Erin Stevens McKay – Regional Manager/Reach Out Oregon Project Manager
Erin is the grateful mama of both biological and adoptive children. She serves as a fierce lifelong advocate for families affected by mental health, behavioral, physical and educational challenges, including her own. In addition to her work in Yamhill County as Family Partner, Erin is known as “Mama Bliss” at Camp Bliss, which serves as residence both to her rowdy ragamuffin family and as a sanctuary to all manner of beings. In her heart of hearts, she will forever remain a camp counselor, dreadlocks included, looking to foster connection and call others onward to become their strongest selves.
Melissa First – Family Partner/Regional Family Support Specialist
Melissa is honored to be a mom to two strong and amazing children. Both experience emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. Melissa has advocated for their needs and navigated multiple systems over the last 10 years. Her passion to support and help empower families comes from navigating through her own barriers and emotional struggles that come with raising children who face challenges. She believes everyone’s strengths should be embraced and every success should be celebrated. Her goal is to ensure families know they aren’t alone, and support them in feeling hopeful for their future.
Cindy Johnson – Family Partner
Cindy really loves people with her whole heart and feels like her whole life has brought her to her work at OFSN. Cindy has multiple life experiences navigating mental health challenges on behalf of loved ones and currently loves her work as a foster parent. Cindy enjoys riding motorcycle and fishing every chance she gets.
Gloria Valdivia – Family Partner
Gloria moved to Oregon about 8 years ago from Northern California. She is a mother of 7 children and 3 grandchildren, 4 adult daughters and 3 teenagers. Her fifth child is growing up with behavioral and mental health challenges and is currently staying at St Mary’s Boys for Home. When the family first moved to Oregon, Gloria was connected to all necessary programs to assist the family get the assistance needed. Throughout her career, Gloria has always worked with non-profit agencies connecting families with services – from working at Head Start in California to working in Energy Assistance here in Oregon. Gloria enjoys her work tremendously and looks forward to continuing assisting families in Yamhill County.
Bridget Menely – Family Partner
Growing up in a home where drugs and alcohol were prevalent, dealing with sexual abuse at many levels with friends & family, mental health crisis from depression, self-harming & suicide attempts and, trouble in the classroom from some of my kiddos I learned that I’m not alone and I want to be a support for others while they are dealing with their life experiences just like the family partners were for me.