Family of Friends Mentoring 2018 Annual Report

Morris, age 11, with mentor Richard.

On their first day of mentor training, we ask volunteers to list qualities they admire in kids. Words like honesty, creativity, resiliency and fun inevitably pop up. As we celebrate a successful second year in Gresham, we let ourselves be guided by these qualities our youth bring to the table. Their earnest desire to learn and grow reminds us of our responsibility and privilege to make their needs and voices a priority. We invite you to join us in this mission. Bring your talents, resources and generous heart to the table, and together we will build a brighter future for our kids and community!

-Michelle Kosta, Executive Director, pictured with Allison Yoder, Program Manager (left), and Monica Segura Bilingual Match Coordinator (right)

Jerry Hinton, mentor to Bienvenue, says, “My mentee, and especially his mother, have been a great inspiration to me. She has sacrificed so much, all for the hope that her family may have a better life in the future.”
LaMika, age 10, with mentor Alanna.
Mentor Alanna says, “LaMika seems more confident and more adventurous than when we first met. Her worldview is growing, and it makes me so happy!”
Mentee John with Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis.
“I support this program because it works. My own son did his best when he had a mentor in his life, and I love knowing that there is a program right here in Gresham creating those relationships for kids who need it.” –Kathleen Ris, donor

Tremendous thanks to all our donors and supporters!


City of Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon Department of Education


B.P. Lester & Regina John Foundation, Chino Cienega Foundation, The Collins Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund


Courtnie & Kenny Arnell, The CarMax Foundation, Columbia Bank, Debra & Jim Dunn, Elite Health Care, LLC, John Kosta, Portland Community College, Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care, Kathleen & David Ris, Schneider National, Ken & Marta Thrasher, Trail Blazers Foundation

$251 – $1,000

Pam & Randy Arvidson, Tom Base, Debbie Benson, Jadine Cabrera, Lisa & John Elwood, Gresham Rotary Club, Janice Hennessey, Jerry & Lyndsey Houser, Matt & Stephanie Huiskamp, Jeff Hunter, Catherine Kosta, Michelle Kosta, David Ligatich, Alison Lord, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Robin Franzen Parker, Chris Pokorny, Ponzi Vineyards, Ashlee Rudolph & Scott Nowicki, Cloy & Sandra Swartzendruber, Suzanne Tiddy, Trillium Family Services, Marguerite Truttman, Jolene Weber - Allstate Insurance Agent, Lisa Webinger, Wendy Weissman, Daniel Williams & Richard Maxwell

$100 – $250

Cathleen Anderson, Anonymous, Shelly Arnold, Bank of the West, Tammy Brown, Eric Chambers, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Clackamas County Bank, Dave Dyk, Karylinn Echols, Janice Elven, Annette Mary Gilliford, Janine Gladfelter, Gresham Fire Department, Jac Hanson, Shannon Hart & Brad Simmons, Graham Houser, William & Becky Huntting, Tonya James, Karen Johannes & Bob Baughman, Stefanie & Todd Krupp, Diana Kulok, Ethan Kurtz, Dixie London, Mark Matheson, Michele McCormick, Renee McKechnie, Julia Morgan, Alicia Morris, Sarah Nance, David Ochroch, Jeannie & Tom Peterson, Janet Roos, Maxyne Roy, Brad Russell, Kelly Schlegel, Sarah Shaw Dixon, Susan Smith, Roz Sullivan, Nali Thanasouk, Becky Watkins, Karen Whittemore, Gary & Lisa Yoder

Under $100

Samantha Amato, Amazon Smile, Anonymous, Hugh Barber, Brian Beinlich, Natasha Berry, Rebecca Bishop, Sue Blanchard, Landmark Tax & Investment, Jacob & Alicia Cassidy, Wendy Church, Elizabeth Coffey, Maryalice Coleman, Chris Crowder, Nuan Crowder, Randi Currey, Hunter & Danielle Currey, Matthew Darcy, Mark DiMaggio, Leslee & Charles Dirk, Elizabeth Dove, Kate Eakman, Bill Eggert, Susan Fan, Steve Fancher, Kristina Forzley, Rachael Fuller, Richard Gomes, Michael Gonzales, Gresham Animal Hospital, Erik Grotzke, Megan Hatch, Rob Hendrickson, Ana Herrera, John Hill, Harold Jones, Martin Jones, Kathleen Kloenne, Sasha Konell, Geoff LaCoste, Scott Lewis, Alex Logue, Alex Lopez, Jill Mallery, Shannon Martin, Brandon McCullough, Nikol Moen, Brian Monberg, Matthew Morgan, Joshua Morgan, Leslie Newberry, Lauren Nichols, Sara Ott, Sharon Otte, Nichole Peterson, Carson Phillips, Alex Porcelli, Cati Porter, Tracy Puhl & Carlos Rodriguez, Kim Pulido, Pamela Quinlan, Gary Rawson, Jane Read, Seth Reeser, Whitney Rolfe, Dan Rufener, Shirley Rufener, Joy Rufener, Ricki Ruiz, Douglas Ruth, Grego & Kate Sanguinetti, Maicol Santos, Nicole Schiffer, Jeremy Simer, Daniel Soltesz, Eric Switzer, Tom Temple, Michael Turner, Joe Walsh, Trace Ward, Kathleen & Craig Whitley, David Wilder, Marion Williams, Deborah Williams-Prescod, Barbara Wold, Kevin Wooldridge, Allison Yoder, Laura Zeigen

Board of Directors

Sarah Nance – President, Joe Walsh – Vice President, Alicia Morris – Treasurer, Renee McKechnie – Secretary, Marguerite Truttman, Nali Thanasouk, La Shawn Chaney, Jadine Cabrera, Sarah Shaw Dixon, Michael Gonzales

Finances and donor list reflect fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. We value listing our donors correctly. If you find a mistake or omission, we want to know! Email mkosta@family-of-friends.org

2018 Annual Report


City of Gresham

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