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Chair Irma Linda Castillo
Linda Castillo is a bilingual, bicultural first generation Latina of Mexican heritage. Her parents are from the Zacatecas and Michoacán. Born and raised in Northern California as the eldest daughter of farm workers, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school, attend college, and complete graduate school with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Her upbringing was filled with experiences of and addressing poverty, violence, sexism, discrimination, social justice, protests in the streets for Chicano civil rights, civic engagement, community organizing, the power of resilience, authentic connection and trust building in communities of color. She is blessed to have a 26-year history working in local government in Clark and Multnomah County, as mental health consultant, program manager and director, and additional years, in nonprofits and in direct service to communities of color and managing, providing technical assistance to diverse teams who work with diverse communities in the Bay Area, Chicago and the Pacific NW.

Vice-Chair Daniel López-Cevallos 
Daniel López-Cevallos, Corvallis

Daniel López-Cevallos 
is Associate Director of Research with the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE), Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, and Adjunct Professor of International Health at Oregon State University (OSU). Before coming to OSU, he was Assistant Professor of Community Health at Western Oregon University. His research focuses on issues of Equity in Health & Health Care, Access to Care, Migration and Health, and Social Participation and Community Empowerment. Dr. López-Cevallos has worked in public health projects with rural, indigenous, and low-income communities in Ecuador, and with Latino immigrant communities across Oregon. He has served on the board of Upstream Public Health, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, and was a founding board member of Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County. Over the past decade, he has collaborated with Benton County Health Services in a variety of Latino Health Equity initiatives. He is an Affiliate Investigator with the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos, and a member of the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Dr. López-Cevallos earned his PhD in Public Health, with concentrations in International Health and Health Policy at OSU.
Jonathan Chavez Baez
Jonathan Chavez Baez, Ashland

Jonathan Chavez Baez is currently the Coordinator for Minority Outreach Programs at Southern Oregon University. For the past eight years, Jonathan has devoted his time working with the Latino community to increase high school graduation, college enrollment, parent participation, assistance to undocumented students, and the creation of numerous programs for underrepresented students. He also has over 14 years of experience working with youth in southern Oregon.
In addition, he is currently the Co-Director of Academia Latina hosted at Southern Oregon University. Jonathan’s passion is the implementation of programs in higher education institutions that can help guide underrepresented students obtain a college education. Mr. Chavez Baez is also part of numerous boards and organizations that included the Oregon Community Foundation’s Latino Partnership Program, the Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Cultural Connections, Hispanic Interagency Committee, and SOU’s Diversity & Inclusion and Strategic Planning Committees.

Joseph Gallegos 
Dr. Joseph Gallegos, Hillsboro

Joseph Gallegos was born in San Antonio, Texas.  Parents moved to Portland during WWII to work in shipyards.  After the war, the family transitioned to summer farm-work—living in migrant worker camps throughout the Willamette valley and finishing the season picking hops in Yakima valley.  At 17, Gallegos spent his last summer working in the fields.  He spent the next ten years working in the Portland shipyards while completing his Viet Nam era military duty with one year in the regular US Air Force and three years with the Oregon Air National Guard.
While working in the shipyard, he also attended night school at Portland Community College and then Portland State University.  At PSU he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and a certificate in social work.  He went directly into the MSW program at Portland state where his practicum experiences included an internship at the JD Long Juvenile Detention Center; Family Counseling (with Latino and Native American families) in NW Portland and community organizing with SE Impact; and as a Teaching Assistant with a student clinical unit at the Salem mental hospital and finally as an instructor during his final semester teaching a course on “Chicano Mental Health” to first-year MSW students. 

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Gustavo Morales 
Gustavo Morales, Ontario

Gustavo is the executive director of EUVALCREE in Ontario, Oregon, an organization that develops the social capital and leadership capacity of community members. Gustavo is appointed by Governor Kate Brown to sit on two positions as: 1) Commissioner on the Oregon Advocacy Commission-Commission on Hispanic Affairs and 2) Board Member for the Cultural Development Board for the State of Oregon-Oregon Cultural Trust. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Neuroscience emphasis from Pacific University and is completing his Master's in Business Administration from Boise State University. In addition to continuing his education and managing a non-profit organization, Gustavo works as an independent consultant supporting minority owned businesses to improve their economies of scale, strategize to develop competitive advantage and increase business visibility.

Marisa Salinas 

Marisa Salinas, Salem

Marisa Salinas graduated George Fox University with Bachelor of Arts in Social Work/Sociology and Spanish. Ms. Salinas later attended and graduated from Willamette University College of Law. After law school, Ms. Salinas was one of just two recipients in Oregon of a two year fellowship from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law). Ms. Salinas has dedicated her career to working with diverse communities in Oregon and ensuring that individuals’ civil rights are protected. Ms. Salinas’ interest in civil rights began with personal experiences as someone that is both multiracial and cultural, the grandchild of migrant farmworkers and the sibling of a person with disabilities. Ms. Salinas has used her skills and dedication by working for organizations such as Legal Aid Services of Oregon Farmworkers Program, the Oregon Judicial Department Citizen Review Board and volunteered as a board member on the Eugene Civilian Review Board.


Oregon Legislative Assembly Representatives
Senator Sara Gelser
Senator Sara Gelser - D - District 28, Albany, Corvallis, Philomath, Millersburg, Tangent and unincorporated areas of Linn and Benton Counties

Sara Gelser has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2005.  After serving in the Oregon House for nine years, she was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 2015.  She is Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and sits on the Human Service Budget Committee.  She serves on the Senate Education Committee, Senate Workforce Committee, and the Senate Conduct Committee.  She served as Chair of the House Education Committee for six years, and also spent nine years serving on the House Revenue Committee.
Senator Gelser’s legislative accomplishments include strengthening Oregon’s rape statute, the creation of a charitable pharmacy program, the establishment of statewide standards for modified and extended diplomas, expanding Oregon's mandatory child abuse reporting law, limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, strengthening protections for seniors and people with disabilities who are victims of abuse and neglect, limiting youth access to smokeless tobacco products, and reducing barriers for access to medical and support services for children with disabilities. In 2007, Sara spearheaded Karly’s Law which improves child abuse investigations across the state.

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Representative Teresa
Alonso Leon
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon - D - District 22, Woodburn

Teresa Alonso Leon was elected to represent House District 22 in November of 2016 and is currently serving in her first term.

The daughter of migrant farmworkers and an immigrant to the United States, Teresa grew up in HD 22, attending schools in Gervais and Woodburn. Due to the influence of a dedicated high school counselor Teresa became the first in her family to attend college, and now holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. Education was Teresa's path to success, and now she is passionate about increasing opportunity and access for Oregon students.

Teresa Alonso Leon fue elegida para representar el Distrito 22 en el noviembre de 2016 y sirve actualmente en su primer término. La hija de trabajadores migrantes y un inmigrante a los Estados Unidos, Teresa creció en HD 22, asistiendo a escuelas en Gervais y Woodburn. Debido a la influencia de personal dedicado de la escuela, Teresa se convirtió en la primera en su familia en asistir a la universidad, y ahora tiene una maestría en la Administración Pública.

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