Board Members

 


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

Biography in progress.

Board of Directors

April Alvarez

April is a junior at Linfield College in McMinnville where she is a campus leader and president of Linfield’s chapter of Voto Latino. She grew up in The Dalles, OR in an immigrant family from Mexico. 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.

Kevin Martinez

Biography in progress

Kathleen McKinney 

Kathleen is a former teacher and state manager who created policies, guidance, and web pages for environmental justice.  She has a master’s degree in administration and has volunteered for many years on social justice issues in California, Washington, and Oregon. Kathleen is the current Unidos board chair as well as chair of a statewide social justice organization, Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice.

Valentin C. Sanchez

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.

Oliver Vera

Oliver and his wife have raised two children in McMinnville. He is employed as the Community Partner Program Manager at Oregon Health Authority, providing leadership for the statewide health access campaigns of Soy Sano/I’m Healthy and Cover All Kids. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration from George Fox University. Oliver in an immigrant from Mexico City and is Bilingual/Bicultural.

Staff

Miriam Vargas Corona   miriam@unidosyamhillcounty.org

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 Martinez-Plancarte   jules@unidosyamhillcounty.org

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.

Jordan Hitchcock   jordan@unidosyamhillcounty.org

Administrative Assistant

Jordan was raised in Canby, OR and is a 2018 graduate of Linfield College in International Relations and Spanish. Prior to joining Unidos in July 2018, she volunteered with Unidos’ Citizenship Classes as an assistant and teacher. She is bilingual with 4 years of varied administrative experience.  

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