Meet the Team



Brianna Woods, M.Ed. | Executive Director 

Bri grew up in the Seattle area then at age 21 moved to South Central Los Angeles to intern with a non-profit focused on community development. She came to Portland 20 years ago to finish school at Multnomah University then continued to Portland State University, earning a Master of Education degree focused on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic inequity. She’s learned from and served in urban communities around the country and internationally where a passion for justice was deeply rooted. Her life has been profoundly shaped through mentorship and she is honored to be part of the life-changing work of Faithful Friends. In her free time she enjoys being with friends, reading, and exploring the outdoors with her family.



Processed with VSCO with a1 presetCurtis Holm, M.Div. | Program Director

Curtis is a lifelong Portlander who brings over 20 years experience in pastoral leadership and ministry. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and a Master of Divinity degree from Portland Seminary. He loves to be part of an inspiring team at Faithful Friends where he can help churches invest in young kids and inspire hope in his hometown. In his free time you can find him golfing with friends, studying church history, theology and culture, or spending time at home with his wife and their two young daughters.  



Phone: (971) 284-6185


Elizabeth Aman, M.Ed.  | Operations Manager

Liz was raised in the Portland area, earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Master of Education degree from Hunter College. After graduating from U of O she moved to New York City where she taught middle school for five years. Her love for building relationships with kids and their families is what brought her to Faithful Friends. In her free time, she loves playing sports with friends and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Phone: (503) 610-0585



IMG_0474Cia Howell | Program Coordinator

Cia was raised North of Seattle and came to Portland for college where she earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University. While attending Bridgetown church in downtown Portland she learned of Faithful Friends, became a mentor, and fell in love with the program. She was a para-educator for middle school students and works with the children’s ministry at her church. She loves seeing the significant impact mentorship makes in the lives of young children and is grateful for the opportunity to help Faithful expand mentor friendships throughout the city. In her free time she enjoys running and hiking with friend.


Phone: 503-489-9835


IMG_6712Chon Armsbury | Program Coordinator

Chon is a Portland native, graduating from Grant High School and earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. Before joining the team at Faithful Friends, he spent 24 years mentoring youth through the Friends of the Children program.  Chon is honored to be a part of the Faithful Friends team where he can continue to see the transformational work of mentoring in children’s lives. He is a husband, father of 3 daughters and a lover of people. In his free time Chon enjoys traveling, working out, watching sports, hanging out with friends/family and eating good food.


Phone: 503-793-6510