Meet Our Teams

In Yakima and Wenatchee

Yakima

Amanda Cashion, BSW
Amanda Cashion, BSW
Case Manager

I have lived in Yakima for the past eight years.  I have been married for ten years, I have a 17-year-old adopted daughter, a 13-year old biological daughter, and two adult step-children.  I graduated with my BSW from Heritage University in May of 2018.  My family is the most important thing to me.  I take pride in my job and sincerely enjoy the work that I do, but my family will always come first.

Rosie Perez, MSW
Rosie Perez, MSW
Licensing Supervisor
I currently live in Sunnyside and have been commuting to Yakima for the last 8 years. I have a Masters in Social Work and over 15 years of experience working children and families. I enjoy spending time at home with my family and friends.
My favorite thing about working for Foster First is that I get to license good quality foster homes where children are safe and have a form of structure in their lives.
Josh Botsford, M.Div
Josh Botsford, M.Div
Case Manager
I am from Yakima. I’ve worked with youth for the past 12 years as a coach, Dean, Youth Pastor and Case Manager.  My Master’s degree is in Intercultural Studies.
My favorite thing to do is travel and experience other places and people.  I’m a dad to 3 kids and a husband to an amazing wife.
Megan Bush, A.A
Megan Bush, A.A
Compliance Specialist

I currently live in Yakima, WA with my husband and our two pets. I enjoy reading, going to the movies, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. For fun I like to take vacations (usually to the beach), attend concerts, and go on date nights with my husband.
I see Foster First making a difference in the community by spreading the word about the need for foster parents and the need for understanding of trauma and the effect it has on a young person’s behavior.

Greg Reichenberger, B.A.
Greg Reichenberger, B.A.
Licensor

I attended CWU 30 + years ago and then lived in Oregon for many years.  I served 4 years as a Director of Children’s Ministries at a large church in Oregon. I worked for Child Welfare for many years and then had opportunity to come back to Washington and work for Foster First.

My passion is to see children become stable and either return to their parents who have had their lives restored or go to a foster family who will love and care for that child and make it their forever home.

Maria Ciriaco
Maria Ciriaco
Case Aide
Rosa Murillo
Rosa Murillo
Case Manager
Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett
Case Aide

I grew up in the Tri-Cities, the youngest of two boys. I was always involved in sports. I have always been around kids of parents that put their own demons first  before the welfare of their children, due to my mother being an addict. For the first 25 yrs. of my life I was in and out of programs to help my mother try to kick Heroin. Those situations opened my eyes at a young age to what is really important. Family is something that a lot of people take for granted and I feel strongly that every child deserves the opportunity to be in a good home with loving parents.

Foster First is so much more than a job, I get to connect with the youth and I truly care and want to help in any way possible

Shaudow Escalera
Shaudow Escalera
Case Aide

Wenatchee

Tim Steffler, B.A
Tim Steffler, B.A
Case Manager / Supervisor

I grew up in Grant County but more specifically Ephrata, Washington. I moved to Texas a couple years after graduating from high school where I was basically a live in nanny for my aunt. I went back to college and received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

I currently have three passions that take up most of my time outside my work. They are spending time with my family, hiking and nature, and training and competing with my Imperial Jitz Jujitsu team.

Deanne Blum, M.A
Deanne Blum, M.A
Program Manager

I received a bachelors in Social Science and a master’s degree in Organizational Human Resources. I worked as a Behavioral Intervention Specialist from 2006-2011. I had the honor to work with BRS youth directly to ensure these youth stayed on track behaviorally in school and in the home environment. During this time, I was working towards my bachelors and I received my bachelors in 2011. I worked as case manager from 2011-2015. In 2015 I had the honor to work for the State of Washington as a Child Family and Welfare Social Worker. However, my passions has always been working directly with BRS foster youth and foster families because I can be a part of witnessing youth become confident, goal oriented, and self-assured just by encouraging bonding within the foster home and showing support to the youth.

Estephanie Hernandez
Estephanie Hernandez
Direct Care Staff
Mireya Bahena
Mireya Bahena
Direct Care Staff
Emily Viveros
Emily Viveros
Direct Care Staff
Minerva Zayas
Minerva Zayas
Direct Care Staff
Hailey Barham
Hailey Barham
Direct Care Staff
Marlene Curiel
Marlene Curiel
Direct Care Staff

Board Members

We are thankful for the dedicated service and leadership that the men and women of our board provide in support of our mission and vision.

Each of these individuals is passionate about foster children and families.  They each serve pro bono.

Curt Bell
Curt Bell
Russ Roberts
Russ Roberts
Therese Murphy
Therese Murphy
Carmen Wilson
Carmen Wilson