Our Staff


ORPARC has been a ray of sunshine in what has, at times, been a very difficult road...it is a huge relief to just have someone want to help.” -Adoptive Parent


Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA

Director of Oregon Programs

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email:  kmorrisjacobson@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 16

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Kendra oversees the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE). She joined Northwest Resource Associates in July 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 work with Boys & Girls Aid, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Voice for Adoption. In 2017, she authored a chapter for international lifestory work expert, Richard Rose. 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.


Toni Ferguson, LMSW

Lead Family Support Specialist

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email:  tferguson@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 12

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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 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 DHS, 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. 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. 


Michael McGrorty, BA
Operations Manager, Bilingual Family Support Specialist, LGBTQ Resource Specialist

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.

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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.


Arah Gould, MA, LPC

Family Support Specialist

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email:  agould@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 19

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Having joined ORPARC in 2014, Arah has counseled in private practice since 2005, and worked previously with a diverse population at the YWCA counseling center. Arah helps manage ORPARC’s online support groups. 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 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.


Annie Denning Hille, MS, LPC

Family Support Specialist, Bilingual

Certified in Therapeutic Life Story Work

Email:  adenninghille@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 18

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Annie comes to ORPARC in 2018 with a background in serving youth and families experiencing developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Annie 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 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.


Nicole Russell, LMSW
Family Support Specialist

Email:  nrussell@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 15

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At 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, and she has earned PSU's Post Graduate Certificate in Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy. 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.


Naomi Kolb-Untinen, BS
Programs Support Coordinator

Email:  nkolbuntinen@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 14

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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) program. 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.


Chloe Lundabolt, AA
Library Assistant

Email:  clund@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799

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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 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. 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.

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


Allison Rodriguez
Intern

Email:  arodriguez@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799

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Allison is an undergraduate student at Portland State University in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies program. She has years of experience working with children in the preschool setting as well as child-care at home. She also has experience working with adults with mental illness in a residential setting. Allison is most curious about child-welfare and children in foster care. She is delighted to be a part of ORPARC and gain a new perspective on child-welfare and adoption. Allison plans on becoming certified in Infant/Toddler Mental Health through Portland State University as well as working towards her MSW.

In her free time, Allison enjoys exploring Oregon, spending time with her family and partner, and finding DIY projects to do at home.


Larisha Shelby
Intern

Email:  internor@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799

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Larisha is an undergraduate student at Portland State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child & Family Studies. She is an aunt to eight nieces and nephews, all 11 and under, so Larisha is experienced in interacting with children of a variety of ages. Larisha currently holds a customer service job and eventually aspires to get a master’s degree and to be a licensed child and family therapist. Larisha has a longstanding interest in different fields of psychology and always wants to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them in any way that she can. ORPARC stood out to Larisha as an internship opportunity because she comes from a family where four out of eight of kids were adopted. Adoption has played a huge role in her family’s life and now at ORPARC, Larisha feels honored to be helping others who have adopted.

In her free time, Larisha appreciates painting & drawing, being with friends and family, going to concerts, and traveling.


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