Training Program Team
Victoria Haight | Training and Workforce Development Manager
Victoria has 15 years of experience providing training, support and technical assistance to families of children experiencing disabilities statewide. She has served on local committees and advisory boards and served four (4) years on the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC). As a parent herself, she knows the joys and challenges of raising a child with developmental and mental health challenges. Victoria believes in using a strength-based approach for all children and families and loves “Collaborative Problem Solving”. And chocolate.
Melinda Brummett | Wraparound and Peer Coach Trainer
Melinda Brummett has worked for OFSN for many years. She worked as a Family Support Specialist in the CATS program and now as the statewide Wraparound FSS trainer and Peer Coach. She is also part of the first coaching cohort and has enjoyed using the skills to help support peers in the field.
A wife and mother of four boys. She has navigated Systems of Care and mental health systems in support of her oldest two children for over 18 years in Oregon. She enjoys camping, cooking, and building projects, her latest being the conversion of the family van into a camper van. You will often find her in an aquatic center supporting her swimmer and water polo son and/or her water polo coach husband. She loves dogs, friends, and traveling.
Carol Dickey | System of Care and Advocacy Trainer
Carol Dickey is a parent of five children and a passionate advocate for behavioral health system transformation through elevation of the family voice and an interaction over intervention approach to service delivery. Her advocacy efforts are informed by her family’s experiences within Oregon’s child-serving systems. They are inspired by the stories of frustration, hurt, and helplessness shared by countless families so often forced to survive in crisis.
Her work draws on more than three decades of experience in health-services administration and agency leadership. A lifelong learner with advanced degrees in business administration and organizational psychology, Carol has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity and contemplative practice, and mind-body therapy. Always seeking to achieve balance Carol also enjoys writing, yoga, hiking, running, gardening, and reading.
Sara McNinch | Statewide Trainer
Sara and her spouse spent 5 years as resource parents for teens and also adopted one child during that time. She came to the organization with a passion to share her lived experience with other parents and families so that no family feels isolated or under resourced. Sara is married to her her best friend and together with their adopted child they enjoy family time listening to music, playing board games and camping.
Oscar Alvarez | Bilingual Trainer
Oscar Alvarez is our Bilingual Trainer here at OFSN. Oscar is a first generation Mexican American to his family, where he is also the oldest, having two younger sisters. Oscar is originally from Los Angeles, California, where he and his family emigrated from. Oscar’s background ranges from having lived in poverty and rural areas that he and his family overcame by remaining focused and striving for a better life. Oscar has over 10 years of experience within the fields of Animal Wellness, Business Management, Client Engagement, Human Services, and Interpretation/Translation Skills. With vast experience in these fields, Oscar is gladly applying them along with the golden knowledge he is obtaining both as a learner and trainer. Oscar is grateful to be a part of OFSN. Rest assured that you will be in good hands.