Board Members

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Shonna Butler is originally from Oakland, California but grew up in the San Jose and Los Angeles areas of the state. As a child, Shonna lived in communities with Spanish speaking individuals and she learned to love the warmth, intelligence and loyalty of the Latino community at a very early age. Shonna obtained her Master’s in Public Administration and graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.  She has served as a volunteer with a number of nonprofit organizations in Eugene and Lane County including: Children’s Miracle Network; Eugene Speech and Hearing Center; Grandma’s House; Security First Child Care Center; United Way; American Cancer Society; Food for Lane County; ARC of Lane County and Pearl Buck Center, to name a few.

Jessica Machado was born and raised in Puerto Rico and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Puerto Rico. As a rehabilitation counselor, she has dedicated her career to assist individuals with emotional and physical disabilities overcome or manage the personal, social, and professional effects of their disabilities on employment and independent living. Jessica is passionate about assisting individuals in the community and ensuring equal employment opportunities. As a bilingual counselor, she has served multiple Latinos with disabilities overcome the barriers towards employment.

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Ramón is currently a Research Associate at IRIS Educational Media.  As part of the IRIS research team, I have been primarily in charge of creating strong relationships with community leaders and both public and private institutions in the state of Oregon.He is also involved with the Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  As part of Juntos,he was able to develop strong relationships with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, MO, and be their coordinator for the Ventanilla de Salud Móvil Program, which organizes health fairs throughout the state of Kansas.Ramón’s professional experience includes community outreach, specifically with Latino communities in Florida, North Carolina, Kansas, and Oregon.  In addition, my main areas of research have included behavioral, ethnographic, and other educational projects with diverse social groups. 

Liora Sponko
Liora Sponko is the Executive Director of Lane Arts Council and has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit organizations. Locally, Liora worked for the Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall, Centro Latino Americano, Womenspace, and the University of Oregon. She also lived and worked for community-based organizations in Costa Rica for three years. Liora earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA in International Peace and Development Studies while living in Spain. Liora is passionate about making a difference in communities.

Liliana Villanueva is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with a Philosophy and Spanish Bachelors of Arts. She is the first grandchild of her mother’s side of the family to graduate from college. She is the first ever to graduate from college on her father’s side of the family. One of the most meaningful events that she has been part of is helping and organizing Take Back the Night for the University of Oregon in 2011. She is now currently working with Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) as the Latin@ Connection Program Coordinator. Liliana was also published by the University of Nevada Reno.


Not pictured:

  • Liliana Villanueva
  • Katherine Borja-Fischer
  • Juan Cuadros