Leadership Team

Vaune Albanese | Executive Director | (503) 228-4391 ex 122

Mya Chamberlin | Assistant Director | (503) 228-4391 ex 135

Denise Lafond | Co-Director of Community Services | (503) 228-4391 ex 125

Dan Hupala  | Co-Director of Children’s Programs, School-Aged Programs | (503) 935-5282 (direct line)

Ida Lombardozzi | Co-Director of Children’s Programs, Early Childhood Education | (503) 228-4391 ex 130

Helen Leong | Co-Director of Community Services |  (503) 224-2640 ex 151

Monique Eldridge | Director of Marketing & Development | (503) 228-4391 ex 124

Sarah Iskowitz | Volunteer Manager | (503) 228-4391 ex 150

Mike Malusevic | Director of Finance | (503) 228-4391 ex 123

Max Micozzi | SAGE Metro Portland Project Manager | (503) 224-2640


Staff Bios

Vaune Albanese PhotoVaune Albanese has been on the Friendly House staff since June of 1982. She was the founding director of Friendly Chaps (now known as Friendly House After School Program) and has had the opportunity to work with homeless families, elders and children of all ages in her years at Friendly House. In 2005 she was hired to be Friendly House’s 11th executive director, a position she resisted until her son was raised and she felt competent to meet its challenges. She can’t retire until Friendly House has a $1,000,000 Endowment Fund and hopes you will help her get there!

Denise Lafond has worked at Friendly House since October 1994. She holds our institutional knowledge. She has led our CRE team for five years. Her other FH roles include facilities and operations. Having grown up in Southern California, Denise set her sites on Oregon as a young woman.



Friendly House Preschool alumna, Mya Chamberlin is the director of Community Services. She began her service with Friendly House as a teenager volunteering in the Summer Chaps program. Since that time she has worked in various programs with children, seniors, and homeless families. “Friendly House is where I got my start, and my roots run deep. Every day I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community of people.”

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