These wonderful individuals make up the Healthy Families team at Parenting Now.
Sandy is a Supervisor for the Healthy Families program. She has a passion to strengthen families through her role in supporting Family Support Specialists. When she’s not at work, she’s busy caring for family or creating handmade cards. Sandy has 2 children and 3 grandkids that bring her joy.
Hi, My name is Sophie Elizalde. I am a Family Support Specialist with Parenting Now. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and gardening with my kids and partner. I am passionate about building strong relationships and making a positive difference in the lives of families.
Deanna is a Family Support Specialist working for Healthy Families for more than 7 years. She enjoys working with both English and Spanish speaking families. She bonds with the family to support them in parenting their children. She loves watching the joy on parent's faces as they play with their children on Home Visits. Deanna enjoys sports with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, her dogs, and trips to the beach!
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Min Yi is a Family Support Specialist who has been with Healthy Families Lane County for over 5 years. "I support families toward their goals, provide child development education and age appropriate activities. I connect with the family and listen to their challenges and celebrate their victories."
I have been working in the human service field for the past 10 years. I have 3 children whom are all grown up and on their own. Prior to working with Healthy Families in 2022, I worked with individuals in the mental health field. I received an associate’s degree in Human Services from Lane Community College in 2014. I’m looking forward to meeting with new parents and support them in the first years of their baby life. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports and hanging out with friends and family.
Cindy enjoys supporting parents in the most valuable (and sometimes incredibly challenging) job they are doing - connecting and bonding with their kids and helping them to learn and grow. She loves helping parents see what strengths they—and their kids— have, and building on those strengths. Cindy also enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing in the snow!
Dixie is the Program Director for Healthy Families at Parenting Now. In her spare time, Dixie enjoys hiking, camping, musicals, reading, puzzles, crafting, playing card/board games, and relaxing in her hammock.
My name is Lysa Sangermano and I am a Family Support Specialist with the Healthy Families program. I have been with Healthy Families since 2001 and can still say to this day that I LOVE my job! I have been married since 1995 and I have 3 children. My oldest kids both attend the University of Oregon and are student athletes (basketball and volleyball) at Lane Community College. My youngest son is in 6th grade, so it has been fun getting to do all of the "little kid" stuff again. I live on 8 acres in Chesire, OR with our 4 dogs and 4 cats. I enjoy Zumba and dancing of all kinds. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to do a job that I love for this long!
Katie is a Family Support Specialist that has been with Healthy Families Lane County for 16 years. She enjoys learning from and supporting the families she works with and being able to share in the joys and challenges of parenting. Favorite among these experiences is being witness to the ever developing and changing relationship between parent and child, celebrating successes and "firsts", and seeing the world through a child's eyes and wonder. Katie adores her family and enjoys spending time at the coast, a cup of dark roast coffee, reading, being crafty, and listening to podcasts.
Lydia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bushnell University ( formally Northwest Christian University) in 2013. Since then she has been working with families to support them in recognizing their biggest strengths and utilizing those to build secure attachments, bonding and parenting with empathy. She loves to meet people exactly where they are at and walk alongside them in this journey of raising loved and healthy children. Parenthood is the most exhausting and beautiful experience and it’s important to have someone there to listen, brainstorm with and be a support, which is what she is passionate about doing! She enjoys watching families grow and thrive and she learns something from each and every family that she works with. In her free time, Lydia loves spending time with her teenage daughter, running, hiking and being in nature to recharge! She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, checking out the restaurants in town or having quiet nights in with some podcasts or Netflix.
Hello, my name is Lupe. I have been a Family Support Specialist for 5 years. I enjoy visiting families and watching them grow their bond with their child during our 3 years together. During my free time I like to go hiking, the beach, crabbing and explore new places with my family.
My Name is Paula Platz. I am a Family Support Specialist. I have prior experience working in a therapeutic classroom. I enjoy helping mothers and their families gain skills and knowledge so they can guide their children to be strong and confident human beings. I truly believe that we could make a difference in our community if we start by shaping our children with a positive approach.
I am trilingual in Spanish, English, and Korean. I consider myself friendly and talkative. I love to dance, sing, and meet with friends. Also, I like to spend time with my family, especially with my awesome granddaughter.
Haley is a family support specialist with Parenting Now. She attended Oregon State University and got her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She previously worked as a preschool teacher, which fostered her interest in becoming a home visitor. Teaching inspired her to go even further in impacting families lives in our community.
In her free time, she loves to read and relax at home with her husband, son, and their two cats. She is happy to grow and to be a part of Parenting Now!