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

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 white shepherd, and runs, gardens and bakes in her spare moments.

Toni Ferguson, LMSW
Lead Family Support Specialist

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

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

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 M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Oregon.

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
Family Support Specialist, Bilingual

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 M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and her B.S. in Psychology from Gonzaga University.

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

Zoe Steiner, BA
Family Support Coordinator

Email:  zsteiner@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 11

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After having volunteered with ORPARC for multiple years, Zoe became a Family Support Coordinator in 2017, and remains eager to strengthen her experience in serving children and families, which has been a passion of hers throughout her life. With an undergraduate degree in psychology at Concordia University, Zoe has always been interested in learning about ways to support and intervene with children specifically, in hopes of helping guide them into a healthier adolescence and adulthood. Currently Zoe is completing her Masters in Marital, Couples, and Family Counseling at Portland State University. With a deep love for her home state Oregon, Zoe is invested in continually striving to uplift her community in any way that she can.

Zoe enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, reading, spending time with family and friends, and snuggling with her dog.

Rachel Stein, BA
Programs Support Coordinator

Email:  rstein@nwresource.org
Phone:  503-241-0799 extension 13

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ORPARC welcomed Rachel in 2015 initially as an intern, deepening her interest working in child welfare. As staff, Rachel now supports many aspects of ORPARC, ranging from design and social media to client support, in addition to work on the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE) program. Having been adopted herself, Rachel has always been passionate about working with children. She has also traveled overseas a number of times, completing two terms of study abroad along with several community service trips working with underprivileged children. Rachel completed her B.A. in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in 2016 and will begin graduate school at Lewis & Clark in the fall 2018.

Rachel enjoys free time practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, bouldering, and spending quality time with friends, family, and her cat.

Naomi Kolb-Untinen, BS
Program Assistant

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

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Naomi comes 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 older brother, Naomi is excited to gain experience in child welfare from the more professional side of things. 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 baking delicious vegan treats, spending time with her friends, playing board games, and watching way too much Full House.

Jessica Rogers

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

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ORPARC welcomes intern Jessica Rogers. Jessica has volunteered extensively with children and families, extending her services across the world. With her personal connection to adoption and being a birthmother herself, her goal is to work within the field of adoption by helping connect children, youth, and families with community and state resources. She is thrilled to be getting hands on experience working with families within her own community. Jessica has published the book The Adoption Option for Birthmothers and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at Portland State University, graduating in summer 2019. She then plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

In her free time she enjoys sewing, reading, and writing.

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