EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / 541-687-2667 / DSAEZ@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
David was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at five years old. While Spanish was his first language, his move to this country resulted in a temporary separation from his Mother tongue. Through study in high school and college, David revived his connection with Spanish and has taken pride in maintaining his link to his heritage. After having lived in nine different states, he is glad to call Oregon home. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in work, community and family education from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Centro in November 2013, he taught journalism at the University of Oregon. His career has involved working for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including as a director of a program that served the Latino community in the High Desert of southern California. David is committed to ensuring that Centro maintains its high standing in the community and continues to serve as a resource and center for growth and development of individuals and the community.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER/ 541-687-2667 / ANORDIO@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / 541-687-2667 / TWHITBREAD@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
FACILITIES AND ALCOHOL & ADDICTIONS PROGRAM MANAGER/ 541-687-2667 X 120 /BASILIO@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
CASEWORKER / 541-687-2667 X 111 / ADRIANA@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
BILINGUAL THERAPIST / 541-687-2667 / LSANCHEZ@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
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.”
MARÍA ELENA CUELLAR
THERAPIST / 541-687-2667 X 118 / MARIAELENA@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
María Elena was born and raised in Mexico City by a Mexican father and second generation Mexican-American mother. She often visited family in the states until finally immigrating to Texas in 1972. María Elena earned an M.Ed in counseling psychology from the University of Texas in 1999 and has worked with adjudicated youth and their families. She has also had the privilege to work with the elderly and continues to grow by working with the Latino population at Centro Latino Americano. María Elena enjoys working in her new home state and city, saying “Centro feels like home to me.”
OUTREACH COORDINATOR / 541-687-2667 X129 / LISBET@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Lisbet grew up in Corvallis Oregon. She is currently a student at the University of Oregon getting her degree in Family and Human Services. 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.
LANE COUNTY IN SPANISH COORDINATOR / BEATRIZ@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Beatriz is a first generation Mexican American, born and raised in Central Oregon. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Services at the University of Oregon. Her time in FHS and various partner agencies within the Eugene/Springfield area have allowed her to work closely alongside the Hispanic population. Beatriz hopes to serve as an advocate for the Latino community during her time at Centro.
RECEPTION / DCOLON@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
David grew up in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico., and is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he majored in Latin American Studies. David’s passion for communication and helping others stems from a world view instilled by his early exposure to diverse cultures, both Latino and beyond, as well as his bilingual upbringing. He is a great admirer of Latin American history and culture, especially music. After traveling to Cuba in the summer of 2015, he was greatly inspired by how individuals can support their community in the face of great challenges, and looks forward to passing on that inspiration in his new role at Centro Latino Americano and as a part of the ever growing Latino Community of Oregon.
WRAPAROUND FAMILY PARTNER / JHERNANDEZ@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
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.
YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM CO-COORDINATOR / 541-687-2667 X117 / SMARTINEZ@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Sandra is a Chicana feminist who was born Mexico City (D.F), Mexico. She has been living in Eugene, Oregon for 10 years, now. She is currently a senior at the University of Oregon where she studies political science and pre law. She hopes to attend law school in the future. When she’s not working or attending classes, she enjoys golfing, spending time with her dog and family, and watching horror movies.
THERAPIST / 541-687-2667 / SSHAYKIS@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
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.
CONNECTIONS PROGRAM COORDINATOR / MENTAL HEALTH INTAKE / ESALINAS@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Evelyn Salinas was born in Guanajuato Mexico. She moved to the US three years ago. Before moving to Eugene she lived in Athens Ohio where she earned her master’s degree in political science from Ohio University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology from the Autonomus University of Queretaro. Evelyn grew up in a supportive family that taught her the importance to struggle for social justice. While in Mexico she worked for more than three years for a women’s organization, helping to improve the living conditions of low-income people in rural areas with high rates of undocumented migration to the US. In this organization Evelyn facilitated women’s empowerment through workshops and advocacy. She enjoys helping underserved populations, and she appreciates working with people from different backgrounds.
WRAPAROUND FACILITATOR / 541-687-2667 / MCOVERNALI@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Maria is a first generation Xicana. Raised by an immigrant single mother in San Diego, California’s Barrio Logan, Maria developed an acute awareness to the needs and struggles of our Latino community. Maria graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a double major in World Literature and Culture Studies and Politics. Influenced by her experiences and upbringing, Maria is passionate about providing caring services that are tailored to the youth and families she serves.
MSW CANDIDATE / INTERN / KANGEL@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG
Kelsey Angel recently moved to Eugene, OR in order to pursue a Master in Social Work through Pacific University. Kelsey received her undergraduate degrees in Social Work, Spanish and Latin American Studies in 2012 from the University of Montana. Upon graduation, she gained employment with the Montana Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Council, Inc., an agency that provides primary and preventive health care services to agricultural workers and their families. In this position she provided case management, outreach and translation services to clients. She worked as the Area Service Coordinator for Western Montana and helped to open the first satellite clinic in the region.
KARLA SCHMIDT MURILLO
COMMUNITY IMMIGRATION NAVIGATOR / KARLASM@CENTROLATINOAMERICANO.ORG / 541-687-2667 X 139
Karla was born and raised in Cartago, Costa Rica and Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to the United States in 2000 with her parents after her father got a job working for Intel Corporation. What initially was a temporary 2 year move turned into a more permanent move that led to attaining her citizenship in March 2016 along with her parents. Karla received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Political Science and Spanish/Portuguese. She immediately went into a Master of Arts degree at the University of Oregon in International Studies and hopes to complete her degree this year. Karla’s personal immigrant experience and studies has empowered her to seek a career working with the Latino community, something she is now starting and is really loving.
CHRISTINA MUÑOZ GUERRERO
FHS INTERN / SOCIAL SERVICES
Cristina is a born Oregonian from descending Latino roots coming from her Mexican parents. She is currently attending the University of Oregon and majoring in Family and Human Services. She has been an active member in her community in her early years serving and being an advocate for underrepresented backgrounds.