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Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email: kmorrisjacobson@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 16

Kendra oversees the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE), and still fits in time for direct work with families and workers. She joined Northwest Resource Associates in 2010 and sits on the Board of Directors for Washington D.C. based nonprofit, Voice for Adoption. Honored as Senator Wyden's 2016 Angel in Adoption, she has spent decades in foster care adoption, including in multiple roles with Boys & Girls Aid, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Voice for Adoption. In 2017, she authored a chapter for international life story work expert, Richard Rose and has completed Trust Based Relational Intervention 101 (TBRI®). As a prior editor, writer, and adoption recruiter, she has captured the stories of hundreds of foster & adoptive children and families, and it has fueled her enthusiasm for this cause. In previous clinical work at Oregon Health & Science University, Kendra counseled children and families, led groups for adolescent depression, and contributed to research projects. Kendra obtained her B.A. in English Literature at Gettysburg College, and M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College.

Kendra has a unique connection to adoption, cherishes family time with her husband, sons, and rambunctious blonde shepherd, and runs, gardens, and bakes in her spare moments.

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email: tferguson@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 12

A 2017 Angel in Adoption for Senator Merkley, Toni Ferguson came to ORPARC in 2007 from Portland State University's Graduate School of Social Work and Child Welfare Partnership where she was an instructor for 6 years. While there she was instrumental in the development of the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Therapy with Adoptive & Foster Families and remains on the advisory committee. Prior to that position, Toni was a member of the innovative Post Adoption Family therapist Team (PAFT) at ODHS, where she provided highly specialized, intensive treatment services to adoptive families of special needs children. Before PAFT, Toni had acquired over 20 years' experience in education and child welfare systems including the positions of Permanency Worker, Foster Home Certifier, School Social Worker, and Adoptive/Foster Parent Trainer. Toni has earned PSU’s Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy and has completed Trust Based Relational Intervention 101 (TBRI®). Toni's B.S. degrees are in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University, and she holds a MSW from the School of Social Work and Child Welfare at Walla Walla College.

Toni and her husband have raised six children through birth and adoption who are now thriving adults, and who have given Toni the joy of grandchildren.

Email: mmcgrorty@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 11

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With ORPARC since 2001, Michael works with the office technology, designs publications, coordinates trainings, handles reporting and finances, and oversees the office facilities, a role he has built upon and maximized in his many years at ORPARC. His specializations and focus areas include LGBTQ issues, cultural diversity, and the Adoption Tax Credit. As the Bilingual Family Support Specialist to adoptive and foster Spanish-speaking families, he continues to develop and deliver Spanish language trainings to Spanish-speaking/Latino audiences throughout Oregon.

In his free time, Michael enjoys homelife with his partner, pets and traveling to Florida and Latin American destinations, as well as teaching and speaking Spanish with friends.

Descripción en español

Miembro del equipo de ORPARC desde 2001, Michael trabaja con la tecnología de la oficina, diseña las publicaciones, coordina los entrenamientos [clases de capacitación], se encarga de los informes y las finanzas, y se encarga de la oficina y facilidades, un papel que ha llevado a cabo y maximizado durante muchos años con ORPARC. Las áreas de especialización y enfoque de él incluyen asuntos con la comunidad LGBT (lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero), la diversidad cultural, y el Crédito Fiscal Federal de Adopción. Como Especialista Bilingüe en Apoyo Familiar a las familias adoptivas y familias de crianza hispanohablantes, él sigue desarrollando y presentando entrenamientos en español al público hispanohablante/latino por todo Oregón.

En su tiempo libre, Michael disfruta su vida cotidiana con su pareja, sus mascotas, y viajando a varios destinos en la Florida y Latinoamérica, además de enseñar y hablar español con amigos.

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email: agould@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 19

Having joined ORPARC in 2014, Arah helps manage and coordinate ORPARC's private online support groups as well as the curating of the specialty library, in addition to supporting families. Arah has counseled in private practice since 2005, including previous work with a diverse population at the YWCA counseling center. Arah's experience and specialties include post-graduate training in humanistic/existential psychotherapy, mindfulness and psychotherapy, maternal mental health and perinatal mood disorders, and trauma therapy using various modalities. Arah has volunteered with the Returning Veterans Project and with Yoga Calm, a therapeutic movement program for children. Arah is licensed with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, has completed Trust Based Relational Intervention 101 (TBRI®), and has earned PSU’s Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Oregon and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Arah enjoys time with her husband and two school age children, exploring the outdoors, playing silly games, and eating special meals together.

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email: adenninghille@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 18

Se habla español

Annie came to ORPARC in 2018 with a background in serving youth and families experiencing developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Annie helps monitor ORPARC's online parent support group, and is skilled in working both in and out of home with families, schools, and community support teams to assess challenging behaviors and create positive behavior support plans. With a special interest in working with individuals with Autism, Annie also speaks Spanish and is passionate about supporting parents and families through all the stages of parenting. Annie is licensed with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, has completed Trust Based Relational Intervention 101 (TBRI®), and is in the process of completing PSU’s Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Gonzaga University and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.

Annie enjoys cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and their newly rescued dog, Stella.

Email: nrussell@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 15

With ORPARC since 2009, and having recently returned to the program after two years of service as a Resource Specialist and Family Education Coordinator with one of ORPARC's close training partners Swindell's Resource Center, Nicole has spent the majority of her professional career in a combination of post adoption services and/or family support work. Her past and current role at ORPARC includes facilitating Oregon’s annual Shoulder to Shoulder child welfare conference, has earned PSU's Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy, and is in the process of completing Trust Based Relational Intervention 101 (TBRI®). A recipient of NASW's 2009 Community Based Practice Award, Nicole has worked as a trainer for Cascadia Training, and for local childcare centers. Prior to ORPARC, she worked within a school-based mental health program in behavior-supported elementary school classrooms, conducted parenting classes and skills training, and was both a youth director and Head Start teacher. Nicole earned her B.A. in Social Work at Gordon College and her MSW at Portland State University.

Nicole has been touched by adoption personally, inspiring her work in the adoption field. Nicole savors her time with her husband, dog Buckley, and her two growing girls.

Email: nkolbuntinen@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 14

Naomi came to ORPARC in 2018 with a background in social justice and LGBTQ advocacy. Having many friends and family members who have been adopted, including her partner and older brother, Naomi is honored to be gaining professional experience in child welfare and also works on the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE) and Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) programs. Naomi is especially passionate about transracial adoption and the issues that affect LGBTQ adoptees and adoptive parents. Naomi completed her undergraduate degree in social science from Portland State University, with a minor in planetary and space science just for fun.

In her free time Naomi enjoys cooking and baking delicious vegan food, playing board games, and spending quality time with her friends, partner, and cats.

Email: clund@nwresource.org

Phone: 503-241-0799

Chloe came to ORPARC in 2018 as an intern from Portland State University’s Child, Youth, and Family Studies program and joined the team as a part time Library Assistant in 2019. Having worked with families ranging from the prenatal stage to end of life, Chloe brings a life course perspective to her work and currently supports vulnerable elders and seniors through her role at another agency. She is particularly curious about parent development and education, with plans to become certified as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. Meanwhile, she continues to work on earning her undergraduate degree at PSU.

In her free time, Chloe enjoys writing, cross-stitching, and spending time with her family, partner, and cat.

Hannah interned at ORPARC in 2016 as part of a Psychology capstone class at Lewis & Clark College. She returned to ORPARC as a professional intern in August 2020 in preparation for attending graduate school to become a social worker. Hannah is interested in understanding the logistical side of supporting youths and their families through resource creation and management. She is particularly interested in attachment styles and the longitudinal impacts of secure vs insecure attachment. Outside of ORPARC, Hannah works remotely as a Technical Support Engineer for a Fleet Management company based in San Francisco and volunteers at a crisis line.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, rowing, and playing volleyball.

Theresa started her internship at ORPARC in late summer 2020. She is currently in Portland State University’s Child, Youth, and Family Studies program working on getting her B.A. After graduation she plans to get her Master’s in Elementary Education. Due to her love of working with children and love of teaching, she is fantastic at finding fun projects and crafts for children to do. She is fascinated by working with children and families, and is currently learning how the foster care and adoption system and process work.

A couple of fun hobbies Theresa loves to do are sewing (specifically making masks at this time), running, and traveling the world.

Jenny began in fall 2020 and is with Warner Pacific University’s Bachelor's in Social Work program. With a background in foster care herself, Jenny has a passion to work with and inspire children in the system. Jenny is interested in the mental health of children and parents within the foster care system and plans to further her career in that demographic. After eventually completing her MSW, she plans to get her license in social work in hopes of eventually opening up her own private practice. She wants to focus on problem-solving and motivational therapy in working with families and children. In the meantime, she is finishing her final year at Warner Pacific while working as a part-time bartender.

In her free time, Jenny enjoys binge-watching TV shows, playing with her two fur babies Rue and Indie, and spin cycling class.