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. 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, international travel adventures, 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.

Sami Pottenger

Program Coordinator • 503.973.0246

Sami hails originally from northeastern and central Oregon and has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining CommuniCare, she taught Middle School Language Arts and had the best of times exploring literature and writing with her students. Her favorite things to do include playing tabletop and video games, reading and writing novels and poetry, and getting outside with friends.

Cecily Lemon

Program Coordinator • 503.973.0242

Cecily is originally from the Chicago area and went to college in Minnesota. She moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a career in education and became a
Middle School math teacher. When not working, Cecily loves to do all things outdoors: camping, skiing, climbing – but equally loves to snuggle up on the couch
with her cat and read.