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

Owner: Mediator/Parent Coordinator/Youth & Families Advocate


Sherrene 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. In addition to these degrees, she has many other certificates in; Life Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Alcohol and Drug group therapy coaching, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Trauma Informed Care, and Mental Health First Aid. Sherrene has chosen to focus on the positives in others based on her educational experience in the area of Positive Psychology techniques.


Sherrene believes that knowledge truly is power. Knowledge has been the sword she uses when standing up for others. She has found that knowledge can save lives, save families from being wrongly separated, protect against abuse, and can empower those who have not previously had a voice. Knowledge helps individuals find their voice in the world. 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 varying experiences with trauma and tragedy as a teen, she developed a heart for all of humanity. In 1991 she moved to Redmond, Oregon. She stays involved with groups that work together to keep her community strong, safe, empowered, and healthy. When she finds the time she enjoys hiking, biking, snowboarding, water sports, or any activity that involves physical fitness. Of course her most precious moments are when she is able to spend time with her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her family, and her friends. 


Sherrene has been working with youth and families for over 20 years. She has a personal story to share, that is told to spark inspiration and motivation for others who want to turn their trials into victories. Her challenges and struggles have brought her to a place of understanding with her life's mission. Sherrene's passion is to help others find peace, set goals, and create a plan of action. She realizes that we have all come from a different place, we have different experiences, different goals, different talents, and different skills. It is through this knowledge that Sherrene helps others discover their passion and purpose. 

Sherrene believes that to help others; she needs to continually improve herself and model integrity in her work. The mediation services that she provides is motivated by a desire 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. 

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


The team was established to create a collaborative and fun atmosphere, working together to make this world a little bit better - one day at a time - and one person at a time. 


One team member is, the Early Childhood Specialist. She has a heart of gold with a visible passion for the younger children. [please review her background below]

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

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


She is inspired and compelled to teach children how to communicate effectively, learn in nature, and how to understand this big world through simple applications.  


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. Her gift with infants and children draws others to her. 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 well versed in technical ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She is super fun, way creative, and delivers top-notch quality to our team.


Gabriella is a perfect life coach for parents of young children - or as a teacher of life to your little ones. She brings results. 

Gabriella is a private dance instructor in her hometown.


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



During the past years, I was employed by NeighborImpact as a Head Start Teacher Advocate III. There, I had 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 over the years, 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 Westerhuis

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