About Family Friend

Mission Statement

Family Friend reduces the barriers for family to care for family by providing resources and community support to children and families impacted by abuse or neglect.

Vision

Family Friend is a (501)c3 with the mission of strengthening families impacted by abuse, neglect and poverty.  We do this by creating a strong network of volunteer support for Portland’s children and families in the Child Welfare system.  Our programs are based on a philosophy that emphasizes solid familial connections, strong local networks, and the knowledge that each child needs a stable living environment.  We are asking the community to join us in creating a network of support for families in the Child Welfare system, so we can together propel families successfully to safety and stability.


Meet Our Team

Macon Benoit

Macon Benoit
Macon has represented children and parents in child welfare cases in Multnomah County and Tribal Courts throughout Oregon since becoming an attorney in 2010. Through his work he recognized that community involvement with those facing the day to day struggles of parenting without adequate support and resources is essential to maintaining stable families. It's his goal that Family Friend can be one of many community supports for families.

Marie Altshuler

Marie Altshuler
Marie Altshuler is a southern transplant from Alabama. After earning a B.A. in English Literature from Sewanee, she moved to Atlanta and pursued a career in finance. A promotion brought her to Portland in 2010. Marie knew immediately that the Pacific Northwest was where she wanted to raise her family. Presently, she is a fulltime mom, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.

Julianne Chapman

Julianne Chapman
Julianne Chapman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A Portland native from a large family, Julianne is dedicated to seeing the city build connections for community support, as the population continues to grow and change. She worked for the DHS Child Welfare for 8 years as a caseworker and family support specialist. This organization grew organically based on needs of families she worked with and her family friends who consistently donated items to support her efforts. An avid snowboarder, traveler, who loves the outdoors, and has a strong commitment to social justice.

Jody Chapman

Jody Chapman

Jody is a Business Analyst with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from University of Portland.  She currently works for OnTrac where she’s been employed since 1998.  Jody loves spending time with her family, the outdoors, sunshine, boating, wake surfing, snowboarding, watching sports, and working in her yard.  She believes in the mission of Family Friend and feels lucky to be part of it.

Mary Geelan

Mary Geelan
Mary Geelan, MSW, is the Juvenile Court Improvement Coordinator for the Multnomah County Department of Justice in Portland, Oregon. Mary coordinates complex interdivisional and interagency strategic programs and projects related to the juvenile court, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is passionate about advancing racial and ethnic equity, removing systemic barriers, and strengthening families.

Francie King

Francie King
Francie King is a true Idahoan ¬≠ a free spirit who likes stories and time with her family. Her education at University of Portland prepared her for the real world, where she has travelled and explored many careers. Her passion is for bringing good people together. Currently a marketer for a tech company, she can’t wait to see what the future holds for herself, and for Friends.

Alissa Moore

Alissa Moore
Alissa is a speech ­language pathology graduate student at NOVA Southeastern Florida University with an anticipated graduation date of August 2015. While working on her studies she has been serving as a special education assistant in public schools. Alissa was previously employed as the Community Relations Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers where she worked for 8 years.

Kris Fay

Kris Fay
Kris is passionate about bringing his considerable skills for communication and organization to bear in the community to make a difference. He has been pivotal in helping the fifth-largest school district in the state of Washington manage its reputation via local and digital media. A 2015 Leadership Clark County graduate, he is an active member of the Clark County Parks Advisory Board, helped develop a marketing program for the West Van for Youth program, regularly attends Safe Communities Task Force meetings and actively coaches youth sports.
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