Board and Staff

Board and Staff

Leadership Team

Doug Johnson

Doug was raised in California, graduated from UC Berkeley in civil engineering, and obtained a master’s degree in environmental engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He and his wife worked in Thailand for 22 years as missionaries of the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Doug teaches science and technology at Amity Middle School.  Doug chairs the Law Enforcement Relations Team (aLERT) of Unidos.

Janet Langenwalter

Janet was raised in Indiana and received her undergraduate degree in Music and Elementary Education from Taylor University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University.  She taught for 15 years in Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey.

She uses her teaching skills and passion for justice with Unidos to prepare immigrants for their citizenship test.

Ines Peña

Ines grew up in Newberg, Oregon in a family with Mexican traditions rooted in Jalisco, Mexico. A graduate of Linfield College, she works as the Fund Development Coordinator for CAPACES Leadership Institute in Woodburn. Because her parents are undocumented immigrants, Ines is committed to being their voice in the public sector as an advocate for human rights and immigration reform.

Joshua Payton

Joshua Payton has was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon.  He has lived in McMinnville for over 15 years. Joshua has a practice in Psychology and enjoys traveling, exploring, and playing with family, as well as volunteering for Unidos Bridging Community. 


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 

 in progess

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 

in progress

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

in progress



Miriam Vargas Corona

Executive Director

Miriam, who has a 2014 BA from Linfield College in Political Science, has 5 years’ professional leadership experience with local and state-wide organizations as a Latinx community organizer and family engagement specialist. She was Vice-President of the Unidos Board for four years and is bilingual/bicultural.

Jules Martínez-Plancarte

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jules is a 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon in International Studies and Spanish, Jules is bilingual and a member of an immigrant family. She has over 5 years’ experience in leadership positions in community outreach programs, event planning, and youth mentoring.


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