Our Board of Directors ~ Integrantes de nuestra Mesa Directiva
John Blakinger President ~ Presidente
Project Manager (Self-employed) ~ Gerente de proyectos (Trabajadores por cuenta propia)
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).
Kim Hatfield President ~ Vice presidente
Executive Director, Friends of the Children - Director ejecutivo
Kim Hatfield has been a Bend resident for 4 years, relocating from Wenatchee, Washington where she began her 30 year career working with children as a child care center owner and director for many years. She was also on the Early Childhood Education Faculty of Wenatchee Valley College and most recently worked for Catholic Charities as Director of External Relations and the Early Childhood Program's Director for all of rural Central Washington. Since moving to Bend, Kim has served as a board member and volunteer with several non-profits whose focus is children living in poverty and programming for the betterment of children. She most recently completed a one-year contract with Westside Church as the Fostering Hope Coordinator charged with creating partnerships with agencies serving families in crisis. This work led her to Friends of the Children.
Kim has spent her career advocating for children living in the margins through no fault of their own. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood from Western Washington University. With a career in early education, program management, grant writing, fund development, leadership, collective impact collaboratives and a fierce advocacy for children and families living in poverty and isolation in rural communities, Kim’s experience in telling the stories that bring funders forward is extremely eclectic and diverse.
She has two children of her own Lauren 24, Preston 26, two step-children 20 and 42 and 2 grandchildren. Her passions are her family, travel, camping, reading and enjoying all the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Andrés Mazabel Treasurer ~ Tesorero
Banker, Wells Fargo ~ Banquero
ANDRES MAZABEL knows first-hand the struggles of starting over and adjusting to a new culture. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Andres immigrated the U.S. as an adult. Helping others succeed in a similar transition inspires Andres to make a positive impact on individual lives. He is passionate about immigration rights and working for a respectful, diverse and inclusive community. When not working as a Premier Banker at Wells Fargo in Bend, Andres can be found mentoring youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. “I truly enjoy being around kids. There is so much we can learn from their passion for life.” Among Andres’ favorite hobbies, he is a life-long salsa dance enthusiast! Andres lives in Bend with his two “amazing” dogs, Marley and Layla.
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.
Co-Owner/Manager, Hola! Restaurants ~ Co-Dueño/Gerente, Hola!
Candidate for Oregon State Senate District 27 ~ Candidato para el Senado de Oregon Distrito 27
Liliana Cabrera Secretary ~ Secretaria
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.
Fabian Clark was born in Bogota, Colombia and, at the age of five, was adopted into a Central Oregon family. Traveling back to Colombia to reconnect with his grandmother sparked a lifelong love of active travel, and Fabian proudly holds dual U.S./Colombian citizenship. After serving in the United States Air Force supporting missile maintenance technology, Fabian received a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Fabian’s profession is helping Central Oregonians with their insurance and financial services needs. In addition to serving on the board of the Latino Community Association, Fabian also volunteers with Young Life and Camp Eagle Cap. Helping others is what gets Fabian going and keeps him motivated. LCA is very glad to be able to leverage his experience and expertise.
Geraldine Casimiro was born in California and raised in Central Oregon. As a successful entrepreneur as well as personal shopper and merchandiser, Geraldine enjoys helping people “feel good in their skin.” As the Foreign Language Director for the High Desert Educational Service District (ESD), she particularly enjoys witnessing individual progress in the Latino community achieved through adult literacy programs. Geraldine encourages Latino adults to continue their own education while also staying involved in their children’s education and maintaining their native language. Geraldine takes her inspiration from her immigrant-migrant grandparents who fled violence and suffered separation from family, to eventually witness their children’s children attain college degrees. Geraldine appreciates the opportunity to give back in her own community and to pay forward her grandparents’ sacrifices. Geraldine loves travel and is always looking forward to the next trip and the next cultural encounter. Geraldine enjoys “milk on the rocks” and even puts ice in her cereal. At LCA, we think she rocks.