Meet the Endorsement Staff:

Endorsement Director; Paige Light

paige@orimha.org, or 503-481-2218.

I’m both honored and excited to be a part of the Endorsement process as it develops in Oregon.  I’m one of those rare Oregonians, having been born and raised here.  I have two almost grown kids, two dogs and two cats.  So our house is full.  When we’re not working my husband and I enjoy hiking, sea kayaking, and exploring all around Oregon.

I’ve worked in a wide variety of setting helping children and their families, including out- patient substance abuse treatment and prevention, public schools at all three levels, community health education, and private practice.  My past twenty years have focused on infants/ toddlers and their families, starting with a position running Infant-Parent and Infant-Toddler groups.  I was a member of the first cohort of Portland State University’s Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program, helped found the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association, served on the Board of Directors, and taught in the Portland State Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program before becoming the Endorsement Director for the ORIMHA.

Paige is available to meet with groups and do presentations across our state.

Through our Rural Oregon Infant Mental Health Endorsement Initiative, the ORIMHA will be contracting with IMH Leaders across the state to support local communities with information about Endorsement, and assistance with the registration and portfolio process.  Watch here to meet our specialists as we add them to our support team.

 

Endorsement Coordinator and Douglas County; Alison Hinson

alison@orimha.org  or 541-530-5054

C:UsersahinsonDesktopORIMHABioPicHello, my name is Alison Hinson. I am so pleased to be your contact for Rural Endorsement for Douglas County. I live in Roseburg with my husband and three children. We love the small-knit community and beautiful outdoors. After going to college in Virginia for my undergraduate degree I moved back to my hometown of Roseburg and completed a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling. I have also completed the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate through Portland State last and simultaneously earned my Initial Administrator license for working within the school districts. I am employed with our local Community Mental Health provider and am the Behavior Services Coordinator for the Douglas ESD. Through this endorsement I hope to strengthen the existing partnerships in our community and create a much better system for families and infants and toddler mental health as a common practice.  I am very interested in supporting the growth of this endorsement and awareness of Infant and Toddler Mental Health so please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Statewide Bilingual- Spanish; Angelica Molina

Amolina5664@gmail.com, or 503-481-8140

Hola mi nombre es Angelica M Molina Alvarez naci en Guatemala en donde me  gradúe con el titulo de Maestra en Educación General. Emigre a los Estado Unidos cuando tenía 21 años después de ver crecer a mis hijos decidí regresar a estudiar y después de varios años  me gradué de la Universidad de Portland con un BA en Artes y Letras. Me da una emoción inmensa poder ser parte de este programa como especialista bilingüe. Como profesional es muy importante para mi hacer conciencia y proveer  información sobre la  importancia de salud mental en los bebes y niños pequeños. Junto a mi labor de especialista bilingüe, por los últimos 10 años  he trabajado como visitante al hogar para Early Head Start Programa Basado en el Hogar en el condado de Washington.

Hello, my name is Angelica M. Molina Alvarez.  I was born in Guatemala where I graduated with a General Education Teaching degree. I came to the United States when I was 21 years old. After I raised my children I decided to get back to school and a few years later I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Letters from Portland State University. I am excited to be part of this program as the bilingual specialist. As a professional it is important for me to raise awareness and provide information about the importance of mental health for babies and young children. Along with my bilingual specialist work for the Endorsement, I also work with the Early Head Start Home Based Program at Washington county.

 

Coos County; Hannah Stanfield

coos.endorsement@gmail.com, or 928-821-1201.

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Hello! My name is Hannah Stanfield and I was born and raised in Northern Arizona. After completing my undergraduate education in Iowa, I returned to Arizona and over the course of five years had the pleasure of working with an incredible behavioral health organization as a skills trainer and supervisor. During this time of professional growth, I slowly worked up my courage to pursue a personal dream of living in Oregon. I am proud to say that I have lived on the South Coast of Oregon in Coos Bay for five years now! While I am not a native Oregonian, this beautiful place has completely captured my heart and feels like home! Through my employment in the Early Head Start Home-Based Program at South Coast Head Start I have had the opportunity to work with and develop the professional network within Coos County that supports Infant/Toddler Mental Health. I have also been blessed with the opportunity over the last year to participate in the extraordinary Portland State University Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program and was overjoyed to hear of Infant Mental Health Endorsement® as it came to Oregon through the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association. I am honored to be able to support Coos County in pursuing the many benefits of Endorsement!

 

Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties; Tracey Colacicco

tracey.colacicco@gmail.com or 541-306-8771

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I am very excited to be bringing more awareness around Infant Toddler Mental Health and endorsement to Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties.  I am also excited to watch as Oregon becomes a leader in Infant Toddler Mental Health.  I have been living in Bend for the past 14 years and I am passionate about making a positive impact on my community.  I love Oregon for its commitment to mental health for all, including infants, toddlers, and their families. I also love Oregon for the great hiking, white water rafting, and skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

Hood River and Wasco Counties; Andrea Witherspoon

andreawitherspoon784@gmail.com, or 503-881-9110

I am very excited to be part of the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® process in Oregon! I grew up in Salem and now live in The Dalles in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. I am grateful to live in such an amazing area and I love to explore with my family and two dogs.

I have worked in Early Childhood for the last five years and spent time in Kenya as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Through my work, I have learned about the importance of positive relationships for young children. I feel honored to work alongside families and others who are passionate about infant mental health.

I look forward to supporting anyone interested in the endorsement process in Wasco and Hood River Counties. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

 

 

 

Jackson and Josephine Counties; Sue Hamilton

suehamilton@me.com, or 541-941-9726

Hello! My name is Sue Hamilton. In my work as an early childhood educator, I have been learning about young children and their families for the past 30 years. I see each family as a group of unique individuals with the capacity to to learn, grow, and make positive contributions to others.

I graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a degree in Human Development. My experience includes working as an infant/toddler teacher, education supervisor, and adjunct faculty at Southern Oregon University.

At home I spend most of my free time in my garden growing flowers and vegetables. I am the proud grandparent of three amazing grandchildren. I live in Jacksonville where I enjoy exploring the area and being a part of the community.

 

Lane and Lincoln Counties; Amy Wechter

awendorsement@gmail.com, or 541-270-8662

Hello, my name is Amy and I am a Maternal Child Health home visit nurse. I have lived in Newport on the Oregon Coast for the past 30 years where I have been involved in the fishing industry as well as working with children and families. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Nursing. I am currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health through Portland State University. I am passionate about supporting children and families to have the best start in life possible and believe that the key to having healthy communities begins with having healthy families. I believe strongly in the guiding principles of infant toddler mental health; that we are all the experts in our own lives and that by focusing on strengths, we build the skills needed to achieve our goals. I look forward to supporting Lincoln and Lane county providers with their personal and professional development needs toward achieving Infant Toddler Mental Health Endorsement.