Meet the Team



Brianna WoodsBrianna 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. 


Curtis HoldCurtis Holm, M.Div.

Program Director, 971-284-6185,

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.


Cia HowellCia Howell

Program Coordinator, 503-489-9835,

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 friends.


Chon ArmsburyChon Armsbury

Program Coordinator, 503-793-6510,

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.

lynsey-300w-1lynsey redman

Development Director, 971-432-6221,

Lynsey was raised in Florida where she attended Florida State University and received her first bachelor’s degree in International Business. After graduation she and her husband moved to Michigan where she attended Eastern Michigan University and received her second bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She volunteered for many organizations, including Onsted schools where she procured multiple grants and ran successful fundraisers. Her passion for youth led her to the Boys and Girls Club where she again was able to advocate for the most vulnerable youth. Lynsey moved to Oregon in 2021 and is grateful for the opportunity to join Faithful Friends where she can continue to pursue her passion in fund development. She is a mother of three; teenage twin girls and a teenage boy. She enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking and exploring the beauty of Oregon.


Tim CowleyTim Cowley

Communications Manager, 971-533-8836,

Tim’s formative years were spent mostly in VA and PA as a Navy brat before attending Cedarville University in Ohio where he met his wife whose family roots were embedded in the northwest. After eight years in Phoenix, one in the Philippines, and thirteen in Malawi and Mozambique, they settled in outer SE PDX with their four mostly-grown children. He brings his experience in documentary filmmaking and photography, graphic design & social media, and non-profit leadership to the Faithful Friends team as their Communications Manager. In his free time you’ll likely find him preparing for his next adventure race.