Staff Members

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

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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



Program Assistant: Liz Alvarez

Liz started with Mother & Child as a summer staff member while attending David Douglas High School, and has continued with us while attending Warner Pacific University. Liz assists with client care, Spanish-speaking clients, and outreach efforts.



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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!


Job Opening (New)

Job Title: Development and Communications Assistant Job Description (p/t)

Location: 1515 NE 41st, Portland, OR 97232

  • Employment Status: part-time, non-exempt (15-25 hours a week), flexibility in scheduling, but must be available for evening/weekend events. Pay rate: $13-16/hour.

Job Description:

  • 1. Development stewardship assistance to the Executive Director including donor acknowledgement process, creating and mailing thank you letters, tax receipts, updating all donor and volunteer-related databases, and filing in bookkeeping system.
  • 2. Managing all communication materials - forms, stationary, brochures, envelopes, paper packets, stickers, etc. including ensuring an adequate inventory of printed materials is always available.
  • 3. Managing bulk mail and general mail process including managing bulk mail account, processing development bulk mail (including going to the bulk mail center), and all nuts and bolts of it.
  • 4. Provide general reception including answering phones, managing water cooler/teas/cups/ snacks, greeting and processing walk-in donors, and receive and manage flower donations. Will also make reminder calls to clients for all classes and to volunteers for events.
  • 5. Support and follow Communication Plan including creating copy for e-newsletters (and sending them out), printing and mailing paper newsletters, and managing social presence: Instagram, web page, twitter, Facebook, and Eventbrite for client care days. This includes writing copy and updating web site.
  • 6. Support special event logistics including managing and implementing donation solicitation process, creating printed and visual support materials, doing follow up calls, managing supplies, and completing the process with appropriate thanking of donors and volunteers; provide on-site support for all special events.
  • 7. Coordinate volunteer projects & general volunteer recruitment via Eventbrite, Hands on Portland, and other volunteer recruitment programs; including appropriate volunteer training, recognition, retention and reward.
  • 8. Brand management – logo, typefaces, etc., ensuring materials stay up to date and relevant.
  • Manage organizational and meeting calendar.
  • 9. Other duties as assigned; willing to do whatever needs to be done even when it deviates from the core job duty list.

Base Qualifications:

Mother & Child Education Center is a small non-profit organization with 2.5 FTE staff and volunteers. We are looking for someone who is flexible and hard-working with excellent written and verbal communication skills, marketing knowledge, outstanding computer skills including all Microsoft products (Excel, Word, Access, Outlook & Power Point), familiarity with updating web and social media sites, customer service skills, and ability to work in a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic work space. The candidate must have the capacity to serve diverse people in a culturally sensitive and non-discriminatory manner. Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree (or more than four years office experience), successful completion of a communications or fundraising internship or work experience in development/communications in a community-based organization.

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter that, at the minimum, demonstrates your commitment to our mission and answers the following questions: 1) why are you interested in this position? 2) Why are community-based organizations important in human services and public health care? 3) What is something unique about yourself that you will bring to the team? Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put Development/Communications Assistant in the subject line. Application deadline is September 20, but application review begins September 13, 2019.