Kristty Polanco is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education. She will begin the Master’s in Public Health program at Oregon State University Fall term, 2014. Kristty currently works as a Community Health Navigator at Benton County Health Department, focusing on policy and systems change in order to facilitate access to services and programming in order to increase nutrition and physical activity opportunities for the low-income and Latino population in Benton and Linn Counties. Her experience working with community members implementing culturally-appropriate outreach, community engagement, community mobilizing, and capacity building are essential skills aligned with CLUBC’s mission and goals.
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.
María Hart – Board Member
Maria Hart has been a member of the CLUBC board for the past three years and has lived in Oregon for the past nine. She decided to be a part of Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County to help make decisions that impact the community and make a difference. She is a proud housewife and volunteer for her church, and is an integral member of the Organización de Latinas Unidas.