Our Board

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Victoria Johannigman

Founder

When Victoria's partner John's siblings were in need of a stable and loving home, they became foster parents in order to be able to support them and help keep the family together (as sibling connection is very important for foster youth). Through the journey of foster parenting, Victoria and John realized the lack of support and opportunities to connect with other families in their position. They set out to build a community to help kids, teenagers, and guardians through the unique ups and downs of foster care. And thus, Elysium Sanctuary was born!

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Valerie Roberts

Events & Programs

When word about Elysium Sanctuary came out, Val didn't skip a beat in supporting the community in any way she could. As a former pre-school teacher, performing arts enthusiast, and proud mother of two, she knows just what it takes to put the fun in family. Whether it be a festival or a simple home-cooked meal, Val is all about bringing people together and helping us connect!

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Rachel Palmer

Communications

Having watched family members face hardships in the foster care system, Rachel wanted to help change things but couldn't figure out how. She was thrilled to be invited to the Elysium Sanctuary team and now works to make sure that foster youth have the support and resources they need to lead fulfilling lives.

 

Partners & Sponsors

Jessica Duggan

Jessica is a skilled baker who designs and donates the cakes for our foster youth birthdays and other special events. From "Frozen" to "sweet 16"- inspired desserts, Jessica has been kind enough to put our many requested themes to the test!

OnPoint Community Credit Union

OnPoint Community Credit Union, a community-owned financial institution dedicated to building strong communities in Oregon through financial growth and well-being, has been one of the biggest sponsors of our Family Supports Program, particularly when it comes to funding foster birthdays and other special events!

Together We Rise

Together We Rise, an organization that provides people who cannot become foster parents a way to still help children in foster care, has partnered with us to offer clothing and other valuable supplies.

 
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