Brenda Sipes, M.Ed, LMHC
I have been with Foster First (CRG) for over 10 years. I have over 25 years’ experience working with disadvantaged populations. The last 13 years have been in the Foster Care arena.
I was born and raised in a small town in Colorado and my hobbies include making pottery, black powder shooting and spending time with my family.
What I love about my job is being able to make a difference in the life of a child, and helping them be successful. I believe our agency Foster First assists children to have direction in their lives and shows children that they are capable, valuable and a priority.
Manny Ceja, M.Ed, C.C
I graduated from Washington State University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Psychology. After graduating, I started working at Catholic Charities as a family therapist. In 2012, I became a FPS therapist and began my career at Foster first and later became a case manager. In 2015, I graduated from Heritage University with a Masters in Organizational Leadership Upon graduation, I began working as the human resource manager at Foster First.
Amanda Cashion, BSW
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
Josh Botsford, M.Div
Martha Herrera, A.A
Megan Bush, A.A
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.
I was born and raised in Toppenish, Washington. Growing up I was a kid who was always involved in sports and activities and that’s thanks to my mother. I saw a lot of people my age go off track and ruin their lives due to choices made in life. Growing up I did as much as I could to give the attention and effort to other youth, just as they were doing for me. It helped me overcome and avoid bad habits that could have easily been gained.
I like to use my barber certificate that I received after attending Elite Academy and the Style for Students Program to help give back to my community with free haircuts for the youth in need.
I grew up in the Yakima Valley and is one of 11 siblings. Both of my parents and all of my grandparents have been inspirational in my life. I’m blessed to be a mother to three sons and one daughter; and have five grandsons and four granddaughters!
I have had the privilege of being involved professionally in the non-profit sector for the better part of 30 years; working mostly with children and families in the community. The most important aspects of my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ, my family, and my community.
Greg Reichenberger, B.A.
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.
Megan Foster, B.A
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
Tim Steffler, B.A
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
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.
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.