New Faces at Children’s Center
We have a few new faces on our Zoom Staff Meetings of late and we thought we should introduce our supporters to the staff who have joined us in the first half of 2020. Welcome to the team!
Deb and her husband Earl at the 2019 Walk MS - she has been captain of Team Can't Stop the Feeling since 2011.
|Deb Wilson, Office Manager
Deb comes to us with 20+ years of experience in HR, operations, and business management. A long-time Oregon City resident she is thrilled to be only five-minutes away from an organization that does such important work. Deb says that her colleagues are what she loves most about Children’s Center. “They are kind, compassionate, and the most selfless group I have ever known in the working world,” Deb declares, “My hope is to bring my talents and skill set to this amazing organization of extremely talented professionals.”
|Savannah Ovaldia, Clinical Support Coordinator
If you come through the front door you will be greeted by Savannah Ovaldia, who recently transplanted from Southern California to rural Clackamas County. She says it’s a bit of a culture shock to be surrounded by all this green, and she admits to actually liking the rain. What Savannah loves most about working at the Children’s Center “is the pro-activeness in everyone who works here. The work being done here is so heavy, yet everyone is always there for, and willing to help, each other. Children’s Center is not only a safe place for the kiddos that we serve but is also a safe place for employees; and to me that speaks volumes.”
| Pamela White, Development Director
Pamela has 25+ years experience in non-profit fundraising, is a life-long Oregonian, and has lived in Clackamas County for more than 30 years. “I have known of and supported the Children’s Center for many years,” she says, “it’s a real honor to bring my skills and expertise to support my amazing co-workers who are helping kids to thrive in the aftermath of abuse or neglect.”
Tonia (R) and her daughter Emily at the 2019 Children's Center Honors Event
|Tonia Hunt, Development Database Manager & Development Coordinator
We are thrilled to have Tonia back as our part-time Development Database Manager and Development Coordinator. Tonia served previously as Children’s Center’s Executive Director and recently retired as the Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. “I was looking for a way to stay in touch with the non-profit sector but in a low-profile role,” declares Tonia of her new position, “This is the perfect job, I get to pursue my love of all things data, for an organization I love.”
Dr. Sue Skinner and her husband Rob at the 2018 Children's Center Healing Garden Gala
| Dr. Sue Skinner, Board Member
The Board welcomed former Children’s Center Medical Director, Dr. Sue Skinner to its ranks in March. Dr. Skinner is a child abuse pediatrician, who has practiced for more than 30 years, nine of them at the Children's Center. She is presently the Interim Medical Director at Jackson County Child Advocacy Center. On joining the Board at Children's Center, Dr. Skinner says "I am happy to be able to give back to an organization I feel so strongly about. Since I was on the staff at the Children's Center for so many years, I think I bring a unique perspective to the Board, and I am honored to have that opportunity."
|Kristin Eaton, Board Member
We are also pleased to announce that Family Law Attorney Kristin Eaton joined our board. Kristin has 20 years experience advocating for children, and those parents who are committed to safeguarding the best interest of their children. She has also served on the Gladstone School Board for 12-years; was a founding board member of Clackamas County’s Children’s Relief Nursery; and has previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian Ad Litem.
Kristin shares, "I am so happy to join the board to further my passion for advocating for children and help to give them a voice. The mission of Children’s Center is critical to helping children build resilience after suffering devastating traumas.”