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Brad Porterfield

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Executive Director // Director Ejecutivo Brad is originally from Riverside, California.  He lived and studied in Oaxaca, Mexico and  worked in Uruguay with the Peace Corps as an Environmental Planner and Educator.  He also lived and worked in Thailand as an Educator.  In Oregon, he has worked with low-income housing communities in Eugene/Springfield, a growth impact planning group in Hermiston, and the Alliance of Forest Workers & Harvesters based in Eugene.  Brad studied Natural Resource Planning and Spanish at Humboldt State University and Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) at the University of Oregon.  Brad is the proud father of one son. Brad nació en Riverside, California.  Vivió y estudió en Oaxaca, México y trabajó en Uruguay para el Cuerpo de Paz como planificador y maestro del medio ambiente.  También vivió y trabajó en Tailandia como Profesor.  En Oregon ha trabajado organizando a los residentes de viviendas de bajos ingresos en Eugene/Springfield, coordinando un grupo en Hermiston para prever y mitigar los cambios del crecimiento urbano, y como Director de la Alianza de Trabajadores y Recolectores del Bosque, basado en Eugene.  Completó sus estudios en el Manejo de los Recursos Naturales, el Español, y la Planificación Comunitaria y Regional.  Es padre orgulloso de un hijo.


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Empowerment Programs Manager // Director de Programas  Oscar was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  He moved with his parents at a young age to California where he grew up and attended high school in Cudahy (Los Angeles) and went to college at Loyola Marymount University earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1984.  Relocating to Houston, Texas in 1988, Oscar began his career in social work as an Investigative Case Worker (Harris County Children’s Protective Services) and then later as an Emergency Room Social Worker.  He later attended the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Houston focusing on Mental Health and Political Social Work (1994-96) after which he transitioned to school-based work becoming the renowned KIPP Academy’s founding Director of Student & Family Support Services (1998-2005).  Since 2009, Oscar has been working in Higher Education as an Academic Advisor, including Houston and Lone Star Community College systems (Houston) and, most recently, Chemeketa and Lane Community Colleges (Oregon). Just before moving to Central Oregon, he was coordinating the Title X: McKinney-Vento Homeless Youth & Families and Youth Gang Prevention programs on behalf of Lane Education Service District.  Oscar remains extremely proud of his three grown daughters (Monica Inez, Jessica Nicole, and Sonia Marie) who currently live in New York City, Houston and Chicago, respectively.  Oscar nació en Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Se mudó con sus padres a California cuando era niño todavía y creció en la ciudad de Cudahy (Los Angeles).  Asistió la Universidad de Marymount donde logro el Licenciatura en Economía en el año 1984.  Se mudó a Houston, Tejas en 1988 donde empezó su carrera de trabajo social en el puesto de .

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Workforce Empowerment Navigator // Asesora de Fortalecimiento Laboral  Carolina was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. She graduated from secondary school in 1999 when she was 15 years old. At that time her parents brought her to live in Las Vegas, NV. She lived there for three years. When they returned to México they settled in Tijuana to be near family members.  There she attended business school and studied Accounting and Bilingual Office Administration. In 2002, she got married and two years later moved to Kennewick, Washington. In September 2006 she came with her husband, Juan, and their daughters, Alejandra and Zoe, to live in Bend. Their youngest daughter, Valentina, was born in Bend. Carolina nació en Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Se graduó de la escuela secundaria en 1999, tenía 15 años. En ese entonces sus padres le trajeron a vivir a Las Vegas, NV. Vivió ahí por casi 3 años. Cuando se regresaron a México, se instalaron en Tijuana para estar cerca de algunos familiares. Se inscribió en la escuela comercial y estudié 2 años de Contabilidad y Secretariado Bilingüe. En el año 2002 se casó y dos años después se vinieron a vivir a Kennewick, Washington. En Septiembre del año 2006 vinieron a vivir a Bend con su esposo Juan y sus hijas Alejandra y Zoe.  Sus otras dos hijas Valentina y Ana Carolina, nacieron en Bend.

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Client Services Coordinator – Redmond y Madras // Coordinadora de Servicios al Cliente – Redmond & Madras  Ana was born and raised in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.  She attended the Autonomous University of Baja California in 1998 where she obtained her degree as a licensed Public Accountant.  For 5 years she worked for two companies preparing their accounting records such as tax payments, bank reconciliation, payroll, survey and inventory. In 2001, she decided to move to the United States with her husband and son Bryan.  Ana currently lives in Madras, Oregon with her whole family including her youngest daughter who was born in Madras. Ana nació y creció en Ensenada, Baja California, México. Asistió a la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California donde obtuvo su licenciatura en contaduría pública. Por 5 años trabajó para dos compañías, preparando sus récores contables tales como, presentación de impuestos, nóminas de sueldos, y el control de inventarios. En el 2001 decide mudarse a los estados unidos con su esposo Reyes e hijo Bryan.  Actualmente vive en Madras, Oregón con toda su familia y su hija Anastasia quien nació en Madras.

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Client Services Coordinator – Bend // Coordinadora de Servicios al Cliente – Bend  Milagros Aparicio was born in Michoacán, Mexico.  Milagros has been in the Customer Service field for over 15 years.  In 1993, she moved to Los Angeles, CA and attended Jefferson High (Adult School) were she got her GED and High School Diploma.  Milagros moved to Bend, OR in 2001 and has worked as Cashier, Sales Associate, Banker and Front Desk Manager. She also has been a volunteer in different organizations including Latino Community Association. Milagros is Married to Javier Ramirez and has three kids: Allan, Estrella and Yvonne.  Milagros Aparicio nació en Michoacán, Mexico donde estudió de Pre-escolar hasta el Bachillerato.  Milagros ha estado en el area del servicio al cliente por mas de 15 años. En 1993, se movió a Los Angeles, CA donde asistió a la escuela Jefferson High School y recibió su GED y Certificado de preparatoria.  Milagros se mudó a Bend, OR  en 2001 y ha trabajado de Cajera, Asociada en Ventas, Banquera y Supervisora de Oficina.  Milagros está casada con Javier Ramirez y tiene tres hijos: Allan, Estrella e Yvonne.


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OHA Enrollment Specialist // Asesora de Seguro Médico  Martha was born in Yakima, Washington and raised in Tacoma, Washington.  She attended Clover Park Technical College and Orchard Park Health Center in Lakewood, Washington where she got certified as a Nursing Assistant.  Martha is married and has an 11 year old son. Martha and her family moved to the Central Oregon area in 2007.  Born from a Mexican immigrant family, she experienced closely the difficulties that can affect the well-being of our community.  As a young girl she often got invited to interpret for family members at doctor appointments or meetings and developed a passion for it.  At an early age she discovered how much it pleased her to help others. Within the medical field, she also encountered the difficulties of the uninsured and health care needs in general. Because of this, she has devoted many years to assisting her community in various ways. Martha has an extensive background working with nonprofit organizations in the Central Oregon area and forms part of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council in Bend. Martha is a true believer of breaking down all barriers to have a healthier successful community.

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Healthy Families Outreach Specialist // Promotora de Salud Familiar  Ofelia was born in Corning, California and raised in Lake Chelan, Washington. She graduated high school and moved to Metolius, Oregon where she has resided since. She took an interest in health and went to COCC in Bend to study medical assisting. Ofelia trained for early childhood education which provided her opportunities to work with preschool children and their families.  She continues to attend trainings in early childhood development in her spare time.  Ofelia has five beautiful children and a grandson who are her life.  Ofelia nació en Corning, California y creció en Lake Chelan, Washington. Después de graduarse de la secundaria se mudó para Metolius, Oregón donde ha vivido desde ese entonces. Tenía interés en la salud y fue a COCC en Bend para estudiar ser asistente médica. También asistía entrenamientos en la educación temprana y en sus tiempos libres continua con esos entrenamientos y cursos. Tengo 5 hermosos hijos y un nieto que son mi vida.

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