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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 Field & Meeting Facilitation Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

Clackamas County Field & Meeting Facilitation 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!

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.

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.

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!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Washington County Field Supervisor; Clackamas County Meeting Facilitator

Dezarae Boyd-France

Washington County Field Supervisor; Clackamas County Meeting Facilitator

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!

Scott Elledge - Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Scott Elledge

Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

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.

Erin Sweet, MFT - Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin Sweet, 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.

Gwynne McCay - Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Beaverton)

Gwynne McCay

Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Beaverton)

Gwynne is passionate about people having their best opportunity to succeed, and loves working for an agency that increases parents and children’s opportunities for success. As a meeting facilitator, she enjoys being able to create an environment for understanding, while helping others to recognize the value of their experience and knowledge. On the weekends you might find Gwynne playing with her dogs Bingley and Darcy or hunting for sea glass at the beach with her partner. She is an avid softball player and loves pepperoni pizza; with tacos, as long as they are good tacos, coming in a close second!

Jenni Weber - Families Forward Assistant, Parenting Consultant

Jenni Weber

Families Forward Assistant, Parenting Consultant

Jenni has had a strong sense from childhood that her core purpose involved helping others. As a parent she knows first-hand the struggles that parents face and seeks to be part of the crucial support system parents need in raising their children. Her love for children, deep compassion and empathy and her strong work ethic are the driving forces behind her success in helping families achieve their goals. When Jenni wants to relax and have fun you’ll find her reading a good book on mystery, drama or history; watching her favorite football team (go Vikings!), or taking a dance class (she’s a former semi-professional dancer).

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.

Miriam Won - Parenting Consultant, FSNA

Miriam Won

Parenting Consultant, FSNA

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.

Rebekah Binderim, MSW - Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Hillsboro), FSNA

Rebekah Binderim, MSW

Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Hillsboro), FSNA

Rebekah is a fantastic listener and encourager – she loves to meet new people, listen to their stories and identify and encourage each person’s unique gifts and strengths. She especially enjoys working with children and having the privilege to watch the bond grow between a child and their parent. In her free time she loves to go camping (with a hefty stash of s’mores fixings in tow) or spend a day at the beach, where the sound of the waves provides calm and quiet. Rebekah’s favorite books to curl up with are mystery novels – Sherlock Holmes is a favorite – and for movies, A Walk to Remember reigns at the top of her list!

Sharolyn Kinneman - Families Forward Assistant, Office Support Specialist

Sharolyn Kinneman

Families Forward Assistant, Office Support Specialist

Sharolyn has always been passionate about working with children. She feels fulfilled when she can help a child learn about the world in a safe environment. The laughter of children and the look of joy on their faces when they're positively engaged is unforgettable – it’s why she does what she does! Beyond that, Sharolyn enjoys spending time with her book club discussing the latest young adult novel, or brushing up on her ukulele-playing skills. She also loves to draw and paint. Her favorite coffee drink is a pumpkin spice latte – she says, “Yes, I’m basic!” – which she prefers to enjoy in the mug her mother made for her.

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 Field & Meeting Facilitation Supervisor, Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

Clackamas County Field & Meeting Facilitation 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!

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.

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.

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!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Washington County Field Supervisor; Clackamas County Meeting Facilitator

Dezarae Boyd-France

Washington County Field Supervisor; Clackamas County Meeting Facilitator

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!

Scott Elledge - Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

Scott Elledge

Office, Accounting and Support Team Manager

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.

Erin Sweet, MFT - Families Forward Group Facilitator

Erin Sweet, 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.

Gwynne McCay - Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Beaverton)

Gwynne McCay

Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Beaverton)

Gwynne is passionate about people having their best opportunity to succeed, and loves working for an agency that increases parents and children’s opportunities for success. As a meeting facilitator, she enjoys being able to create an environment for understanding, while helping others to recognize the value of their experience and knowledge. On the weekends you might find Gwynne playing with her dogs Bingley and Darcy or hunting for sea glass at the beach with her partner. She is an avid softball player and loves pepperoni pizza; with tacos, as long as they are good tacos, coming in a close second!

Jenni Weber - Families Forward Assistant, Parenting Consultant

Jenni Weber

Families Forward Assistant, Parenting Consultant

Jenni has had a strong sense from childhood that her core purpose involved helping others. As a parent she knows first-hand the struggles that parents face and seeks to be part of the crucial support system parents need in raising their children. Her love for children, deep compassion and empathy and her strong work ethic are the driving forces behind her success in helping families achieve their goals. When Jenni wants to relax and have fun you’ll find her reading a good book on mystery, drama or history; watching her favorite football team (go Vikings!), or taking a dance class (she’s a former semi-professional dancer).

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.

Miriam Won - Parenting Consultant, FSNA

Miriam Won

Parenting Consultant, FSNA

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.

Rebekah Binderim, MSW - Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Hillsboro), FSNA

Rebekah Binderim, MSW

Meeting Facilitator (Washington County - Hillsboro), FSNA

Rebekah is a fantastic listener and encourager – she loves to meet new people, listen to their stories and identify and encourage each person’s unique gifts and strengths. She especially enjoys working with children and having the privilege to watch the bond grow between a child and their parent. In her free time she loves to go camping (with a hefty stash of s’mores fixings in tow) or spend a day at the beach, where the sound of the waves provides calm and quiet. Rebekah’s favorite books to curl up with are mystery novels – Sherlock Holmes is a favorite – and for movies, A Walk to Remember reigns at the top of her list!

Sharolyn Kinneman - Families Forward Assistant, Office Support Specialist

Sharolyn Kinneman

Families Forward Assistant, Office Support Specialist

Sharolyn has always been passionate about working with children. She feels fulfilled when she can help a child learn about the world in a safe environment. The laughter of children and the look of joy on their faces when they're positively engaged is unforgettable – it’s why she does what she does! Beyond that, Sharolyn enjoys spending time with her book club discussing the latest young adult novel, or brushing up on her ukulele-playing skills. She also loves to draw and paint. Her favorite coffee drink is a pumpkin spice latte – she says, “Yes, I’m basic!” – which she prefers to enjoy in the mug her mother made for her.

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!