Sherrene J Hagenbach M.S. NDR, NCPC, NCCE

Owner: Mediator/Life Coach/Trainer/Speaker


Sherrene has a deeply-rooted history in serving in the public, private and non-profit areas in her community, her desire is to spread her wings to work in other communities as well. Her ability to creatively consider alternative ways to look at any given situation has awarded her the respect and reputation by colleagues and leaders in her state as a Professional Mediator, Parent Coordinator, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker. 


Her public background has provided her the opportunity to work in many diverse organizations around her community and the state of Oregon. She is currently the Secretary on an advisory board for Healthy Families of the High Desert, a volunteer for the Kid's Center (Bend, Oregon), has recently founded a not-for-profit company, and volunteers in many other programs that assist in the prevention and rehabilitation of the children who have suffered child abuse. Most recently she worked with her local Senator to perform an investigation for a family that she had witnessed discriminatory treatment of by a government agency while volunteering with the agency, as an in-home observer, during the parents' visitation with their child. She worked diligently to advocate for this family; getting the story out to the media, the legislative officials, the state Ombudsman, the Governor's office, National and World news agencies, and filing complaints with the federal government to investigate and bring justice back to this family. Eventually SB 1526 was passed making "sure that parents who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities are equal in the eyes of the law. It would prohibit the termination of a person’s parental rights for the sole reason that the person has a disability." . This family has since become part of her own family.

Sherrene is most proud of her commitment to stand against bullying. Whether it is a child, youth, young adult, an employee of a company, a parent, or the elderly; she has committed herself to stand up against this treatment, no matter how big the bully seems. She has designed an anti-bullying training system for young people and looks forward for this training to one day be implemented throughout the public and private school systems. Additionally, she is working on designing a program to empower parents, disabled individuals, and the elderly, from experiencing bullying - by teaching them how they can find their voice to tell their story.

She has received a Bachelor Degree in Social Science, with the emphasis in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She went on to receive a Masters of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Creighton University School of Law, in Omaha, Nebraska. She is Nationally Certified as a Custody Evaluator and Nationally Certified as a Parenting Coordinator. She is currently studying at Abilene Christian University for a Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership with a track in conflict resolution. In addition to these well-known degrees and certificates, she has many other certificates that have trained her in Life Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Alcohol and Drug group therapy coaching, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Mental Health First Aid, and Positive Psychology and Mindfulness techniques.


Sherrene believes that knowledge truly is power; it is power to protect yourself and stand up for others. She has found that knowledge can save lives, save families from being wrongly separated, protect against abuse, and empower those who do not have a voice - find their voice. Additionally, she says education produces action and action is what is required to make a difference.  

She was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. It is there that she learned gratitude for living in such a diversified area. Through experiences in life as a teen, she developed a heart for all of humanity. In 1991 she moved to Redmond, Oregon, and as a resident of Redmond she join the 2018 Leadership Redmond group. She is actively learning how she may be more involved in keeping her community strong and healthy. When she finds the time she enjoys hiking, biking, or any activity that involves physical fitness and endurance, road trips, and of course spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite hobbies are searching for heart rocks, interesting articles of nature, and beautiful areas to explore.


Sherrene has been working with youth and families for over 20 years. She has a personal story to share, that will inspire and motivate those who want to listen. Her challenges and struggles have brought her to a place of understanding with her life's mission. Her wild passion is to help others in a way that is unique and personalized to each individual. She realizes that we have all come from a different place, we have different experiences, different goals, different talents, and different skills and this knowledge is how she helps others find their passion and purpose. 



Sherrene believes that to help others; she needs to continually improve herself and model a work ethic that supersedes the norm. Her mediation skills are activated in a way that promotes a unique communication style, in order to help those in conflict find peace and resolve; ending with a binding agreement (if they so desire).


Her positive outlook on life to encourage youth and young adults to find their purpose and work hard to accomplish their dreams is likely what attracts others to her. She offers all she has to those who seek out her services with a desire to change their life for the better. 

Sherrene's passion with sports and outdoor living has taught her that life is to be lived with others & nobody can do it alone. Therefore, she has built a unique team to allow for additional services, skills, and talents.


Her value for team members creates a collaborative & fun atmosphere, as they work together to continually improve and grow their services with a like passion of making this world a little bit better - one day - and one person at a time. 


The Early Childhood Specialist has a heart of gold and transparent passion for the younger children. [please review her background]

Gabriella is our early childhood expert. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oregon State University.


She is inspired and compelled to teach children how to communicate effectively.  


Gabriella brings a uniquely diverse background and the most current philosophy on child development and self-management. She has a heart for the those she serves and a true gift for connecting with the youngies. The coolest thing about Gabriella is that she has over 18 years of dance experience to impart on those who would like to learn. She is super fun, way creative, and delivers quality to our team. She is a perfect life coach for parents of young children - or as a life coach/mentor to your little one. She brings results. 

Gabriella is a dance instructor at a private studio in her hometown.


[please review her message below to you today...]

Gabriella E. Mendoza
B.S. Human development/Early Childhood



During the past year, I have been employed with NeighborImpact as a Head Start Teacher Advocate III. There, I have received multiple trainings and group coaching opportunities that have provided me with more knowledge in the following critical areas:

-Social emotional environments/creating a fun and safe atmosphere for preschool

students to learn and grow in.

-Child development in various categories of assessment as well as the importance of creating achievable goals for individual children (including aligning these goals with specific IFSP goals that may be present).

-Conscious discipline and collaborative problem solving focusing on the significance of using positive language and successful redirection techniques for dangerous and/or inappropriate behaviors.

-Orchestrating and implementing parent/teacher conferences and home visits with enrolled families.

-Policies and procedures revolving around Head Start Teacher Advocate responsibilities (properly documenting communications, observations, and/or concerns associated with individual families, offering resources, monitoring health status,’ etc.).


In addition to the training I have received from NeighborImpact this year, I have successfully found my own style of teaching that allows me to connect with each child on a level that shows understanding, trust, and persistence from both myself as well as each student. My specific goals as a teacher involve showing the children how to be active learners, gain independence, develop cooperation skills, and be able to learn at their own pace in their own ways. I have learned how to adapt learning standards in a method that encourages children to show their passions and enables them to connect lessons to their own life experiences. A lot of my motivation has stemmed from Montessori theory, I believe that children have more potential than they are often given credit for.

My approach with children and families in our community who need more support includes giving them positive feedback and guidance as well as connecting with them and building a close relationship full of trust. Once a strong bond is formed, providing resources and planning more in-depth activities to help each family learn and thrive in our community is always my goal. After being a preschool teacher of up to 18 students at a time, I feel that my style is now better suited with a smaller group of children that I can work more one-on-one with. Learning from others and communicating ideas is a strong suit of mine, I also enjoy trying multiple different approaches and working with a team to find the best solution for each student/client’s success.

My sincerest gratitude goes to you for taking the time to review my background information. An opportunity like this has allowed me to share some of my ideas, characteristics, and goals with a very valuable audience. Please feel free to contact me with further questions or feedback via phone or email, at your best convenience.



Gabriella Mendoza

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