Arturo Villaseñor, Adelante Educación Instructor and Sabor Color Program Coordinator, was born in Mexico City, where he lived until 2000. That same year Arturo moved to Oregon and started working in the area of adult education with Centro Cultural. In 2009 he joined the staff of Adelante Mujeres teaching a variety of topics including mathematics and computer skills for the adult education program. He loves the opportunity to work with people that are looking forward to a better future for themselves and their families.
Carrie Schmid is from Portland, Oregon. She is the English Language Development Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator and coordinates volunteers for the education programs at Adelante Mujeres. She has been with Adelante Mujeres since July of 2010. “Working at Adelante Mujeres, I really feel a part of a team with the staff and participants. I have a chance to get to learn about everyone’s projects and interests. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with this group of enterprising and dedicated people every day.”
Eduardo Corona first worked as the Business Development Coordinator with the Adelante Empresas program in 2010. He has been the Empresas Program Director since 2012. He has a background in International Trade and Finance, and he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.
Francisca Pérez is the Coodinator of the Early Childhood Education program. She grew up in Mexico City where she studied and worked as a nurse. She has dedicated her professional career in the United States to providing early childhood education to immigrant and migrant children. She has over twleve years experience preparing young children for kindergarten and supporting parents. She became the Early Childhood Education Coordinator in 2008 and has consistantly led her team to surpass state and federal benchmarks for child progress.
Guadalupe Maldonado, Parent Support Coordinator, wears many hats at Adelante Mujeres. She teaches parenting classes for the women in the Adelante Educación program and acts as the Adelante Chicas parent coordinator. Lupe also owns a catering business and sells her tamales and pupusas at the Forest Grove Farmers Market.
Kaely Summers manages the Forest Grove Farmers Market. She has lived in Forest Grove for over eight years and joined Adelante Mujeres in 2011 after finishing two years of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer service with the Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University. Kaely has a deep interest in nutrition and food systems and is looking forward to the 2013 farmers market season.
Leocadia Montero-Hainley is the Coordinator for the ESPERE-Violence Reduction Program. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, where she studied law and served as District Attorney for two years. Leocadia previously served as a member of the Board of Adelante Mujeres for three years. She graduated with a Master of Art in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University in 2009. Prior to joining Adelante Mujeres, she worked as a counselor with Bienestar in Hillsboro. She loves helping people think positively.
Mari Esther Rizo is a member of the Early Childhood Education teaching team. She loves children and using her creativity to help them learn. In 1996 she came to the U.S. from Jalisco, Mexico, with her parents. Mari has a real gift for music which she shares with the children in her classroom. She also leads a weekly class for all the children and their moms. Together everyone has a great time singing, dancing, and playing percussion instruments.
Rosalia Dominguez Lopez is a member of the Early Childhood Education teaching team. She loves working with the 1-3 year-olds, and helping them learn. Rosalia is originally from Oaxaca, México. She came to the U.S. in 2002 and has been working with young children ever since. In addition to bringing her passion for education to the classroom, she also shares her love of nature with her students.
Javier Urenda joined Adelante Mujeres in May 2013 as Business Coach for the Adelante Empresas program. He helps entrepreneurs with individual coaching and managing access to capital through the IDA program and Kiva Zip. Javier has a Civil Engineering degree from Mexico and an Associates Degree through Portland Community College. He enjoys working in a team and shares his knowledge with everyone that needs it. Javier has been working for the Latino community in non-profit ogranizations for 10 years.