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, Chair
CEO and Advocate for Kids
The Hello Foundation, LLC

Martin Taylor, Immediate Past Chair

Kristine Phillips Evertz, Vice Chair
Associate Lobbyist
Summit Strategies

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

Shawn DuBurg, Treasurer
Union Bank

Brent Barton

Claudia Black
Government Relations

Angie Blackwell
Blackwell Family Resources

Kathy Calcagno
Managing Director, Wealth Advisor
First Republic Bank

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

Brett Fisher
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Annette Mattson
Board of Trustees
Mt. Hood Community College

Megan McAninch-Jones, MSC
Healthcare Management

Rajan Mehndiratta
Community Volunteer

Renee Moseley
Bridge Meadows

Carol Selva
CS Learning, Development & Corporate Training

Rita Sullivan, PhD
Private practice

Hanna Vaandering
Executive Committee Member
National Education Association

Youlee You
Federal Court Judge


Jenifer Wagley
Executive Director

Sophia Bass
Child Abuse Prevention Coalition Manager

Chris Coughlin
Legislative Director

Tab Dansby
KIDS COUNT Coordinator/Policy Analyst

Chris Didway
Development Officer

Linda Dixon
Office Manager

Lisa McMahon
Oregon Foster Youth Connection
Program Director

Kate Rosenstein Houston
Oregon Foster Youth Connection
Program Coordinator

Marcia Mersky
Fund Development Program Manager

Julia Pagán
Director of Philanthropy