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
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.
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.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, "The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members." I believe communities are stronger when all its members are heard, represented and supported. This is why I've chosen to serve Centro Latino Americano and their imperative work towards building diverse, healthy communities by advocating for our Latino community members.
As a Latina I feel obligated to help others that are in need. Being at the Centro Latino Board I will be able to raise my voice in matters that are important for the Latino community.