Ana Maria Dudley Honored as Minalee Saks Champion of Children 2022

Ana Maria Dudley first came to the Family Resource Center in Cottage Grove in 1993. Since then, she has met countless families, enriching their lives with her warmth, grace, and spirit. 

Ana Maria Dudley, left.

She has helped families navigate complex medical systems, find local resources such as WIC, food banks, housing, as well as shared her knowledge of child development with parents. For these reasons—and so many others—Ana Maria is our 2022 Minalee Saks’ Champion of Children. She will be honored at Parenting Now’s A Night of Hope Auction & Gala on March 4, 2022.

“Ana Maria is at the center of so many efforts to protect and support children and families in Lane County,” says Lynne Grilley, Executive Director at Parenting Now. “She is deeply respected and sought out by organizations that work with families, as well as the families themselves. She’s a connector, a supporter, an advocate, and a friend—a champion indeed! I am so very thrilled to celebrate Ana Maria’s work.” 

Ana Maria currently works in a variety of positions. She is a Community Health Worker for PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center and the Program Coordinator for the Family Resource Center for South Lane School District, called Peggy’s Primary Connection. She also facilitates parenting groups for families in Cottage Grove, including Parenting Now’s Make Parenting A Pleasure and Crecer for Spanish-speaking families. 

“It is a true gift,” Ana Maria says about working with families. “We are supporting their most important job, which is being a parent.”

Ana Maria Dudley will be honored at Parenting Now’s A Night of Hope Auction & Gala on March 4. To purchase tickets to attend in-person or virtual, visit To make a gift in lieu of attending or to honor our Champion of Children, Ana Maria Dudley, click here

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