrapbooking, photography, hiking, volunteering
Non-voting Executive Board Member
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Associate Board Member
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.