Speakers & Presentations

 

We have a amazing line up speakers this year. Scroll below for the list of presenters. Previous year's conference information can be found on the About Us/History page.

Leah Brookner, MA, MSW, PhD:

Leah Brookner, MA, MSW, PhD is a professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University - her classes focus on youth development, family systems, adoption, trauma, attachment and effective therapeutic techniques for complex families. Prior to her work at PSU, Leah was a child and family therapist, specializing in the counseling of children in foster care. Her role working directly with foster youth prompted her to expand her practice to working with adoptive children and families. Leah then spent over five years training, assessing and supporting adoptive families using a trauma-informed and attachment-centered focus. Leah's passion continues to be centered on adoption of children with trauma histories by strengthening supports for parents and caregivers. As a professor/trainer, her style elicits participation, and critical thinking with a bit of laughter along the way.

Astrid Castro:

Astrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. For twenty plus years, she has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption. Prior to creating Adoption Mosaic, Astrid worked in both the private and public sectors of various adoption organizations such the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), Holt International, Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange to name just a few.

Astrid's personal experiences as an adoptee, a woman of color, and growing up in a white family and community, fuel her professional path to helping others. Astrid is aware of the benefits of post-adoption services for individuals and their families and seeks to bring these services to the adoption community. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four from Colombia (along with her older sister). Astrid has been in reunion since December 2012 with her birth family in Colombia.

When Astrid is not working she loves to spend time with family, friends and enjoying the adventures of life as the mama of an amazing teenage daughter.

Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW:

Jess is a social worker with a second graduate degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College. While at Simmons, Jess focused their work on a thesis that argued for the expansion of transgender health coverage and the movement toward therapists as partners, rather than gatekeepers, in the transition process. Jess interned/ worked at Fenway Health, a community health center geared towards LGBTQI-identified individuals. Here, Jess carried a caseload of children, adolescents, and adults who were, in some cases, navigating medical transitions. Jess also ran a support group for parents of trans youth and established an independent consulting business to help schools, businesses, and providers implement policies that were more trans-inclusive. Jess previously worked in Quality Management at LifeWorksNW, and served as an internal trainer at LifeWorks NW on LGBTQI-related topics and was the chair of the Transgender Care Workgroup. Jess is currently working as an Intake and Referral Specialist at OHSU's Transgender Health Program, helping to improve experiences for community members. Jess uses they/them pronouns.

Tim Boettcher, MA, MS Ed:

Tim Boettcher has been training foster parents in various regions of the state of Oregon for the Child Welfare Partnership of Portland State University since 2016.  This is a dream job for him which allows him to use his past experiences as an Oregon DHS caseworker, a classroom teacher and surrogate caregiver.  Tim is an adult Third Culture Kid and having lived most of his life in Asia and Europe he has experienced multiple transitions as a child and adult. He has worked with children and families for over 25 years.

TBD:

Judge Pellegrini-Marion, Jugde Karabeika-Clackamas, Judge Proctor-Washington, Referee Long-Multnomah, Facilitated by Leola McKenzie:

Judge Heather Karabeika has been a circuit court judge in Clackamas County since 2013. Prior to joining the bench, she was a municipal court judge in West Linn, a criminal defense attorney handling primarily court appointed criminal matters in Clackamas County and prior to that a prosecutor for nine years. She currently runs the Clackamas County Mental Health Court program and also handles juvenile dependency matters (along with several other judges) in Clackamas County.

Honorable Kathleen Proctor has been a Circuit Court Judge in Washington County since January 2019. She hears cases involving family law matters and private adoptions half time and juvenile dependency and delinquency matters half time. Prior to taking the bench Judge Proctor worked in private practice in her own firm in Beaverton Oregon where she handled primarily family law cases and a small percentage of civil and probate cases. Kathleen was also appointed to represent children in domestic relations cases. While in private practice she served as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) and served a term as chair for the non-profit agency. In addition, she served for many years on the board of directors for the Washington County Bar Association (WCBA) and was elected and served as President for two consecutive years and then again for a third term a few years later. Early in her career as a lawyer, Judge Proctor served on a juvenile diversion panel in Clackamas County after receiving training in Restorative Justice. In her last year of practice as a lawyer she served as a court connected volunteer mediator for small claims as well as a pro tem judge hearing small claims, civil and FED cases. Kathleen earned a B.A. at Southern Oregon University in 1989 and her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in 2005. &a

Richard Rose, AAP, MBA, BPhil, PGSWE, PQCCA, CQSW:

Richard Rose AAP, MBA, BPhil, PGSWE, PQCCA, CQSW is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd (CTIS). Richard undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents; and develops academic training programs in the UK and internationally. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Associate of Berry Street, Australia and a Honorary Associate of the Institute for Open Adoption at University of Sydney, Australia. Richard works with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements to assist understanding and attachment with the aim of enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved. He oversees certificate and diploma programs in Therapeutic Life Story Work in multiple locations in the UK, Australia, and in Oregon in the USA. Richard’s signature approach is also in the process of becoming an evidence-based practice.
Richard is the author of The Child’s Own Story - Life Story Work with Traumatised Children (2004), Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice (2012) and Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work: Developing trauma-informed practice for working with children, adolescents and young adults (2017).

Rekah Strong, MSW:

Rekah Strong, MSW is currently the Executive Director of Educational Opportunities to Children and Families, which is the largest provider of Early Learning Services in the Southwest Washington region. Rekah has had over 20 years of experience working in social services including the former Chief of Operations and Equity with United Way, developing policy for State of Oregon’s (DHS) child welfare system to close the disparity gap for Native and African American children, and Clark County as the Chief Diversity Officer. She understands the direct impact of cultural competence and service delivery. The first 13 years of her career was spent in case management and providing culturally relevant services to children and families.

Rekah has spent the past 7 years of her career focused specifically on diversity and equity at the policy and mezzo organizational level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on African American Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Portland State University. Rekah is currently working on her PhD in Social Work Research. She has completed her course work and is preparing for her dissertation titled (Moving Diversity and Inclusion from Theory to Practice).

Rekah has almost 2 decades of experience working with public agencies and developing strategies to improve organizational cultural humility. Rekah has conducted training for local universities, non-profit, government, public school, and private sector organizations. She effectively demonstrates, how the value of diversity and equity, has a positive impact, on every companies bottom line. Rekah volunteers her time as the first African American person appointed as a Clark College Trustee by Governor Gregoire, Clark County Disability Board, and We Reign Youth Foundation. She is also the proud mom of six kiddos.

Cinnamon Spear:

Cinnamon Spear is a word warrior from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. With a rez education from home and two Ivy League degrees from Dartmouth, she's become a cross-cultural communicator who bridges the gap between Indian country and the rest of the world.

Cinnamon is a recent Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate and teaching fellowship recipient. By infusing Native American studies, creative writing, and her own wisdom traditions, Cinnamon decolonized the classroom and cultivated young writers in an Indigenous-centric learning environment. She believes that writing fosters healing and is committed to facing hard truths in order to bring about change.

As a child, Cinnamon lived in a foster home for a short period and a group home on multiple occasions while her parents fought to overcome their alcohol addiction. She openly shares her stories in hopes that it helps those who need to hear it.

Cinnamon's beadwork, creative writing, documentary film production, and oral storytelling combat harmful stereotypes and cultural appropriation by offering refreshingly honest, self-representation on behalf of herself and her people.

Dennis Leotsakas, PhD:

Dr. Leoutsakas, completed his studies at the University of South Florida with a degree in Social and Health Communication. The focus of his doctoral studies is a comparison of Western Orphan Literature to the experiences of those children separated from their biological parents. After receiving his degree in 2003, he continues to research displaced children and the out-of-home experience. He is a CASA residing in the Portland area.

 

Yshai Boussi, LPC:

Yshai Boussi is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working with youth and families for 20 years. He is the founder of Portland Family Counseling, a therapy practice that specializes in helping children, adolescents, families and parents. His experience includes mentoring at risk youth, working in residential treatment facilities and leading intensive experiential workshops for at risk youth. As a systems trained family therapist since 2003, Yshai has worked extensively in community mental health settings as well as private practice. In addition to working professionally, Yshai also has personal experience as a foster parent and all of the blessings and challenges that come with that important role. Yshai is also a popular speaker and trainer, providing informative, fun and inspiring workshops for adolescents, parents, teachers, therapists and others who want to improve their ability to connect with and help those lovable young people who bring so much joy and intensity to our lives. You can learn more about Yshai and check out lots of free articles and tips for parents with adolescents at www.portlandfamilycounseling.com.

MereAnn Reid, MA:

MereAnn Reid is a licensed professional counselor intern, specializing in adoption, child development & child therapy, play therapy, parenting and family counseling. I've been working with adoptive families for over 12 years. After teaching in alternative schools and childcare programs, I worked as a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) for kids in the Oregon foster care system before completing a master's degree in counseling psychology. I worked in community mental health and elementary schools before launching my private practice in 2009. While I don't see adoptive families exclusively, a majority of my clients are touched by adoption in some way, and I'm grateful to them for helping me develop an informed perspective on the layers and phases of adoptive and foster family life for everyone involved. I've directed after-school and summer youth programs, led adoption support workshops, and developed training for foster families and adoption agency staff. I've provided family support at the Oregon Post-Adoption Resource Center, served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy and created workshops for Adoption Mosaic. I volunteer with Baby Blues Connection as a speaker on post-partum; post-adoption mood disorders and am active with A Home Within, serving youth living in foster care.

Molly D. Kretchmar-Hendricks, Ph.D. & Janet Mann:

Molly D. Kretchmar-Hendricks, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Gonzaga University, where she teaches courses in developmental psychology, risk and resilience, and attachment theory. She received her Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas in 1995 and completed advanced training in parent-infant attachment. Her research emphasizes attachment-based interventions, and she was a research affiliate on the Circle of Security project. She has presented at multiple conferences and has published numerous articles as well as a book, Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis, with co-presenter, Janet Mann.

Janet C. Mann, with her husband, Paul, fostered over 120 children and founded a model foster care program, The Children's Ark, serving as its director until she retired in 2009. She received her Bachelors degree from Scripps College, has advanced training in Infant Mental Health, and is certified in Circle of Security Assessment and Treatment. The Manns have received many awards including the Foster Parent Leadership Award from Children's Administration, Region One. She has presented at multiple conferences and has published several articles as well as a book, Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis, with co-presenter, Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks.

Carol Monaco, MSA, MS:

I am a parent of five children adopted through foster care, a parenting consultant, writer, and advocate. I have a daughter in college, a son living in a residential treatment center, and a household that moves in the flow of the trauma current. Having experienced the depths of despair over behavior that I did not understand and could never seem to control, my work is focused on parenting with mindful self-compassion. I especially enjoy working with groups, witnessing the transformation that happens when we move away from blaming and shaming ourselves and into the space of acceptance and appreciation even as we stumble. I hold master's degrees in business administration and psychology. I have additional training in interpersonal neurobiology, adoptive and foster family therapy, neuroplasticity and contemplative practice, positive psychology, children's yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Reiki, Hand-in-Hand Parenting for professionals, Emotional Freedom Technique, and crisis intervention. I serve on OHA's Office of Addictions & Mental Health Division Children's System Advisory Committee.

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Lorraine Brave, MSW:

Lorraine Brave, MSW, is a Human Development Consultant with over 25 years' experience with Brave Transitions. She is an experienced facilitator in connecting people and team building in challenging situations as a mentor, coach, and liaison for management, faculty, and students. She has been building on the strengths of communities, families, and individuals throughout the US and Canada. She also has provided culturally competency and team building to various forms of government agencies including State, County, Federal, and Provence. She has been a guest speaker and member of numerous advisory committees at many college and universities, including New Zealand. Lorraine consults for individuals, teams, and groups drawing on their creative potential for change. Over the years she has witnessed the vicarious traumatic stress of those who work and care for others and the importance of self-nurturance in building resiliency.

Debra Penkin, MSW, CFLE & Linda Saling, LCSW:

Deb Penkin, MSW, CFLE, TBRI Educator, Practitioner, Northwest TBRI Collaborative Member - a professor at Warner Pacific University (WPU) in the Bachelor of Social Work program where she also serves as the Director of Field Education. She is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Educator and is delighted to be at this conference. Debra teaches classes in child welfare, trauma, chemical and behavioral addictions, social work practice, mental health, and field education. She brings experience as an adoption worker in foster and international adoptions, addictions counselor, clinician in juvenile corrections settings, clinical private practice practitioner, program manager, trainer, etc. Debra is also an adoptive parent of two children. She is passionate about TBRI and is excited to share this model with her co-presenter. Debra believes that all parents can benefit from TBRI principles and she has seen first-hand how TBRI strategies have changed children's lives. As a trainer, Debra hopes to engage audience members in co-learning, having fun, and asking questions.

Linda V. Saling, LCSW, Northwest TBRI Collaborative Member, presently serves as the Northern Regional Director for Options Counseling and Family Services, an agency providing mental health services for children and families. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has over 25 years of experience in the Child Welfare field in both the Private and Public sectors. She is a TBRI practitioner, trainer and mentor and has experience implementing this model in multiple settings including foster and adoptive homes, group homes and residential settings. Linda is passionate about TBRI, building teams and developing community support for vulnerable children and families.

Amy Durbin & Ashley Howell:

Ashley Howell has worked for Child Welfare for over 18 years. She has been doing permanency/adoption work for about the past 17 years.

Amy Durbin has worked for Child Welfare for over 17 years and has been doing permanency/adoption work for about the past 10 years.

Ashley and Amy inherited a legacy of strong adoption work in their county and have worked hard to continue to grow and improve that legacy. In 2012, both workers were both part of a team in Coos County that received the Director's Excellence Award for their work in adoption preparation with children. Both workers also received a similar award from The Coos County Commission on Children and Families in 2012 for this work.

Seth Johnstone:

Seth Johnstone is the LGBTQ Education Specialist for the Bridge 13 Community Education Project at SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center). In addition to facilitating equity trainings, Seth holds a staff role at SMYRC's resource center, working with and being inspired by queer and trans young people. Seth believes deeply in the role that community education can play in motivating people into action, awakening empathy, building alliances, and developing robust and accessible resources.

Jose Maciel, BS:

Jose has been a trainer with Portland State University's Child Welfare Partnership since 2017, focusing on training new Caseworkers, Social Service Assistance, English Speaking Caregivers and Spanish Speaking Caregivers throughout the state of Oregon. Jose received his Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. He spent six years with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare as a Child Protective Services worker prior to joining the PSU partnership. Jose is a bi-cultural and bi-lingual trainer who prides himself in providing culturally responsive presentations to the Latinx community.

Ted Layman, LCSW:

Ted specializes in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), an evidenced based practice strongly rooted in the latest neuroscience that has been shown to improve parent-child relationships, develop skills in children when conventional behavior modification models have not, and shown to reduce symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder as well as parenting stress. Ted particularly enjoys assisting parents at feeling more confident and competent in connecting with their children and managing their challenging behaviors. When asked by people what he does for a living his answer is: "I teach adults how to listen to children."

Ted is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He earned his B.A. in Social Work and his Masters of Social Work from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Ted holds certification in the Collaborative Problem Solving from Think:Kids based at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. From time to time he travels across the country conducting CPS trainings for professionals at mental health organizations and schools.

For 12 years, Ted has been working with at-risk youth and families in a variety of rural and urban clinical settings including juvenile justice, substance abuse, outpatient mental health, violence prevention outreach, foster care, residential, home-based mental health services, primary care behavioral health, and private practice. Ted is licensed to provide clinical supervision for CSWA's in licensure track in the state of Oregon.

Ted enjoys hiking, backpacking, bicycling, exploring the Portland's neighborhood life, and gardening. He lives in NE Portland with his wife and son (when he is home from college).

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Eileen Devine, LCSW:

Eileen Devine, LCSW has over a dozen years of clinical experience and is the adoptive mother of a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. She believes that kids do well if they can and that when we understand the way a child's brain works, we then understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors. Eileen's goal is to support parents in feeling more competent and confident in connecting with their child by parenting from a brain-based perspective. When this shift happens, both parent and child experience less frustration and more success in their relationship.

Eileen is a certified facilitator in the teaching and application of the neurobehavioral model, as developed by FASCETS founder, Diane Malbin. She has also completed Tier 1 training in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving. Eileen is an instructor for the Post-Master's Certificate in Adoption and Foster Therapy through Portland State University's Child Welfare Partnership, training other therapist on the neurobehavioral model.

Parent Advisory Panel - Facilitated by Brittany Kintigh, Panelists - Daniel Pallas, Leanne Walsh, Jamie Walsh, and Justin:

Brittany Kintigh, facilitator, is the Program Manager at Morrison Child and Family Service's Parent Mentor Program. She has supervised and trained Parent Mentors in three counties in Oregon. She is a certified facilitator of Parents Anonymous peer support groups. Brittany provides leadership for the Parent Advisory Council of Oregon, an advisory board to the leadership of Child Welfare in the State of Oregon.

Daniel Pallas - I am a grateful father in long-term recovery. I have been in recovery from substance use disorder since December 16, 2011. It is an honor to be a father to three children: a 12 year old boy, 8 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. I have successfully navigated the child welfare system as a parent. Now, my job is to help fathers navigate the same system as a peer through support, encouragement and modeled behavior. I am a Certified Recovery Mentor and a Peer Recovery Counselor. I have been a member of the Parent Advisory Council since 2016.

Leanne Walsh - I am a member of the Parent Advisory Council. I am also a previous consumer of the Child Welfare system. My children were placed in protective custody and substitute care due to my drug abuse and unsafe conditions. One day at a time I have accumulated eleven years clean. Living and parenting without the use of alcohol or drugs. Today I am grateful for the intervention and the services that were provided to our family. Navigating the child welfare system is overwhelming and can often feel unjust to the consumer and frustrating to those who are working within it as they pour out their efforts to keep our children safe. As a member of the Parent Advisory Council I am passionate about sharing the parent perspective and advocating for growth and change within the Child Welfare system.

Jamie Welch - I have been a parent in long-term recovery since January 19, 2014. Due to<

Rachel Pearl:

Rachel Pearl joined the Portland Chapter in December of 2017. Rachel came to Friends after working in the juvenile justice system for the past 20 years, developing programs for youth in the system. Her background consists of program research, design in the areas of youth empowerment and self-sufficiency. She is an expert in Strength-Based program development with an emphasis on youth voice. She is a skilled trainer in Restorative Principles in Program Design and Community Based interventions and has presented at conferences around the country. Rachel has a background in research and completed a thesis on the Exposure to Violent Death and the Relationship with current Risk Behaviors. Rachel is excited to work for Friends of the Children and use her skills and experience to prevent youth from ever ending up in the system. Prevention has always been her focus, and working at Friends allows her to work alongside such a talented and diverse group of people using a program model that works and has incredible outcomes. Rachel puts her efforts towards the goals of increasing graduates ability to be self-sufficient in life. Her favorite things about Friends of the Children is that the relationship with youth is "no matter what". The unconditional support is so unique and so greatly needed in a world which often alienates kids who come from challenging life experiences.

Foster Youth Alumni Panel:

Don Darland and Janna Owens:

Don Darland - Don and his wife Vicki have been fostering in Linn County since 1991. Don helped form the Oregon Foster Parent Association in 1996, and has served on the board in several capacities since its inception. Don teaches FP class on Allegation Prevention Strategies. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and grandchildren.

Janna Owens began her career at DHS Child Welfare in 2002 and has always found her career to be fulfilling if not life changing. You will often hear Janna say that she has learned a great deal about compassion for the human experience given her journey with families who are touched by the child welfare system. She has been an Operations and Policy Analyst serving in the role of a Foster Care Coordinator for the last six years which includes various responsibilities from providing technical assistance, support, and consultation to the Metro Region of Oregon as well as Central Office foster care administration. Janna has held various positions within Child Welfare over the past 16 years, that of a child protective service worker, permanency work, certifier, foster parent trainer and supervisor. In her current role she particularly enjoys the depth and breadth of her involvement in the foster care program helping to create change not only for children who are placed in foster care but for our amazing foster parent community. Janna appreciates training community partners and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on best outcomes for children and families. When Janna is not working you will find her enjoying her time with her family and dog, if not with her nose in a good book, doing yoga, traveling, connecting with nature and finding ways to support her community.

Rose Coakley and Jennifer Holman:

Rose Cokeley began her DHS in 2008, initially working in the self-sufficiency program in Linn County screening for program eligibility. In 2009 Rose began working in child welfare program as a caseworker in Polk County and later joined administrative work at Central Office in 2014. She is currently an Operations and Policy Analyst, serving in the role as the Caregiver Training Program Coordinator. In this role, Rose is primarily focused on caregiver training redesign, caregiver supports, and program development and implementation. Rose enjoys supporting the Oregon Foster Care Program with a focus on caregiver training and applying a macro lens to statewide work that impacts the families we serve. Rose has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Western Oregon University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University.

Jennifer Holman is the Reunification Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She has worked for the state for the past 12 years as a caseworker, Permanency Consultant and Program Manager. She has an MSW from Portland State University. Before coming to work for the state she worked for Columbia University. Jennifer is passionate about families being together as they work through becoming safe and stable.

Sharron Donnelly, OLT/R:

Sharron Donnelly is a co-founder and the owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies. Sharron has extensive training in a multitude of areas related to pediatric occupational therapy and child development and believes that an eclectic approach allows more individualized, holistic treatment tailored to each unique child, family and situation. Sharron has had the opportunity to be mentored by leading clinicians in the field of pediatric occupational therapy. Sharron has a passion for learning in order to provide the most effective, current and meaningful therapy services possible to children and their families. When not working, Sharron enjoys spending time with her two boys, reading, travelling, and running.

Michelle Lewis, MSW, Dr. Shea A Lott, PhD, and Charles Hannah, MSW:

Michelle Lewis, MSW - My philosophical approach is humanistic encompassing anti-oppressive practice, empowerment theories, and the strengths perspective, which is used to inform my practice when working with individuals. My areas of clinical interest are working with anxiety/depression, grief/bereavement, addictive behaviors, and how race and racism intersect with mental health disorders. I believe that every human being has the ability, strength, and knowledge needed for healing. My job is to provide the tools and support needed to help people move towards living their lives in a way that meaningful to them.

Dr. Shea A Lott - Dr. Lott is a clinical psychologist interested in social and cultural factors that impact the development of various psychological and behavioral disorders in African descent populations. His theoretical approach to treatment is a biopsychosocial approach. He has a particular passion for helping clients struggling with depression, anxiety, spiritual concerns, relationship problems, and attention difficulties.  Dr. Lott’s assessment interests are in the neuropsychological evaluation of adults and children with a wide range of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and common childhood developmental and psychological disorders. In addition to clinical and assessment interests, Dr. Lott has been active in the education and supervision of graduate students and residents.

 

Rose Coakley, MSW and Jennifer Holman, MSW:

Rose Cokeley began her DHS in 2008, initially working in the self-sufficiency program in Linn County screening for program eligibility. In 2009 Rose began working in child welfare program as a caseworker in Polk County and later joined administrative work at Central Office in 2014. She is currently an Operations and Policy Analyst, serving in the role as the Caregiver Training Program Coordinator. In this role, Rose is primarily focused on caregiver training redesign, caregiver supports, and program development and implementation. Rose enjoys supporting the Oregon Foster Care Program with a focus on caregiver training and applying a macro lens to statewide work that impacts the families we serve. Rose has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Oregon University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University.

Jennifer Holman is the Reunification Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She has worked for the state for the past 12 years as a caseworker, Permanency Consultant and Program Manager. She has an MSW from Portland State University. Before coming to work for the state she worked for Columbia University. Jennifer is passionate about families being together as they work through becoming safe and stable.

Jose Maciel, BA:

Jose has been a trainer with Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership since 2017, focusing on training new Caseworkers, Social Service Assistance, English Speaking Caregivers and Spanish Speaking Caregivers throughout the state of Oregon. Jose received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. He spent six years with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare as a Child Protective Services worker prior to joining the PSU partnership. Jose is a bi-cultural and bi-lingual trainer who prides himself in providing culturally responsive presentations to the Latinx community.  

Miles Allen:

Miles Allen is the Associate Director of Partnerships & Resources at Friends of the Children Portland. He has been working with youth for 8 years, starting his career as a Teacher. After a craving for a more relationship based approach to youth development, he became a mentor at Friend of the Children. Miles served as a Friend for 5 years is now working as a Team Leader, supporting Mentors with youth in Foster Care. Miles has a Bachelors Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Secondary Education from Portland State University. In his free time he enjoys hiking in the Gorge, camp fires, playing with his cat, and spending time with family and buddies