Teamwork really does make the dream work.
Appropriately supporting children and youth with complex disabilities requires having the right people involved. The following individuals play key roles in ensuring Circle of Friends continues to be a place of love, acceptance, growth, and opportunity.
Jenn Davis // Executive Director + Co-Founder
Jenn Davis is a gift to this community. You would be hard-pressed to find someone with as big of a heart for children with complex needs as Jenn Davis, which is why parents have wholeheartedly entrusted their children to her care and expertise over the last 20+ years.
Born and raised in Ventura County, Jenn received her undergrad from UC Irvine and then made her way to Eugene to receive her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Oregon.
With extensive experience working with youth (ages birth to ten) with a variety of disabilities, Jenn found her passion in teaching youth with unique mobility, communication, and cognitive challenges. She says: “In the last several years, I have discovered that teaching is not a career of choice, it’s a path that is set before individuals who never accept defeat, who see every possibility, and find the strengths in others.”
Jenn lives in Creswell with her husband and two daughters. When not advocating, teaching, and growing Circle of Friends, Jenn and her family love to get outside in the sunshine, build legos and puzzles together, and she enjoys painting and reading.
Jenn finds inspiration in Temple Grandin’s quote, “I am different but not less.”
SaMara Evans // Paraeducator
Ny (Brittany) Sterkenburg // Paraeducator
Libby Gillette // Registered Nurse
Melissa Bialis // Licensed Practical Nurse
Riki Unterseher // Occupational Therapist
Sara Mansfield // Augmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist
Rayne Houser // Physical Therapist
Hannah Layman // Administrative Assistant
Kayla Stanfill // Camp Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Kimberli Saylo // Camp Instructional Assistant
Stephanie Clevenger // Camp Instructional Assistant
Grace Foster // Camp Instructional Assistant
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.