After School Program Staff

Directors

Ida Lombardozzi

Co-Director of Children’s Programs

Ida is in her third school year at Friendly House.  She hails from New England and grew up in a family of five children, on a boarding school campus where her parents worked, right next door to 100 high school boys! Ida has served in a variety of positions with kids and families including as a residential summer camp counselor, a 7th-grade language arts teacher, an after school program director, and as a school social worker.  Ida received her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012.  When she’s not at work, Ida loves playing with and reading to her one-year-old, Margot.

 

Dan Hupala

Co-Director of Children’s Programs 

Dan grew up in Portland, Oregon. His childhood was split between Southeast Portland, where he lived, and Northwest Portland, where he attended school at Metropolitan Learning Center. Dan began working for Friendly House in 1995 as an After School Associate Teacher, and then Head Teacher, followed six years as a Preschool Head Teacher. In 2007, Dan left Friendly House to explore other teaching opportunities, but returned in 2009, to start the Project Return Program when Chapman School asked Friendly House to take it on. He enjoys spending time with friends and attending sporting events all along the West Coast, and recently traveled to New York. Of course, he had to see the Mets play while he was there.

After School Staff

Jenelle Nowak

After School Enrichment Coordinator

This is Jenelle’s, second year as the After School Enrichment Coordinator and fifth year with Friendly House. She grew up in Woodinville, Washington where she spent most of her time playing in youth soccer, basketball, and softball leagues or exploring the beautiful wooded areas surrounding her home. Jenelle moved to Portland in 2006 to complete her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Portland State University. After a year of post-baccalaureate studies in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, she enrolled at Oregon State University and earned her Master’s in Teaching. When Jenelle is not at work, you will likely find her rooting for the Timbers, constructing her latest LEGO creation, singing with the Rocker Chixx Choir, or on a hike with her husband, Corey, and their dachshund Bigfoot.

 

Rebekah Kermoyan

West Room Head Teacher

Rebekah was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where she and her five siblings were homeschooled on a small farm. Rebekah earned an Associate’s in Elementary Education from Linn-Benton Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology between Oregon State and Portland State University. After college, Rebekah spent a season in San Diego, California where she had the privilege of working with dolphins and sea lions in the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. She then taught classes at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport before joining the Friendly House team this August. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys surfing and backpacking with her husband, having tea with friends and hanging out with her awesome little nephew.

 

100_6229 (2)Kevin Brightbill

Associate Teacher in the West Room

Kevin is a proud born-and-raised Portlander but found his passion for working with children at an after-school program in Yakima, WA three years ago. After returning home to Portland in 2016, he joined the Friendly House community as a volunteer in the East Room, then was thrilled at the opportunity to become an assistant teacher in the North Room. Kevin has a BA in communication studies from Portland State, and when not in a classroom he loves bike rides both short and (extremely) long, board and card games, and re-runs of his favorite sitcoms.

image2Chris Lay

Arts & Crafts Room Associate Teacher

Chris is in his second year at Friendly House. Having been born to teachers and musicians in Eugene, Oregon, Chris’ exposure to both began early. His mom, a singer, pianist, stage actress, and elementary music teacher; his dad, a trumpet player, band director, and kindergarten teacher, Chris developed a love for music and eventually got his Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon. He has been performing full-time for the last eight years as a drummer and singer/songwriter. His taste for teaching came later in life. From what began as a lull in playing in 2010, Chris found his way to Children’s Relief Nursery (now Lifeworks Northwest), where he remained as a volunteer for four years. There, he learned firsthand what patient guidance, energy, and consistency can do for even the most overlooked. Chris can often be found digging into books and social justice issues, watching sports, movies, or Jeopardy, and supporting his fellow musicians.

 

Tommy Castellano

Head Teacher in the East Room

Tommy was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine which is Maine’s second biggest city. (Portland is the first.) He began working with youth at a daycare center in his hometown and really enjoyed it. After managing a volunteer program on an organic farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i for nearly a year, Tommy enrolled for a year of service with AmeriCorps where he tutored students in an elementary school in Forest Grove, Oregon. During his free time, Tommy enjoys reading, hiking, gardening and finding dogs to play with. This is Tommy’s first year with Friendly House and he is excited to balance all the wonders of being a teacher while he continues furthering his education at Portland State University.

 

LindseyLindsey Sadlou

Assistant Teacher in the East Room.

Lindsey grew up here in the Pacific Northwest and returned after getting her BA in Environmental Studies from Bennington College in rural Vermont. Before joining the Friendly House team, Lindsey has worked as a Field Instructor at NW Regional Outdoor Science School, a summer camp counselor at the Oregon Zoo, a community organizer in New Orleans, and an assistant to coastal ecologists at OSU. Lindsey is a passionate environmental advocate, a voracious reader, and an aspiring dog owner.

 

 

Megan Russell

South Room Head Teacher

Megan has returned for her fourth year with Friendly House. After completing two years at the University of Rhode Island studying sociology, she came back to her roots in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Pursuing a degree in elementary education, Megan successfully completed three teaching internships in the Eugene area. Growing up with a mother as a teacher, it was only a matter of time before she, too, caught the teaching bug. Megan is a lover of the great outdoors, literature, cats, good food, and helping children achieve their wildest dreams in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

Shoshanna Scott

Head Teacher in the North Room

Shoshanna began working with kids as a summer camp counselor and after school mentor in Southern Oregon. She has been actively working with community centers and organizations for the past nine years as program and preschool staff, child mentor, and staff for teen outreach groups. This is her second year at Friendly House and she’s excited for what’s to come! When she’s not working, she loves hanging out with her cats, playing video games, and going out to explore new music!

 

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