Our dedicated and passionate experts champion solutions for kids



We empower communities to advocate for kids so all children in Oregon can thrive.

Our Work

Children First for Oregon was founded in 1991 to improve the lives of Oregon children by galvanizing community support and informing decision-makers about the solutions kids need. We recognize that children have distinct rights, and we are devoted to ensuring kids are prioritized in all decisions impacting their lives. By focusing on child abuse prevention, foster youth advocacy, legislative solutions, and research and data, we seek to build an Oregon where all children can thrive.

Board of Directors

Sharon Soliday, Board Co-Chair
CEO and Advocate for Kids
The Hello Foundation, LLC

Kathy Calcagno, Board Co-Chair
Senior Managing Director, Wealth Advisor
First Republic Bank

Megan McAninch-Jones, MSC, Board Vice-Chair
Healthcare Management

Shawn DuBurg, Board Treasurer
Union Bank

Hanna Vaandering, Executive Committee Member
National Education Association 

Claudia Black
Government Relations

Angie Blackwell
Blackwell Family Resources

James L. Crouser
Internal Audit Manager (retired)
The Standard

Harold Goldstein

Kristine Phillips Evertz
Associate Lobbyist
Summit Strategies

Drew Henrie-McWilliams,
Chief Executive Officer
Morrison Child & Family Services

Annette Mattson
Board of Trustees
Mt. Hood Community College

Rita Sullivan, PhD
Private practice


Jenifer Wagley
Executive Director

Chris Coughlin
Legislative Director

Linda Dixon
Office Manager

Michelle Luedtke
Communications and Data Integration Director

Lisa McMahon
Oregon Foster Youth Connection
Program Director

Marcia Mersky
Fund Development Program Manager

Julia Pagán
Deputy Director