Marty Lowrey, LCSW
Director of Workforce Development
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Ms. Lowrey currently directs the Child Welfare Partnership training and educational stipend programs. She is responsible for the work of 23 staff focused on strengthening the Child Welfare Workforce and improving the outcomes of children and families who come in contact with the Child Welfare system. In addition to administrative responsibilities, Ms. Lowrey is often asked to participate in and chair task forces because of her capacity for strategic planning, strategic thinking, and inclusion of all points of view. A career social worker, Ms. Lowrey has worked in child protection, clinical and residential work, training and education, and received the Tom Moan award, the state’s highest recognition for child welfare caseworker contribution.
Leadership and Supervision, Project Management, Family Systems, Values and Ethics
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.
Jon Garcia has worked for the Child Welfare Partnership since 2019 overseeing training logistics, coordinating and developing the training schedule, budget and work orders. He also oversees the administrative support and I.T. staff. Jon has extensive experience in overseeing training programs and large-scale initiatives across numerous industries and training topics such as unconscious bias, cultural competency and employee engagement. He has previously worked for OHSU and DHS, where he contributed to the implementation project team for eCourt in Clackamas County, coordinated permanency committees, citizen review boards and was a LEDS Operator for CPS.
Strategic planning, project management, budget and finance, employee engagement, curriculum design, learning theory, diversity, equity and inclusion, and unconscious bias.
Field Training 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.
Kirstin O'Dell, MSW
Child Welfare Workforce Evaluations Manager
Kirstin O'Dell, MSW has worked for the Child Welfare Partnership since 1997 evaluating child welfare, mental health and education programs. Kirstin currently oversees the evaluation of the child welfare staff and caregiver trainings as well as the Title IV-E stipend education program. Kirstin has extensive experience measuring participant acquisition of knowledge and skills in training, including designing and evaluating simulations. She has also served on many multi-disciplinary work groups related to training and led collaborative processes to develop competencies for child welfare staff and caregivers.
Collaborative, participatory and utilization-focused evaluation approaches; test design; skills assessments; simulation design and evaluation
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 grandchildren. She also enjoys hiking and hanging out by the lake during the summer.
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.
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!
Administrative Program Assistant
Rachael is a collaborative creative thinker with a passion for helping others succeed. She first joined CWP in April of 2006 working with the Foster, Adopt, and Relative training team as its program support. She left in December of 2008 to complete her Bachelor degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University focusing on leadership, organization, and management. As she graduated her interests solidified in nonprofit work, and she continued her education at Marylhurst University graduated with an MBA in 2012 with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership. Rachael rejoined the CWP team in May of 2018 to work with the Essential Elements team and to also support the new Advanced Training for Oregon Child Welfare Workers
Rachael enjoys spending time with her son, friends, and Family. She is an avid knitter, a crafter, poet, and painter. She also enjoys reading urban fantasy and mystery suspense fiction.
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
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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