Teens building a better community

Staff


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Kristen Engfors-Boess

Program Manager
kristen@schnitzercare.org • 503.973.0241

Kristen is originally from Tucson, Arizona. After eight years of classroom teaching and nonprofit program management in the Bronx, she relocated to Portland with her husband, Tom, to be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest. A twin love of visual arts and history informs her lifelong professional goal – to provide engaging experiences where young people can critically question and take action. In her free time, Kristen loves horror movies, thrift shopping, and making art.

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Kelli Schlegelmilch

Sr. Program Coordinator
kelli@schnitzercare.org • 503.973.0232

Kelli is originally from Wisconsin, but she has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2012. Prior to CommuniCare, she worked in nonprofits as a coordinator and facilitator of educational programs for refugee youth. She is passionate about creating opportunities for youth to lead and participate in their communities. In her free time, Kelli enjoys birdwatching, reading the latest in non-fiction, and exploring the local coffee scene.

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Berenice Vargas

Program Coordinator
berenice@schnitzercare.org • 503.450.0786

Berenice grew up in Silverton, Oregon and has worked in a wide range of nonprofit, public policy, and educational settings. Most importantly, her experience as a Latina migrant farmworker instilled a deep commitment to creating accessibility for underserved communities and a passion for helping young people become the best version of themselves. When she isn’t working toward creating positive change, Berenice enjoys self-expression through makeup and fashion and loves exploring the beautiful hikes around Oregon!