Kristen Engfors-Boess

Program Director • 503.973.0241

Kristen hails 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.

Kelli Schlegelmilch

Program Manager • 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.

Andrea Van Hagen

Sr. Program Coordinator • 503.973.0274

Andrea grew up in Carbondale, Colorado, but has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since coming here to attend college at Willamette University. Prior to CommuniCare, she spent 14 years as a middle and high school English teacher and thinks reading, writing, and teenagers are an excellent combination. Andrea enjoys gardening, camping, running, spending time with her family, and playing the ukulele in her spare time.

Erik Furst

Program Coordinator • 503.973.0242

Erik is originally from Columbus, Ohio but has lived in Portland for 3 years. Prior to joining CommuniCare, he worked at a youth center in Columbus, Ohio, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, and mentored Slavic youth in Portland. In his free time, Erik enjoys playing soccer, exploring nature, improving his Ukrainian language skills, and training Jiu-Jitsu.