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         Vice 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.


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.


Gregorio Delgado     

Small Business Advocate, Main Street Alliance ~ Organizador de las pequeñas empresas

Greg Delgado was born “in a part of Mexico called Tucson, Arizona,” and grew up in Sahuarita, south of Tucson. After he graduated from high school in 1982, he found his niche at the University of Houston with a major in hotel and restaurant management. In 1992, he was attending college full time, working at a high-end restaurant and flying guests to hunting and fishing lodges in Mexico when a plane crash on a runway in the state of Tamaulipas derailed his life.  The crash left Greg unable to walk for two years, so he returned to his family in Arizona to recuperate. When he got back on his feet, he moved to Colorado to manage food and beverage service for the Stanley Hotel in Rocky Mountain Park, scene of the movie “The Shining.” Greg moved to central Oregon in the early 2000s for a job that didn’t pan out. But he liked Bend and went to work cooking in an Italian restaurant. One day, a coworker said the restaurant should hire more Mexicans so they could pay them less. The remark hit him between the eyes. With 25 years of experience in hospitality, he also cleaned the bathrooms and earned less than other employees. He got out of the restaurant business and got into social justice work with the civil rights organization Causa Oregon. In 2016, he ran for state senate and now works for Main Street Alliance, which works to provide small businesses a voice on public policy issues. He joined the LCA board because, “we as Latinos are growing fast and we need to provide spaces for leadership and growth for the next generation.”

Greg Delgado nació en “una parte de México llamada Tucson, Arizona” y creció en Sahuarita, al sur de Tucson. Después de graduarse de la secundaria en 1982, encontró su lugar en la Universidad de Houston con una especialización en administración de hoteles y restaurantes. En 1992, asistía a la universidad a tiempo completo, trabajaba en un restaurante de alta gama, y transportaba a huéspedes a cabañas de caza y pesca en México cuando un choque en la pista de aterrizaje en Tamaulipas, arruinó su vida. Después del choque, Greg no pudo caminar por dos años, y regresó con su familia a Arizona para recuperarse. Cuando finalmente pudo caminar, se mudó a Colorado para manejar el servicio de comida y bebidas en el Hotel Stanley en Rocky Mountain Park, la escena de la película “The Shining”. Greg se mudó al centro de Oregon a principios del 2000s para un trabajo que no resultó, dijo. Pero, le gustó Bend y encontró trabajo cocinando en un restaurante italiano. Un día, un compañero de trabajo dijo que el restaurante debe contratar a más mexicanos y pagarles menos. El comentario le pegó entre los ojos. Con 25 años de experiencia en hospitalidad, también limpió los baños y ganó menos que los otros empleados. Greg salió del negocio de restaurantes y entró en el trabajo de justicia social con Causa, una organización de derechos civiles. En 2016, se presentó como candidato para el senado estatal. Ahora trabaja para Main Street Alliance, que trabaja para brindar a las pequeñas empresas una voz en temas de políticas públicas. Se unió a la mesa directiva de LCA en 2016. “Nosotros, como latinos, estamos creciendo rápidamente y necesitamos proporcionar espacios para liderazgo y crecimiento para la próxima generación”.


Marcos Rodriguez     

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