Impacting Children's Lives, Together

Our Values

Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends, and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers, and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, and manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth.

Put Children First

We intentionally serve youth who are facing the greatest obstacles. To help our youth discover their limitless potential, we foster their internal resiliency. We listen to our youth and base decisions on each youth’s needs and dreams. We prioritize self-care so that we bring our best selves to our work and focus on our youth.

Build Relationships on Love

We nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. We don’t give up easily, and take a no matter what approach to our work. We commit for the long-term. We intentionally develop collaborative relationships over time with trust, empathy, and healthy communication. We believe that we build community through one-on-one connections that are authentic, respectful, and meaningful.

Commit to Empowerment

We leverage personal strengths to take ownership of our futures. We build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities. We consistently inspire possibility through empathy, hard work, and fun. We model all of this for our youth, families and each other.

Pursue Goals Relentlessly

We celebrate all achievements, big and small. We are disciplined in our commitment to goals, while innovative in how we reach them. We believe that the definition of success requires intentional reflection and adjustment over time. We work together and hold ourselves accountable with data to achieve short and long-term outcomes.

Demand Equity

We acknowledge the historical and present injustices impacting marginalized communities. We demand equity from ourselves and from our community. We insist that all people have the necessary support to achieve all of their hopes and dreams. We amplify the voices of our children, families, and communities. We bring together different experiences, skills, and backgrounds to provide opportunities to overcome personal, systemic, and institutional barriers.


Kim Hatfield

Executive Director

Penny Pritchard

Director of Development & Marketing

Megan Brauer

Office Manager

Jennifer Cox

Program Coordinator / Family Liaison

Nona Armstrong

Program Director

Joe Beaton

Friend / Professional Mentor

Sarah Harmon

Friend / Professional Mentor

Corey James

Friend / Professional Mentor

Andrew Wellman

Friend / Professional Mentor

Dani Liles

Friend / Professional Mentor

Kasey Daisher

Friend / Professional Mentor


Laura Nofziger


Data Center Critical Facility Manager- Facebook

Anne Van Dusen

Vice Chair

Physcotherapist (LCSW), Private Practice

Stuart Malakoff

Director, Finance Committee

Wealth Management Advisor-Merrill Lynch

Alison Emerson


Attorney at Law, Emerson Spencer Law, LLC.

Kelsey Seymour

Director & Ambassador Board

Administrative Assistant, Central Oregon Health Council

Andy Slavin

Director, Program Committee

Principal, Amity Magnet School

Ryan Titkin

Director, Finance Committee

Police Detective, Bend Police Department

Angela Groves

Director, Program Committee

Director of Strategic Impact & Grants- Friends National

April Coiteux

Development & Marketing Committee

Group Renewals Manager, National Accounts, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Kristin Fish

Development & Marketing Committee

Deschutes Brewery

John Hartz

Development & Marketing Committee

Consultant, The Partners Group

Chris Otto

Development & Marketing Committee

Development Director, University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business

Josh Werner

Development & Marketing Committee

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Kathleen Brown

Ambassador Board

Client Service Specialist, Columbia Bank

Alex Collins

Ambassador Board

Design Professional, BBT Architects

Erica Farrell

Ambassador Board

Marketing Specialist, MasterCare America

Hannah Helgerson

Ambassador Board

Digital Marketing Specialist, First American Title

Amy Jensen

Ambassador Board

Oregon Sales Manager, Crater Lake Spirits

Zoe Noe

Ambassador Board

Operations Manager, Compounded and Personalized Nutrients

Heather Stuart

Ambassador Board

Crook County Health Department

Kyle Wells

Ambassador Board

Financial Advisor, D.A. Davidson & Co.

Stevi Bratcshie, MPH

Ambassador Board

Clinical Quality Improvement Team Lead

sareli  Beltrán

Program Committee

Consultant, Insights and Opportunities

Maria Madden

Program Committee

Retired Bend-La Pine School Administrator

Gary Kronmiller

Finance Committee

Retired CPA

Karla Schultz

Program Committee

Retired Bilingual Special Education Teacher

Josh Hayden

Program Committee

Behavioral Support, Bear Creek Elementary

Kathie Reid-Bevington

Program Committee

Retired Higher Education Early Learning Department Director, Fresno State

Michael Reeves

Program Committee

Former School Administrator

Reports & Tools

2018-2019 Gratitude Report

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2017-2018 Gratitude Report

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Friends Central Oregon 990

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Research Findings: Impact of Friends Program on Foster Care Involved Families

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Return on Investment Study

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The New York Times features Friends of the Children

"Investing in the At-Risk for the Long Term"

Friends of the Children is committed to the communities we serve, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.