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Bridget has been the director of HomePlate since its founding in 2005. She is responsible for all agency development as well as determining needs, and providing support and opportunities to youth, volunteers, staff, and interns. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and has worked since 2001 in youth programs and specifically with youth experiencing homelessness in Washington County since 2003. She hails from Wisconsin and when not working she can be found outside doing any variety of outdoor activities with her husband Jeff, baby Asa, and Tug the dog.
Kirsten is HomePlate’s full-time Development Director and has been a supporter for years. She brings a diverse background to this position having worked with families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, started and managed several businesses, and fund/friend-raised for a number of grass-roots local and international organizations. She has three grown children and lived in Washington County for many years. She is also an artist who enjoys trips to the beach and woods with her dogs and her husband. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Volunteer & Operations Coordinator
Amy Smetana is HomePlate's Volunteer and Operations Coordinator. She wants all volunteers to have an amazing experience supporting HomePlate's youth. Contact her to get involved! Prior to this, she was an AmeriCorps member at Pacific University where she created and coordinated PUMP It Up!, a mentor program connecting university students with local school children. Amy is an alum from the University of Mary Washington where she got a bachelor's in political science and sociology. She is passionate about building community, exploring the outdoors, and having fun with languages.
Lead Outreach Worker
Amber started her journey with HomePlate in 2013 as a Jesuit Volunteer, and after a short time away for an additional year of volunteering, she returned as the team's Lead Outreach Worker. Most of her time is spent out in the community engaging with and meeting youth where they are in order to provide resources and support. She is proudly from the Philadelphia area and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Joseph's University. When not hitting the streets with HomePlate, she enjoys being outside hiking, eating chocolate, and exploring new areas of the PNW.
Vincent Pollard is HomePlate’s Employment Coordinator. He has an extensive background in youth services that spans over seventeen years. Over the course of his career, Vincent has worked with literally thousands of young people in settings that range from recreation all the way to therapeutic foster care. Vincent holds an Associates of Arts from the College of Southern Nevada, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications. Above all else, Vincent considers himself an advocate for homeless youth, and has committed the better part of the last decade to raising awareness about issues facing homeless youth on a local and national level.
Outreach Worker (Bi-Lingual)
Bianetth Valdez is HomePlate’s Bilingual Outreach Worker. As of June 2016, Bianetth graduated from Portland State University with a Masters in Social Work. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin (Go Longhorns!) She has almost 8 years of social work experience under her belt, working predominantly with low-income, minority youth in school settings. She is passionate about social and racial justice, anti-oppressive work, and housing/homelessness and is eager to do good work with under-served youth in Washington County. In her free time, Bianetth loves biking, hanging out with friends, reading, binge-watching on Netflix and advocating for affordable housing!
Marielle is excited to take on her role as Outreach Specialist, in which she will be out in the community to meet youth, listen, and help them access the resources they need. Originally from Chicago, with a B.A. in Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, Marielle is in her second year with the Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps Northwest. Last year, she served at St. Francis House, an open-door center in Odell, Oregon, that provides a safe and comfortable place for youth of all ages to have fun and be kind. In her spare time, Marielle loves to read, write, eat, and explore Oregon!
Deirdre is HomePlate's Programming Coordinator and 2015/16 Jesuit Volunteer Northwest/AmeriCorps member. She is responsible for coordinating programs and activities for drop-in nights and excursions for HomePlate youth. Deirdre is originally from Massachusetts and is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America with a B.A. in History. In her free time, Deirdre enjoys exploring the great metropolises of the Pacific Northwest, strolling Farmers' Markets, and watching BBC period dramas!