Staff Members



David Sáez
Executive Director
David was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at age 5. Since moving from the island, he has lived in 9 different states. David holds a B.S. in Journalism (Kent State University, 1994) and M.Ed. in Work, Community and Family Education (University of Minnesota, 2001).

Areas of expertise and training include: Wraparound 101 (October 2015); Motivational Interviewing (Jan.-Feb. 2016); Exym Electronic Health Records Implementation (Jan.-May 2016); Northwest Health Foundation Comminications Workshop (Sept. 2016); Catholic Legal Immigration Network - Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law (Feb.-Mar. 2017); Immigrant Family Emergency Preparedness Packet (Mar. 2017); Civil Liberties Defense Center: Know Your Rights 101 (May 2017).
Trevor Whitbread
Assistant Director
Trevor is originally from Hermiston, Oregon. He holds an M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Oregon (2012) and joined Centro in 2014.

Areas of expertise and training include: Values Based Management (December 2014); Wraparound 101 October 2015); CADCA Mid-Year Conference, Indianapolis (August 2015); Mandatory Reporter Training (November 2015); Oregon Health Plan/ONE Portal (January 2016); Motivational Interviewing (January-February 2016); Exym Electronic Health Records Implementation (January-May 2016); Trauma-Informed Care (July 2016); Northwest Health Foundation Communications Workshop (September 2016); Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale & Safety Planning (May 2017)
Andrew Nordio
Chief Operations Officer
Andrew is a first generation Italian immigrant, born in Venice. He is married to a second generation Colombian American, and father of the most incredible triplets. Andrew uses his business management experience to contribute to the empowering of the Latino community.
Basilio Sandoval
Alcohol & Addictions Program and Facilities Manager
Basilio was born in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. His career at Centro started in 1997. Basilio holds a GED from the University of Oregon's High School Equivalency Program (1987) as well as a CADC-1.

Areas of expertise and training include: Matrix Model of Intensive Drug and Alcohol treatment (2010); QPR Suicide prevention Gate Keeper Instructor (2011); Prevention Specialist Cohort Training October 2013-September 2014; Cultural Leadership training (2015);Tobacco Training, Advace Techniques Program (2015); Exym Electronic Health Records (2016); Motivational Interviewing (2016); Addictions Peer training (2017).

Alcohol & Addictions

Juanita Salas
Alcohol & Addictions Counselor / Problem Gambling Counseling
Juanita was born in Texas. She is fourth generation Mexican-American. As a child, she traveled with her family to Oregon, where her parents found employment in agriculture. She settled in Oregon, and formed her own family. Juanita has more than 30 years of experience as case worker, counselor, and advocate. She said: “I am a strong believer in social justice, the pursue of happiness, equal opportunity, and respectful treatment for all the individuals who seek our services. I am honored to serve the community.”
Lisbet Rivas
Alcohol & Addictions Counselor
Lisbet grew up in Corvallis Oregon and holds a B.S. in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon (2012). When moving to Eugene she was happy to find an organization that provided services for the Latino community. She believes everyone has the potential to do great things when given equal opportunities. She finds working with the Latino community extremely rewarding and is here to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs one.
Maria Dominguez
Alcohol & Addictions Intake Coordinator
Maria earned her High School Diploma in 2008 and is currently taking classes at Lane Community College. Areas of expertise and training include: Trauma Infomed Care 101 (December 2016), ASAM (January 2017), "Culture is the Healing Stuff" training (January 2017) MOTS Client Entry (Februaty 2017), Record Management (February 2017), Addiction Peer (April 2017), Trauma Informed Practice 101 & Trauma Infomred Pactice 201 (April 2017), "Treatment, Spirituality, and Religion" (May 2017), Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale & Safety Planing (May 2017)

Mental Health

Evelyn Salinas Castro
Mental Health Program Coordinator
Evelyn Salinas has more than 10 years of experience working in the Mental Health field providing social services. She has worked to improve the lives of underserved Latino people, especially women, affected by immigration on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Evelyn was born in Guanajuato Mexico and moved to the US in 2013. Before moving to Eugene she lived in Athens Ohio where she earned her master’s degree in political science and a graduate certificate in women's gender and sexuality studies from Ohio University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Evelyn has nurtured a passion working in nonprofit agencies because she is convinced community organizing is key to affect social change. When Evelyn is not working she loves spending weekends hiking in the National Forest.
Sylvia Shaykis
Sylvia was born in Moldova and grew up in New York City. She was raised in a Russian-speaking immigrant family and a Latino neighborhood, which led to a passion for working with immigrants. Sylvia learned Spanish in elementary through high school and college, and became fluent while volunteering with youth in Peru. She has since traveled to Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala. She earned her BA in Psychology from New York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon.
Lucia Cardenas
Lucia holds a B.A in Spanish Language and Literature from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Counseling, Family and Human Services (June 2017). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling and Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Areas of expertise and training include: Mandatory Reporter Training (August 2014); Adult Practicum Training @ the University Counseling and Testing Center (2015-2016); Child and Family Practicum Training @ the Child and Family Center (2016-2017); Extern Therapist @ Eugene Therapy (2016-2017)
Carly Brynelson
Intern Therapist
Carly holds a M.S in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (UO, 2011) and will be completing a M.S. degree in Couples and Family Therapy (UO) in spring of 2018.

Carly es una terapeuta 'intern' (becaria) que especializa en la educación acerca de la resolución de conflictos interpersonales. Una defensora de salud mental en el condado de Lane, Carly estudia la terapia de parejas y familias en la Universidad de Oregon y planee quedarse en Eugene después de graduarse. Le gusta cocinar, escuchar podcasts de comedia, crecer verduras en su jardin, buscar hongos comestibles en las selvas de Oregon, y pasar tiempo con su pareja y gata. A ella le encanta hablar en español y trabajar con clientes multi-culturales. Carly considera que trabajar en CLA es un honor y placer total.
Laura Gutierrez
Intern Therapist

 Social Services

Adriana Monge
 Adriana was born in Bogota, Colombia. She is married with 3 children and enjoys serving our community by providing people with the information and resources they need to succeed.
Luis Pimentel Mendia
Wraparound Facilitator
Julia Hernandez
Wraparound Family Partner
Julia is first generation Mexican-American; her parents and two older siblings migrated from Guanajuato, México to USA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA were she earned her Certification in Medical field. She moved to Eugene, Oregon with her three kids and husband were they just fell in love with Oregon. She has been working in health field and volunteering in different Non Profit organizations in the communities for many years. Julia is the founder of xicanaymas (Las Mujeres) with the mission to empower and educate woman in positive environment. Julia loves working and serving the community.
Beatriz Hernandez
Lane County in Spanish (LCiS) Project Coordinator
Beatriz is originally from Madras, Oregon and holds a B.S. in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon (2012).

Areas of expertise and training include: Mandatory Reporter Training (November 2015); Cultural Competence Training (December 2015); Motivational Interviewing (Jan.-Feb. 2016); Trauma-Informed Care (July 2016)
Karla Schmidt Murillo
Community Immigration Navigator
Karla is originally from Cartago, Costa Rica and moved to the United States in 2000. She became a U.S. citizen in March 2016 and is working towards finishing an M.A. in International Studies at the University of Oregon.

Areas of expertise and training include: Oregon Academic Advising Conference (June 2016); Coaching for Education Equity - CFEE (March 2017); Know Your Rights (in progress, June-July 2017); Certified Associate of Project Management (in progress)
Katharine Gallagher
Case Manager
Katharine has lived in Eugene since 2003. She is from California and holds a BA in political science from UCLA and a masters in public policy from UC Berkeley. She has experience in local government, the nonprofit sector, and community engagement and advocacy. Katharine started learning Spanish in school and through living in Mexico, Chile and Spain. She believes the entire community benefits when all community members are treated with respect and have access to opportunity. She is honored to work in service to the Latino community of Lane County.

Youth Mentoring

Oscar Becerra
Oscar is originally from Hood River, Oregon. He has attended Lane Community College and is pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish at the University of Oregon. and plans to graduate in 2018.

Areas of expertise and training include: Mandatory Reporter Training (October 2016), Oregon JCP Assessment Training (December 2017), Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale & Safety Planning (May 2017)