Meet the Foster Care Team

Click on the names below to learn about each member of our team.

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Colleen Vogel, Director of Recruitment and Retention

Colleen Vogel is the Director of Recruitment and Retention, Foster Care, covering all 19 counties in the Give Hope a Home foster care area. She joined the organization in 2009, serving as a clinician in community-based programs and a foster care coordinator before being named to her current position in 2016. Before coming to Northern Rivers, she served in a number of clinical and case management positions for the St. Anne Institute in Albany. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from SUNY Cortland and her MSW from the University at Albany.

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518.346.4251 ext. 2211

 

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Diane Baird, Homefinder, Albany

Diane Baird is a Homefinder from our Albany office. She certifies and maintains foster homes in Albany and Rensselaer counties. She joined the organization in 2008 as a Foster Care program assistant, and assumed her current position in 2016. She spent nearly 30 years with the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs. She earned her AAS degree from Hudson Valley Community College. Diane is a notary public; a certified trainer for First Aide/CPR, and Group Preparation and Selection II/Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (GPSII/MAPP).

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518.426.2600, ext. 2605

 

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Tiffany Ferrell, Homefinder, Endwell

Tiffany Ferrell is a Homefinder from our Endwell office. She certifies and maintains foster homes in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga counties. She joined the organization in 2017. Previously she worked as a preschool teacher at the Endicott First Presbyterian Nursery School in Endicott. She earned her B.A. in human development and her M.A. in social science from Binghamton University. Tiffany is a certified trainer for First Aid/CPR, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection (MAPP/GPS), Deciding Together, and Child Sexual Abuse.

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607.321.0299

 

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Lori Nadeau, Homefinder, Queensbury

Lori Nadeau is a Homefinder from our Queensbury office. Lori joined the organization in 2010 and certifies and maintains foster families from Essex, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. In addition to her work in foster care, Lori has also worked with at risk youth, with the aging population, with children in rural Jamaica, and as trainer for those who also work in human services. Lori is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S. in social work. In 2015 Lori received Northern Rivers’ Empowerment through Leadership Award, and in 2013 she received the Community Ambassador Award. Lori is a certified trainer for First Aid/CPR, Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection (MAPP/GPS), Deciding Together, Child Sexual Abuse, and Caring for Our Own.

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518.857.8980

 

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Claude Peart, Homefinder, Schenectady

Claude Peart is a Homefinder from our Schenectady office. He certifies and maintains foster homes in Schenectady County. He rejoined the organization in 2017, previously having served from 2007 through 2013 as a residential supervisor, waiver service provider, and teaching assistant. He earned his B.A. in history from the University at Albany.

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518.372.6708

 

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Hope the Foster Care Bear, Spokesbear

Hope the Foster Care Bear is a spokesbear covering all 21 counties in the Give Hope a Home foster care area (Albany, Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Tioga, Warren, and Washington counties). Born in the greater Capital Region, New York, Hope was forced to leave home at a young age due to environmental factors and joined the Northern Rivers family in 2017. Hope is a passionate advocate for children in foster care and travels throughout the are to help find loving foster homes. Currently Hope is pursuing an MBA (Master of Bear Advocacy) and hopes to one day serve as a national figure in the foster care movement.

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844.855.CARE