HomePlate Staff


Bridget Calfee, Executive Director
bridget@homeplateyouth.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.

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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.


Volunteer Coordinator - We're currently hiring for this position. Thanks for your patience!

Dinner Volunteers: Lydia Wilson, Day Space Coordinator
(971) 284-8988 or dinners@homeplateyouth.org

Day Space & Activities Volunteers: Lydia Wilson, Day Space Coordinator
(971) 284-8988 or activities@homeplateyouth.org

Employment Volunteers: Peter Kass, Employment Coordinator, 971-400-0551 or peter@homeplateyouth.org

Outreach Volunteers: Emiko Smukler, Outreach Specialist, jvoutreach@homeplateyouth.org


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!


Yoli Jones, Outreach Worker (Bi-Lingual)
yoli@homeplateyouth.org, (503) 867-4954
Yoli Jones is HomePlate's newest bi-lingual Outreach Worker. In December 2016, Yoli returned to the US from Managua, Nicaragua, where they were a Jesuit Volunteer. After spending three years working with youth as a JV from California to Central America, they are excited to continue working with the youth of HomePlate in their home state of Oregon. With a BA in English and Spanish, Yoli is a lover of a good story and loves to read and write in their spare time. Yoli enjoys snuggling their two basset hounds, dancing bachata, playing ukulele, exploring Portlandia and jokes that go on way too long.


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
jvoutreach@homeplateyouth.org, (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
activities@homeplateyouth.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.