Our Board of Directors ~ Integrantes de nuestra Mesa Directiva

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John Blakinger          President ~ Presidente

Project Manager (Self-employed) ~ Gerente de proyectos (Trabajadores por cuenta propia)

Bio

John is a consultant to the global utility industry, creating management tools for measuring and improving organizational financial and operational performance. He also spent more than twenty years as a senior manager for Fortune 400 computer services companies EDS and Alliance Data. John is co-author of The Moment of OH! Making Community Decisions – A Guide for Community Leaders and Public Officials. The book grew out of John’s experience co-chairing the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Groundwater Protection; a three-year project that developed community outreach and consensus recommendations accepted by DEQ and Deschutes County to ensure safe ground- and surface water in South Deschutes and North Klamath Counties. John understands how to move organizations forward in order to accomplish their strategic objectives.

John is past chair of the customer-supplier division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ.org), a partner in Transformation Systems International (tsi4results.com), and a past board member at The Performance Center (performancecenter.org).

John is a consultant to the global utility industry, creating management tools for measuring and improving organizational financial and operational performance. He also spent more than twenty years as a senior manager for Fortune 400 computer services companies EDS and Alliance Data. John is co-author of The Moment of OH! Making Community Decisions – A Guide for Community Leaders and Public Officials. The book grew out of John’s experience co-chairing the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Groundwater Protection; a three-year project that developed community outreach and consensus recommendations accepted by DEQ and Deschutes County to ensure safe ground- and surface water in South Deschutes and North Klamath Counties. John understands how to move organizations forward in order to accomplish their strategic objectives.

John is past chair of the customer-supplier division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ.org), a partner in Transformation Systems International (tsi4results.com), and a past board member at The Performance Center (performancecenter.org).

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Yolanda Vanderpool     Vice President ~ Vice presidente

Home Ownership Coordinator, NeighborImpact
- Coordinadora del programa de vivienda, NeighborImpact

Yolanda Vanderpool born and raised in Mazatlán, Mexico moved to Oregon in 1989 with her husband Bill a "Native Oregonian". Prior to relocating to Central Oregon she was a licensed Real Estate Broker in Oregon and for 12 years where she specialized in providing real estate services to first time home buyers and Latinos. She also worked for Wells Fargo as a Loan Officer with emphasis in marketing emerging markets and minorities. Yolanda has worked for Neighbor Impact for 7 years and she currently is the Homeownership Coordinator.

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Fabian Clark     Treasurer ~ Tesorero

Financial Advisor, Country Financial ~ Consejero financiero

A US Air Force veteran and long-time Central Oregon resident, Fabian is an Insurance and Financial Representative offering insurance and investment products with Country Financial Services. An OSU grad and former nuclear missile maintenance technician, Fabian was born in Colombia. He has volunteered with Young Life and joined the LCA board to continue his community involvement. He enjoys hiking, travel, and a good float down the Deschutes.

Un veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos y residente de Oregón Central desde hace mucho tiempo, Fabian es Representante de Seguros y Productos Financieros con Country Financial ofreciendo productos de seguros y de inversiones. Un graduado de OSU y ex técnico de mantenimiento de misiles nucleares, Fabian nació en Colombia. Él se ha involucrado como voluntario con Young Life y se unió a la mesa directiva de LCA para continuar su participación en la comunidad. Le gustan los paseos por areas naturales, viajar, y rafting por el Río Deschutes.

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Gabriela Hernandez-Peden     Secretary ~ Secretaria

Latino Services Specialist, Deschutes Public Library
~ Especialista de Servicios Latinos, Biblioteca Pública de Deschutes

Gabriela is originally from south central Los Angeles where she was raised around the Latino community and culture.  Since moving to Redmond in 2007, Gabriela has been a strong supporter of the Latino community. She keeps herself busy as the Latino Service Specialist for the Deschutes Public Library. She has been involved with LCA , Festival of Cultures, COCC Latino Club, Plaza Comunitaria and many other programs to support and promote activities for the Latino community. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their son. She has a strong passion for dance and enjoys training with top Latin dance instructors and performs at Latin Dance festivals and congresses throughout the western United States.

Gabriela es originalmente de Los Ángeles. Se crió alrededor de la comunidad y la cultura Latina. Desde su traslado a Redmond en 2007, Gabriela ha sido una firme defensora de la comunidad Latina. Ella se mantiene ocupada como la Especialista de Servicios Latinos para la Biblioteca Pública de Deschutes. Ella ha estado involucrada con LCA, Festival de Culturas, el Club Latino de COCC, Plaza y muchos otros programas para apoyar y promover actividades para la comunidad Latina. Cuando no está en el trabajo le gusta pasar tiempo con su esposo y su hijo. Ella tiene una fuerte pasión por el baile y disfruta de entrenar con los mejores instructores del baile Latino y presentar en los festivales y congresos de baile Latino en todo el oeste de Estados Unidos.

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Jose Balcazar     Vice President ~ Vice Presidente

COCC Business Advisor - Consejero para las pequeñas empresas en COCC

Jose was born in Mexico City and is the youngest of 2 children. Raised in a family setting of ambitious, hard working parents who were able to raise Jose and his brother with values and the mentality to “work hard for what you want.” At the young age of 16 Jose knew he had a passion for computer programming and design so he attended a technical school where he learned the “first era of computers” in the early 90’s, while still attending high school. Jose migrated to the United States at the age of 18. He attended and graduated from Hermiston High School in Hermiston Oregon.   In 1998 Jose enlisted in the Army and was awarded the Distinguish Honor Graduate Award, several Certificates of Achievement, the Military Excellence Award and the Army Achievement Medal. After completing his Enduring Freedom deployment and he received an honorable discharge. Jose went on to own several businesses and raise his 2 children in Central Oregon.  His longest business was a successful Mexican restaurant that he owned and operated in Bend for over 17 years.  Jose currently works at the Central Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center and is board vice president for the Latino Community Association.

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Michelle Cordova     

Self-Sufficiency Program, Dept. of Human Services ~ de auto-suficiencia, Dpto. de Servicios Humanos

Michelle has been an advocate for the Hispanic community throughout her life. She studied at the University of Northern Colorado.  In 1992, Michelle relocated to Prineville.  There she represented and served Crook County families as the School District’s Migrant Education Recruiter.  Michelle developed many long lasting relationships  as the Mentor Instructor for Latino youth, and has organized and supported many community events that promote cultural awareness For the last 10 years, Michelle has been an employee at the Department of Human Services.

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Geraldine Casimiro     

Interpreter Coordinator, High Desert Education Service District -
Coordinador de Interpretación, Distrito de Servicios de Educación de High Desert

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Gregorio Delgado     

Candidate for Oregon State Senate District 27 ~ Candidato para el Senado de Oregon Distrito 27

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Liliana Cabrera     

Outreach Coordinator, Planned Parenthood ~ Coordinadora de promoción
 

Liliana Cabrera comes to Central Oregon from the Central Coast of California. Prior to moving to Redmond, liliana worked as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood in Monterey County.  Her work as a Community Educator has allowed her to follow her passion to work in the field of social justice and given her the opportunity to do so in Central Oregon. Her other passions include hiking, theater, music, and baile folklorico. She is excited to join the Latino Community Association’s Board of Directors and continue to work toward empowering Latin@ communities.

Liliana Cabrera viene al area central de Oregon desde la costa central de California. Antes de moverse a Redmond, liliana era educadora comunitaria para Planned Parenthood en el condado de Monterey. Su trabajo como educadora  comunitaria le ha dado la oportunidad de seguir su pasión de participar en la lucha para justicia social y continuarlo en los condados de Deschutes, Crook, y Jefferson.  Sus otras pasiones incluye teatro, música, y baile folklorico. Ella esta entusiasmada de estar en la Mesa Directiva de la Asosiacion de la Comunidad Latina y de continuar el trabajo de promover el poder a la Comunidad Latina.