The impact of our program is made possible by the inexorable dedication of our 70+ volunteer mentors who partner with committed donors, Board members, our youth and their parents.
Our small but mighty staff provide the backbone support for these wonderful partners to nourish seeds of positive change in our community.

Staff

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Allison Yoder, Program Manager. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
ayoder@family-of-friends.org  Cell: 503-351-5805

Allison has lived in Oregon since 2010, and was born and raised in Indiana. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University.  Her professional experience includes home visiting, parent education, case management, youth counseling, and work as an Adult Outpatient Mental Health Therapist. Allison started with Family of Friends in 2015, and was promoted to Program Manager in 2016. She is passionate about mentoring, not only as a way to help individual youth gain access to more positive adult support, but also as a means to creating stronger, more empathetic and connected communities as a whole. In her free time, Allison enjoys gardening, hiking, going to concerts, and making delicious food with her partner, Nathan.

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Michelle Kosta, Executive Director.  Pronouns: She/her/hers
mkosta@family-of-friends.org  Phone: 503-618-2397

Michelle’s first job, caring for a woman with Parkinson’s Disease, showed her the power of relationships to change lives.  After graduating from the University of San Francisco she moved to Oregon, joined a band, and became a mentor to a young woman named Kamaria, where her career in youth development began.  She’s had the pleasure of working with Girls Inc., Jewish Family and Child Service, Adelante Mujeres, Voz Workers Rights Education Project and spent time as an international volunteer in Argentina and Peru.  She joined Family of Friends Mentoring as a match coordinator in 2013 and spearheaded the program’s spin-off and move to Gresham in 2016.  When she’s not working, you might find her throwing parties, enjoying music, working on social justice issues, or adventuring in the Oregon wilderness with friends and family.

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Monica Segura, Bilingual Match Coordinator. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

msegura@family-of-friends.org  Cell: 971-940-8730

Monica joined Family of Friends in fall of 2017 and is the primary support person for the program’s Spanish-speaking matches in Gresham. She has a passion for working with youth, volunteers and families and is excited to work for Family of Friends. She has lived in Oregon for 17 years and is studying Psychology at Oregon State university where her focus is social psychology and women’s studies. Monica’s hobbies include reading, attending concerts, and running (she ran her first half marathon this year and plans on many more!).

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Paige Crawford, Recruitment and Outreach Manager. Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Paige first joined Family of Friends as a mentor in fall 2015.  With first hand experience of the joys of mentoring, she happily joined the Family of Friends team as the Recruitment and Outreach Manager in December 2019.  Her hope is to share the benefits of youth mentoring within the community and to create long-lasting, life-changing friendships for mentors and kids.  Paige, a native to the Portland metro area, attended the University of Oregon, where she studied Spanish & Anthropology.  After graduation, she moved back to Portland and worked for MHCC Head Start, helping families enroll their children in preschool.  In her free time, Paige is likely running along the waterfront or in Forest Park with friends.  She enjoys staying active, playing soccer, or spending a Saturday roller skating at Oaks Park with her mentee.

 

Board of Directors

 

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Alejandra Galindo, Latino Network

 

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Alicia Morris, Finance professional, Treasurer

Alicia is a San Francisco Bay Area native who married a Portland native and uprooted her life in California to come to Gresham.  In addition to her cat and a few belongings, Alicia brought her passion for community service with her to Oregon.  Alicia has spent over thirty years working in Credit Unions and believes strongly in the benefits of community.  She believes in the notion of “it takes a village to raise a child”, and that kids thrive when they have healthy adults as role models and advocates.  That’s why serving on the Family of Friends board is such a good fit.  She is also a rabid fan of all sports, but especially ice hockey and her beloved San Jose Sharks and Portland Winterhawks.  Alicia has lived in the Gresham area since 1996 with her husband of many years and her three cats.

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Jadine Cabrera, Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care

Jadine started her career with Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care in 2008 as a Caregiver. Today, she is the Executive Director and holds a certificate as an Administrator. Jadine has been serving the Gresham community for 11 years through her career at Powell Valley and has recently served on the My Fathers House fundraising committee.  She is passionate about serving people, community involvement, and helping others. Jadine is originally from the island of Saipan but has made Oregon her new home. She enjoys making memories with her family and friends, most especially with her husband, Juan, daughter Ella, and their dogs, Rosie and Annie.

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Joe Walsh, City of Gresham, President

A native Oregonian, Joe graduated from the University of Oregon before starting a 10-year career with the Boys & Girls Clubs. There he learned firsthand about the impact of gangs on youth, and has used that experience to coordinate gang prevention efforts including mentoring programs in Hillsboro, Beaverton, Vancouver, and now, Gresham. Joe lives in Camas with his wife Alia and their three children: Lily (12), Jack (10) and Molly (6). He enjoys rooting for the Ducks and Blazers, and binge-watching Netflix. When not sitting on the couch, Joe also likes playing basketball, camping, and hiking, and plans to one day hike the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Juan Muros, Banner Bank

Juan is a Home loan officer for Banner Bank. After growing up in Hacienda CDC’s affordable housing, Juan joined their staff from 2012-2016 — serving first as Resident Services Coordinator, then as Homeownership Counselor. Juan is passionate about fair and equal housing and believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. Because of his passion for asset building and community development Juan was accepted in to the 2016 NALCAB Colegio Community Economic Development Fellowship Program. Juan volunteers his time as a community development and Asset Building practitioner for some of the local nonprofits offering his experience as an educator for financial capabilities and first-time homeownership. Above all Juan is a family man and loves to spend time with his wife and two kids, oh and a small Chihuahua. If you see Juan in the streets of Portland don’t be shy and say HOLA! He loves making new friend’s.

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La Shawn Chaney, Multnomah County

La Shawn is a long time resident of Portland Oregon. He is currently employed by the nonprofit agency New Avenues for Youth, which provides wraparound services for homeless youth. La Shawn has a huge place in his heart for the Youth of Today. This is evident in the passion and drive he brings to his work. He is the founder of Intercity Sports Ministries (ISM); a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of Evelyn Collins (Miss Collins) the Mother Theresa of NE Portland. La Shawn is a passionate and avid advocate for youth and loves anything sports related, enjoys relaxing, listening to rap and R&B music, and appreciates traveling and day trips.

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Marguerite Truttman, Premier Property Group LLC, Secretary

My introduction to Family of Friends began 11 years ago as a mentor and friend to Cashshay.  Cashshay and I were together for about 6-7 years and remain in contact via Facebook.  I have lived and worked in the Gresham area for over 35 years and have become very involved in the Gresham community thru various organizations.  I’ve been a full time realtor for the last 24 years.  Most of my time is spent working, gardening, and spending time with my husband Paul, my 2 daughters, my 5 grandchildren, and my kitty Wally.

Michael Gonzales, City of Gresham

Originally hailing from Southern California, Michael grew up in a big, multi-generational, Hispanic household where family always came first. His parents’ passion for serving youth trickled down the family chain, leading Michael to follow in their footsteps of being a positive difference maker in the lives of others. He’s spent a big chunk of his adult life working with kids in a variety of ways, whether it be as a middle school teacher for at-risk youth, mentoring school aged children on financial literacy, being a “Big Brother”, as a coach for his kid’s sports teams, or simply as a positive role model for his own children. When Michael and his wife decided where to raise their family, they chose Gresham to remain close to their “village” where they knew first-hand the importance of having that stable family influence and support system in their kid’s lives. Outside of work, Michael enjoys cooking (especially BBQ), playing any sports he can still participate in (over the hill leagues), travelling and experiencing different cultures, checking out new places to explore in Oregon, and above all else, spending time with his family and friends.

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Nali Thanasouk, VP of Finance, Trillium Family Services

Nali Thanasouk leads the financial departments of Trillium Family Services and the Trillium Foundation. Nali has spent several years working in the manufacturing industry and started her career as an intern at the Boeing Co. She has held several financial/business positions throughout her career. In 2013, she came on-board with Trillium as the Controller, and has rapidly grown to love the non-profit arena and its mission.  Ms. Thanasouk received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance/Accounting at Portland State University, and obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in Applied Information Management.

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Renee McKechnie, OHSU, Vice President

Renee is the Director of Digital Strategy for Oregon Health & Science University where she puts her Masters in Biomedical Informatics to good use by guiding strategy, infrastructure and user experience for OHSU’s websites. Through her career and volunteer work, she’s been involved with social service programs for more than 15 years. Renee is passionate about mentoring, and maintains a 6+ year relationship with her teenage mentee, Emily. As a native Oregonian, Renee enjoys gardening, skiing, and obsessing over the weather with her husband, Evan, and their dogs, Lucky and Rune.

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Sarah Tollefson Nance, Boys and Girls Aid

Sarah in youth development for over 15 years, where her roles have included providing training for youth programs across the region and technical assistance focused on best practices and continuous improvement. Her past experiences include working for Portland-area youth-serving agencies, such as Campfire, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc., and the Police Activities League. She has her M.Ed in School Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. Her hobbies include singing in her band Vinyl Gold, traveling the world and volunteering with One Tail at a Time PDX to rescue all the dogs.