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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 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 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 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 - Director of Operations, Payroll, and HR

Sara Middlebrooks

Director of Operations, Payroll, and HR

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

Krista Chin

Director of Administration and Technology

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 - Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

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.

Alyssa Miller - Families Forward Groups Program Lead

Alyssa Miller

Families Forward Groups Program Lead

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!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Supervisor; Documentation Clerk

Dezarae Boyd-France

Supervisor; Documentation Clerk

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!

Lara Lunsford - Supervisor;  Parenting Consultant

Lara Lunsford

Supervisor; Parenting Consultant

Helping others recognize and embrace their inherent value and unique place in the world is what inspires Lara in her work. She feels particularly motivated to focus on developing healthy relationships and empowering marginalized populations. Thoughtful, compassionate, and steady, Lara refreshes when hiking and being in nature, playing board and card games, listening to an amusing podcast, and playing the violin. She is always looking for simple ways to keep her home neat and tidy. Lara loves flowers, especially dahlias and hydrangeas. A favorite meal would include Vietnamese noodles and peanut butter M&Ms, although not necessarily in that order.

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!

Sandi Cox - Supervisor; Groups Program Lead

Sandi Cox

Supervisor; Groups Program Lead

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.

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.

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.

Kori DeSimone - Parenting Consultant

Kori DeSimone

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!

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.

Susan Turnquist - Parenting Consultant

Susan Turnquist

Parenting Consultant

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!

Victoria Johannigman - Parenting Consultant

Victoria Johannigman

Parenting Consultant

Leanne Hartman - Office Coordinator

Leanne Hartman

Office Coordinator

Continuous learning and personal growth drive Leanne in her work supporting the staff at Family SkillBuilders. With a background in public school teaching, office management, and technology marketing, she loves finding ways to offload administrative tasks so our consultants can focus on what they do best: coaching and mentoring parents and strengthening family relationships and stability. Outside of work, Leanne loves spending time with her own family, hiking, gardening, learning new recipes, reading, and training her dog. Or is the dog training her? One can never be sure.

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 - Director of Operations, Payroll, and HR

Sara Middlebrooks

Director of Operations, Payroll, and HR

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

Krista Chin

Director of Administration and Technology

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 - Director of Client Services

Brandon Johnson

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.

Alyssa Miller - Families Forward Groups Program Lead

Alyssa Miller

Families Forward Groups Program Lead

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!

Dezarae Boyd-France - Supervisor; Documentation Clerk

Dezarae Boyd-France

Supervisor; Documentation Clerk

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!

Lara Lunsford - Supervisor;  Parenting Consultant

Lara Lunsford

Supervisor; Parenting Consultant

Helping others recognize and embrace their inherent value and unique place in the world is what inspires Lara in her work. She feels particularly motivated to focus on developing healthy relationships and empowering marginalized populations. Thoughtful, compassionate, and steady, Lara refreshes when hiking and being in nature, playing board and card games, listening to an amusing podcast, and playing the violin. She is always looking for simple ways to keep her home neat and tidy. Lara loves flowers, especially dahlias and hydrangeas. A favorite meal would include Vietnamese noodles and peanut butter M&Ms, although not necessarily in that order.

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!

Sandi Cox - Supervisor; Groups Program Lead

Sandi Cox

Supervisor; Groups Program Lead

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.

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.

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.

Kori DeSimone - Parenting Consultant

Kori DeSimone

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!

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.

Susan Turnquist - Parenting Consultant

Susan Turnquist

Parenting Consultant

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!

Victoria Johannigman - Parenting Consultant

Victoria Johannigman

Parenting Consultant

Leanne Hartman - Office Coordinator

Leanne Hartman

Office Coordinator

Continuous learning and personal growth drive Leanne in her work supporting the staff at Family SkillBuilders. With a background in public school teaching, office management, and technology marketing, she loves finding ways to offload administrative tasks so our consultants can focus on what they do best: coaching and mentoring parents and strengthening family relationships and stability. Outside of work, Leanne loves spending time with her own family, hiking, gardening, learning new recipes, reading, and training her dog. Or is the dog training her? One can never be sure.