Board of Directors

Juan Saldaña Since 2019
Board Chair

Advising Specialist, Chemeketa Community College
juan.alfonzo.saldana@gmail.com

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 Teacher and Administrator

chris.d.brantley@gmail.com

Chris was a high school biology and computer programming teacher for thirteen years in Salem-Keizer before becoming a middle school administrator for seventeen years in Salem-Keizer and North Santiam School Districts. Since retirement he has served in many capacities, including Executive Secretary of OMLA; Technology Trainer for a COSA program (funded by Gates Foundation); adjunct instructor for PSU’s Administrative Licensure Program and Willamette University’s Masters of Arts in Teaching. He has been a Commissioner on the Oregon HECC and TSPC, and served two terms on the Salem-Keizer School Board; Currently, he is also a member of the Salem City Club Board and the Chemeketa Community College Budget Committee. Throughout his career, Chris been an advocate for students who do not adapt easily to “academia.” He believes in helping students learn through “real world” experiences to find success in our schools. He brings to SKCE the belief that strong, supportive families can be highly effective advocates in schools that adapt to students rather than expecting students to adapt to “the way it’s always been done.”

 

                          

Arturo Sarmiento-Linares since 2016
Board Member

Director, Radio Podor

arturo@pcun.org

Arturo is the Director of the new Latino radio station in Salem, Radio Poder. He is passionate about education and always wanted to be teacher like his parents who are educators in Mexico City. He has a Business Degree and is fully bilingual. His work in the past in both Mexico and the U.S. ranged from office manager to counselor, CNA, self-employed maintenance, wildfire fighting, and volunteer at Hoover Elementary School. He hosted a local Spanish music and culture radio show on KMUZ once a week for many years. He also writes and speaks poetry, MC’s music events and volunteers on several community boards. Today Arturo is developing the programing for the Radio Poder with a vision for the future of Salem and Keizer as vibrant, inclusive, multicultural and multilingual communities.

 

Fabiola Camacho since 2017
Board Member

Educational Programs Manager, FHDC
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 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.

 

Michael Vasquez since May 19, 2020
Board Member

vasquezmichael99@gmail.com

Michael Vasquez just graduated from the University of Oregon in March 2020 when the Covid-19 Pandemic closed the school. He majored in Political Science and minored in Public Policy and Spanish. As the son of farmworkers in Woodburn Oregon, he is the first generation to graduate high school and college. He obtained an excellent education in the Woodburn School District, graduating from Woodburn High with high marks and scholarships. During his college years, he had a number of opportunities and experiences, like working with Environment Oregon, a nonprofit organization in Eugene, where he learned how to fundraise and canvass. He especially enjoyed participating in the 2019 Emerging Leaders Day at the Oregon House of Representatives, and his most recent job as an intern with Rep. Teresa Alonso during the Feb-March 2020 short legislative session. As a graduate of People’s Rep program at Capaces Leadership Institute, Michael brings an important youth voice to SKCE, along with his knowledge in policy and advocacy.