The University of Portland chapter of A Moment of Magic was established in 2018 as one of the first West Coast chapters. Located on the beautiful Bluff overlooking downtown Portland, Oregon, we are excited to be in our third year of operation. This year, we hope to continue to strengthen and expand our relationship with local hospitals, non-profit organizations and families in the Pacific Northwest. We accept donations at any time and update our social media regularly with upcoming events, fun content, and pictures. Follow us to keep up with our chapter as we spread magic here in Portland!

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Want to Join Our Team?

We are always looking for new members to join our chapter here on the UP campus! If you're interested in joining or learning more about our team, send Sarah, our New Member Coordinator an email at amom.portland.nmc@up.edu

Weekly meetings for Fall 2020 are Tuesdays 8:00pm PST. 

Stop by to see our chapter, all are welcome! 

Click here to access our Zoom Meetings: https://uportland.zoom.us/j/97149603758 


2020/2021 Executive Board

Elli VanBrabant

Chapter President

Elli is a junior nursing major. Outside of school, she loves to be outdoors hiking, paddle boarding, and crabbing!

Elizabeth Lyons-Best

Vice President

Elizabeth is a junior elementary education major here at UP! She has a passion for helping children and is often found student teaching, studying, taking photos, hanging out with friends, eating sushi and searching for Bigfoot.

Lindsay Harrington


Lindsay is a junior biology major and Spanish minor from Indiana. At UP, she is also a captain for the women's club soccer team! Lindsay enjoys traveling and volunteering with children and those with special needs. Being a member of A Moment of Magic has given Lindsay the opportunity to bring a smile to children's faces and she feels so grateful for her time spent with this organization.

Abby McCarthy

Magic Experience Coordinator

Abby is a senior nursing major. She enjoys walking through forests with an almond milk latte in her hand while listening to 90s music! Her favorite thing about A Moment of Magic is the friendships she’s made over the last year! She is so excited to continue spreading A Moment of Magic’s joy and laughter to the kids of Portland and beyond!

Alyssa Reed

Intrachapter Relations

Alyssa is a sophomore psychology major! She loves mythology and is obsessed with dragons! She likes winter and curling up in a blanket with hot coca!

Ali Venneberg

Social Media Coordinator


Ali is our Social Media Coordinator this year. She is a senior nursing major from Sitka, Alaska. When not studying, you can find her being outside running, hiking, exploring Portland, or smashing it out at the CrossFit Gym. 

Delanie Kahn

Magic Maker Coordinator

Delanie is a junior psychology major here at UP! She loves, dancing, baking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and 3 dogs!

Sarah Obujen

New Member Coordinator

Sarah is a senior nursing major here at UP. She love volunteering with AMOM and getting to bring joy to kids all over the Portland area! When she is not in class or studying, you can find Sarah exploring places in Portland, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends. She is looking forward to this year with all of us!

Jen Heideman

Training Coordinator

Jen is a junior nursing major. Beyond volunteering, she likes traveling, spending time with friends, getting involved on campus, watching Disney+ and singing during car rides!

Suzie Geisler

Costume Coordinator

Suzie is a senior nursing major with a minor in Integrative health and wellness at UP. Her favorite part of AMOM is seeing the kids with the characters and going on visits! When not in class, you can find Suzie petting her cats, drinking copious amounts of tea, at the beach with her friends, or reading a good book. She is excited to be a part of all the magic this year! 

Karly Anderson

Fundraising Chair

Karly is a sophomore nursing major here at UP! She was born and raised in Washington and loves the PNW! During her free time, Karly loves to enjoy the outdoors by hiking or even just laying out in a hammock. She loves everything this organization does for children who need some extra magic in their lives!

Emma Smith

Finance Chair

At UP, Emma is a finance major entering her junior year! She loves the outdoors, hiking and kayaking, as well as spending time with her family! Emma loves A Moment of Magic because of the strong community that has been built and the ability to give to those who need it. She is so excited to be a part of the executive board to continue traditions and establish new ones!

Shannon Ferguson

On-Campus Coordinator/ Community Coordinator

Shannon is a junior nursing major who loves anything crafty, from embroidery to baked clay to digital art (& so much more!). She also loves spending time outside hiking, camping, and hammocking! Becoming a part of A Moment of Magic has been such an amazing experience, this organization holds such a special place in her heart! Shannon also loves kids and being able to brighten a child's day brings her so much joy! 

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"Be kind, have courage, and always believe in a little magic."