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Emily Plec

Fostering Success Director
plece@mail.wou.edu |503.838.8819

I have been inspired by the stories of students I’ve met over the years who have experienced foster care, for better and for worse, and come through the experience resilient and inspired to enact social change. I want to connect with foster students at WOU to make sure they are getting the support they need to succeed and have the chance to forge the relationships they want for their future.

Shannon Simich

Shannon works with the Independent Living Program in Polk County. The Independent Living Program is for current and former foster youth and young adults. Shannon has been involved with the foster care system in Oregon for over 15 years, professionally and personally. She is a foster parent to teens and also a WOU alumna.