Meet Our Staff

Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA
Director of Oregon Programs
Program Manager, Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE), Portland
Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 16
Since 2010

Kendra oversees the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE). She joined Northwest Resource Associates in July 2010 and sits on the Board of Directors for Washington D.C. based nonprofit, Voice for Adoption. Honored as Senator Wyden's 2016 Angel in Adoption, she has spent decades in foster care adoption, including work with Boys & Girls Aid, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Voice for Adoption. In 2017, she authored a chapter for international lifestory work expert, Richard Rose. 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 & Science University, Kendra counseled children and families, led groups for adolescent depression, and contributed to research projects. Kendra obtained her B.A. in English Literature at Gettysburg College, and M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College.

Kendra has a unique connection to adoption, cherishes family time with her husband, sons and rambunctious white shepherd, and runs, gardens and bakes in her spare moments.

Rachel Stein, BS
Program Support Coordinator
Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 13
Since 2015

ORPARC welcomed Rachel in 2015 initially as an intern, deepening her interest working in child welfare. As staff, Rachel now supports many aspects of ORPARC, ranging from design and social media to client support, in addition to work on the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE) program. Having been adopted herself, Rachel has always been passionate about working with children. She has also traveled overseas a number of times, completing two terms of study abroad along with several community service trips working with underprivileged children. Rachel completed her B.A. in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in 2016 and will begin graduate school at Lewis & Clark in the fall 2018.

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

Naomi Kolb-Untinen, BS
Program Assistant
Phone: 503-241-0799 extension 14
Since 2018

Naomi comes to OARE in 2018 with a background in social justice and LGBTQ advocacy. Having many friends and family members who have been adopted, including her older brother, Naomi looks forward to gaining experience in child welfare from the professional side of things. Naomi is especially passionate about transracial adoption and the issues that affect LGBTQ adoptees and adoptive parents. Naomi completed her undergraduate degree in social science from Portland State University, with a minor in planetary and space science just for fun.

In her free time Naomi enjoys baking vegan treats, spending time with her friends, playing board games, and watching way too much Full House.

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