Meet Our Team
Becoming involved with Camp To Belong as a teenager sparked Elizabeth’s passion for serving disadvantaged youth. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon in 2015, she moved to the east coast to work for Sibling Connections, an organization serving separated siblings in Massachusetts. In late 2017, she made her way back to Oregon to become the Executive Director for Kindred Matters and increase the organization’s program capacity. When she isn’t working, you can usually find Elizabeth playing with her dog, trying new foods or traveling with her husband.
Amanda joined the Camp To Belong Oregon family in 2010, and has been involved ever since. After finishing her undergraduate degree in Arizona in 2013, she returned to Oregon and joined the camp leadership team. Amanda is passionate about positive youth development, trauma informed practices, and sibling reunification. Since completing her graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Oregon, she has worked as the Program Manager for a non-profit serving youth experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in Lane County. When not working or planning for the next camp session, Amanda can usually be found playing a game of cribbage, or out on a trail hiking with her dog.
A Tulane University graduate, Sarah Allen is a major shareholder at Allen Trust Company and responsible for HR at the company. Sarah has long been interested in serving Oregon’s youth in care, and has served as a Camp To Belong volunteer for several years before becoming President of the Kindred Matters Board in 2018. She is also a Board Member and Committee Chair of Project Lemonade. If she isn’t in Portland you can most likely find her south of the border (Mexico not California) soaking up the sun and culture.
Charley Schimmels became involved with Camp To Belong Northwest in 2006 as volunteer co-director and head counselor (Big Daddy), and hopes to continue serving youth and families who are affected by the foster care system. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Kindred Matters in addition to his duties with the Camp To Belong program. Originally a native of Washington State (born in Seattle and grew up in Yakima), he has lived in the Portland metro area since 1988. Charley has been married to his best friend and partner Karyn since 1988 and they share four children. When Charley is not volunteering for Kindred Matters he makes his living selling truck equipment for Carco Industries, Inc. based in Tualatin, Oregon.
Kris Goodno spent much of her life in the Yakima Valley. A graduate and collegiate swimmer at Central Washington University, she spent three years in public accounting. Along with her brother, Kris started a heating and air conditioning company in 2000. After 18 years, she sold her interest and moved to Beaverton, Oregon. Kris has been a supporter of Camp To Belong for many years and joins the Kindred Matters board as Treasurer.
Ian Bishop is an Oregon native who made his way back after spending time in boarding school in Canada and graduating from the University of Washington. Upon his return, he spent 15 years growing an independent medical examination company, Impartial, before the business was sold to ExamWorks in 2016. He new serves as Regional Vice President for ExamWorks. Ian has always been interested in serving his community, and has been a supporter of Camp To Belong for several years alongside his family prior to joining the Kindred Matters Board.
Diane is a real estate broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Lincoln City. Previously, she served as the Community Relations Manager and Public Information Officer with the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland. She was also a board member with the Lincoln County Citizen Review Board for nine years and on the state advisory council. She enjoys photography and her participation with Toastmasters and Kiwanis Clubs in Lincoln City. She joins the Kindred Matters Board after years of support for Camp To Belong.
Sara Fassett moved to Oregon in 1994 and quickly found herself drawn to public service programs, including drug treatment, gang violence, domestic violence, and child welfare. She has spent the last 20 years dedicated to improving outcomes for children within the welfare system. She donates her spare time to charitable projects such as Abby’s Closet, Project Lemonade, Start Making a Reader Today, and a number of LGBTQ causes. Her involvement with Camp to Belong is a reflection of her ongoing commitment to helping the youth of Oregon.