Follower of Jesus, wife, mother to four.
Likes: Baking, watching The Bachelor, gardening, breakfast foods, time with friends and family, warm sunny days.
Dislikes: Being cold, unresolved conflict.
Addie was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She left briefly to get her degree in Social Work from George Fox University, but quickly returned to marry her high school sweetheart, Collin. They have been married for 10 years. Addie worked for a few years with Salem-Keizer Head Start, serving preschool children and their families. After three years of marriage, God led Addie and her husband to foster care, and their family grew quickly. They fostered a sibling set of two for over three years, and when the opportunity came to adopt the kids, Addie and Collin said yes. They also added two biological children to the mix during this time —going from 0 to 4 kids in 26 months time. Since having children in their home, Addie has been a stay-at-home mom.
Addie is passionate about the local foster care system: both the kids in care, and the families caring for them. As a former foster mom, and friend to other foster parents, she understands some of the challenges foster parents walk through. She longs to invite the community in so they too can understand the joys and challenges that come with fostering. She is eager to point to Salem Angels when others ask her, “I can’t foster, but I want to be involved with foster care. What can I do to help?!” She is excited to serve as the Vice President for us, and eager to give the community an opportunity to positively impact the way that children and families experience foster care.
Addie spends most of her time juggling her kids and their different life stages and activities— helping her oldest find his first job and look into colleges, driving their second oldest to cheer practice and the mall to see her friends, and keeping up with their two youngest who are full of energy and learning new things every day. Life is full and she is thankful.