Abby Ryan (they/ she)
Abby joined the Sweet River Bamboo community in the summer of 2022 as a kinship needs administrator. Throughout the summer and fall they have grown into their current position of executive director through close work and training with SRB’s founder, Sahra, and the administrative team. As executive director, Abby is thrilled to support the current operations and ongoing development of Sweet River Bamboo!
Abby’s passion lies in creating socially and emotionally responsive programming and care environments for children in their first 6 years of life. Coming from an infant care background, Abby has seen first-hand the importance of creating secure attachments and fostering a sense of community in young children’s lives. These are principles that guide Abby every day.
Abby has her Masters in early childhood education with a concentration in organizational change and leadership from Pacific Oaks College. They graduated in 2021 and are very excited to bring their educational background and expertise to SRB. Throughout their Masters program, Abby learned valuable leadership skills, deepened their knowledge of child development, discovered business and HR best practices, and engaged in critical self-reflection about their leadership style. This educational experience, alongside Abby’s many years of teaching experience make them uniquely qualified to lead and guide SRB.
When Abby is not busy with the kinships, they are still enjoying getting to know Portland! Abby moved here from Boston in 2021 and is still setting down roots in this new community! Abby lives here with her partner and rescue dog, Bug, and enjoys spending time exploring all of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with their family! Abby is naturally drawn to holistic living experiences and some of their most cherished memories are those spent outside in communion with nature. Outside of work, Abby can often be found exploring nature, creating art, and trying out new recipes!
Tatjana Moffitt Moore (she/her)
Fern Haven Site Director and SRB Program Coordinator
Tatjana is thrilled to be a part of the Sweet River Bamboo family and feels so at home with this community. Her years of experience as a program coordinator for Chicago Public Schools, a children’s theatre director, and a tour management associate, provide a wealth of experience that support her position as SRB’s program coordinator. She is passionate about building bonds with families, connecting the threads that weave through our lives, and rejuvenating community while fostering relationships. Tatjana strives to create intentional moments and warmth with those around her in all of her pursuits. She highly values a village mindset and spending time in nature, and is thrilled to do both at SRB!
Tatjana is a proud mama of Augustus and wife to Jake, who she spends her days making memories with when not in the kinships. Favorite pastimes include embroidery, felting, playing dress up, paper mache craft work, traveling, nail art, baking, visits to the coast and dreaming.