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 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.
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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
Matching Assistance Program Coordinator

Shawnell is the Matching Assistance Program Coordinator, Heart Gallery and Photo Coordinator, and Small Event Support at A Family For Every Child. She brings to the agency successfully matching a family as a Family Support Specialist volunteer in early 2018. She is passionate about community engagement and actively volunteers locally in the hopes gain experience to assist A Family For Every Child with future fundraising. Shawnell brings a positive enthusiasm for the adoption search to help inspire families to find their children. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified foster parent.

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.

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 one of our adoption workers in the Eugene/Springfield area.  She also serves families in Douglas county.  Heather has dedicated her life to working with children and families in one way or another.  She continually focuses on how to make the world a better place, and what we can do to ensure the well-being of children.  She holds a degree in Elementary Education from The University of South Florida in Tampa.  She taught in Tampa for over a decade.  She took a sabbatical from teaching to volunteer with a donation based traveling kitchen that feeds homeless people across the country.  This brought her to Northern California where she spent several more years teaching before relocating to Springfield, and becoming an Adoption Worker. Becoming an Adoption Worker has made her really happy, and her background in education gives her a unique perspective of children.

When she has the opportunity she can also be found substitute teaching in Bethel and 4J school districts in Eugene.  When she has free time she enjoys making upcycled and useful crafts, embroidering, sewing, and spending time with her animals. Heather’s friends would describe her as fiercely loyal, creative, and a problem solver.  Her students’ have said that she makes learning fun, and her clients have said that she goes the extra mile.

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Jammie Trimble
Adoption Worker
Portland Area

My name is Jammie Trimble and I am a 41 year old proud mother of 6 (one step-daughter who is 26 years old, three biological children-a daughter who is 24, a son who is 21 and another daughter who is 14-and I am in the process of fostering to adopt my great nephew and niece who are 7 and 3 years old). I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and I have been married to my significant other for more than eleven years. My family is very active and we are always on the go. We love to travel and we enjoy spending time together as a family. We also love to watch my daughter Tyra (14 years old) play basketball and we are eager to watch how far it will take her.

I elected to get into the adoption field due to my current situation with being a relative foster/ adoptive parent. I enjoy getting to know new families and supporting them in adding to their family. I have found adoption to be hard, but very rewarding work. It has been one of my greatest challenges navigating the DHS system and providing adequate support to young children who have experienced severe trauma. I also enjoy learning new ways to support my children through all of the training that is available to adoption workers and it also helps me to offer support to my assigned families. I previously worked in the mental health/addictions/ criminal justice field, so I am no stranger to dealing with difficult issues. I pride myself in being a good listener, an advocate and good at following through. I look forward to all this year has to offer.

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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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Tanya Cloninger
Adoption Worker
Bend
My name is Tanya Cloninger and I live in Bend, Oregon. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from college, I relocated to Bend, Oregon. Bend has grown a lot since I moved here in 1996, but it still has its small town charm. I have been working in Social Services for the past twenty years. I have extensive experience writing home studies and working with adoptive families. Being an adoptive parent myself, I have a personal understanding of the ups and downs of the adoption journey.
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Marcé Palmer
Adoption Worker
Portland
Marcé is one of our Adoption Workers in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. She has a passion for working with children and families. Marcé is a former teacher who has worked in Grades K through Five. She has also worked with foster children in her teaching career and has felt drawn to helping these young children find permanent loving homes as a career. Marcé has a masters degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. In addition, she holds a teaching certificate in the state of Washington for grades Pre-K-grade three. Much of her teaching dealt with Early Childhood Education. When Marcé is not working, she and her husband have three boys that keep her busy and humble. Her hobbies include animals of all kinds, but she especially enjoys cats and dogs. She has fostered animals in the past and currently has 3 dogs and two cats. Her greatest loves are her labradoodle "Truffles" and her goldendoodle "Bristol". She can be found on the weekends walking them on trails and in local parks. She also loves to read books, and relaxing by a fire with a warm cup of coffee.
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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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Morgan Geiger
Adoption Worker
Portland
Morgan is based in Portland and serves families in both Oregon and Southern Washington. She is deeply passionate about connecting great kids with great families and has worked in adoptions and foster care throughout her career. Originally from Pennsylvania, Morgan lived and worked in the Philadelphia community for over 7 years, which helped her gain a strong understanding of diversity, poverty, and a variety of other social factors that impact many of our foster children. After moving to the West Coast in 2017, Morgan became a specialized adoption recruiter with Wendy’s Wonderful Kids where she worked with children with severe medical, behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs. Though this experience, Morgan gained a unique perspective of a child’s journey through the adoption process and she is excited to share this insight with her AFFEC families. In addition to her role an Adoption Worker, Morgan also works full time as a Family Stability Advocate at a shelter for domestic violence survivors. Morgan has a master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
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