Staff

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Michelle Kosta, Executive Director
mkosta@family-of-friends.org  503-618-2397

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Allison Yoder, Program Manager
ayoder@family-of-friends.org  503-351-5805

Board of Directors

 

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Sarah Tollefson, Institute for Youth Success, Board President

Sarah currently works for the Institute for Youth Success where her role includes providing youth programs across the region with training 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 with her partner Scott, and volunteering with One Tail at a Time PDX to rescue all the dogs.

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Joe Walsh, City of Gresham, Board Treasurer

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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Renee McKechnie, OHSU, Board Secretary

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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Kris Forzley, Faithful Friends

After beginning her career in Chicago’s inner city schools, Kris moved to Portland and started a family.  Returning to work 11 years later, she became a children’s editor who received awards from both EDPRESS and Parents’ Choice.  In 1993 she helped launch Friends of the Children, a unique model that hires paid professionals to mentor children.  In 2003 she and her husband Mike started Family of Friends under Trillium Family Services and retired in 2015.  She now serves as a consultant to a faith-based mentoring program.  Kris enjoys spending time with family, especially her two grandsons, and friends and sings in two choirs.

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Marguerite Truttman, John L. Scott Real Estate

My introduction to Family of Friends began 9 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

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La Shawn Chaney, New Avenues for Youth

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.