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We have developed a team that represent a range of parenting experiences, cultural backgrounds, and expertise in various child and family issues. A key value at Family SkillBuilders is that much of our staff are successful parents themselves. We also value hiring highly professional, highly educated staff that incorporate trauma informed practice into every facet of their work. Every member of our team is responsible for on-going professional development, per the ethical guidelines of our profession, that meets the complex needs of our services and the families we serve and contributes to the healthy development of our organization.

While there are clearly defined roles at Family SkillBuilders, each position is intended to be supportive of the next. We believe that all our team members offer unique strengths and experiences that benefit the entire organization. This team approach creates an environment where creative ideas, encouragement to use a different approach when stuck, and support from directors, supervisors, and support staff contribute to the quality that each family receives with services.

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Our team of Directors work together to ensure that Family SkillBuilders is maintaining its reputation for excellence with our clients, our partners and our community. They incorporate relevant and current research to ensure that interventions are as effective as possible, and inform decisions made for agency and client best practices. The Directors also strategize and plan for agency development, including collaboration and development of new and ongoing partnerships with DHS and community partners, as well as provide internal leadership, coaching and development to the Supervisor team. Fiscal stability is managed by this team, as well as human resources for all FSB employees.

Our supervisors are an integral part of the Leadership Team at Family SkillBuilders. They provide insight, wisdom, and feedback that shapes each facet of our work. Each of our skilled supervisors also manage a team of parenting consultants and provide oversight, direction, coaching and support to the consultants on their respective teams. From training and documentation oversight to support and assistance in complex cases, our supervisors help our consultants provide excellent service to the families they serve and the partners we work with. Our supervisors are the critical link to keep our agency always changing to reflect the needs of our staff and the families we work with.

Our in-home consultants have the perfect blend of educational and real-life experience that equips them for success with their families. A high level of flexibility, integrity, consistency, independence, communication skills, commitment, patience and self-care are important traits of our Family SkillBuilder Parenting Consultants. We also strive, whenever possible, to match families with consultants who share a common background; we are committed to assuring that the cultural, spiritual, and lifestyle values and practices of our families are honored.

Our in-home consultants have the perfect blend of educational and real-life experience that equips them for success with their families. A high level of flexibility, integrity, consistency, independence, communication skills, commitment, patience and self-care are important traits of our Family SkillBuilder Parenting Consultants. We also strive, whenever possible, to match families with consultants who share a common background; we are committed to assuring that the cultural, spiritual, and lifestyle values and practices of our families are honored.

Our in-home consultants have the perfect blend of educational and real-life experience that equips them for success with their families. A high level of flexibility, integrity, consistency, independence, communication skills, commitment, patience and self-care are important traits of our Family SkillBuilder Parenting Consultants. We also strive, whenever possible, to match families with consultants who share a common background; we are committed to assuring that the cultural, spiritual, and lifestyle values and practices of our families are honored.

Our in-home consultants have the perfect blend of educational and real-life experience that equips them for success with their families. A high level of flexibility, integrity, consistency, independence, communication skills, commitment, patience and self-care are important traits of our Family SkillBuilder Parenting Consultants. We also strive, whenever possible, to match families with consultants who share a common background; we are committed to assuring that the cultural, spiritual, and lifestyle values and practices of our families are honored.

Our meeting facilitators provide coordination, planning and facilitation of meetings for parents involved with DHS Child Welfare. We bring together all parties involved with a parent’s case and provide a forum for healthy communication between parents, caseworkers and foster parents.

Our Families Forward Parenting Groups facilitators provide a key role in modeling and coaching for the parents in the groups and assisting with strategizing and goal-setting for each parent. Our Families Forward assistants provide transportation for children in foster care to and from the groups, giving the parents and children valuable family time supervised by our group facilitators.

Our support staff help ensure that Family SkillBuilders functions smoothly in its day-to-day operations and continues to meet and exceed the standards of our agency partners. Our goal is to take the administrative details off our Parenting Consultants’ plates so that they can focus on their complex and difficult work with families. The support staff’s attention to detail and organization helps the rest of the team do the best work they can and spurs on our agency’s growth, allowing us to help more families in our community.

Susan Fleming, MSW - Executive Director

Susan Fleming, MSW

Executive Director

Susan is a firm believer in never giving up hope and believing the best of people and situations, which is part of why she loves Family SkillBuilders. Being part of the process to create solutions, collaborating with others to solve problems and effecting change is very fulfilling to her. One of the best things to Susan is being able to see families together and living with positive changes they are excited about. When she’s not working side by side with awesome people here at FSB, Susan loves to enjoy the world through a child’s perspective, and be outdoors in nature to get refreshed. She’s also a big fan of exploring tastes of foods from cultures other than her own.

Sara Middlebrooks - Assistant Director, Director of Operations

Sara Middlebrooks

Assistant Director, Director of Operations

Sara has a heart for children and vulnerable adults, and feels that one of the greatest parts of her job is being able to keep the needs of those children and adults in front of decision makers. She loves encouraging adults to recognize children’s strengths, as well as being able to connect young adults to stable supports. Sara is trustworthy and loyal to our staff, clients and partners; we are lucky to have her! When she is home with her family, she really enjoys a good hike and playing with her grandchildren.

Krista Chin - Director of Administration and Technology, ETO Administrator

Krista Chin

Director of Administration and Technology, ETO Administrator

Krista really enjoys being able to create systems at Family SkillBuilders that help maximize the benefits to the families we serve. Being a parent herself, she knows everyone reaches seasons of life and parenting where support is needed, and she loves to be able to help provide that support. Krista is a thorough planner, which comes in handy at work as well as at home. Her creative side gets a chance to shine when she’s cooking up a tasty dish at home or working in her garden, two of her favorite hobbies!

Brandon Johnson - Clackamas County Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

Clackamas County Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon’s passion is to help people grow and live into their own value and potential. Everyone is worth treating with dignity and respect, and being able to give that to the parents Brandon works with is important to him. He enjoys being a family’s compassionate and steady advocate and promoting healthy relationships between each member of the family. In his free time, you’d probably find Brandon outside, possibly writing or reading – especially if it’s a book about science fiction or theology. Brandon would say that if he’s going to be eating ice cream, it had better be Tillamook Chocolate Peanut Butter, preferably consumed while enjoying good times with friends and family.

Deanne Bergh - Groups Supervisor

Deanne Bergh

Groups Supervisor

Deanne’s heart is to come alongside of families to build on their strengths and to help them create a warm and safe home for themselves and their children. Her desire is to help parents discover new parenting skills while developing a positive relationship with their children. Deanne is strongly committed to her clients and finds that being affirming and calm through all situations is greatly beneficial to them and to herself as well. In her free time, Deanne enjoys spending time with friends and family and the occasional game of Sudoku – monster Sudoku, that is! You’re also likely to find Deanne out enjoying the myriad of hiking trails and mountains throughout the Pacific Northwest. And in her opinion, there is no better way to spend a typical rainy Oregon night than curled up with a good mystery or historical novel!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Washington County Field Supervisor

Dezarae Boyd-France

Washington County Field Supervisor

Dezarae is a creative, empathetic and straightforward gal who we are fortunate to have on our team. She loves empowering others to be their best selves, and knows how to come alongside her clients with respect and patience while they strengthen relationships in their families and their communities. She believes that learning is a lifelong process, a belief that’s reflected in her favorite book genre – non-fiction! Along with reading, Dezarae enjoys drawing and yoga, and loves to explore new hiking spots in the great PNW. If she could choose anything for lunch, she’d go for pizza and donuts – hard to disagree with her there!

Michele Norquist - Intake and Staffing Coordinator

Michele Norquist

Intake and Staffing Coordinator

Bringing stabilization to families facing difficult situations is one of Michele’s favorite parts about her job – her own family is incredibly important to her and she knows how drastically our lives can be affected when our families are in trouble. Michele is a passionate team player who is happy to go the extra mile to provide safety & support for our families, and enjoys being able to strengthen our community too. When she’s home, she likes to listen to music and cheer on her favorite sports team – with her family, of course!

Patty Vertner - Multnomah County Field Supervisor, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Patty Vertner

Multnomah County Field Supervisor, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Patty was born and raised in Guatemala, but has been pleased to call Oregon her home for the past 28 years. Her favorite flower thrives in this state – the gorgeous dahlia! Understanding what it’s like to transition into a very different culture is an experience Patty can share with the families she works with, and she really enjoys visiting each family to get to know their unique lives and cultures and be able to help. Patty can be known as a quiet person, but that’s usually because she’s thinking or listening – she truly cares for people and wants to understand them. Patty would tell you that she loves her alone time – she feels that five or more minutes to herself is a little slice of heaven! She loves to go on walks, listen to music, and read.

Joe Mihelic - Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Joe Mihelic

Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Joe Mihelic is from Portland Oregon, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and has experience working with low income individuals and people experiencing homelessness. His approach to working with families is non-judgmental and goal oriented. He believes that building parenting skills is a collaborative process that begins with a healthy parent/skillbuilder relationship. Joe likes hiking, playing basketball, and watching sports with friends.

Sandi Cox - Marion County Field Supervisor

Sandi Cox

Marion County Field Supervisor

Those who work with Sandi will usually see her with a smile on her face – Sandi is fun, creative and loves to encourage. She considers herself a parent’s biggest cheerleader – helping parents identify and build on their own strengths, encouraging growth and helping them respond to their children in a like manner is very fulfilling to her. Sandi is a crafty gal and loves to sew, knit and bake, particularly when she can do it with her grandchildren. When summer comes, you’ll likely find her camping and generally being outdoors as much as she can.

Scott Elledge - Support Staff Advisor

Scott Elledge

Support Staff Advisor

Scott believes that healthy families are the backbone of society, so he is happy to be serving in a role that enables Family SkillBuilders to continue in their mission of helping struggling families overcome their obstacles. His background as a school administrator has helped him to learn and develop systems that help promote organization and efficiency. Scott loves being active, whether that’s engaging in just about any sport known to man, or exploring the natural beauty of the PNW (which also allows him to scratch his photography itch). Scott’s love for fitness and food motivates him to work out and create tasty snacks like baked cauliflower bites. He also brews his own Kombucha. When relaxing, you’ll find Scott reading a book in the park on a sunny day, playing his ukulele while sipping coffee, or just hanging with friends.

Alyssa Miller - Families Forward Group Facilitator, Parenting Consultant

Alyssa Miller

Families Forward Group Facilitator, Parenting Consultant

Providing a safe and welcoming environment to the children at the parenting groups is of great importance to Alyssa- she has a big heart of compassion for these kids and their parents. Whether it’s in the group setting or in families’ homes, Alyssa has found that her talents in creativity and making people laugh – especially kids – come in handy every time. In her free time, Alyssa loves a challenging hike, and competing in adventure races with her friends whenever she can. She has always wanted to skydive, and if you know Alyssa, you know that one day she really will do it. She has revealed a serious weakness for peanut butter sweets, from white chocolate and peanut butter candy to ice cream with peanut butter ribbons – we like her style!

Brian Smith - Parenting Consultant

Brian Smith

Parenting Consultant

Brian would describe himself as a lifelong learner, and believes that respectfully listening to others’ perspectives is one of the best ways to gain understanding and heal broken relationships. He comes alongside families with respect, compassion and a desire to listen and build mutual acceptance. A proud father of four, Brian is most likely to be found enjoying time with his family whenever possible. He also enjoys gardening, reading science fiction books and writing.

Colleen Sims - Parenting Consultant

Colleen Sims

Parenting Consultant

Colleen Sims enjoys helping parents discover their confidence as a parent, encouraging wellness at the family level, building strong connections within families, and seeing the joy in everyday parenting moments. She is a homebody, friendly, and values creativity. On her days off, she most enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog Bean. Colleen’s favorite beverage is mint green tea.

Erin Sweet-Brazel, MFT - Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin Sweet-Brazel, MFT

Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin loves hearing people’s stories and helping them move in a positive direction toward their goals. She is especially passionate about youngsters and aiding them in forming a healthy attachment to their caregivers. Her own daughter teaches her daily to view the world through the eyes of a child, and the joys of playing as a method to communicate. When Erin’s not playing or snuggling with her daughter, you might find her enjoying a long walk in her favorite park, usually without a route planned – she feels that’s the best way to do it! If the weather gets a bit too rainy (it happens!), she’ll be curled up inside under a cozy blanket reading a good book – most likely with an almond milk latte in hand, hold the sugar please!

Guille Resendez - Parenting Consultant, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Guille Resendez

Parenting Consultant, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Guille was born in Mexico, but now enjoys living in Oregon where she has a forest for a backyard, in which you’ll often find her taking a walk. Guille loves what she does at Family SkillBuilders, where she appreciates being actively involved in the preservation of families. She’s a great team player, and especially enjoys collaborating with other people on her team and encouraging each other day to day. On the weekends, if a good drama or romance movie is playing, you’ll likely find Guille there with her husband. She also loves to cook, especially for family and friends, and tries to be out in nature as much as she can.

Julie O’Leary - Families Forward Assistant, Groups Transporter

Julie O’Leary

Families Forward Assistant, Groups Transporter

Julie’s experience and love for working with children and their parents at an elementary school are the driving forces behind the passion and skill she brings to her position at FSB. Julie believes that every person needs someone in their corner, reminding them of who they are and walking with them through their difficult journey. In her spare time she loves doing Yoga, reading, watching college football and mostly spending time at the Coast with her family, especially her baby granddaughter!

Kori Andrews - Parenting Consultant

Kori Andrews

Parenting Consultant

Kori brings a caring and empathetic spirit to the families she works with, believing that every family has a unique and beautiful culture to learn about and appreciate. Another guiding belief for Kori is that every person deserves to live an equitable life, which is one thing got her into this field and keeps her connected with serving people in need. On the weekends, especially in the summer, you’re likely to find Kori down at the river, where she is a self-described freshwater mermaid. When she’s not swimming, Kori loves to write poetry, enjoys all manner of vanilla-flavored beverages, and especially loves enchiladas – preferably enjoyed with her family and friends.

Michael Hall - Parenting Consultant

Michael Hall

Parenting Consultant

Michael Hall enjoys seeing others succeed. He is right at home in his role as an advocate and aspires to be an influential person, whether on a small scale with an individual client, or on a much larger social scale someday. He is a genuine, unique, and curious thinker. On his days off, he enjoys watching sports as well as sight-seeing. Michael is greatly motivated by personal growth, and his favorite beverage is green tea.

Miriam Won - Parenting Consultant

Miriam Won

Parenting Consultant

Miriam loves to serve people, and she feels blessed to be able to do that for her job. If she can lend a helping hand to make a difference in a life today, Miriam is there in a heartbeat! She would say that fuchsia is the best color there is, and a scenic drive is the best way to relax – when she wants to get away, Miriam heads to the beautiful Oregon coast. When home, she loves to try new recipes and cook up tasty food. After that, watching the latest drama miniseries on PBS is her favorite way to end the night!

Nicole Miles - Parenting Consultant

Nicole Miles

Parenting Consultant

Nicole loves to help her families succeed by recognizing their needs and providing the tools they need to change. She is a firm believer that anyone can change when they gain understanding and have someone come alongside them who truly wants to help – and Nicole is that person! Nicole also loves the outdoors – you’re likely to find her camping or at the beach in the summertime, or enjoying a good romantic comedy with family in the winter.

Nina Hills - Parenting Consultant

Nina Hills

Parenting Consultant

Nina would describe herself as open-minded, inventive, passionate about relationships, optimistic and well-caffeinated – she loves to start her days with a warm cup of coffee, enjoyed in those first morning moments by herself. Self-care practices are key for Nina in finding balance amid busy days – she loves to find new and fun ways to do this, especially by exploring the outdoors, whether it’s a new hiking trail or a walk on the beautiful Oregon coast beaches. Nina’s own personal life experiences have led her to this profession of helping families overcome obstacles – she has a passion to be the person that she always wished for in her younger years. She would tell you that her life experiences have not crippled her, but have inspired her to enable, empower, and support others. Nina loves to help others find their voice and safe ground to stand on in moments of difficulties, and to see a light at the end of the tunnel that helps create a clear vision of self-driven positive outcomes that are possible for every family.

Sarah Ray - Parenting Consultant

Sarah Ray

Parenting Consultant

It doesn’t take long for someone who knows Sarah to notice that three of her most prominent characteristics are being passionate, empathetic and easygoing. These traits serve her well in her role at FSB where she desires to empower parents, help families, and advocate for those who haven’t found their voice. In Sarah’s downtime she enjoys camping, sitting by a fire and organizing.

Shea McElroy - Parenting Consultant

Shea McElroy

Parenting Consultant

While working with children in the elementary school setting it became apparent to her that in order for a child to thrive, they need to have a solid foundation at home. This is one of the many reasons that Shea is so passionate about social justice for the children and families she serves at FSB. Her enthusiasm, passion, sense of justice and strong moral compass are indispensable qualities aiding her in this very important work. Shea recharges by swimming. finding minutes in the sunshine, reading, illustrating photos of family and friends and creative writing.

Tonya Deisner - Parenting Consultant

Tonya Deisner

Parenting Consultant

“To the world, you are one person; to one person, you are the world.” One of Tonya’s favorite quotes sums up her passion for helping a hurting family know they are not alone in their journey. Tonya feels that it is a privilege to be able to walk with a family in their dispiritedness, and to surround them with a caring support team. She enjoys being able to use her gifts of nurturing, dependability and perceptiveness in her job. When she’s not working, Tonya loves to read suspense or romance novels, listen to music and work on her latest DIY home projects. She loves deep fall colors like burgundy (her favorite!) – someday she hopes to travel to West Virginia or Vermont in the fall to see the colorful foliage displays. Her snack weakness is white cheddar popcorn, and she firmly believes that Arby’s chicken pecan salad sandwich is lunch perfected!

Susan Fleming, MSW - Executive Director

Susan Fleming, MSW

Executive Director

Susan is a firm believer in never giving up hope and believing the best of people and situations, which is part of why she loves Family SkillBuilders. Being part of the process to create solutions, collaborating with others to solve problems and effecting change is very fulfilling to her. One of the best things to Susan is being able to see families together and living with positive changes they are excited about. When she’s not working side by side with awesome people here at FSB, Susan loves to enjoy the world through a child’s perspective, and be outdoors in nature to get refreshed. She’s also a big fan of exploring tastes of foods from cultures other than her own.

Sara Middlebrooks - Assistant Director, Director of Operations

Sara Middlebrooks

Assistant Director, Director of Operations

Sara has a heart for children and vulnerable adults, and feels that one of the greatest parts of her job is being able to keep the needs of those children and adults in front of decision makers. She loves encouraging adults to recognize children’s strengths, as well as being able to connect young adults to stable supports. Sara is trustworthy and loyal to our staff, clients and partners; we are lucky to have her! When she is home with her family, she really enjoys a good hike and playing with her grandchildren.

Krista Chin - Director of Administration and Technology, ETO Administrator

Krista Chin

Director of Administration and Technology, ETO Administrator

Krista really enjoys being able to create systems at Family SkillBuilders that help maximize the benefits to the families we serve. Being a parent herself, she knows everyone reaches seasons of life and parenting where support is needed, and she loves to be able to help provide that support. Krista is a thorough planner, which comes in handy at work as well as at home. Her creative side gets a chance to shine when she’s cooking up a tasty dish at home or working in her garden, two of her favorite hobbies!

Brandon Johnson - Clackamas County Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

Clackamas County Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon’s passion is to help people grow and live into their own value and potential. Everyone is worth treating with dignity and respect, and being able to give that to the parents Brandon works with is important to him. He enjoys being a family’s compassionate and steady advocate and promoting healthy relationships between each member of the family. In his free time, you’d probably find Brandon outside, possibly writing or reading – especially if it’s a book about science fiction or theology. Brandon would say that if he’s going to be eating ice cream, it had better be Tillamook Chocolate Peanut Butter, preferably consumed while enjoying good times with friends and family.

Deanne Bergh - Groups Supervisor

Deanne Bergh

Groups Supervisor

Deanne’s heart is to come alongside of families to build on their strengths and to help them create a warm and safe home for themselves and their children. Her desire is to help parents discover new parenting skills while developing a positive relationship with their children. Deanne is strongly committed to her clients and finds that being affirming and calm through all situations is greatly beneficial to them and to herself as well. In her free time, Deanne enjoys spending time with friends and family and the occasional game of Sudoku – monster Sudoku, that is! You’re also likely to find Deanne out enjoying the myriad of hiking trails and mountains throughout the Pacific Northwest. And in her opinion, there is no better way to spend a typical rainy Oregon night than curled up with a good mystery or historical novel!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Washington County Field Supervisor

Dezarae Boyd-France

Washington County Field Supervisor

Dezarae is a creative, empathetic and straightforward gal who we are fortunate to have on our team. She loves empowering others to be their best selves, and knows how to come alongside her clients with respect and patience while they strengthen relationships in their families and their communities. She believes that learning is a lifelong process, a belief that’s reflected in her favorite book genre – non-fiction! Along with reading, Dezarae enjoys drawing and yoga, and loves to explore new hiking spots in the great PNW. If she could choose anything for lunch, she’d go for pizza and donuts – hard to disagree with her there!

Michele Norquist - Intake and Staffing Coordinator

Michele Norquist

Intake and Staffing Coordinator

Bringing stabilization to families facing difficult situations is one of Michele’s favorite parts about her job – her own family is incredibly important to her and she knows how drastically our lives can be affected when our families are in trouble. Michele is a passionate team player who is happy to go the extra mile to provide safety & support for our families, and enjoys being able to strengthen our community too. When she’s home, she likes to listen to music and cheer on her favorite sports team – with her family, of course!

Patty Vertner - Multnomah County Field Supervisor, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Patty Vertner

Multnomah County Field Supervisor, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Patty was born and raised in Guatemala, but has been pleased to call Oregon her home for the past 28 years. Her favorite flower thrives in this state – the gorgeous dahlia! Understanding what it’s like to transition into a very different culture is an experience Patty can share with the families she works with, and she really enjoys visiting each family to get to know their unique lives and cultures and be able to help. Patty can be known as a quiet person, but that’s usually because she’s thinking or listening – she truly cares for people and wants to understand them. Patty would tell you that she loves her alone time – she feels that five or more minutes to herself is a little slice of heaven! She loves to go on walks, listen to music, and read.

Joe Mihelic - Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Joe Mihelic

Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Joe Mihelic is from Portland Oregon, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and has experience working with low income individuals and people experiencing homelessness. His approach to working with families is non-judgmental and goal oriented. He believes that building parenting skills is a collaborative process that begins with a healthy parent/skillbuilder relationship. Joe likes hiking, playing basketball, and watching sports with friends.

Sandi Cox - Marion County Field Supervisor

Sandi Cox

Marion County Field Supervisor

Those who work with Sandi will usually see her with a smile on her face – Sandi is fun, creative and loves to encourage. She considers herself a parent’s biggest cheerleader – helping parents identify and build on their own strengths, encouraging growth and helping them respond to their children in a like manner is very fulfilling to her. Sandi is a crafty gal and loves to sew, knit and bake, particularly when she can do it with her grandchildren. When summer comes, you’ll likely find her camping and generally being outdoors as much as she can.

Scott Elledge - Support Staff Advisor

Scott Elledge

Support Staff Advisor

Scott believes that healthy families are the backbone of society, so he is happy to be serving in a role that enables Family SkillBuilders to continue in their mission of helping struggling families overcome their obstacles. His background as a school administrator has helped him to learn and develop systems that help promote organization and efficiency. Scott loves being active, whether that’s engaging in just about any sport known to man, or exploring the natural beauty of the PNW (which also allows him to scratch his photography itch). Scott’s love for fitness and food motivates him to work out and create tasty snacks like baked cauliflower bites. He also brews his own Kombucha. When relaxing, you’ll find Scott reading a book in the park on a sunny day, playing his ukulele while sipping coffee, or just hanging with friends.

Alyssa Miller - Families Forward Group Facilitator, Parenting Consultant

Alyssa Miller

Families Forward Group Facilitator, Parenting Consultant

Providing a safe and welcoming environment to the children at the parenting groups is of great importance to Alyssa- she has a big heart of compassion for these kids and their parents. Whether it’s in the group setting or in families’ homes, Alyssa has found that her talents in creativity and making people laugh – especially kids – come in handy every time. In her free time, Alyssa loves a challenging hike, and competing in adventure races with her friends whenever she can. She has always wanted to skydive, and if you know Alyssa, you know that one day she really will do it. She has revealed a serious weakness for peanut butter sweets, from white chocolate and peanut butter candy to ice cream with peanut butter ribbons – we like her style!

Brian Smith - Parenting Consultant

Brian Smith

Parenting Consultant

Brian would describe himself as a lifelong learner, and believes that respectfully listening to others’ perspectives is one of the best ways to gain understanding and heal broken relationships. He comes alongside families with respect, compassion and a desire to listen and build mutual acceptance. A proud father of four, Brian is most likely to be found enjoying time with his family whenever possible. He also enjoys gardening, reading science fiction books and writing.

Colleen Sims - Parenting Consultant

Colleen Sims

Parenting Consultant

Colleen Sims enjoys helping parents discover their confidence as a parent, encouraging wellness at the family level, building strong connections within families, and seeing the joy in everyday parenting moments. She is a homebody, friendly, and values creativity. On her days off, she most enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog Bean. Colleen’s favorite beverage is mint green tea.

Erin Sweet-Brazel, MFT - Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin Sweet-Brazel, MFT

Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin loves hearing people’s stories and helping them move in a positive direction toward their goals. She is especially passionate about youngsters and aiding them in forming a healthy attachment to their caregivers. Her own daughter teaches her daily to view the world through the eyes of a child, and the joys of playing as a method to communicate. When Erin’s not playing or snuggling with her daughter, you might find her enjoying a long walk in her favorite park, usually without a route planned – she feels that’s the best way to do it! If the weather gets a bit too rainy (it happens!), she’ll be curled up inside under a cozy blanket reading a good book – most likely with an almond milk latte in hand, hold the sugar please!

Guille Resendez - Parenting Consultant, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Guille Resendez

Parenting Consultant, Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish

Guille was born in Mexico, but now enjoys living in Oregon where she has a forest for a backyard, in which you’ll often find her taking a walk. Guille loves what she does at Family SkillBuilders, where she appreciates being actively involved in the preservation of families. She’s a great team player, and especially enjoys collaborating with other people on her team and encouraging each other day to day. On the weekends, if a good drama or romance movie is playing, you’ll likely find Guille there with her husband. She also loves to cook, especially for family and friends, and tries to be out in nature as much as she can.

Julie O’Leary - Families Forward Assistant, Groups Transporter

Julie O’Leary

Families Forward Assistant, Groups Transporter

Julie’s experience and love for working with children and their parents at an elementary school are the driving forces behind the passion and skill she brings to her position at FSB. Julie believes that every person needs someone in their corner, reminding them of who they are and walking with them through their difficult journey. In her spare time she loves doing Yoga, reading, watching college football and mostly spending time at the Coast with her family, especially her baby granddaughter!

Kori Andrews - Parenting Consultant

Kori Andrews

Parenting Consultant

Kori brings a caring and empathetic spirit to the families she works with, believing that every family has a unique and beautiful culture to learn about and appreciate. Another guiding belief for Kori is that every person deserves to live an equitable life, which is one thing got her into this field and keeps her connected with serving people in need. On the weekends, especially in the summer, you’re likely to find Kori down at the river, where she is a self-described freshwater mermaid. When she’s not swimming, Kori loves to write poetry, enjoys all manner of vanilla-flavored beverages, and especially loves enchiladas – preferably enjoyed with her family and friends.

Michael Hall - Parenting Consultant

Michael Hall

Parenting Consultant

Michael Hall enjoys seeing others succeed. He is right at home in his role as an advocate and aspires to be an influential person, whether on a small scale with an individual client, or on a much larger social scale someday. He is a genuine, unique, and curious thinker. On his days off, he enjoys watching sports as well as sight-seeing. Michael is greatly motivated by personal growth, and his favorite beverage is green tea.

Miriam Won - Parenting Consultant

Miriam Won

Parenting Consultant

Miriam loves to serve people, and she feels blessed to be able to do that for her job. If she can lend a helping hand to make a difference in a life today, Miriam is there in a heartbeat! She would say that fuchsia is the best color there is, and a scenic drive is the best way to relax – when she wants to get away, Miriam heads to the beautiful Oregon coast. When home, she loves to try new recipes and cook up tasty food. After that, watching the latest drama miniseries on PBS is her favorite way to end the night!

Nicole Miles - Parenting Consultant

Nicole Miles

Parenting Consultant

Nicole loves to help her families succeed by recognizing their needs and providing the tools they need to change. She is a firm believer that anyone can change when they gain understanding and have someone come alongside them who truly wants to help – and Nicole is that person! Nicole also loves the outdoors – you’re likely to find her camping or at the beach in the summertime, or enjoying a good romantic comedy with family in the winter.

Nina Hills - Parenting Consultant

Nina Hills

Parenting Consultant

Nina would describe herself as open-minded, inventive, passionate about relationships, optimistic and well-caffeinated – she loves to start her days with a warm cup of coffee, enjoyed in those first morning moments by herself. Self-care practices are key for Nina in finding balance amid busy days – she loves to find new and fun ways to do this, especially by exploring the outdoors, whether it’s a new hiking trail or a walk on the beautiful Oregon coast beaches. Nina’s own personal life experiences have led her to this profession of helping families overcome obstacles – she has a passion to be the person that she always wished for in her younger years. She would tell you that her life experiences have not crippled her, but have inspired her to enable, empower, and support others. Nina loves to help others find their voice and safe ground to stand on in moments of difficulties, and to see a light at the end of the tunnel that helps create a clear vision of self-driven positive outcomes that are possible for every family.

Sarah Ray - Parenting Consultant

Sarah Ray

Parenting Consultant

It doesn’t take long for someone who knows Sarah to notice that three of her most prominent characteristics are being passionate, empathetic and easygoing. These traits serve her well in her role at FSB where she desires to empower parents, help families, and advocate for those who haven’t found their voice. In Sarah’s downtime she enjoys camping, sitting by a fire and organizing.

Shea McElroy - Parenting Consultant

Shea McElroy

Parenting Consultant

While working with children in the elementary school setting it became apparent to her that in order for a child to thrive, they need to have a solid foundation at home. This is one of the many reasons that Shea is so passionate about social justice for the children and families she serves at FSB. Her enthusiasm, passion, sense of justice and strong moral compass are indispensable qualities aiding her in this very important work. Shea recharges by swimming. finding minutes in the sunshine, reading, illustrating photos of family and friends and creative writing.

Tonya Deisner - Parenting Consultant

Tonya Deisner

Parenting Consultant

“To the world, you are one person; to one person, you are the world.” One of Tonya’s favorite quotes sums up her passion for helping a hurting family know they are not alone in their journey. Tonya feels that it is a privilege to be able to walk with a family in their dispiritedness, and to surround them with a caring support team. She enjoys being able to use her gifts of nurturing, dependability and perceptiveness in her job. When she’s not working, Tonya loves to read suspense or romance novels, listen to music and work on her latest DIY home projects. She loves deep fall colors like burgundy (her favorite!) – someday she hopes to travel to West Virginia or Vermont in the fall to see the colorful foliage displays. Her snack weakness is white cheddar popcorn, and she firmly believes that Arby’s chicken pecan salad sandwich is lunch perfected!