HomePlate Staff


Bridget Calfee, Executive Director
bridget@homeplateyouth.org, (503) 867-7762

Starting with $3,000, a community need, and a vision, Bridget Calfee has been the director of HomePlate since its founding in 2005. Today, the organization is among the leaders in addressing homelessness and housing instability among youth in our region.  Bridget holds a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University.  She hails from Wisconsin and when not working she can be found outside doing any variety of outdoor activities with her husband Jeff and two sweet kids. 

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Kirsten Carpentier, Development Director
kirsten@homeplateyouth.org, (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.

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Amber Sparks, Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@homeplateyouth.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, Employment Coordinator  
peter@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 400-0551

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)
bianetth@homeplateyouth.org, (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!

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Erik Edmonds, Development Associate
erik@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 978-9397

Erik is HomePlate’s Development Associate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems, Science and Policy from California State University Monterey Bay and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. His professional background varies from political campaigning, environmental stewardship and University community radio. Erik loves to travel and experience new cultures, swim, surf, or do anything that involves being in/on water.

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Joey Whiting, Outreach Worker
joey@homeplateyouth.org,  (503) 867-4954

Joey is the Aloha/Beaverton 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!


Mari Onsurez, Outreach Worker
mari@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 322-6317

Mari is our Hillsboro Outreach Worker with a heart for helping young people. Having lived in unstable living circumstances, as well as witness an immediate family member unhoused for years, she is passionate about serving at-risk youth and the unhoused in the community. in the summer of 2018 she worked as a counselor at the Salvation Army camp Kuratli for underserved youth. In her free time Mari is in tree pose (yoga), reading, or spending time with people.


Jennifer Janet Casas Carreño, Outreach Worker (Bilingual)
Jennifer@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 940-2753

Jennifer is passionate about the Latinx community as a proud Mexican American, making sure to advocate that representation matters. She graduated May 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in History from Pacific University. She had been involved with the Center for Gender Equity and the Multicultural Center, where her interests mainly flourished. In her free time, she likes to express being a nerd by heart, space lover, true crime fanatic, and music appreciator.


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!


Angel Gonzalez, Opportunity Navigator
angel@homeplateyouth.org, (503) 758-3800

Angel is the Opportunity Navigator for our pilot educational program.  With a background in social justice and community organizing, Angel is passionate about equity and empowerment. Angel has worked for 13 years with different youth-serving agencies in the homeless and runaway youth systems in the Portland Area. In his free time he continues his community organizing against racism and colonialism, plays guitar, listens to music, creates art, reads and collects old books.

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Morgan Bengel, Outreach Specialist
Jesuit Volunteer Americorps
jvoutreach@homeplateyouth.org, (503) 707-0268

Morgan is HomePlate's JV Outreach Specialist. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Psychology from Aquinas College with hopes to obtain a graduate degree in Counseling. Morgan is an Enneagram 7 and is happiest when she is meeting new people. She is passionate about many things, some of which are LGBTQIA+ youth advocacy, enneagram conversations, and public transportation. Morgan's hobbies include listening to podcasts, cooking, trying new foods, and traveling.

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Rose Ashley, Day Space/Activities Coordinator
Jesuit Volunteer Americorps
activities@homeplateyouth.org, (971) 284-8988

Rose is the Day Space/Activities Coordinator for HomePlate with a particular passion for youth social justice. During her time at the University of Notre Dame, Rose was involved with many organizations that encountered populations experiencing housing instability. Since obtaining her bachelors degree in American Studies and Peace Studies in May 2019, Rose is excited to directly use that experience to assist HomePlate supporting young people experiencing homelessness. In her spare time, Rose loves to hike, bake, and spend quality time with her housemates.