Board and Staff

Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Valentin C. Sanchez- Chair 

Valentin is a Community Educator at Oregon Law Center, a non-profit organization that provides free legal help for low-income Oregonians. Valentin was born in San Juan Cahuayaxi, Oaxaca, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at age 13 with his parents. He attended Tongue Point Job Corps and Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. He is a former farmworker and speaks Mixteco, Spanish and English. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. Trilingual/Tricultural.

Pat Magda- Treasurer 

Pat was a high school English teacher and elementary school principal before retiring to McMinnville three years ago. In her role as an administrator, she was responsible for coordinating the English as a Second Language program, ensuring that it provided the programs and resources that students needed to ensure their success. Since arriving in McMinnville she has been a coordinator for the SMART program at Columbus Elementary School and a member of ICE Out of Sheridan.

Rafael Salazar- Secretary 

Rafael is an Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance Specialist at Head Start of Yamhill County. He is an immigrant from El Salvador and earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is bilingual/bicultural.

Sally Godard 

Sally is a co-founder of Unidos Bridging Community and served as Executive Director from 2012-2018. A graduate of Willamette University and Oregon Health and Science University, she has had a 33-year career in clinical and administrative psychiatry. In 2010, Sally completed a seminary degree. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she focuses her ministry on issues of justice and advocacy.

Sylvia Ruiz 

Sylvia is a parent leader with the Newberg School District's Migrant Program. She serves on the planning committee for The Old Fashioned Festival's International Stage. She is the seamstress and costume designer for the children's Ballet Folklorico DNA, De Nuestros Ancestros. She is an immigrant from Mexico and is currently working on earning her Bachelor's degree through UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Kimberly Contreras 

Kymberli works for Adelante Mujeres as an Assistant Director of Special Projects. Born in Dallas, Texas she has a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from Alfred University in NY. Kymberli’s professional background includes fundraising for academia and program development for state agencies in Oregon and New York.

Ramon Alvarez

Ramon is a math teacher at McMinnville High School. He immigrated from Mexico as a teenager with his family and graduated from Dayton High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Linfield College and his Master's degree at Western Oregon University. He is bilingual/bicultural. In his spare time, he coaches his daughter's soccer team.

 

Staff

Miriam Vargas Corona   miriam@unidosyamhillcounty.org

Executive Director

Miriam is a first generation immigrant from Mexico. She grew up in Dayton and earned her Bachelor's degree from Linfield College in Political Science. She has 5 years of professional leadership experience with local and state-wide organizations as a Latinx community organizer, community engagement coordinator, and family engagement specialist. She served as Vice-President of the Unidos Board for four years and is bilingual/bicultural.

Jules Martínez-Plancarte   jules@unidosyamhillcounty.org

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jules is a first generation immigrant from Mexico and has Purepecha heritage. She earned her Bachelor's degree from University of Oregon in International Studies and Spanish. Jules is bilingual/bicultural. She has over 5 years experience in leadership positions in community outreach programs, event planning, and youth mentoring.

 

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