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Meet the TEAM

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Janine Rivera

Executive Director

Originally from the east coast, Janine has her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Kean University and a Master's Degree in Psychological Services from Kean University. She has a background in working with human rights and social justice based groups. She started off as a volunteer and later served as the AmeriCorps VISTA at Family Promise in 2018. Janine has exceptional admiration for Family Promise and its mission on empowering families. She enjoys educating her community about poverty, homelessness, mental health and the impact they have on children and families.  Janine is enthusiastic to work with the Moscow-Pullman Communities in creating better futures for children while ending Poverty on the Palouse.

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Rebecca Ryan

Case Manager

 Rebecca grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived on the Palouse for the last 11 years. She's been an advocate for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. She's also facilitated support groups for individuals who have experienced trauma. Rebecca is a certified Parent Educator and has enjoyed the last six years teaching in the community as well as in Family Promise. She has five kiddos of her own, two of whom are adopted from foster care. Working with the foster system and the parents who are working towards reunification with their children had a big impact on her choice to become a parent educator. Rebecca is passionate about her work at Family Promise. Providing individuals with the tools and support they need to make informed choices is an amazing opportunity.   

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Abby McGarry

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Recruitment and Education Specialist

Idaho native, Abby is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho where she majored in Global Development. Abby has a passion for helping others and loves to travel. She recently volunteered her time teaching English at a school in Colombia.  She is excited to connect with local non-profits and agencies in the area and grow our volunteer program to better support families on the Palouse. 

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Angie Griner

Program- Shelter Coordinator

Born and raised on the Palouse, Angie earned her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. She taught school in an Alaskan village, experiencing first hand the impact of social, economic, and cultural differences on society. She has experience working with the foster care system and with victims of domestic abuse. She later returned to the Palouse to raise her own family and spent much time volunteering/working for local organizations and the school system. Most recently she returned to school and earned an AA from Walla Walla Community College in Accounting, and believes it is never to late to learn something new. She works part time using her new degree, but her passion is for family and she is anxious to get started serving other families as they strive for a better future.

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Kevin

Therapy K-9

Kevin is a 5-year-old Newfoundland who loves going swimming, taking long naps, and getting lots of belly rubs. His Human is Rebecca and he follows her everywhere she goes. Kevin brings a calming presence not only to our office but to our families. He has the softest heart for our littles and is an absolute gentle giant.