Rebecca Carter – Community Based Peer Support Family Partner
Rebecca has two grown children living in Portland. She is a single parent, raising her beloved son who lives with both developmental and mental health challenges. After years of navigating the many Systems of Children’s Mental Health, she is committed to supporting other families on this same journey with hopes that they understand that they are not alone.
Nelva Ojeda – Regional Manager/Family Partner
Nelva is the married mother of four boys and one girl and was a foster parent for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. She is the Bilingual/Bicultural Family Partner for Marion and Polk Counties. Nelva was raised by a father who lived with addictions and mental health issues. She has personal lived experience which helps her to empower other families. Nevla has a passion for working with monolingual families, helping them to navigate through many systems with support and advocacy.
Lucy Mendoza – Family Partner for Options Counseling
Lucia is a mother of 3 children. She has lived experience growing up in a home that dis not believe in the importance of Mental Health. She struggled most of her life until the age of 25 being diagnosed with ADD and Anxiety. She strongly believes in advocating for mental health awareness, not only for her own struggles, but those her children experience as well. Her daughter who experiences ADHD and Anxiety and for her son who struggles with behavioral issues at school. She comes from the medical field as a medical assistant. Her passion has always been to reach out to the monolingual communities and share the importance of mental health awareness. She also loves photography, making sensory crafts and playing loteria.
Vanessa Solorio – Bi-Lingual/Bi-Cultural Community Based Peer Support Family Partner
As a teen mother Vanessa had her struggles that were supported by many resources available in the community. She connected also with resources that helped her son improve his speech and continues to build on that. She is the bilingual, bi cultural community based peer support ready to meet with families and connect them in the community. Outside of work Vanessa enjoys going on long walks and spending time with her kids and family trying out new places to have fun!
Laurie Erickson – Youth & Family Crisis Center Family Partner
Laurie Erickson is the single mother of a teenage boy who lives with Autism, ADHD, food allergies, and mental health issues. Laurie was raised in a family that commonly experienced Autism, mental health issues and addiction. Laurie enjoys gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Oregon State University which she passionately uses in serving marginalized communities.
Charice Monette – Family Partner, Support Group Facilitator
Charice is the mother of three living adult children, four unborn children, and grandmother of five. She knows what it is like to have young children & grandchildren diagnosed with developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges; and not know of anyone in her circle dealing with similar parenting issues; and the drastic lifestyle changes of autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. She knows the impacting effect of rejection and loss of natural supports and related challenges. She knows what it is like to have the total responsibility to always be on demand to meet the needs of the family and almost knowing nothing about how to do it let alone anything about Bipolar I & II, bipolar type schizoaffective disorder, or any other related disorders that her own children and grandchildren faced. Charice knows what it’s like to have the desperate desire to want out of the endless duties and responsibilities of what seems endlessly hopeless just to reconnect to her own identity and self-care needs yet always putting the needs of others before her own. She knows the outcome of neglected self-care needs. Now, Charice comes to OFSN to help others not feel alone in their fight as a Family Partner facilitating OFSN Wellness Support Group for Marion County.