Levi Herrera, since 2000
Executive Director of Mano a Mano Family Center
(503) 315-2290 Office, (503) 851-6469 Cell
Levi came to the board as a youth representative from the youth organization Latinos Unidos Siempre. He migrated to Salem from Mexico at the age of 15 with his farm working parents. The first high school and college graduate in his family, he has been working in the nonprofit world since he joined LUS youth group and later become the Coordinator. Now the Executive Director of Mano a Mano, he brings his wisdom and understanding of culture, basic needs direct services, budgets, management, and grant writing and tracking.
Aurora Cedillo, since 1999
Retired Bilingual Teacher in Salem-Keizer
(503) 585-3389, Cell: (503) 428-6309
Aurora’s parents were farmworkers in Oregon most of their lives. She was the first to graduate high school and college in her family, and eventually obtained her Master’s Degree in Bilingual Administration. She worked for Salem-Keizer School District for more than 35 years, retiring in 2010. She has consulted with SKCE on curriculum development, cultural competency and popular education since she joined the founders of SKCE in 1999.
Arturo Sarmiento-Linares, since 2016
Maintenance Business Owner & Radio Host
Arturo immigrated from Mexico as an adult, and comes from a family of educators in Mexico City. He is passionate about education and would love to become a teacher like his father and mother. He has an undergraduate degree in business in Mexico, has studied in community college here at Chemeketa, and is fully bilingual. He worked as an office manager in Mexico many years ago, and then went into counseling. In Oregon, he worked in the health care field as a CNA and now currently has a maintenance business, fights wildfires in the summer and volunteers at Hoover Elementary School as an assistant teacher in the winter. He also has a local Spanish radio show on KMUZ once a week, and has community connections in the Latino business community. He loves music and culture.
Charlie Benitez, since 2016
Oregon Department of Education – Retired
Charlie managed the federal migrant education program for the Oregon Department of Education for many years. One of his achievements while there was developing a comprehensive Binational Teacher Exchange Program between Oregon and Mexico. In 1998, he was the President of Pueblo Community Services where he managed and provided Spanish speaking behavioral healthcare, including mental health assessments and therapy. Charlie also spent some time as a Guidance counselor in the Salem/Keizer school district. He counseled K-6 school chidren as well as mentored teachers in providing educational opportunities to developmentally challenged children. Charlie received his BA in Human Resources Management in 1992 and his Masters in Social Work from Portland State University in 1996. Charlie is dedicated to helping people and is passionate about our mission of supporting Latino families’ success.
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