Our Board of Directors ~ Integrantes de nuestra Mesa Directiva

John pictureJohn Blakinger

President ~ Presidente

Project Manager (Self-employed) – Gerente de proyectos

John is a consultant to the global utility industry, creating management tools for measuring and improving organizational financial and operational performance. He also spent more than twenty years as a senior manager for Fortune 400 computer services companies EDS and Alliance Data. John is co-author of The Moment of OH! Making Community Decisions – A Guide for Community Leaders and Public Officials. The book grew out of John’s experience co-chairing the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Groundwater Protection; a three-year project that developed community outreach and consensus recommendations accepted by DEQ and Deschutes County to ensure safe ground- and surface water in South Deschutes and North Klamath Counties. John understands how to move organizations forward in order to accomplish their strategic objectives.

John is past chair of the customer-supplier division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ.org), a partner in Transformation Systems International (tsi4results.com), and a past board member at The Performance Center (performancecenter.org).

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Yolanda Vanderpool

Vice President ~ Vice presidente

Home Ownership Coordinator, NeighborImpact – Coordinadora del programa de vivienda, NeighborImpact

Yolanda Vanderpool born and raised in Mazatlán, Mexico moved to Oregon in 1989 with her husband Bill a “Native Oregonian”. Prior to relocating to Central Oregon she was a licensed Real Estate Broker in Oregon and for 12 years where she specialized in providing real estate services to first time home buyers and Latinos. She also worked for Wells Fargo as a Loan Officer with emphasis in marketing emerging markets and minorities. Yolanda has worked for Neighbor Impact for 7 years and she currently is the Homeownership Coordinator.

Fabian Clark

Fabian Clark

Treasurer ~ Tesorero

Financial Advisor, Country Financial – Consejero financiero

A US Air Force veteran and long-time Central Oregon resident, Fabian is an Insurance and Financial Representative offering insurance and investment products with Country Financial Services. An OSU grad and former nuclear missile maintenance technician, Fabian was born in Colombia. He has volunteered with Young Life and joined the LCA board to continue his community involvement. He enjoys hiking, travel, and a good float down the Deschutes.  Un veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de Estados Unidos y residente de Oregón Central desde hace mucho tiempo, Fabian es Representante de Seguros y Productos Financieros con Country Financial ofreciendo productos de seguros y de inversiones. Un graduado de OSU y ex técnico de mantenimiento de misiles nucleares, Fabian nació en Colombia. Él se ha involucrado como voluntario con Young Life y se unió a la mesa directiva de LCA para continuar su participación en la comunidad. Le gustan los paseos por areas naturales, viajar, y rafting por el Río Deschutes.

Hernandez-Peden, GabrielaGabriela Hernandez-Peden

Secretary ~ Secretaria

Latino Services Specialist, Deschutes Public Library – Especialista de Servicios Latinos, Biblioteca Pública de Deschutes

Gabriela is originally from south central Los Angeles where she was raised around the Latino community and culture.  Since moving to Redmond in 2007, Gabriela has been a strong supporter of the Latino community. She keeps herself busy as the Latino Service Specialist for the Deschutes Public Library. She has been involved with LCA , Festival of Cultures, COCC Latino Club, Plaza Comunitaria and many other programs to support and promote activities for the Latino community. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their son. She has a strong passion for dance and enjoys training with top Latin dance instructors and performs at Latin Dance festivals and congresses throughout the western United States. Gabriela es originalmente de Los Ángeles. Se crió alrededor de la comunidad y la cultura Latina. Desde su traslado a Redmond en 2007, Gabriela ha sido una firme defensora de la comunidad Latina. Ella se mantiene ocupada como la Especialista de Servicios Latinos para la Biblioteca Pública de Deschutes. Ella ha estado involucrada con LCA, Festival de Culturas, el Club Latino de COCC, Plaza y muchos otros programas para apoyar y promover actividades para la comunidad Latina. Cuando no está en el trabajo le gusta pasar tiempo con su esposo y su hijo. Ella tiene una fuerte pasión por el baile y disfruta de entrenar con los mejores instructores del baile Latino y presentar en los festivales y congresos de baile Latino en todo el oeste de Estados Unidos.

Jose Balcazar

Vice President ~ Vice Presidente

COCC Business Advisor – Consejero para las pequeñas empresas en COCC.

Jose was born in Mexico City and is the youngest of 2 children. Raised in a family setting of ambitious, hard working parents who were able to raise Jose and his brother with values and the mentality to “work hard for what you want.” At the young age of 16 Jose knew he had a passion for computer programming and design so he attended a technical school where he learned the “first era of computers” in the early 90’s, while still attending high school. Jose migrated to the United States at the age of 18. He attended and graduated from Hermiston High School in Hermiston Oregon.   In 1998 Jose enlisted in the Army and was awarded the Distinguish Honor Graduate Award, several Certificates of Achievement, the Military Excellence Award and the Army Achievement Medal. After completing his Enduring Freedom deployment and he received an honorable discharge. Jose went on to own several businesses and raise his 2 children in Central Oregon.  His longest business was a successful Mexican restaurant that he owned and operated in Bend for over 17 years.  Jose currently works at the Central Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center and is board vice president for the Latino Community Association.

Cordova Michelle 6-14 webMichelle Cordova

Self-Sufficiency Program, Dept. of Human Services – Programa de auto-suficiencia, Dpto. de Servicios Humanos

Michelle has been an advocate for the Hispanic community throughout her life. She studied at the University of Northern Colorado.  In 1992, Michelle relocated to Prineville.  There she represented and served Crook County families as the School District’s Migrant Education Recruiter.  Michelle developed many long lasting relationships  as the Mentor Instructor for Latino youth, and has organized and supported many community events that promote cultural awareness For the last 10 years, Michelle has been an employee at the Department of Human Services.

Geraldine Casimiro

Interpreter Coordinator – High Desert Education Service District


Gregorio Delgado

Candidate for Oregon State Senate District 27 – Candidato para el Senado de Oregon Distrito 27

photoLiliana Cabrera

Outreach Coordinator, Planned Parenthood – Coordinadora de promoción

Liliana Cabrera comes to Central Oregon from the Central Coast of California. Prior to moving to Redmond, liliana worked as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood in Monterey County.  Her work as a Community Educator has allowed her to follow her passion to work in the field of social justice and given her the opportunity to do so in Central Oregon. Her other passions include hiking, theater, music, and baile folklorico. She is excited to join the Latino Community Association’s Board of Directors and continue to work toward empowering Latin@ communities.

Liliana Cabrera viene al area central de Oregon desde la costa central de California. Antes de moverse a Redmond, liliana era educadora comunitaria para Planned Parenthood en el condado de Monterey. Su trabajo como educadora  comunitaria le ha dado la oportunidad de seguir su pasión de participar en la lucha para justicia social y continuarlo en los condados de Deschutes, Crook, y Jefferson.  Sus otras pasiones incluye teatro, música, y baile folklorico. Ella esta entusiasmada de estar en la Mesa Directiva de la Asosiacion de la Comunidad Latina y de continuar el trabajo de promover el poder a la Comunidad Latina.

Former Board Members:


Evelia Sandoval

Past President ~ Presidenta anterior

COCC Latino Student Program Coordinator Coordinadora de los programas para los Latinos en COCC

Relatively new to Central Oregon, Evelia has quickly earned a reputation for coordinating events and bringing programs and speakers to COCC that celebrate diversity and are well-attended. She has begun a Latino Club whose members have become active at COCC and in the community. In her classes, she teaches students how to follow through and be successful members of our community. She guides them into leadership.

Relativamente nueva en Oregon Central , Evelia ha ganado rápidamente una reputación para la buena coordinación de eventos y por traer programas y oradores importantes a COCC que celebran la diversidad. Ha comenzado un Club Latino cuyos miembros se han involucrado tanto en COCC como en la comunidad general.  En sus clases, ella enseña a los estudiantes a seguir adelante y ser miembros exitosos de nuestra comunidad. Ella los guía hacia el liderazgo.

Tony Levison

Real Estate Broker, Windermere Properties – Agente de bienes raíces, Windermere Properties

Tony was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  After attending Georgia State University, Tony moved to Bend in 2006.  He was drawn to Central Oregon for its outdoor sports—hiking, biking, skiing—and has been loving the Bend lifestyle ever since.   He currently works for Hunter Properties LLC serving both the Deschutes and Jefferson County Areas. Tony has extensive sales experience having worked in advertising, web sales, and non-profit event coordination.  Tony has experience in property management since 2009 and is an active volunteer in local charities.  He is currently the Chair for the Young Professional Network for the Central Oregon Association of Realtors. Tony nació y se crió en Atlanta, Georgia. Después de asistir a la Universidad Estatal de Georgia, Tony se mudó a Bend en 2006. Le atraía a Oregón Central por las oportunidades recreativas que ofrece – paseos, ciclismo, esquí – y desde entonces le ha encantado el estilo de vida en Bend. Actualmente trabaja para Hunter Properties LLC sirviendo a los condados de Deschutes y Jefferson. Tony tiene amplia experiencia en ventas después de haber trabajado en la publicidad, las ventas de Internet, y la coordinación de los eventos para organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Tony tiene experiencia en la gestión de la propiedad desde el año 2009 y es un voluntario activo en organizaciones benéficas locales. Actualmente es el Presidente de la Red de Jóvenes Profesionales de la Asociación de Agentes Inmobiliarios en Oregón Central.

Margie Gregory

Former Co-Secretary ~ Co-Secretaria anterior

COCC Tutor Trainer Entrenadora de Tutores en COCC

Margie Gregory has worked for Central Oregon Community College since 1990. In addition to teaching GED and college transition courses, she has been actively involved in the COCC Latino mentoring programs to recruit and retain Latino college students.  In her role as Volunteer Tutor Coordinator, she continues to recruit, train, and provide support for volunteer tutors.  Tutors work in the classroom or with individual students or in small groups.  Students may be learning English at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels; studying for citizenship, or preparing to take a GED test.  Tutors play a particularly valuable role in assisting undocumented students who would like to upgrade their basic academic skills without the burden of paying for classes since they can’t apply for federal financial aid. Margie’s interest in the Spanish culture and language was fostered by her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua.


Greg Custer Foto 3-8-13 webGreg Custer

Past Treasurer ~ Tesorero anterior

Managing Director for Mexico & Latin America with travAlliance Media – Director de Mexico y America Latina con travAlliance Media

Greg is a California native with more than 35 years working in various international travel industry capacities. Greg began his travel industry work in 1977 while studying at UCLA.  This launched a 13-year airline career in operations, sales management, and training with TWA, Mexicana Airlines and Aero California.  Following a re-location from California to Bend, Oregon in 1990, he later served as Executive Director for the Central Oregon Visitors Association.  In 1992 he joined his wife Jane in the launch of Destination Ventures, Ltd., a leading provider of travel agent educational programs for Latin American tourism boards. He has developed travel agent educational and marketing programs for the last 25 years including programs for the countries of Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico.  In August of 2011, Destination Ventures was acquired by travAlliancemedia. Greg now serves as Managing Director for Mexico and Latin America. travAlliancemedia is a leading publisher of digital and print media for travel agents across the U.S.  He is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.  He has conducted hundreds of training workshops for travel agents about Mexico throughout North America, Mexico, Western Europe and Australia. He is an accomplished travel photographer and author (with wife Jane) of the “Magic of Mexico” travel agent study guide. He is a graduate of UCLA with both BA and Masters degrees in Latin American Studies. He currently resides in Bend, Oregon with wife Jane, two sons, one dog, one cat, and assorted Oregon wildlife.


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José Galvan

Loan Officer, OnPoint Community Credit Union – Agente de Préstamos

José was born in Colima, Mexico, moving to Bend in 2004, where his family has resided since 1993. The Galvan family is owner of Colima Market. He currently works for OnPoint Community Credit Union, having been in the financial services industry since 1992 working in investments, insurance, mortgage lending, consumer lending and banking. He enjoys being active in our community and has volunteered with United Way, LCA, Bethlehem Inn and Bend Kiwanis.

Adriana Medina

Adriana Medina

Past-Secretary Secretaria anterior

Office Manager at Legal Aid Services of Central Oregon – Gerente de la Oficina de Ayuda Legal de Oregón Central

Adriana is from Union de Tula, Jalisco, Mexico, but she was raised in southern California.  In 2001 her family decided to move to Bend to have a better quality of life.  During college Adriana got involved in a youth program called OLI where she was a mentor to high school students to encourage them to go to college.  Adriana finished her schooling in business administration.  Her passion for the law has taken her to work in various disciplines of the law.  She hopes that by getting involved in LCA she can make a positive impact in her community.  

Adriana es de Unión de Tula, Jalisco, México, pero fue criada en el sur de California.  En el 2001 su familia decidió mudarse a Bend para tener una mejor calidad de vida.  Durante el colegio Adriana se involucró en el programa de jóvenes de OLI y era “mentor” o guia para los jovenes de la secundaria para motivarlos que continúen sus estudios en la universidad.  Adriana completó la carrera de Administración de empresas. Su pasion para la justicia le ha guiado a trabajar en varias areas de la ley.  Ella espera hacer un impacto positivo en la comunidad por medio de su participación con la mesa directiva de la Asociación de la Comunidad Latina.

Matthew Mohill

Past-President Presidente Anterior

Attorney at Law Abogado

Matt is an attorney at law in Bend with his own practice since December 2009.  His focus includes all aspects of general civil litigation including foreclosure, landlord/tenant disputes, contract disputes, and personal injury.  He grew up in Portland attending the Catlin Gabel School. From there, Matt moved across the country and attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. In 1996-1997, Matt began a five year stint at University of Florida in Gainesville. There he obtained a PH. D. in analytical chemistry. Science has always been a part of Matt’s life and education. After graduate school, Matt took a year off and committed himself to law school. He spent his first year at Vermont Law School and finished at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland.

Matt es un abogado en Bend con su propia práctica desde diciembre de 2009. Su enfoque incluye todos los aspectos del litigio civil general incluyendo disputas, ejecución hipotecaria, propietario / inquilino, disputas de contratos, y lesiones personales. Creció en Portland donode asistio a la escuela Catlin Gabel. A partir de ahí, Matt se movió a través del país y asistió a Trinity College en Hartford, CT. Matt se graduó con una Licenciatura en Química. En 1996-1

997, Matt empezó una estadia de cinco años en la Universidad de Florida en Gainesville. Allí obtuvo un PH. D. en química analítica. La ciencia  y la educación siempre han sido parte de la vida de Matt. Después de graduado, Matt tomó un año sabático y se comprometió a estudiar derecho. Pasó su primer año en la Escuela de Derecho de Vermont y terminó en el Lewis and Clark Law School en Portland.

Ana Carolina Gomez

Oregon State University Jefferson County Open Campus

OSU Campus Abierto en Madras

As a Latin American immigrant and teacher, Ana has been able to see close up the needs of the Hispanic communities in the United States. Due to her experience in the field of education, she currently works at the OSU Open Campus in Jefferson County contributing to the education and development of children and teens in Central Oregon. She is convinced that education is the best tool for integrating cultures and, at the same time, the only real opportunity for countering the social issues we face.

Como Latinoamericaca inmigrante y docente ha podido ver de cerca las necesidades de las comunidades hispanas en Los Estados Unidos.  Con su experiencia en el campo de la educación, trabaja desde OSU Open Campus en Jefferson County contribuyendo al desarrollo y formación de los niños y adolescentes en la region de Central Oregon.  Está convencida de que la educación es la mejor herramienta para la integración de las culturas y, al mismo tiempo, la única oportunidad real para contrarrestar las problematicas sociales.

Keith Dodge

Keith Dodge CPA – Contador en Keith Dodge CPA

Keith believes a community benefits when all members have the ability to participate and learn from each other.  He grew up in a multicultural city and has always enjoyed experiencing other cultures’ history, food, and art.  Keith joined LCA because the Association helps the Latino members of the community learn to integrate into the community as a whole without losing their unique heritage.

Keith cree que una comunidad se beneficia cuando todos los miembros tienen la capacidad de participar y aprender unos de otros. Creció en una ciudad multi-cultural y ha gozado siempre de experimentar la historia de otras culturas, la comida y el arte. Keith se unió a LCA porque la Asociación ayuda a los miembros latinos de la comunidad aprender a integrarse en la comunidad sin perder su herencia única.


Mimi Graves

Secretary Secretaria

Retired and Substitute Teacher Maestra de Primaria Jubilada

Through 20+ years of teaching and traveling, Mimi has come to admire the Latino culture and feel that they have many gifts to offer.  She has also witnessed people working hard for their employers and doing their best to support their families, but needing help to understand some of our systems.  She believes that LCA’s many cultural events give an opportunity to share in the blessings of Latino values: the importance of family and community and the willingness and ability to work hard.   She knows that LCA’s programs help people with their health, jobs and involvement in the community.  As a member of the board of directors, Mimi oversees finances, seek out resources, and guides the organization so that programs and activities meet the goals of providing a healthy, cohesive community which is strong when people work together.

A través de 20 años de la enseñanza y de viaje, he llegado a admirar la cultura latina y siento que tienen muchos dones que nos ofrece. También he sido testigo de personas que trabajan duro para sus empleadores y haciendo todo lo posible para mantener a sus familias, pero necesitan ayuda para entender algunos de nuestros sistemas. Los varios eventos culturales de LCA nos dan la oportunidad de compartir en las bendiciones de los valores latinos, música alegre, la importancia de la familia, y la voluntad y capacidad para trabajar duro.Los programas de LCA ayudan a la gente con la salud y el empleo y les ayudan a participar más activamente en nuestra comunidad.Juntos, podemos hacer de nuestra comunidad más fuerte.Como miembro de la junta directiva, superviso nuestras finanzas, busco recursos, y dirigo nuestra organización para que nuestros programas y actividades cumplen con nuestros objetivos de proporcionar una comunidad sana y unida.

Lani Woodall

Columbia Bank

Lani is active in her church and with her family. She has organized Latino women’s groups and is a frequent volunteer. She has great passion for the mission of LCA and is gifted in connecting people.  

Lani está activa en su iglesia y con su familia. Ella ha organizado grupos de mujeres latinas y da su tiempo de voluntaria frequentemente. Ella tiene una gran pasión por la misión de LCA y tiene mucha capacidad en conectar a la gente.

 Scot Langton

Deschutes County Assessor Asesorador del Condado Deschutes

Scot has worked as the Deschutes County Chief Appraiser.  He has been president of the Oregon State Association of County Assessors, on the Executive Committee of the Association of Oregon Counties, on the Deschutes County Audit Committee, board member of Wallowa County Search and Rescue and a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 18.  Scot strongly believes in building, fostering, and maintaining an all inclusive community which is an important part of LCA’s mission.

Nicole Strong

OSU Extension Service

Nicole Strong has provided landowner education in rural communities throughout Oregon as part of the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension program at Oregon State University for seven years. Prior to OSU she provided Extension expertise to the Center for Subtropical Agroforestry at the University of Florida and worked within the Biosphere Sierra de las Minas as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala (1999 – 2001). She has an M.S. in Forest Resources with a minor in Community Watershed Management from the Pennsylvania State University (2003), and a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Purdue University (1997).  Nicole is committed to helping facilitate the development of a united multi-cultural Central Oregon community, and believes LCA’s mission is crucial to that process.

Frank Carrillo, Ph.D.

Retired Social Researcher/Professor Investigador Social y Profesor Jubilado

A medical sociologist, Dr. Carrillo has conducted extensive research regarding the health care needs and access issues of the poor and underserved. In addition to his experience as a social researcher, he is also a former university professor and healthcare administrative manager with the County of Orange in California. A relatively new resident of Oregon (since December 2009), Dr. Carrillo looks forward providing his energy and service to the general Bend community.

Un sociólogo médico, ha llevado a cabo una amplia investigación sobre las necesidades de atención de salud y de acceso de los pobres y desatendidas. Además de su experiencia como investigador social, es también un ex profesor universitario y director de administración de salud con el Condado de Orange en California. Un residente de Oregón relativamente nuevo (desde diciembre de 2009), el Dr. Carrillo espera siempre y cuando su energía y servicio a la comunidad Doble general.

Rolando Mendez

Deputy District Ranger – US Forest Service Servicio Forestal

Rolando R. Mendez, BS MF,has more than 30 years of management experience and has invested the last 3 years here in Bend as the Deputy District Ranger for the Bend – Ft. Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest.  Rolando hails from Texas, and has also worked in Washington, California, and Florida.  He enjoys the outdoors and sharing conversation over a hearty cup of coffee.  Rolando’s aim for our Central Oregon community emphasizes education, job skills, and community service. He also serves on the board of directors for the Starwood Association. Rolando R. Méndez, BS MF, tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en gestión y ha invertido los últimos 3 años aquí en Bend como el Ranger Adjunto de Distrito para el Deschutes National Forest.Rolando es oriundo de Texas, y también ha trabajado en Washington, California y Florida. Le gusta disfrutar el aire libre y compartir conversación durante una buena taza de café. El objetivo de Rolando para nuestra comunidad de Oregon Central hace hincapié en la educación, capacitación laboral, y servicio comunitario.También es miembro de la junta directiva de la Asociación de Starwood.

A.J. Losoya

Past President Presidente Anterior

Branch Manager -Community Federal Bank, Redmond

A.J. was born in Portland, OR and was raised on a poultry farm just outside of Woodburn. He continued his education at Western Oregon University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, with a focus in finance and marketing. He is currently Vice President and Branch Manager of Columbia River Bank’s Wall St. office in Bend. A.J. loves being a part of the business community and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and PROS of Central Oregon. A.J. is married and the father of two sons. A.J. nació en Portland, Oregon y crecía cerca de la ciudad de Woodburn donde vivía en una granja criando pollos. Terminó sus estudios en Western Oregon University y recibió su licenciatura de Administración de Negocios con enfoques de finanzas y promoción. Actualmente, es Vice Presidente y Manager del sede de Columbia River Bank en la Calle Wall en Bend. Le gusta mucho ser parte de la comunidad comercial y ha sido voluntario de Big Brothers-Big Sisters y PROS de Oregon Central. A.J. está casado y tienen dos hijos.

Jaime Aguirre

Past Vice-President

Owner/manager of Ginger’s Kitchenware Dueno/Gerente de Ginger’s Kitchenware

Jaime was born and raised in California. He has a strong interest in lending a hand to issues that help improve the overall well-being of a community. He has participated in organizations feeding the homeless and those less fortunate, enhancing economic opportunities for businesses, and guiding youth to academic excellence. Jaime is fluent in Spanish and has served as spokesperson for a fortune 500 company. He and his wife own and manage Ginger’s Kitchenware in Bend. Jaime nació en California y mantiene un interés de apoyar proyectos que se dedican al bienestar de la comunidad. Ha participado con organizaciones cuales objetivos incluyen alimentar personas sin vivienda, mejorar el estado económico de empresas, y animando a jóvenes a seguir sus estudios. Jaime es bilingüe y ha servido como portavoz de una empresa mayor. Sus padres son originarios de Jalostotitlán, en los altos de Jalisco, México. Él y su esposa son los dueños de la tienda Ginger’s Kitchenware en Bend.


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