Jeff Blackford
Executive Director

Jeff was born in Seattle Washington and was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from Dimond High School in 1989 and attended NNC in Nampa Idaho and UVI in St Thomas USVI. Jeff had an active addiction to cocaine and methamphetamines for nine years and quite when he met his partner Jim in 1995. Jeff and his partner lived in Seattle and was the owners of the world famous Timberline Spirits night club in Seattle Washington and quickly learned the art of business management.

In 2005, Jeff and Jim lost everything and moved to Lincoln City, Oregon and started over. Jeff accepted a position at the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation as the Development and Special Events Coordinator. Jeff was taught and mentored by the Foundations Director, Connie. Connie took the time and taught Jeff the principles and foundations of nonprofit management. Jeff and Jim moved to Albany in 2010 to help care for Jeff’s parents. Jim does software and web development and helps take care of Jeff’s parents. Jim and Jeff recently bought a historic home in Albany’s Monthieth Area. Jeff is currently working to grow programs and locations for CHANCE, throughout the tri county region if IHN-CCO (Linn, Lincoln and Benton Counties. In his spare time, Jeff likes to garden, model railroad and travel. Jeff and Jim have a wonderful black lab rescue dog named Roxie and is the true master of the house.

Jon Phelps
Operations Manager

Jon has lived in Albany the majority of his whole life. Jon has been at CHANCE for nearly nine years and has seen the changes CHANCE has made over the last decade. He recently married Summer Vestal and created an instant family of six. Jon enjoys married life, and loves to getaway to the coast as often as possible for long weekends with his family.

In his early years, Jon was one of the largest drug dealers in the Albany area. During a raid, Jon was arrested and his time in jail changed his life. Jon has nine years in recovery and uses his faith and compassion to listen, and help others make different life choices. Jon has used his own life experience to make a difference in so many people’s lives. His passion for the work he does shines in everything he does. If you need someone to just listen to, or someone to offer peer to peer advise with a non-fluff, but direct message, come in and talk to Jon. You will be glad you did.

Sandra Angerbauer
Housing Case Manager

Sandra was born in Huntington Beach California, she moved to Albany in 1997. She married Rodney Angerbauer in 2014. Sandra enjoys doing mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala to visit orphanages with her church, The Shift Church of Albany.

Sandra became involved with CHANCE in 2010 when she was struggling with her addiction. She was given an opportunity to do the Linn County Drug Court Program as an alternative of going to jail. Through Drug Court, Sandra learned about CHANCE and the opportunities to make better life choices. During this time, she met her love of her life, Rodney. They dated and later married and had their ceremony at CHANCE in 2014. Sandra joined the CHANCE employee family later that year as a part time weekend staff and is now full time and the housing case manager.

Summer Phelps
CHANCE Lebanon
Peer Support and Case Manager

Summer was born and raised in Albany Oregon. She will be celebrating two years in recovery this coming June 2014. Summer has 4 children ranging in ages of 7 and 18. Summer recently married Jon Phelps, February 2016.

Over the past several year and having some barriers placed in her way, she has come to terms the she is not in control. She has learned that she needs to put her faith and trust into God and he will open doors. She now is a mentor for people in recovery and uses her lived experience to helps other as a peer support specialist in the CHANCE Lebanon Office. Visit Summer at the Lebanon office Monday through Thursday 9am to 4:30pm, and Friday from 9am to 3:30pm.

Amelia Bremer
Resource and Activities Coordinator
Peer Support Specialist

Amelia was born and raised in Albany, Oregon and has lived here her entire life. She attended and graduated West Albany High School in 1999. Amelia has a wonderful daughter, Zoey and spends every other weekend with her favorite person, her daughter.

Due to her struggle with drugs and alcohol addictions and criminal behavior, Amelia was mandated to the Linn County Drug Court. She graduated Drug Court, and in 2007 she started to attend LBCC and Oregon State University and was working toward a Bachelor’s Degree. Everything changed when she had major surgery, her father passed away and her ten-year relationship ended, she once again turned to drugs and alcohol. She lost everything. She came to CHANCE and got into an Oxford House and it saved her life. She now has almost two years clean and sober, she is the activities and resource coordinator at CHANCE, and is the Peer Support Specialist facilitator trainer. She also is a house President at a God Gears women’s recovery house.

Matthew Ferguson
Weekend Peer Support

Matt was born in Boise Idaho in 1977. His father was in the military and this afforded the family to travel the world and to live abroad during Matts formative years, including five living in Belgium. Matt joined the Navy and served briefly and ended up in Alabama. Matt is a proud father of his daughter, Alanna.

With a divorce, the loss of his family, drug addiction and homelessness. Matt found his way to CHANCE and has overcome his addictions and several of his obstacles. Matt is now two years clean and sober, he is a house president of a God Gears Recovery House and works part time at CHANCE as weekend Peer Support Staff.

Barbara Thayer
Weekend Peer Support

Barbara Thayer

Barbara has lived in Albany with her husband, Jarred, for 15 years. They have been married for 26 years. Together, they have two adult children. She has over 25 years of clean and sober living. When Barbara was 18, she encountered homelessness due to her addiction and it was only after she met her husband that she escaped homelessness permanently.

Barbara received her certification as a Christian Life Coach in 2007 from Professional Christian Coaching and Counseling Academy. Her previous work includes working at a homeless shelter, working at a drop-in center that serves those experiencing homelessness and / or mental illness as well as having had a private life coaching practice. She has also previously served on many Boards and Committees within Linn county, including: Linn County Behavioral Health Justice Task Force, Linn County Mental Health Advisory Board, Salvation Army Board, HEART Board, Linn County Emergency Food & Shelter Program Board and Linn County’s Ten Year Plan to Address Homelessness Steering Committee. Barbara was also instrumental in the formation and incorporation of Love INC of Linn County, as well as Compassion In Action of Linn County.