Current Board Members

Board Members from left to right: Rebecca Sero, Sarah Feeney, Jana Meinhold, Todd Martin, and Rayna Sage

NWCFR President

Jana L. Meinhold, PhD, CFLE ([email protected])
Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies
Portland State University

I am an Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies at Portland State University. I received my BA and MA in Human Development from Washington State University, Pullman and my PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. As a graduate student at OSU I was introduced to NCFR and have enjoyed the benefits and collegial supports of NCFR and NWCFR ever since. I am a life course researcher with an interdisciplinary social sustainability lens in the areas of 1) positive youth development; 2) engagement with the environment (built and natural) and its influence on individual development, as well as family and community health and; 3) the linked lives of siblings through their life transitions. I have been an active member of NCFR since 2000.

NWCFR President Elect

Vacant – please contact Jana Meinhold if you are interested in serving on the Board

NWCFR Past President

Sarah Feeney, PhD, CFLE ([email protected])
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Central Washington University

I have found NCFR to be an invaluable resource for networking with colleagues, staying current on research in the field, and as a venue for sharing my own research.  Through active membership in our regional affiliate I hope to help make these kinds of resources more accessible to students and professionals in the Northwest. As an educator and researcher, my areas of expertise include: family communication, families and poverty, immigrant families, and the transition to adulthood.

NWCFR Treasurer

Rebecca Sero, PhD ([email protected])
Evaluation Specialist, Community and Economic Development
Washington State University Extension

I am an Assistant Professor and the Evaluation Specialist for Washington State University Extension, responsible for increasing WSU Extension’s capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs and services. I work closely with teams to conduct periodic, focused evaluations of major WSU Extension programs, including many related to Youth and Family programming.  I have been a member of NCFR since graduate school and joined NWCFR when I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2014.  I look forward to working with students and professionals throughout the region!

NWCFR Membership and Public Relations Chair

AnaMaria Diaz Martinez, MEd ([email protected])
Assistant Professor, Human Development Regional Specialist
Washington State University Extension

NWCFR Student Representative

Cristina McAllister ([email protected])
Doctoral Student, Prevention Science
Washington State University

I am a doctoral student in the Prevention Science program, an interdisciplinary degree program which is housed in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University. My research interests are in parent-child communication and the use of media. Specifically I am interested in how music videos and video games impact adolescent development and parent-teen communication.

NWCFR Washington Representative

Elise Murowchick, Ph.D., CFLE ([email protected])
Lecturer, Psychology
Seattle University

Elise trained in Human Development and Family Studies, Biopsychology, and Health Psychology, is a lecturer in the Seattle University Department of Psychology where she pursues research that includes child and adolescent health, risk behaviors, and well-being and as well as research on teaching and learning. I have been a long time member of NCFR.

NWCFR Oregon Representative

Margaret Manoogian, PhD ([email protected])
Associate Professor, Gerontology
Western Oregon University

I became a member of NCFR almost twenty years ago when I met Dr. Alexis Walker and began pursuing my PhD from Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Studies. I am currently an associate professor and department head of Gerontology at Western Oregon University. I teach courses on social ties and aging, end-of-life issues, and developmental changes in aging. As a family gerontologist, I investigate intergenerational transfers among older parents and adult children. NWCFR provides opportunities for undergraduate involvement and I am excited about engaging our students in this professional organization.

NWCFR Alberta, Canada Representative

Nicole Letourneau, PhD, ([email protected])
Professor, Faculty of Nursing; Norlien/ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health
University of Calgary

NWCFR British Columbia, Canada Representative

Todd F. Martin, PhD, CFLE ([email protected])
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Trinity Western University

Todd F. Martin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Trinity Western University. He is co-author of Families Across the Life Course (White, Martin, & Bartolic, 2012) as well as Family Theories (White, Klein, & Martin, 2015). He holds degrees in Theology, Family Studies, and Sociology. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Family Theory and ReviewJournal of Adolescent Research and International Migration Review. He has also contributed to edited volumes on the topic of fertility as well as work and family interaction. His current research is on family structure, cohabitation, adolescent religious socialization and the history of family theory.  He is a member of the National Council on Family Relations currently serving as the Rueben Hill Award Committee Chair and is also active in the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop. He is also a Certified Family Life Educator.

NWCFR Idaho State Representative

Erin Chapman, PhD, CFLE ([email protected])
Assistant Professor of Child, Family & Consumer Studies, School of Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho

I have been an active member of NCFR since 2009 and a CFLE since 2011, but my connection to NCFR goes back to my college days in Northern Iowa when I attend my first NCFR conference in the late 1990s.  Although I have not been as active in NWCFR as I would have liked since moving to Idaho from the midwest in 2010, I look forward to this opportunity to network with other professionals in the Northwest.  Our Child, Family & Consumer Studies program at UI recently received accreditation from NCFR as a CFLE program and we are eager to promote the goals of and careers in Family Life Education in the region.

NWCFR Montana State Representative

Rayna Sage, PhD, ([email protected])
Research Associate, The Rural Institute, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology
University of Montana

A rural sociologist, Dr. Sage focuses on the ways scholarship and research can promote the well-being of communities, families, and individuals through community-based social justice and action. Her past work includes understanding gender inequality in rural direct care work, coping strategies for human services workers as they work to maintain our very limited social safety nets, and increasing access to fresh foods for those who experience rural food insecurity. In her current project at the Rural Institute’s Research and Training Center for Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) she is working to understand how community events are perceived in the context of rural places, their accessibility to people with disabilities, and how we can model ways of increasing both accessibility and participation.

NWCFR Ex-Officio Member

Lisa C. Greene, M.A., CFLE ([email protected])
Author, Speaker, Family Life Educator

I am a professional parenting educator and mom of two teenagers with special healthcare needs. As an author and nationally-known public speaker, Lisa specializes in transition-readiness, medical adherence, and family resiliency. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Family Life Education and has been recognized as providing exceptional scholarship, leadership and community service through the NCFR Honors Student Recognition program. Visit and for more information about Lisa’s work with families.