Meet Our Staff
Jan Druckenmiller - Executive Administrator - MS, Child Care Administration
Jan Druckenmiller was born and raised in Mandan, North Dakota and ventured to the neighboring state of Montana to attend college at Montana State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life Sciences and Child Development in 1974. During the last semester of college, she began dating Craig Druckenmiller who happened to be in the same curriculum and classes. Craig and Jan were married in August after completing their final needed credits during summer school. They moved away briefly to Lincoln, Nebraska after graduation but soon returned to Bozeman as they missed the mountains. In 1975, they started Pooh Corner Child Care which later became Southwood Child and Family Education Center. Wanting to further her education and be better equipped for the work she was doing, Jan earned a Master's Degree in Child Care Administration in 1980.
After 22 years of growing and administrating the early childhood program, Craig and Jan turned their hearts towards a more needy population of the world's children - those without families. They founded The Sacred Portion Children's Outreach in 1998, a non-profit ministry to orphaned and abandoned children. They began traveling to the Philippines, becoming involved with several different orphanages there. Jan was able to continue using her early childhood background in developing onsite preschool programs at these orphanages and also became involved in the administration. She continues to marvel at the way that God responded to the desires of her heart and provided an opportunity for her to use her skills in an orphanage environment. In addition to orphanage work overseas, Jan has become very involved in adoption work on the home front. The Sacred Portion Children's Outreach became licensed as a child placing agency with the state of Montana in 2006 and was granted Hague accreditation in 2012. Although not a social worker, Jan has learned lots regarding the world of adoption, including the importance of providing post adoption support to families.
Jan's work on behalf of orphans has been all consuming at both a professional and personal level. She is mother to one biological son and five adopted daughters, bringing a wealth of first-hand experience to what she does.
Lynne Hooper - Social Worker, LCSW
Lynne was born in Oxnard, California and raised near Santa Paula, California. She was the daughter of a strawberry and citrus grower. She loves being in the outdoors, gardening, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing and playing with her dog.
Lynne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Development from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1996. She later was accepted to graduate school at California State University, Sacramento. In May of 1998 she received her Master's Degree in Social Work.
In September of 1998, Lynne worked for Sacramento County's Department of Health & Human Services in Child Protective Service, Adoptions. There she found homes for children who could not be returned to their biological parents. Later, she was trained to do adoptive home studies for families hoping to adopt from the program. It was an intense work environment and she learned so much from "seasoned" social workers. While in Sacramento, Lynne met her husband Dan and was married in 2000. Lynne worked for DHHS for 6 years until her husband Dan received a job offer in Bozeman. In 2005 Lynne's pastor told her about a program that worked with older orphans from orphanages overseas and he suggested that she should contact Craig and Jan Druckenmiller. A year later Lynne began contracting with The Sacred Portion Children's Outreach to provide social work services in conjunction with the organization's summer hosting program for older orphans. Lynne also began doing the home studies for families wanting to move forward with a plan for adoption at the conclusion of the hosting program.
Lynne's long term goal was to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). While working with the Summer of Hope, families she was supervised for 3000 hours by a licensed clinical social worker. Later in 2013 Lynne sat for her licensing exam and passed!
Looking back, Lynne knows that God was always there, guiding her through some rough patches and the good times, to bring her to HopeFull Connections Adoption Services for this time. Lynne says it is amazing to know that He cares so much for us! She loves working for SPCO and HopeFull Connections because it is staffed by like-minded people who seek the will of God in what they say and do. How great it is to know that your work is covered in prayer and close to the heart of God. Through training and life experience she has received so much satisfaction from helping children who have suffered grief, loss, and trauma to be placed in loving homes that will be used to be a part of their healing. Lynne also enjoys getting to know the adoptive families and being a part of equipping them to help their children heal.
Lorene Schmit - Adoption Program Assistant
Born and raised in Malta, Montana. Lorene has known since high school that she wanted to pursue a career that helped people in some way. However, if you had asked her back then, she never would have predicted that it would be in the adoption field! Lorene graduated from MSU Northern with a degree in Business. Since that time, she worked in several different industries, including retail, insurance, social services, and banking.
It was not until after a chance meeting with Jan Druckenmiller in 2000 that her husband, Ken, and she began to think about adoption. You might say that it all started with an invitation to an adoptive families picnic! From there, Ken and Lorene embarked on a journey of a domestic, newborn adoption while at the same time she began to volunteer with SPCO. Almost 2 years later, at the same time SPCO was planning to bring its first group of children to the US for a summer hosting program, Ken and Lorene were able to bring home a 4-year-old daughter, Galina, who was originally from Russia! It's been almost 14 years since that chance meeting and, in that time, she has been honored to serve as volunteer, board member, Administrative Assistant, and now Adoption Program Assistant where she now gets to work even more closely with adoptive families. Lorene has learned much about the beauty and heartache of the world of adoption and continues to learn more every day. What a blessed journey it has been and what a joy to see the Lord grow this ministry! She says she is incredibly blessed to be involved in helping children find forever families and getting to know and work with those amazing families, many of whom have become life-long friends.
Lauren Ortega - Administrative Assistant
Lauren was born in Sacramento, California but was raised in the great state of Montana, moving to Manhattan when she was 4 years old. She attended the public school just blocks away for elementary, junior high, and high school. She walked to and from school in all types of weather and temperatures. She joined nearly every club, made excellent grades, participated in school sports such as track and golf, and sang in the choir or jazz choir for 6 years. Lauren managed boys' basketball for 3 years, football for 1 year, and played AYSO (soccer) for 12 years. She attended college, where she discovered her passion for children, working with several different child care facilities until finally committing to one she agreed with both professionally and morally. She has spent years babysitting and nannying, volunteering for non-profits and community events, leading her honor society as well as her coworkers, and even exploring the possible career of teaching, leaving just shy of completing her student teaching and earning her Secondary Education degree.
Lauren graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and minors in both Child Services and Sociology. She now finds herself blessed with the opportunity to work for SPCO / HopeFull Connections Adoption Services. Lauren said she never would have dreamed she could find the perfect marriage of her love of non-profit work and her love of children. She states that she is "beyond pleased to have been added to this wonderful organization with outstanding individuals and an undeniably passionate and pure purpose." Lauren has had a heart for adoption for the past 5 years and absolutely intends to fulfill her desire in the future as well as to support as many needy ones as she possibly can through foster care. She can't think of a better place for her to learn and grow than SPCO / HopeFull Connections Adoption Services.
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