Executive Director – Sandy Bumpus
As OFSN’s Executive Director, Sandy Bumpus brings over twelve years professional experience in family support, involvement and advocacy programs. She has held multiple roles as a parent and professional, developing programs and supports for families, as well as community providers. Sandy has been a leader in Oregon’s family movement and has extensive knowledge on Children’s System of Care. Her strength and commitment to the field comes from personal experience as a parent of two children who have struggled with significant mental health challenges.
Operations Manager – Leah Skipworth
Leah came to this work through her journey of raising her two children, one of whom experiences Aspergers. The frustration of trying to navigate systems led Leah on a path of advocacy, starting with participation on local boards in 2001. Leah’s passion for helping other parents and giving back to the community led her from being a special education trainer to her currently position as Operations Manager at OFSN. In her downtime, Leah and her husband, Dean, can usually be found in a gym watching their daughter play basketball as well as gardening and walking their dogs.
Training Program Manager – Tammi Paul
Tammi’s background is in higher education administration and special education law. Tammi’s heart for the work of OFSN comes from her lived experience as a parent to a child who experiences ADHD and anxiety, and another child who is on the autism spectrum. It is her goal to reduce the alienation and stereotypes that children with behavioral challenges face in many areas of their lives. Tammi and her husband own a farm north of Eugene and she loves to make goat cheese and designer soaps.
Regional Director – Benton & Lincoln County – Brandy Hemsley
As a parent of two youth who experience autism and mental health challenges, Brandy brings many years of shared lived experience to her work with OFSN. She is passionate about advocacy on behalf of youth and families and has an extensive professional background in human services. She holds degrees in Human Development and Economics, and has a strong interest in mental health and social policy. Her goal is that the voices of all families and youth are heard and respected. Raised in the South, Brandy has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1997. She shares her home with her husband, two teenage sons and a cantankerous tabby cat. She loves video games, science fiction, knitting and strong black coffee.
Regional Director – Central Oregon – Shannon Pugerude
Shannon is a regional director for central Oregon and also a certified Collaborative Problem Solving Trainer. Collaborative problem solving changed Shannon’s life and her daughter’s life after learning this approach. She is a true believer in the philosophy that, “people do well if they can,” as she has seen it create opportunities for amazing growth during her work with youth, families and professionals.
Regional Director – Clackamas, Marion & Polk Counties – Lisa Butler
Lisa is a married mother of four. She spent the last 8 years advocating for her son’s special needs in different systems and in the community. She believes in advocating for families to ensure their voice is heard and valued. Lisa has years of experience in different child serving systems such as DHS and Juvenile Justice. As someone in recovery, she uses her own lived life experience to empower other families to be heard and valued in a way that is individualized and meaningful.
Regional Director – Lane County – Jessie Carpenter
Jessie is the mother of an 8-year-old son. Jessie has been involved in family support work for the last 15 years. She came to OFSN after many years working with children and families at the Relief Nursery. Jessie believes that under any circumstances, parenting can be challenging, but with enough support, families can thrive. She is committed to working with her team to provide high quality services to families in Lane County.
Regional Director – Washington & Multnomah County – Carrie Leavitt
Carrie came to this work through her journey of raising a child with developmental and mental health needs. She began her work with OFSN in 2008. In her early years of navigating and advocating for her child, she thought she was alone out there and then discovered the community of OFSN. Carrie’s background is in psychology and professional program management.