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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Shelley Converse-Rath
Adoption Agency Assistant
Shelley is a born-and-raised Californian, but has lived in various states across the country in recent years. Though her educational background is in literature, she has worn many hats: editor, customer service representative, supervisor, instructor, and has had the opportunity to take many different classes in sociology, social work, psychology, child development, and speech-language pathology. It has been a long-term goal of hers to work for a non-profit, and contribute positively to the surrounding community in whatever capacity she can. She is ecstatic to be part of the A Family for Every Child team! During her free time, she enjoys running, watching baseball and basketball, and wrangling her (adorable) cats.
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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
Youth Homeless Specialist

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 Director/ Youth Homeless Specialist 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.

Megan Anderson
Adoption Worker
Megan is a University of Oregon graduate passionate about helping families reach their goals through adoption. Touched at a very early age by the adoption of her beloved sister, Megan understands the impact opening a loving home to a child can have on families. Mother to four children of her own ranging in age from 12 to under one, Megan balances work life with soccer practice, play dough, and first year mile stones. She has experience volunteering with children in the community to bridge educational gaps in reading, writing, and math for elementary school aged children. Megan’s main goal working with a Family For Every Child is to be the resource that eases the transitions surrounding growing your family while getting kids the support and unconditional love they deserve. She would love to be your advocate as you work through the adoption process.
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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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Jamie Knust
Adoption Worker
Salem

Jamie Knust is a Wife and Mother to 2 wonderful boys, ages 7 and 2. Jamie has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Corban University, specializing in Youth and Family Studies. Her previous social work was with Family Building Blocks in Salem, OR supporting at-risk families with children from 0-5 years old with educational tools, social services and resources to help provide basic needs for their families. Her Husband's job took her overseas for 2 years to Indonesia, where she was able to work with a local orphange, which began an even greater passion for adoption. She loves being able to unite children with their forever families and is excited to begin her career here with AFFEC.

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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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