Juan Saldaña Since 2019
Advising Specialist, Chemeketa Community College
Juan Saldaña is the son of immigrant farmworkers from California. His early years were spent traveling between Migrant camps. After graduating high school in Porterville, CA, he came to Salem Oregon to join family. His involvement with the world of education and nonprofits began with his job as Fiscal Administrative Assistant at OCDC (Oregon Child Development Coalition). He began college at Chemeketa and graduated from Western Oregon University with his BS in Psychology and a Minor in Organizational Leadership. For the last four years, he has worked to mentor and connect youth with college resources at CCC through CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) and TRIO (federal student outreach and services), and with HECC’s Summer Bridge Program (Higher Education Coordinating Committee). His passion is helping students overcome barriers to their educational attainment. He currently mentors low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. He is also a graduate of the first Cohort of People’s Rep, a project of Capaces Leadership Institute.
Chris Brantley since 2017
Board Secretary Treasurer
Retired Educator, Principal, SKSD Board Member and Commissioner
Chris began his career in education by achieving his BA in Biology at Willamette University and his MS in Science Education at the Oregon College of Education. He taught high school Biology and Computer Science at Sprague for 13 years, then became a middle school principal and district administrator for 17 years. He then served on the Salem-Keizer School Board for 8 years. Currently, Chris serves on the Salem City Club Board, is a regional advocate for the Chalkboard Project and a member of the Racial Justice Organizing Committee.
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.
Fabiola Camacho since 2017
Educational Programs Manager, FHDC
Fabiola is a parent from our original program, the Parent Organizing Project in 2005. She has a true ”grow your own” leadership story. After volunteering for several years, facilitating parent classes, coordinating childcare and learning to testify at the school board, she become so skilled that she was hired by FHDC, the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, where we had our offices and which was founded by PCUN Farmworkers Union. She often said and still says today that she was a mom with young children stuck at home, quiet, with a lack of self confidence, until she became empowered working with SKCE and helping so many parents. Her life changed, and so did that of her children. She was excited about her new-found energy and determined to provide a better life for her children. She became an ambassador for SKCE’s teachings to parents about the educaiton of their children, their rights and responsibilities, and helped others open doors for their children’s success.