Our Staff

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. Former Executive Director Mike Nores


Be a part of a team that assists and cares for children and families of Douglas County.


Sarah Wickersham, Executive Director

Sarah Wickersham, Executive Director, holds a BS in Health administration and a MS in Developmental Psychology. She has 15 years of experience in service to children and families experiencing poverty, mental health and behavioral challenges, substance use disorders, trauma, and child welfare involvement. She worked as a Skills Trainer, guiding youth and their parents through understanding their mental health challenges, learning to accept them and work together to build resilient systems which helped the whole family to be healthier and support each other.  

She has also done extensive Parent Training, including Raising Highly Resilient Kids, Collaborative Problem Solving, Developmental Milestones and Nutrition Education. She believes trainings are best completed by bringing the training full circle to include supervised practice with the children in a fun and engaging environment.  

Sarah has 10 years’ experience in program management and systems development first as the Health Manager at UCAN Head Start, overseeing one third of the organization's operations, including producing 1000 meals per day to feed the children, staff and parents who attended during the day, overseeing all health and mental health-related screenings, treatment provision, and referrals to providers, providing and facilitating training for staff and families, and overseeing safety and emergency operations.  

As the Treatment Services Manager at Douglas County Juvenile Department’s Residential Treatment Programs, she was responsible for designing and implementing trauma informed treatment programming for the most behaviorally challenging youth in Oregon, most of whom were in the custody of Child Welfare. She is certified in Collaborative Problem solving and engages in extensive staff training, coaching and support along with providing training and support to other treatment programs working to implement trauma informed care.  

Strengthening children and families and building resilience while honoring the unique strengths of each family are at the heart of Sarah’s personal mission to her community.   


Shawn, 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, MSW, MPH, Forensic Interviewer

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, 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!


Rhonda, 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.

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Wendy, 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, Therapist

BS in Education, James Madison University, Virginia and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lamar University, 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.  


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Kelsey, QMHA, 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."

-Margaret Mead

Cheryl, Program Coordinator

Cheryl was hired as the Program Coordinator in January 2021.  She has 25-years of experience working for non-profits in Roseburg such as United Way’s financial director, Neighbor to Neighbor’s executive director and CASA of Douglas County’s funding administrator.  She is very grateful to be part of the solution in helping children heal after facing traumatic experiences.


“Let us put our minds together and see what we can make for our children”. 


-Sitting Bull

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Jake, Forensic Interviewer

I was hired in 2020 as a Forensic Interviewer. I have been serving in law enforcement since 2000, when I got my start with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. I now work with the Sutherlin Police Department, since 2008.  I currently am the department's sole School Resource Officer and operate within the Sutherlin and Oakland school districts. I greatly enjoy my position as the SRO, interacting with students, sharing my experiences, and helping guide them through their school years. Now I have the added bonus of working at Douglas C.A.R.E.S and joining such an incredible team that wants to help children and their families. 

Clinical Social Worker

After growing up in Douglas County, I worked to gain experience with children and adolescents engaged in multiple levels of care throughout the state of Oregon. I finally returned to Douglas County in 2014 where I began work at Douglas County Mental Health. Since that time, I have continued working throughout my community to create a safer space in which children and families can thrive. I specialize in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and children and adolescents who have experienced foster or adoptive care. I have sought out extensive training regarding lasting impacts of trauma and resiliency factors which shape the healing process. Play therapy is also an approach frequently used within my therapy room.


Being a social worker is my dream job! I deeply enjoy working with our children as they give me hope for the future every day. I am honored to be part of a child and family’s team as they move through the long journey of healing. 


Amanda, Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant here at Douglas C.A.R.E.S, I bring to the table an extensive background in customer service and administrative support. An ardent supporter of human and animal rights, I stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves and provide a voice for the unheard. I knew I needed to be a part of this program the moment I became aware of it. I am amazed every day by the compassionate people involved with Douglas C.A.R.E.S, and the outstanding services they provide to those who need it most.

“The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer

Board Members

Anita Cox, Board Chairman

Tom Pitcairn

Doug Ladd

Pam McClain

Ron Breyne

Rick Wesenberg

Jessica Lloyd-Rogers

Dave McGinnis

Juliana Marez