Juan Guzmán – Co-chair
Juan Guzmán, a retired educator, comes to Casa Latinos Unidos with a strong background in the educational needs of disadvantaged/disabled/racial and ethnic minority youth. Experiences in public school teaching and administration, university teaching, government service, and federally sponsored migrant education have allowed broad experiences in program development, staff training, and parental involvement. Juan has served as a consultant and has been on committees and advisory boards at the local, state and national levels. He is a veteran, having served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. Since his retirement, he has been active as a volunteer in the Corvallis community.
Javier is a native from Cornelius, Oregon and a first generation high school and college graduate from East Los Angeles College in Journalism; the University of Oregon in Political Science; Portland State University in Public Administration; and has substantial doctorate level credits at Oregon State University focusing on community college leadership. In 2012, Javier Cervantes was appointed the Director of the Department of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Linn-Benton Community College. Previously he served as the Associate Dean of Student/Director of the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Loyola University Chicago and has also worked at Oregon State University and Portland State University. His career has been dedicated to the development of students and professionals seeking understanding while exploring their own identity and navigating a very complex and diverse world.
Rocio is from a seasonal farm working family and is also a first generation college graduate from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Spanish, and a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies. Rocio has worked at the Benton County Health Department as an Equity and Inclusion Specialist organizing and mobilization to engage low income and racial/ethnic minority families’ participation in public health policy, system and environmental change. Rocio has been actively involved in various city, county and community coalition efforts continuing to advocate for culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and engagement services, and serve as a cultural broker between agencies and the region’s diverse Latino community.
Alicia earned both a bachelor’s degree as well as master’s degree from Western Oregon University in Secondary Education and Bilingual Education. She has worked in K-12 public education for the past 23 years as a high school teacher, high school assistant principal and is currently the principal at Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis. During her career Alicia has been a MEChA advisor at high school, worked in Migrant Education and an advocate for Latino families in every school district she has worked in. Alicia likes to spend time with family in her free time.
Alma Torres received her BS in Human Nutrition in her hometown of Chihuahua, Mexico, and an MPH from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Currently a Ph.D. student in Public Health at OSU, Alma’s research and professional interests focus upon health literacy, health disparities and the Latino community. Before coming to Oregon in 2013, Alma worked in public health and nutrition related projects as a research coordinator in New Mexico. As a strong and dedicated supporter of social justice and equity, she is ready to serve the Oregon Latino community in Linn and Benton Counties.
Ana Gomez is driven to build a more equitable education system by including all community stakeholders in the process. Born and raised in Colombia, her parents were a huge influence and instilled a passion for social work, education, and the arts. Her interest in Oregon education was inspired by her time working with Latino families in Central Oregon. She initially worked as a volunteer and after a few months moved to coordinate the formation of the Juntos program at Oregon State University. Juntos unites community partners with 8-12th grade students and their parents to promote high school completion and skills around college access. Since the program’s inception, Ana has been involved with its exponential growth throughout the state. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Engagement for the Center for Latino and Latina Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) and coordinates Juntos statewide at Oregon State University . Her position gives her the great opportunity to work with more than 1,600 participants and collaborate with governmental and private organizations to mobilize social transformation.