Staff Members

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

503.249.5801 (English)

503.913.9360 (Español)- texto repuesta más rápida o llame al

The Staff of Mother & Child

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Executive Director: Maura White

Maura started her passion for community advocacy at the age of 8 when she held her first fundraiser, a Rusty Nails Carnival for kids. After graduating from Oregon State University, Maura taught pre-school and then backpacked through Europe after a short study program at Trinity College in Dublin. Back home, Maura jumped into a rewarding non-profit career with Portland State University’s housing organization Portland Student Services, University of Portland’s Alumni Association, Portland & Molalla PAL, consulted with the Oregon Health Authority Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and then helped create the Clackamas Dogs Foundation before joining Mother & Child Education Center. Maura holds a BA in Technical Journalism, and received her Master’s degree in Human Services from University of Portland. Throughout her career, Maura has raised more than $10 million for her favorite causes, developed a national training program for non-profit administrators, and fostered positive connections between public officials, businesses and community programs. People say Maura has a knack for matching people with causes, careers, and capers, and she can still sing all the songs from Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be You and Me.



Jess Rengo

Program Director/Client Care: Jess Rengo

Jess builds community through art, listening, connecting with people with a compassionate approach, and holding space for those expecting or caring for children. Jess started as a college intern with Mother & Child. After graduating from Marylhurst University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Art therapy, Business & Community, Jess joined the staff in a lead role. Jess highly values education and respect, and incorporates this into her daily life. She expects to complete a Childbirth Education certification program in December 2018. Jess keeps busy as the mother of three school-age children, as a Board Member for a local co-op, and with her photography hobby. Prior experience includes five years on local Boards, property management, teaching preschool, being a nanny and traveling through Europe and Japan.


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Bookkeeper & Latino Outreach: Michele Smith

Michele started with Mother & Child as a client before being hired to assist with bookkeeping. Today, Michele is the bookkeeper, answers the Spanish line, shares resources and regularly shares about the mission of MCEC in the community. Michele also works as the Bilingual Community Information Specialist and Health Programs Coordinator for 211 and is part of the Green Team. Michele received her Associates Degree from Mt. Hood Community College in Science & General Studies and the proud mother of a 1st grader. Michele enjoys gardening, exercising, participating in library activities with her son, and helping provide translation for documents wherever she goes. 


Lynne Nanson 2016 Portland Marathon

Counselor: Lynne Nanson





Counselor: Natalie Buller


Natalie is from Portland, Oregon and recently finished classes for a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She previously worked as a counselor at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. She grew up in a Spanish immersion program, studied abroad in college, and taught English in Taiwan. Learning about other cultures and languages is among Natalie’s favorite interests which also include movies, astrology, and spending time with her niece and dog Baxter. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-381-6201.



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Program Assistant: Robin Rasmussen

Robin started with Mother & Child as a client, and joined the team in February 2019 as part of the Jobs Plus program. Robin assists with processing in-kind donations, maintaining a clean and safe Center, and landscaping.

Question Mark in 3D BoxInterns and Volunteers:

Mother & Child is a majority volunteer-run organization. Without the help of individuals and groups Mother & Child could not serve the number of families it does each year.  Could this face be yours?!  Perhaps it could! View our Volunteer Page for Details.

If for College Credit, e-mail an Intern Application with cover letter or resume, and Apply to Complete Your Internship with Us! Speak a second language? Bonus! Skills may include: quiet conversation, trauma awareness, empathy, follow-up calls, connecting parents to supplies and local resources, working with at-risk populations, understanding other cultures. Training provided. Graphic/Web/Photo/Video projects also available!