Widny Joseph

Executive Director


“Faith, family, and philanthropy.
My mother and I moved to the U.S(California) in 2009 from Haiti. I was blessed with the
opportunity to earn my bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in
organizational leadership at Western Oregon University. While soccer is where my heart
is in sports, I had the privilege of playing football, which helped pay for my school at
Western. My beautiful wife and I met and got married during our years in college. My life
is an example of the goodness of God and His abundant generosity to bless me with a
fantastic family and great mentors. God has been the most faithful. He gives us our
needs and even considers our wants. I am excited to work with the wonderful people
here at Love for Lane County and do good work to bring glory to God.
As a leader, my passion is to use a growth mindset through personal development
within an organization to help maximize the gift of everybody involved. My mission is to
live a life of integrity humility and be a blessing in the lives of others. Family; “How good
and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” Psalm 133:1. Faith; “God
has given us all the spirit of power, love, and discipline,” (2 Timothy 1:7). It is then our
responsibility to utilize our privilege for His glory. Philanthropy; “My instruction is to be
rich in good work, to be generous, and ready to share, storing up the treasures of a
good foundation for the future so that I may take hold of that which is life indeed,” (1 Timothy 6:18)”

Cathi Busse

Volunteer Coordinator


Cathi brings decades of non-profit experience to her new position here at Love for Lane County as our Community Relations Coordinator. She joined us in Sept. 2016 as our Clearinghouse Coordinator. Her past community involvement includes 20 years as a volunteer Cub Scout leader, among her various activities. Cathi looks forward to applying her event skills to coordinating fellowship events for Love for Lane County.
​Cathi grew up in Nampa, Idaho where her father operated two radio stations in the ‘70’s. She has been here in Lane County since graduating from the University of Oregon. Cathi and her husband, Stan, have two grown sons and a daughter-in-love. They enjoy traveling, Oregon sports, and volunteering.

Tammie Newell

Client Care Coordinator

Tammie Newell


Tammie has been married to Herb Newell for 41 years. Together, they pastor a small elderly fellowship. They have 8 grandchildren. They are very involved with their family of 6 children. Tammie homeschooled her children and had a homeschool business. She also worked in a local Christian bookstore for 20 year. She has been a Camp Fire Boys and Girls leader for numerous years. She also has been involved with Girl Scouts for 18 plus years. She loves to quilt, read, travel, play in the sun, but most of all hang out with family. She is also a Disney fanatic!

Joni Garrelts

Executive Assistant


Joni joined Love for Lane County in the Summer of 2021.  She has been married to her husband, John, for 33 years. She has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Joni is an Air Force veteran where she met and married John. She is a lifetime member of the Springfield VFW and is the Chaplain and Adjutant for her Post. She is actively involved in veterans issues- serving on the steering committee & volunteering at local Stand Down events plus working the Buddy Poppy tent during the chicken BBQ at the VFW. She is a CERT member and a volunteer with the City of Springfield-Human Resources, Police Department and Emergency Management for various events. “I am a Veteran and a Christian – I am extremely proud of both. My military oath has no expiration date. Veterans issues and rights are very important to me. Being a woman veteran, especially one of faith, has been quite the journey and eye-opener. I can empathize more and see life from a different perspective and am able to assist more veterans, especially female veterans and their families, with prayer and knowledge of services available to veterans.” Her favorite bible verses are John 8:32 “and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” and John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends”