Meet Our Staff

Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA
Director of Oregon Programs
Program Manager, Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE), Portland
Since 2010

Kendra oversees the general functioning of two programs based in Oregon, including the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE). She joined Northwest Resource Associates in July 2010. Honored as Senator Wyden's 2016 "Angel in Adoption," she has spent over 20 years in foster care adoption, including work with Boys & Girls Aid, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Voice for Adoption. As a prior editor, writer and adoption recruiter, she has captured the stories of hundreds of foster & adoptive children and families, and it has fueled her enthusiasm for this cause. In previous clinical work at Oregon Health Sciences University, Kendra counseled children and families, led groups for adolescent depression, and contributed to research projects. Kendra obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Kendra cherishes family time with her husband, sons and rambunctious white shepherd, and runs, gardens and bakes in her spare moments.

Azizi Evans, BS
Program Support Coordinator
Since 2011

Azizi joined Northwest Resource Associates in 2011 and is now an integral part of multiple NWRA programs. Azizi's many contributions include maintaining the lending library, training preparations, website updates, reporting, resource collection, and myriad welcoming tasks. She also supports facets of the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE), Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) and AdoptUSKids programs. Honored as a 2014 Leadership Fellow with the African American Leadership Forum, Azizi worked on strengthening her cultural community involvement. Azizi completed her Bachelor's in History at Portland State University in 2015 and is actively pursuing her Master in Social Work.

A relative caregiver, Azizi enjoys free time with her children exploring local entertainment and volunteering in her community in an effort to give back.

Rachel Stein, BS
Program Support Coordinator
Since 2015

Rachel joined Northwest Resource Associates in 2015, deepening her interest working in child welfare. Having been adopted herself, Rachel has always been passionate about working with children. She has also traveled abroad a number of times, completing two terms of study abroad along with several community service trips working with underprivileged children. Rachel completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Lewis and Clark College in 2016 and plans to go to graduate school.

Rachel enjoys free time practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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