Welcome Lisa McMahon to Children First!

August 25, 2014

Children First For Oregon

We are thrilled to announce that Lisa McMahon will be joining our team this month as the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Director!

Lisa comes to us from Portland State University’s My Life Project, where she organized group mentoring workshops and supported youth living in foster care with their transition goals. She began her career as a high school Special Education teacher in Michigan, teaching English and Biology classes. Since 2003, she has worked in youth development and empowerment, including work supporting a national organization for youth with disabilities to become their own youth-led nonprofit.

“I love to help youth and young adults find their internal spark, decide what they want, and work toward it,” she says. “I am so excited to bring what I have learned to OFYC! I believe this will be an exciting new adventure for all of us.”

This is also a bittersweet announcement for OFYC….

As we prepare to start an exciting new chapter with Lisa, we are also saying goodbye to OFYC’s founder and long-time director, Pamela Butler. After six years of leading OFYC to unprecedented success, Pamela, who completed her Masters of Public Administration at Portland State University this summer, is ready to take her passion for child welfare advocacy to the national stage.

Of this transition, Pamela says:

“I leave believing without a doubt that you will continue to be the powerful advocates that you all are. It has been my honor to work with you and represent you in this role, but you are the leaders that keep OFYC moving forward. OFYC is your program. I know without a doubt that the new Program Director will be as committed and passionate about OFYC as I have been.”

We thank Pamela for all the grit, and heart, and vision she brought to this work and we wish her tremendous luck and success in the road ahead.

Most of all, we thank all of you for your continued support and commitment to the vision of OFYC.



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