Bridget Calfee, Executive Director
firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 867-7762
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 Carpentier, Development Director
email@example.com, (971) 322-9381
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.
Amber Sparks, Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, (971) 238-3055
Amber is HomePlate's Volunteer Coordinator. She holds a Masters of Social Work from San Diego State University and has a background working in volunteer coordination, youth programs, domestic violence, and social work research. Her professional interests include youth development, community organizing and volunteer development. Outside of work, Amber enjoys breadmaking, hiking with her husband and dog, and gardening.
Peter Kass is HomePlate's Employment Coordinator. He is prepared with employment information and skills-building resources for youth looking to get into a job, internship, or apprenticeship program. A Portland transplant since 2003, Peter recently graduated from Portland State University with a master's degree in Public Administration. He has worked for organizations treating youth with mental health and addiction issues both locally and abroad for a decade. His professional interests include leadership theory, meeting facilitation, and unconventional partnerships. When not working, he's riding his bicycle somewhere while listening to a podcast.
Bianetth Valdez, Outreach Coordinator (Bi-Lingual)
email@example.com, (503) 320-8965
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!
Joey Whiting, Outreach Worker
firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 867-4954
Joey is an Outreach Worker with a passion for helping unhoused and at-risk youth. After spending years living rough on the street, Joey came to the realization that the best way to use their lived experience is to pay it forward to organizations such as the ones that helped them in their time of need. With a background in film and photography, Joey came to HomePlate after working as a peer mentor with Outside the Frame, an outreach organization in Portland which focuses on teaching film-making to unhoused youth and teens. In their free time, Joey enjoys going to punk shows, playing the guitar, video games, and fighting injustice every step of the way!
Merilou Hundley, Operations Coordinator
Merilou@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 371-0938
Merilou is passionate about giving back to the community and believes early intervention, guidance, and support for our youth is essential to breaking cycles and changing lives in a positive direction. Merilou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With her minor in Business, she has spent many years in the corporate world and, most recently, as an entrepreneur working as a Professional Certified Coach and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Merilou loves to paint, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with her friends and family. She loves the Northwest and our proximity to both the mountains and the ocean!
Emiko Smukler, Outreach Specialist
Jesuit Volunteer Americorps
email@example.com, (503) 707-0268
Emiko is a Jesuit Volunteer who joins our team as the Outreach Speciaist. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated in May of 2017 from Colorado College, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Chinese Language. Emiko is a dog lover who enjoys running, hiking, reading, knitting, playing soccer, eating, and spending time with friends and family.
Lydia Wilson, Day Space/Activities Coordinator
Jesuit Volunteer Americorps
firstname.lastname@example.org, (971) 284-8988
Lydia is a Jesuit Volunteer and HomePlate's Day Space Coordinator! She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences from Spring Hill College (Go Badgers!). She became passionate working with under-served populations in college where she participated in volunteering with a tutoring program to a low-income, minority high school and as a triage assistant at a clinic serving the uninsured. She hails from northwest Alabama and loves chatting about yummy Southern food! She enjoys cooking, game nights, meeting new people and being with friends and family.