Christel Kaufman

Director, Network Evaluation

I finished degrees in Health Education and Psychology completing an internship with emotionally disturbed children and after graduation, worked as a psychiatric hospital therapist.  I later returned to school to study Early Childhood Education, working in the field for a number of years and then in parent education.  My work with teenage parenting inspired me to return to pursue a Master’s Degree in Planning and Public Policy. I was fortunate to land a paid internship with the State Commission on Children and Families in Oregon, where I was then hired full-time.  From there, I accepted a position as a teacher of Health Education and Family and Consumer Sciences and Director of district Teen Parent Programs and Early Childhood Education. After five years I returned to the university to get my principals license completing an internship at a High School, then became an assistant principal for 2 years, then a district substitute principal for 4 years.  With pleasure I joined NAF in 2006.