Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program Project Manager
Anna joined the partnership in August 2017. As an adoptive mom and former foster parent, Anna is passionate about supporting families and the therapists and caseworkers that support them. After a long career in business and project management, Anna returned to PSU and earned a Master’s Degree in Post-Secondary Adult and Continuing Education, following an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies and Social Science focusing on equity and trauma informed practices. Before joining the team, she taught at Portland Community College and worked at a non-profit child abuse prevention agency.
Anna loves to travel and explore new (and old) places.
Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program, Project Management, Student Services, Adult Education, and Interpersonal Violence Advocacy.
Director of Workforce Development
Linda Bello, LMSW
Training Program Administrator
Linda Bello, LMSW, has worked on behalf of Oregon’s children and families for over 30 years. Currently, Linda is the Training Program Administrator for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership. She is responsible for coordinating Core Training for all state Child Welfare workers and provides oversight of training content and delivery. Linda regularly trains on issues related to supervision, sexual abuse, trauma-informed practice, child protection, and permanency.
Linda was the recipient of the 2008 Career Achievement Award from the National Association of Training and Staff Development Association.
Child sexual abuse, trauma-informed practice, and understanding and responding to child and adolescent sexual behavior.
Training and Evaluations Manager
Kirstin is responsible for evaluations of the Child Welfare Partnership's training and education programs. She has worked for the Partnership since 1997 evaluating child welfare, education and mental health programs. Kirstin holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She spends most of her free time on the soccer pitch or at 4-H events with her children.
Program and training evaluation using utilization-focused, collaborative, and participatory approaches.
Dawn came to the Child Welfare Partnership from a private foster/adoption agency in California where she worked one-on-one with children and families, trained perspective foster parents and completed adoptive home studies, among other things. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education - Counseling and Personnel Service from California State University, Bakersfield.
Dawn specializes in the organization of many things, including training and budget information.
Assistant Director of Workforce Development
Michelle Warden, MSW has worked in the field of Child Welfare for more than 20 years. She worked as a Training Specialist for the Partnership, specializing in CPS training, Neglect, Visitation, Child Interviewing, ICWA and Rural Social Work. Michelle has been a permanency caseworker, CPS worker, an ICWA liaison and a Consultant, Educator and Trainer for Child Welfare. In 2002 Michelle received the Director's of Excellence Award for her collaborative work with families and the community. She is invested in ensuring that children maintain family connections and cultural ties, and that workers feel supported and have access to developmental opportunities.
Michelle Loves spending time with her adorable, funny, charismatic granddaughter. She also enjoys hiking and hanging out by the lake during the summer.
Andrea Bellows, LCSW
I have an MSW from University of Washington and a BSW from Whittier College. I also received an LCSW in 2013. I love working for Portland State University, collaborating with and training DHS Child Welfare Professionals! It is an honor to interact with those that help children stay safe on a daily basis.
In my spare time, I love to read, dance, and be silly with my family. I am also very interested in social justice, particularly in the area of gender equality.
Child Protective Services, Domestic Violence, Attachment, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Ethics and Values
I am passionate about keeping children safe and connected to their families. I came to the partnership after several years working for child welfare in the areas of Protective Services, Permanency, Screening, and as a supervisor. My experience outside of child welfare includes working with teens in residential mental health treatment, working with incarcerated parents and work in school systems. My educational background is in psychology, human services, and a masters in school counseling.
I enjoy traveling with my two kids and husband all over Oregon to find good food, outdoor concerts, and kayaking.
Child Development, Protective Services, Screening, Mandatory Reporting, Trauma Informed Practice Strategies, Child Interviewing, Cultural Considerations, Safety Plans, Reunification, and Education Advocacy.
I have fourteen years of experience in Oregon's child welfare system. I was a supervisor for the last six years of my employment there. In 2013, I was hired by PSU as a training specialist in the Child Welfare Education Program. I primarily train new child welfare workers in the best practice and competencies of doing their work. I have also done advanced training in a couple of areas, including domestic violence practice within child welfare.
Personally, I love to take dance classes and also enjoy being outdoors.
Domestic violence, sexual abuse of children including Commercially Sexually Exploited children, permanency and adoption planning and sibling issues.
Daniel A. Garris, M.A., has been an instructor and trainer for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership for the past ten years. With 26 years in the field of child welfare, Dan has experience as a caseworker in a number of program areas with emphasis on the work of child protective services. Dan has served as a C.E.T. and a child welfare supervisor in Washington and Multnomah Counties. In his current capacity Dan is the lead instructor for the statewide Child Welfare Supervisory Training Program.
Dan is a certified Verbal Defense and Influence instructor—a conflict resolution and non-escalation approach. Beyond the sphere of the professional, Dan very much enjoys being a grandpa to two amazing granddaughters.
Family Engagement Skills, Engaging Fathers in Case Planning, Tactical Communication Strategies for Social Services Assistants and training a variety of clinical supervision topics
Shantika earned her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University in 2011. She is a Graduate of the Culturally Responsive Leaders program and the Child Welfare Partnership Program (2011). Shantika attended Linfield College for her undergraduate degree which is in Health Sciences and a Minor in Anthropology (2001).
Shantika worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services for 8 years. Her experience in Child Welfare includes Child Protective Services and Certification & Adoption. While in the MSW program, Shantika was an intern in a Child Welfare permanency unit as well as the Social Work department at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in the pediatric unit. Prior to her position with DHS, Shantika was a case manager with Cascadia Behavioral Health Care where she worked in the mentally ill offender unit, helping parolees transition back into the community. Shantika has a wide variety of experience working with culturally specific programs as well as extensive work with youth and adults of color involved in the criminal justice system.
In her spare time Shantika loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys trying different cuisine and traveling.
Child Protective Services, Visitation, Bias & Matching Children & Families, Child Interviewing, Cultural Considerations, Fathers in Child Welfare and various components of the Certification & Adoption Training. Shantika provides caregiver training in the areas of Nurturing the Infant Child and Promoting & Maintaining Cultural Identities in Youth.
Jose has six years experience working as a child protective services worker for the State of Oregon. He assessed allegations of child abuse and neglect. Jose managed a bilingual caseload and is fluent in Spanish. Additionally, he was tasked with providing community trainings around DHS and mandatory reporting laws.
New DHS worker trainings, Bilingual Caregiver trainings, Preparing for Juvenile Court
Frannie's child welfare experience spans over twenty-five years in Colorado, Idaho and, the past nineteen years, in Oregon. She focuses her training on helping child welfare workers develop collaborative and supportive relationships with caregivers and helping child welfare workers develop effective assessment skills to maintain and improve each child's safety and well-being. When she is not training, Frannie enjoys cooking and spoiling her four grandchildren.
Foster Care and Adoption
Daniel Schneider, J.D.
Daniel began working with the Child Welfare Partnership in the summer of 2015 after leaving the State of Oregon Child Welfare Program, where he had served as a Permanency worker, Legal Assistance Referral worker and supervisor for 8 years. Daniel gained useful related experience as a Juvenile Sex Offender residential youth worker and by assisting individuals through the Marion County Psychiatric Center prior to his time with the State of Oregon.
Daniel enjoys sharing time with his Lovely Bride, reading, home theater construction, home brewing and sharing the sometimes unfortunate fruits of his labors with friends and family. He also enjoys listening to all varieties of music, cooking and working in the garden.
Family Engagement, Permanency and Concurrent Planning, Preparing and Presenting for Success in Court
Jeffrey has worked as a research assistant at the Regional Research Institute evaluating youth mentoring programs. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University’s Social Work Program teaching research, evaluation, and data analysis. He has an extensive child welfare background working for Los Angeles County in California and the State of Washington, and gained experience in providing family reunification services, permanency planning, adoption home studies, and investigations of child abuse and neglect.
Currently, Jeffrey is a research associate assigned to both the Child Welfare Partnership and Child Welfare Education Training Program at Portland State University.
Jeffrey's research interests include issues related to youth aging out of foster care, evaluation of child welfare systems, evaluation of child welfare training, and child welfare staff retention.
Kate has been with the Training Unit since June 2015. She has a background in research and evaluation and she really enjoys helping evaluate Child Welfare trainings. She is currently working on her MSW in Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations at Portland State University. She loves dogs, reading, baking, and travel.
Research and program evaluation
Administrative Program Assistant
Rachel possesses over 10 years project management and business/operations management experience. She has a strong background in team leadership and values the importance of fostering an inclusive trust culture in the workplace through the art of open and honest two way communication.
In 2009, she received her BA in ELW and a certificate in PR from Marylhurst University. She loves working with the public, and also putting her English degree and passion for writing to use through assisting with editing curriculum and training materials. She specializes in project management, the planning an implementation of projects, public relations, writing and editing, business operations and team management.
Rachel has been married for 18 years to her husband Brandon. They recently became first time parents on October 27, 2016 of a baby boy, Xavier. Rachel loves being creative!
Administrative Program Assistant
Karrah came to the Partnership in the summer of 2017, and took over the support position for Core training. She has been working closely with trainers in the creation of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Training of Trainers, and is able to put her creative skills to use. Previously, she worked as an event coordinator and manager.
Karrah describes herself as being "a wife, cat mom, and avid thrifter." She also loves crafting, baking, and being creative in her spare time.
Administrative Program Assistant
Tiffany currently supports the Caregiver Training Unit, Supervisory Cohort Training, Certification and Adoption Worker Training, Foundations Training of Trainers, and Adoption Tools and Techniques. She specializes in training coordination and project management.
Tiffany is currently attending Western Oregon University where she is in her junior year.
Office Specialist II
Pauly has had office/clerical experience for over 30 years in the insurance, education & high tech industry. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom to two children, she was a Compensation/Benefits Analyst for a local high tech electronic company in their HR department for 12 years. She has also worked in the school district as a substitute instructional assistant, primarily working with special needs students in elementary schools for over nine years. Just prior to joining PSU, she worked as a customer service specialist at local retail store for a year and half.
Pauly enjoys cooking, crafting, gardening, golf and just being outdoors surrounded by family and friends.
Office Specialist II
Keely came to the Partnership in the spring of 2016. She stepped into the role of managing the office finances for daily operations. Her role includes many aspects, including: generating contracts, ordering supplies for trainings and other office needs, and processing invoices for payment. She also supports the Adoptive and Foster Family Therapy program as needed.
Keely is married and has five kids, two dogs, and two cats. She loves sports and anything outdoors!
IT Consultant - Distance Training Specialist
Jeff started working for the PSU Regional Research Institute as a student in 2009, finishing up a B.A. in history. Now working for the Child Welfare Partnership, Jeff is still contemplating whether or not to finish his masters thesis.
Tech, audio / video, distance learning, history, miscellany
IT Consultant - Registration
Kristin has been with the Partnership since April 2012, and has been deeply involved in special projects including: Oregon Child Forensic Interview Training, Differential Response, Working with Relatives of Dependent Children, Family Connections Oregon, and the New Worker Training Redesign for Child Welfare. In her role as IT Consultant she has worked to implement changes in the Training Unit's website and live registration and login system.
Kristin graduated in June 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Marketing with a specialization in Information Systems and a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management. She recently completed her graduate studies and was awarded an MBA with a focus in Project Management.
Graphic and layout design, project management, public relations, Pug wrangling
Having grown up in the Philippines and then lived and worked in Europe for over 20 years, Tim is a world citizen who loves language and culture. His work with families and children spans over 25 years in different roles in the classroom, with Child Welfare and faith based organizations. These life experiences, plus raising four children, have led Tim to value and support the role that foster parents play in enhancing wellbeing and eventual life success for the children in their care. When he is not training he loves to read, play and work outdoors and love on his kids and grandkids.
Parenting strategies, child attachment, Child Welfare permanency and adoption
Jennifer has been a trainer with the Partnership since 2008. Her experience in child welfare, however, goes back 40 years to her undergraduate social work internship. In the interim, among other things she completed her Master's of Arts degree, taught at three colleges, was a child welfare worker in Montana and Washington, was Assistant Program Manager of the King County Washington CASA program, a Judicial Educator with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, and a Continuing Legal Educator with the Washington State Bar Association. In whatever capacity she has served, her passion has been to bring children and family issues to the forefront.
Jennifer primarily trains relative, foster, and adoptive caregivers on a wide range of topics. Special areas of interest include attachment, ADHD, trauma, and focusing on what drives children's behavior as a means of responding in a way that is helpful to them.
Staff Training Specialists
CTU Training Specialists
IT / S.C.O.P.E.
Portland State University
Child Welfare Partnership
626 High Street NE, Suite 400
Salem, OR 97301
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