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

Martin Taylor, Chair
Executive Director
Oregon Nurses Association

Kristine Phillips Evertz, Vice Chair
Associate Lobbyist
Summit Strategies

Robin Johnson, Secretary
Director of Equity Advancement
Center for Equity and Inclusion

Shawn DuBurg, Treasurer
Union Bank

Christine Reynolds, Immediate Past Board Chair
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP

Kathy Calcagno
Managing Director, Wealth Advisor
First Republic Bank

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

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

Annette Mattson
Board of Trustees
Mt. Hood Community College

Megan McAninch-Jones, MSC
Healthcare Management

Carolyn Sheldon
Community Volunteer

Sharon Soliday
CEO and Advocate for Kids
The Hello Foundation, LLC

Felicia Tripp-Folsom
Deputy Director
Portland Housing Center

Hanna Vaandering
Executive Committee Member
National Education Association


Tonia Hunt
Executive Director

James Barta
Strategic Director

Chris Coughlin
Legislative Director

Glynda Barton
Operations Manager

Chris Didway
Development Officer

Kat Hendrix
Outreach and Communications Director

Becky Jones
Child Abuse Prevention Policy Director

Lisa McMahon
Oregon Foster Youth Connection
Program Director

Marcia Mersky
Fund Development Program Manager

Miranda Rabuck
Communications Manager

Jenni Tan
Development Officer