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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Kris Forzley, President

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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Sarah Tollefson, Secretary

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, 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

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.