Meet the Foster Care Team

Click on the names below to learn about each member of our team.

  • Colleen Vogel, Director, Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention
    Colleen Vogel is the Director, Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention. Colleen Vogel’s team covers all 23 counties that contract with the Northern Rivers Foster Care program. She joined the organization in 2009, serving as a clinician in community-based programs and a foster care coordinator before being named to her current position in 2016. Before coming to Northern Rivers, she served in a number of clinical and case management positions for the St. Anne Institute in Albany. She earned her BS in psychology from SUNY Cortland and her MSW from the University at Albany.

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    518.346.4251 ext. 2211

  • Jennifer Sherry, Homefinder, Albany Office
    Jennifer Sherry is the Homefinder for our Albany office. She certifies and maintains foster homes for Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Jennifer joined Northern Rivers in 2019 and her previous experience includes being a lifeguard and working in a school setting.

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    518.225.9890

  • Chris Murray, Homefinder, Binghamton/Oneonta Offices
    Chris Murray is the Homefinder for our Oneonta office. He certifies and maintains foster homes in Delaware, Herkimer, and Otsego Counties. Chris joined the organization in June 2017 as a clinical case manager before transitioning to his current role. He previously worked at Catholic Charities, helping residents with daily living skills. He also was a director for Men’s Ministry, coordinating and planning service projects. Chris was a foster parent and fostered children from 2008 to 2014. He brings valuable personal experience when working with our foster parents.

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    607.643.6044