Our Board of Directors ~ Integrantes de nuestra Mesa Directiva
Liliana Cabrera President ~ Presidenta
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.
Gabriela Hernandez-Peden Vice President ~ Vice presidenta
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.
John Blakinger Treasurer ~ Tesorero
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).
Verenice Alvarez-Sanchez Secretary ~ Secretaria
Executive Assistant, Mosaic Medical ~ Ayudante ejecutiva
Project Manager (Self-employed) ~ Gerente de proyectos (Trabajadores por cuenta propia)
Verenice Alvarez-Sanchez grew up in Southern California before her family relocated to beautiful Central Oregon when she was 8. In 2000, the family moved from Bend to Redmond, where she coordinated Latino cultural events in high school. She earned a transfer degree from Central Oregon Community College while also enrolled at Oregon State University Cascades. She participated in student government and spent a summer in Madrid, Spain, as an HR intern. She also worked at Wells Fargo for three years as its only Spanish-speaking bank teller. In 2013, Verenice graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and began working at Mosaic Medical because of her passion for contributing to the underserved. She coordinated a school-based clinic in Redmond for two years, and then moved into administration at Mosaic in Bend in 2015. She has worked as a facilitator for the Juntos program in Redmond, Bend and Crook County, encouraging students and their families to get ready for college. Verenice has three younger siblings, a husband and a happy Australian cattle dog. She is excited to join the Latino Community Association board and hopes to work with our board to drive efforts that positively impact our Latino community, identify and address areas of need, as well as bring awareness to our community.
Verenice Alvarez-Sánchez creció al sur de California antes de que su familia se mudara a la hermosa Oregón Central cuando tenía 8 años. En 2000, la familia se mudó de Bend a
Redmond, en donde ella coordinó eventos latinos culturales en la escuela secundaria. Obtuvo un título de transferencia en el Central Oregon Community ollege mientras estaba inscrita en Oregon State University Cascades. Participó en el gobierno estudiantil y pasó un verano en Madrid, España, como interna de recursos humanos. También trabajó en Wells Fargo por tres años como única cajera bilingüe. En 2013 se graduó de OSU con su título en administración de negocios y empezó a trabajar para Mosaic Medical debido a su pasión por ayudar a personas con escasa atención médica. Coordinó una clínica escolar en Redmond durante dos años, y después, entró en la administración de Mosaic en Bend. Ha trabajado como facilitadora en el programa Juntos en Redmond, Bend y el condado de Crook, animando a estudiantes y familias a prepararse para el colegio. Verenice tiene tres hermanos menores, un esposo y un feliz perro australiano. Ella está emocionada de unirse a la Junta de la Asociación de la Comunidad Latina y espera trabajar con nuestra junta para impulsar esfuerzos que impacten positivamente en nuestra comunidad latina, identificar y abordar áreas de necesidad, así como también para concientizar a nuestra comunidad.
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.
Co-Owner/Manager, Hola! Restaurants ~ Co-Dueño/Gerente, Hola!
When he was a child, Marcos Rodríguez left Guadalajara, Mexico each summer for three years to visit his father who worked for the Ford Company in Chicago. He began to see the United States as a place of opportunity. In 1995, he joined friends in La Grande, Oregon and worked in the fields and orchards. He helped a friend move to Bend in 1999. When he saw the mountains and rivers, he decided, “I’m moving here.” A week later, he settled in Bend and found work at a restaurant. He worked every job from busboy to chef in Mexican, Chinese, Italian restaurants and steak houses and learned the business inside out. He opened his first Hola! Restaurant in east Bend with help from business partner Peter Lowes in 2007. Now Marcos is co-owner of six Hola! Restaurants: Redmond, Sisters, SunRiver, and three in Bend - plus a taquería, EsTá BiEn, in Bend. He has succeeded because “I have a good partner and I work hard with a good attitude.” Marcos lives in Bend and has a 14-year-old daughter. He was drawn to the Latino Community Association and its mission and began bringing his trademark dishes to LCA events and meetings. He joined the board in 2016. Marcos believes many Latinos here fall short of their potential, despite their hard work, because they haven’t learned enough about living in the U.S. and how things are done. He credits LCA for “building the bridge between Latinos and Anglos in Central Oregon.”
Kathleen Straub is a trilingual (Spanish, English and Portuguese) Oregonian with a strong commitment to the Latino community. She grew up on a farm near Goshen, southeast of Eugene, and earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon.
She has worked as a quality assurance specialist with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network in Tampa, Florida, a family development specialist for Children’s Home Society, St. Petersburg, Florida, and a crisis access and referrals coordinator for Centro LatinoAmericano in Eugene, Oregon. For the past 10 years, she has worked for SAIF as a bilingual claims adjuster for workers compensation.
In 2016, she moved with her family from Salem to Bend to enjoy the drier weather and outdoor opportunities. She is well-connected in the business community and experienced with nonprofits and social service agencies.
“I have been surrounded by Latino culture for most of my life and bilingual since the age of 16,” Kathleen said. “It is very important to me to help foster a more diverse and culturally rich Central Oregon where Latino culture is embraced and valued.”
Kathleen es una oregoniana trilingüe (habla inglés, español y portugués) con un compromiso fuerte hacia la comunidad latina. Creció en una granja cerca de Goshen, al sureste de Eugene y obtuvo su título en psicología en la Universidad de Oregon. Ella ha trabajado como especialista de calidad para Central Florida Behavioral Health Network en Tampa, Florida, especialista del desarrollo de la familia para Children’s Home Society en St. Petersburg, Florida, y coordinadora del acceso y referencia de crisis para el Centro Latino Americano en Eugene, Oregon. Por los pasados 10 años ha trabajado para SAIF como ajustador bilingüe de reclamaciones para compensación laboral. En 2016, se mudó con su familia de Salem a Bend para gozar de un clima más árido y por las oportunidades de recreación al aire libre. Ella está bien conectada en la comunidad empresarial y tiene experiencia con organizaciones no-lucrativas y agencias de servicios sociales. Ella ha estado rodeada por la cultura latina la mayor parte de su vida y es bilingüe desde la edad de 16 años.
“Me importa mucho ayudar a crear un Oregon Central en donde la cultura latina sea abrazada y apreciada”.