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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).


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Andrew
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.
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Basilio
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-II.


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Evelyn
Behavioral Health and Family Services Director

Evelyn has 12 years of experience working in the Mental Health field providing social services. She has worked to improve the lives of underserved Latinx 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 and completed all coursework to earn a master's degree also 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.

Alcohol & Addictions

Juanita
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.”
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Lisbet
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.
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Maria
Alcohol & Addictions Program Specialist
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)
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Oscar
Alcohol and Addictions Counselor

Oscar was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and was raised in Hood River, Oregon. He attended Lane Community College and is pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish at the University of Oregon. He plans to graduate in 2019 and work in the alcohol and addictions field. When he is not working he enjoys exercising and spending time outdoors. "I am passionate about personal development and I love helping others become the best person they can be."

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); Life Skills (March 2018)

Mental Health

Monica
Bilingual Therapist

Monica was born in Vina del Mar, Chile and moved to the United States in 2003 with her husband Patrick. She has lived in Seattle, Washington for 7 years; then moved to Sioux City, Iowa where she lived for 8 years. In 2017, she returned to the Pacific Northwest with her family. She holds a B.A. in Psychology Counseling (Morningside College, 2012) and a Master’s degree in Social Work (Boston University, 2016). She has practiced as Substance Abuse Counselor and holds a CADC and a LMSW for the state of Iowa. She was also part of the crisis intervention team that provided support to first responders after critical incidents happening in the area.

Bryan
Bilingual Therapist

Bryan is an immigrant of Costa Rican and Panamanian descent; raised in  the Bay Area. Before being a college graduate he was a community organizer and DREAM activist. Upon graduation from San Jose State University, he earned his Masters in Counseling Marriage, Family and Child Therapy with a dual emphasis in College Counseling at San Francisco State University. A long-time slam poet and performer, he began to implement Hip Hop education with inner city youth and juvenile offenders through Insights, an AOD and trauma counseling program. Additionally, he has taught Hip Hop education to psychologist and educators in curriculum development classes. He is now a Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate with a Specialization in Spanish Language Psychological Services and Research at the University of Oregon. He provides bilingual individual and family therapy in the community. His research emphasis are on cultural competence development, immigrant psychology, DREAMer experiences, ethnic identity formation, critical consciousness, and postsecondary education attainment. He currently works with Latinx, and undocumented youth in an after-school intervention and research project. He is also working with previously detained immigrants escaping violence and seeking asylum in the U.S. He is a self-identified DREAMer, feminist, dancer, poet, and scholar-activist.

Celeste
Bilingual Therapist

Celeste was born in El Salvador and grew up in Guatemala. She came to the united Stated in 2013. Celeste got her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon in 2016. She is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Oregon. She works at the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Research Lab more in depth with the FIND project, which focus on enhancing parent-child interactions. Celeste is currently an intern at HEDCO, where she works with families, couples, and individuals from different backgrounds and ages.

Jake
Bilingual Therapist

Jake Ferrer is originally from Brookings Oregon, where he lived for 18 years. Jake graduated  from Brookings Harbor High School in 2012, he then moved to Coos Bay where he started his academic career. He earned his Bachelors degree in Applied Psychology at Oregon Institute of Technology in 2016. Jake worked as a family mentor and he worked with youth in residential facilities before moving to Eugene in 2017 to study social work. Jake graduated in 2019 with a Masters degree in Social Work. In his free time Jake likes to read, play music and go mountain biking .

He recently joined our Centro family and he is excited on this new adventure. Jake is very passionate about working with our Latinx community and supporting their empowerment.

 Social Services

Ana
Social Services Team Lead

Ana was born in El Salvador. Her parents migrated to the United States in 1996. She has lived in Oregon all her life. Ana started to work at Centro Latino Americano in 2017 as a Receptionist; after a year, she transitioned to Social Services, specifically Case Management. She is certified as a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) and Community Health Worker (CSW). Ana enjoys outdoors like camping, hiking, fishing, gardening, biking and listening to music. She loves to be with her husband and children who are her motivation and support.

Francisca
Receptionist

Francisca is first generation Mexican-American; her parents migrated to the U.S. in the 1980’s. Francisca was born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles and moved to Oregon during her high school years. She has multiple years of experience in customer service and she is the first line of contact at Centro Latino and her charismatic personality will make you feel safe and welcomed. Francisca enjoys going camping, swimming, sports events and spending time with her husband and three boys. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Luna.

Julia
Wraparound Facilitator

Julia is a first generation Mexican-American; her parents and two older siblings migrated from Guanajuato, México to the US in the 80s. Julia was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and she earned a certification in the Medical field there. She moved to Eugene Oregon in 2011 and fell in love with Oregon. She has been working in the community health field and volunteering in different non profit organizations in different communities for many years. Julia is the founder of Xicanasymas (Las Mujeres) a group of women with the mission to support women's empowerment and to educate women about healing practices in a positive environment. Julia loves working and serving the community.

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Beatriz
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).


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Karla
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 completed a M.A. in International Studies at the University of Oregon.


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Katharine
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.
María Paz
Outreach Coordinator

María Paz is originally from Chile, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Art and Design. She moved to the US in 2013, with her husband and son Lucas, in 2015 they moved to Eugene Oregon. Here she got certified as a Positive Psychology coach, and founded LUNA Community, an organization named after her daughter ( born in 2017 ), that supports and empowers women in our area.

María Paz is very passionate about connecting and serving people in our community.

Youth Mentoring

Estela
Program Coordinator

Estela is a UO College of Education graduate. She is a passionate youth and family advocate, working to connect youth to resources and opportunities that will help them thrive. 

 

Erica
Youth Mentoring Program Intern
Erica is originally from Monkton, Maryland and attained a B.S. in Sociology and Anthropology from Towson University in 2012. She moved to Eugene, Oregon in pursuit of a Masters in Social Work and is currently looking forward to graduating in May 2020. Erica enjoys gardening, hiking, and exploring the outdoors. She is also passionate about working with youth and feels extremely honored for the opportunity to do so in service to Centro Latino Americano and the Latinx community of Lane County.