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 with her BA in Technical Journalism, Maura taught preschool and then backpacked through Europe after a short study program at Trinity College in Dublin. Upon returning, Maura jumped into a long and rewarding career in nonprofits, working with Portland State University, University of Portland, and the Oregon Health Authority, among others. Maura holds a Master’s degree in Human Service from the University of Portland, and she has raised over $11 million for her favorite causes. She developed a national training program for nonprofit administrators and fosters connections between public officials, businesses, and community programs. Maura says she 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”. She has served as the Executive Director of MCEC since February 2014.
Program Director: Jess Rengo
Prior to Mother and Child, Jess spent five years on local Boards, in property management, teaching preschool, nannying, and traveling through Europe and Japan. Jess attended Marylhurst University, where she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Art Therapy, Business, and Community while completing an internship at MCEC. After graduation, Jess joined the MCEC staff in a lead role. She teaches Childbirth, Newborn Care, and Safe Sleep classes at Mother and Child. Jess is the mother to three amazing kids, is a Board member of a local co-op, and is passionate about photography. She builds community through art, listening, connecting with people with a compassionate approach, and by holding space for those expecting or caring for children. Jess has served as the Program Director at MCEC since January 2014.
Program Assistant: Lily Epstein
After graduating from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, Lily attended Oregon State University where she graduated with a BS in Public Health Management and Policy and a minor in French. Lily is passionate about maternal health and reducing racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality rates. Lily completed an internship at MCEC and plans to do maternal health work in French-speaking Africa with the Peace Corps before pursuing her Master’s in Public Health. She has been with MCEC since June 2020.
Interns and Volunteers
Mother and Child Education Center is a majority volunteer-run organization. Without the help of individuals and groups, MCEC could not serve the thousands of families that it does each year. If you are interested in volunteering, view our Volunteer Page for details.
If you are interested in interning for college credit, email an Intern Application with your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Skills learned from internships at MCEC may include: quiet conversation, trauma awareness, empathy, follow-up calls, connecting parents to supplies and local resources, working with at-risk populations, and understanding other cultures. Training provided.