Preschool Program Staff

Directors

Ida Lombardozzi, MSW

Co-Director of Children’s Programs: Early Childhood Education
Ida is in her fourth 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 two-year-old, Margot.

 

 

Dan Hupala

Co-Director of Children’s Programs: School-Aged 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.

 

Preschool Staff

Rik Hornick

Preschool Coordinator & Co-Head Teacher in the Ladybug Classroom.

Rik grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and had a “Leave it to Beaver”  childhood, having grown up in the early 60’s.  When he turned 22, he moved to Denver, Colorado, the first of several places he has lived in.  He has traveled to several cities and worked for 30 years with a variety of children – ranging from gang affected children in San Diego to preschoolers at Friendly House.  Rik has Bachelor’s degrees in both Fisheries Science and Wildlife Science.  He has a strong interest in nature and tries to provide the children with an appreciation for the outdoors.  Rik is known for his dislike of raisins and his love of apple pie.

 

Emily Salisbury

Preschool Co-Head Teacher in the Ladybug Classroom

Emily grew up in Jacksonville, Oregon where she spent her younger years playing outside on her family’s 40 acres with her older brother and sister. Playing sports was a big part of Emily’s childhood – she played basketball year round up until college. Emily moved to Portland in 2008 to attend the University of Portland, where she graduated in 2012 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Emily has worked with children of various ages throughout high school and college and has always loved teaching, mentoring, and playing a role in strengthening the community that she is a part of. This will be Emily’s 5th year teaching preschool, and her 2nd year at Friendly House. When Emily is not teaching, she enjoys painting, DIY projects, baking, playing basketball, going to concerts, and spending time with her family.

 

Ruthie Condie, MSW

Preschool Co-Head Teacher in the Dragonfly Classroom & Afternoon Teacher in the Ladybug Classroom

Ruthie was born to parents who both grew up on the West Coast, but she herself had the exciting opportunity to be born in Egypt and raised all over the Middle East. Her father taught at different universities in the region, allowing her the chance to have a childhood filled with the beauties of Arab culture and travel. She is the youngest of three girls and loves spending time with her family! With extended family in the area, she spent many of her childhood summers in Oregon and moved back to attend college at George Fox University in 2011. There she got both her bachelors and masters in social work. Over the last 5 years she has had the joy of working in two different relief nurseries and at Mentor Graphics Child Development Center. When she is not in the classroom Ruthie enjoys getting out of the city whether it’s camping in the mountains or taking a day trip to the beach, and spending time (usually involving food) with her friends and family.

Emily Wallace

Head Start Teacher, from Neighborhood House, Co-Head Teacher in the Dragonfly Classroom.

This will be Emily’s third year teaching Head Start, prior to that she was an Early Childhood Education Specialist in a Therapeutic Classroom for two years. Emily is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the Friendly House staff and families. Emily was born and raised in Portland and loves all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. After living in the city for twenty-three years, Emily ditched the city life and headed for the countryside, where she resides on a seven hundred acre farm in Scappoose, OR. She enjoys spending camping, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and kayaking. In her free time, Emily volunteers for Special Olympics Oregon and as a Firefighter for the Sauvie Island Fire District.

Noora Khalaf

Preschool Aide, Ladybug Class

Noora grew up in Baghdad with her family where she got her B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and worked as a university lecturer for three and half years . She moved to Portland in 2013 and studied Business Development at Portland State University in 2016. Noora loves working with children and has also worked at Neighborhood House as a substitute teacher in their Head Start program.  She enjoys playing with her three kids (10, 7 and 3 years old), cooking, baking, sewing, and going on picnic. Noora likes to be around kids, taking care of them, and providing them with experiences that enhance their future.

 

JanetJanet Bailey-Ryan

Preschool Aide, Dragonfly Class

Janet grew up in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by forests and playing imaginary adventure games in them with her older brother and their neighborhood friends.  Starting in Forks, WA, moving to Lacey, WA, and finally ending up in Portland, Or, she finds the rainy weather to be a fun opportunity to splash in puddles with her two children, Nicholas (8) and Kylie (5).  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, attempting to grow things in her balcony garden, writing, and knitting, as well as putting puzzles together with her daughter and playing Minecraft with her son and husband.  After volunteering at Friendly House Preschool and Chapman Elementary school over the last 2-3 years Janet discovered that she wanted to become a preschool teacher and is now working her way toward that goal here at Friendly House!

Ryan Brown

Preschool Aide, Ladybug Class

Ryan grew up in Vermont with his sister and moved to Portland just this past summer. After attending high school at St. Johnsbury Academy, he received his Bachelors in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Education. Ryan was a volunteer junior counselor at a conservation camp as well as a backpacking and lacrosse counselor at a sleep away camp in Maine. After cycling to Florida, he spent a few years teaching elementary physical education. Ryan now spends his down time cycling the Pacific Northwest and enjoying the scenery.

Jessica Stillwagon

Children’s Programs Cook

Jessica grew up in Eugene, Oregon, after she moved in Elementary school to Mt. Angel, Oregon she decided to return to study at the University of Oregon. She focused on Spanish and Business. She than spent time traveling and lived in Spain where she taught English in a bilingual public preschool. Jessica has a 2 year old doberman and likes to spend time walking Lila on the Greenway path. She enjoys painting and baking extravagant cakes.

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