The staff at Douglas C.A.R.E.S. is a team of professionals with unique backgrounds, advanced training and many years of experience that come together to serve kids and families in crisis in Douglas County. Each has a story, a reason why they are passionate about their work here in our community.
The staff at Douglas C.A.R.E.S. brings more than 100 years of combined
experience in forensic interviewing and therapeutic skills.
“Our current staff is made up of some of the most caring and professional people I have ever worked with. They work in a team setting which is very important in our mission and our goals for the agency and the families of Douglas County.” - Douglas C.A.R.E.S. Executive Director Mike Nores
Board of Directors
Tom Pitcairn – Retired Educator
Steve Oleson – CPA-CMA / Wicks Emmett LLP CPAs
Doug Ladd – Security Manager / Seven Feathers Casino Resort
Anita Cox – Banking Executive / Oregon Pacific Bank
Ron Breyne – Director / Phoenix School
Richard Wesenberg – Douglas County District Attorney
Pam McLain – Registered Nurse / McKenzie Willamette Hospital
Mike Nores, Executive Director
32 years management with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office including Douglas County Community Corrections Director
“I think we have a responsibility to these children and families. Children don’t pick their parents and they don’t always have a voice. And we need to be that voice for them.
Douglas County is currently experiencing generational, financial and drug and alcohol abuse, and we are seeing children that are missing the mental health attention they need and that is carrying over into adulthood.
Douglas C.A.R.E.S. not only treats the children that have been traumatized, but also the non-offending parent who comes in with the child, for obvious reasons. A large percentage of those parents are survivors in their own right.
We recognize the need not only for individual therapy but family therapy.
Since I came to C.A.R.E.S. in October of 2014, we have measured success with families in a variety of ways. Not only with established assessment scoring data that gauges progress and improvement, but through the behavioral changes we see in these children. They begin opening up and being much happier as we work to resolve behavioral and trauma based issues. They can regain their childhood. The small improvements you see in these children are an awesome beginning. It becomes even more rewarding as those improvements come over time – but always at the pace of the child.
Families have the ability to get unlimited mental health services at Douglas C.A.R.E.S. We provide those therapeutic services at no charge to the family until the child and his or her family is ready to go.
We cannot control the reasons or the situations that bring families to C.A.R.E.S., but we have the opportunity to affect their lives in a positive way and that is our mission and goal.
Shawn Hopfer, Child and Family Advocate
Shawn Hopfer is a Child and Family Advocate and joined the Douglas CARES Family in 2018. She is a longtime resident of Douglas County and brings a familiar face to the new Douglas CARES office in Canyonville.
Shawn is proud to be a member of the CARES Family and looks forward to her part in bringing this much needed service to the children and families of south Douglas County.
If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” ~ Alfie Kohn
Daniela Smith, MSW, MPH, Child and Family Advocate
A.A., Liberal Arts, Los Angeles Harbor College; B.A., Latin American Studies, Brigham Young University; M.S.W., M.P.H., University of Southern California
“Children are the future. I want to reshape the future by helping children.”
I’ve lived all over the world but now call Oregon my home. I feel very fortunate to be working here at C.A.R.E.S. Here children are first. As an advocate I have the privilege to work with children and their families throughout their entire process of healing.
In Los Angeles I worked in diversion programs, specifically youth recidivism programs as a case worker, along with program development work in a police department there. I also have experience working in food deserts, helping communities increase their access to healthy food. I find joy and fulfillment in helping children and communities thrive, especially seeing those I serve realize their dreams and potential.
Becky Rabern, Executive Assistant / Financials
My background consists of several years in the fields of administration, human resources, and financial services.
Working at Douglas CARES has opened my eyes to the high level of childhood trauma and abuse that occurs in Douglas County. I support what Douglas CARES and our community partners do for the children in our county and feel honored to be a part of the team, making sure kids are safe and happy!
Lexi Kennedy, Child and Family Advocate
B.S., University of Oregon
Lexi Kennedy is a Child and Family Advocate in Roseburg. Lexi graduated in March 2019 from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science. While attending school, she worked at the District Attorney’s Office as a Victim Advocate. She is passionate about social justice for children and working towards a more inclusive environment.
Lexi is honored to work for CARES and to create a space where children and their families feel safe and heard.
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead
Staci Bryan, QMHA
I started my social work journey in 2000 at the Benedictine Sisters Catholic hospital in Marion County. I began with admissions, authorizations and assessments. Quickly I realized I NEEDED to Help more, Advocate more, Listen more and DO MORE. This little spark turned into a flame that grew larger than I ever imagined it would. Helping those in the midst of crisis, whether it is a mental health relapse or child that needs a safe place to land. This is my calling. Since relocating my family to Douglas County in 2006, I have worked in the school district assisting children with 504 and IEP plans, moving then to preschool teaching for low income and high risk families, providing behavior supports. Working in County non-profits as case manager to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, moved to eligibility specialist which led to a new found love of learning how the body and brain reacts to different traumas.
This brought me to crisis services for our county mental health agency. I created and implemented the county’s first crisis case management position which assists individuals in the community with barrier removal, connecting them to supports and services made to assist them in their mental health recovery, providing assistance in navigating through difficult processes to gain independence and stability. Meeting individuals where they are at in their journey sparked another love of advocacy. I dove into the world of advocacy for our communities children. I came to Douglas CARES with my heart and mind open, dedicated to the greater good of our future, our children, our families that are caring for these children. I currently provide mental health and CANS assessments as well as other supports. CARES is truly a wonderful place to work and I am proud to be a part of the CARES family.
Rhonda Foster, Medical Billing Specialist
I joined Douglas CARES in 2014 as a Medical Billing Specialist. It did not take me much time to realize what a special place Douglas CARES is for our community. Working for Douglas CARES has made me realize being a parent is one of the most important things in my life.
I came to realize that when I was a child in the seventies I experienced childhood trauma and was eventually adopted by my grandparents. I was very fortunate to have caring, loving grandparents to open up their home and take my brother and I in. The only issue back then is they did not have places like Douglas CARES to help my brother and I through our trauma and new life transition into a new home. Knowing how much it could have benefited my brother and I, makes me understand what a valuable place Douglas CARES is for our children and communities. I am so thankful to get to be a part of such an amazing group of caring people.
Wendy Zyzniewski, FNP-C, Designated Medical Provider
B.S. in Nursing, Oregon Health Sciences University 1994
Masters in Nursing, Graceland University 2007
I first learned about CARES many years ago when I was a public health nurse in the community, working with pregnant and parenting moms. As the years have gone on, I have continued to know about CARES and their importance in this community. Now, as a Family Nurse Practitioner, I have had the opportunity to receive specialized training in child abuse and am one of the Designated Medical Providers for Cares. I have been working directly with CARES since September 2015. I also work part time with Dr. Jaci Groshong at KidsDocs, where I get to provide primary care for children.
Jeanie Curphey, Therapist
BS in Education from James Madison University in Virginia and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from
Lamar University in Texas
Jeanie started her career as a teacher in at risk rural county schools in Virginia. She eventually became a teacher for Outward Bound, a wilderness therapy alternative school for adjudicated males age 14 to 17 yo. It was this experience that inspired her to pursue a career in wilderness therapy, eventually earning her Master's in Clinical Mental Health counseling.
Her background and clinical experience includes working in wilderness therapy and residential programs in Utah and North Carolina with at risk youth. She has worked with diverse populations utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions and creative methods to meet the needs of those with whom she worked. Through use of her gifts, knowledge, and experience, Jeanie seeks to empower and motivate youth to overcome issues, explore and implement healthy choices, and ultimately, to live their best lives.
Jeanie Curphey, Therapist
Hilaire Schenk, LMFTI, QMHP
Child & Family Therapist
B.A., Communication, Rhetoric and Public Relations, California State University, Long Beach 2010
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University 2014
Hilaire Joined Douglas CARES in 2020 as a Child and Family Therapist. Before working at CARES Hilaire worked for the county mental health agency. She spent 4 years working in Klamath and Douglas County community mental health as a child therapist. She has also spent one year on the crisis team for the county. Hilaire is a client-centered therapist that focuses on using EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Hilaire works in the Roseburg and Canyonville offices.
"Your trauma is valid. Even if other people have experienced “worse”. Even if someone else who went through the same experience doesn’t feel debilitated by it. Even if it “could have been avoided”. Even if it happened a long time ago. Even if no one knows. Your trauma is real and valid, and you deserve a space to talk about it. It isn’t desperate or pathetic or attention-seeking. It’s self-care. It’s inconceivably brave. And regardless of the magnitude of your struggle, you’re allowed to take care of yourself by processing and unloading some of the pain you carry. Your pain matters. Your experience matters. And your healing matters. Nothing and no one can take that away."
— Daniell Koepke
Kelsey LeRoy Gomez, Skills Trainer
Kelsey joined Douglas CARES in 2020 as a Skills Trainer. Before working at CARES, Kelsey worked for Douglas County Mental Health, CHA , and Compass for a total of 9 years. Kelsey has an extensive background in dealing with mental health disorders and trauma. She is very passionate about her work in mental health.
'Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have."
BSN, Oregon Health & Science University 2008
MSN, Capella University 2018
Angela Powell is a Child Forensic Interviewer who joined CARES in 2020. Angela has a heart for serving others starting as a teen when she volunteered as a firefighter cadet in Douglas County. She then pursued nursing school and has been working as a nurse within the community since 2005. Her experience working with children include primary caregiver for children with autism and national certification in pediatric emergency nursing.
Providing forensic interviews allows children to be heard, to share their experiences and feelings. Working as a pediatric emergency nurse for over ten years has taught me to be the calm amidst their storm. All it takes to break the cycle of poverty and/or abuse is one adult who takes the time to listen and lets a child know that they matter, their life and their choices matter.
“We are not the product of our circumstances but rather our own exertion.”
Leslie Bennett, Skills Trainer
B.A. Social & Behavioral Studies, George Fox University, Newberg, OR- 2006
Previously experience with Compass Behavioral Health; Telecare Corporation Rehab therapist; Home Health/Hospice Caregiver
The better part of my working career has been in the social services field. I have had the privilege of working with individuals spanning all stages of life, in various capacities. I am of firm belief that helping others is the essence of being a good human being.
“If you can be anything, be kind.” - Unknown