Board of Directors

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Levi Herrera since 2000
Board President

Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017

Executive Director of Mano a Mano Family Center
(503) 315-2290 Office, (503) 851-6469 Cell
Levi@manoamanofc.org

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.

 

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Aurora Cedillo, since 1999
Board Secretary

Current Term: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017

Retired Bilingual Teacher in Salem-Keizer
(503) 585-3389, Cell: (503) 428-6309
bellaz4@msn.com

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.

 

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Arturo Sarmiento-Linares, since 2016
Board Member

Current term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018

Maintenance Business Owner & Radio Host
(971) 599-8262

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
Board Member

Current term: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018

Retired Migrant Director, ODE, and Social Service Counselor
503-877-0333

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 children 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.

 

Fabiola Camacho, since 2017
Board Member

Current term: January 19, 2017 to January 18, 2019

Educational Programs Manager, FHDC
503-798-7306, Camachofabiola02@yahoo.com

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 Farmworkers 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.

 

Deborah Abello, since 2017
Board Member

Current term: February 17, 2017 to February 16, 2019

Retired Educator, Principal & Regional Migrant Director
Santa Clara and San Joaquin Counties Offices of Education
(503) 364-2631, abellosd@outlook.com

Deborah has spent all of her career in education in Alaska and California, from preschool to middle school and on to administration. From 1995 until she retired in 2013, she moved from elementary school principal to district administrator in the Migrant Education Department, where she became Director over San Joaquin County and then Santa Clara County. She is a leader in data driven education improvement, and a passionate volunteer for civil rights and an equitable society. She joined the Salem Keizer NAACP and helped found the Racial Justice Organizing Committee whose mission is to be allies to organizations of color. After she retired, she and her husband moved to Oregon where her children and grandchildren live. Fluently bilingual in Spanish and English, she travels to Spain frequently, where her husband is from and family resides.