Board of Directors
Adelante Mujeres has a talented and dedicated Board of Directors.
Melanie Stagnitti, President, has over 20 years of Human Resource experience working for various public high-tech companies in the Portland area, most recently with Intel. She is an Oregon native; however, has lived in Santiago, Chile and traveled throughout South America where she developed an appreciation for Latino culture and language. She is committed to promoting education, enhancing her local community of Forest Grove, and supporting the empowerment of women, all of which are encompassed in Adelante Mujeres’ mission and programs.
Jacqueline Alarcón, Vice President, practices family law at Yates Family Law, PC in Portland. She is a proud Salvadorian and one of a few handful of Latina lawyers in the Portland, Oregon legal community. As a native Spanish speaker, Jacqueline’s background has served to expand her worldview teaching her the proper skills for cross-cultural communication. Jacqueline obtained her undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Politics and French and graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2010.
Ingrid Solares, Secretary, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center through a partnership with Lifeworks NW. Ingrid is dedicated to working with underserved and vulnerable populations to help improve their quality of life. Her background and training is in strategic and structural family therapy and she has experience working with children, high risk adolescents, and their families. Ingrid is originally from Guatemala, but grew up in the Washington County area. Adelante Mujeres is close to Ingrid’s heart and she supports the organization’s mission to empower low income Latina women and their families and subsequently helps to heal our communities.
Marco Espinoza, Treasurer is originally from Peru and has lived in Oregon since 1990. He has an MBA and has worked as a Financial Analyst for over 15 years. He currently works at Portland General Electric. He volunteers as a board member at Adelante Mujeres because he shares the same mission and vision regarding women in our communities. As the son of retired school teachers, Marco knows the positive influence education can have on women, their families, and our whole society.
Veronica Grave was born in Mexico and migrated to the US in 1998; she has been living in Cornelius since 2004 and always wanted to be involved in the community. She had the opportunity to volunteer with Adelante Mujeres and loved the enthusiasm and passion of the members to help women and their families through education. Veronica currently works at Intel as a software engineer.
David Dorman is a retired administrator from the Forest Grove School District. Currently Dave is employed as a teacher for Outside In located in downtown Portland. Prior to his career in education, David spent 20 years in the retail industry in Washington DC and California. He has an undergraduate degree from Occidental College, an MBA from Stanford University and a MEd from Portland State University. David believes passionately in the importance of education, equity and empowerment and is honored to serve an organization dedicated to these goals.
Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas is currently the policy and civic engagement manager at Latino Network and the Deputy State Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens. He is a writer and a photographer with more than 10 years of experience in social justice work, equity, inclusion, and diversity. A graduate of Oregon State University, Octaviano holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from the School of Language, Culture & Society. He has worked in youth development and community development sin Mexico and the United States. He's currently a member of the New Portlander's Policy Commission.
Leroy Feigelson is a retired Intel Finance Controller. He has a B.S. degree from Oregon State University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Illinois. He believes that everyone should have the opportunity for a quality education and to be valuable members of their community. He has seen how Adelante Mujeres pursues, with passion, making this a reality for many. He states,"it is an honor in be part of such an impactful organization."
Veronica Dujon is the Director for Academic Planning and Policy in the Office for Public University Coordination in the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for the State of Oregon. She has more than 20 years experience in higher education as a Professor and Associate Dean at Portland State University. Veronica has a PhD in Environmental Sociology with a focus on conflicts over declining natural resources; the impact of globalization on people’s well-being; and the role of women in the global economy. One of her major commitments is promoting education as the social foundation for building sustainable societies that are inclusive of all people and in which people thrive.
Marcia Ramirez-Horn is a proud Oregon native, living in the Beaverton area since 2001. During her childhood, she enjoyed spending months each year exploring Mexico with family and friends. She is currently a branch manager for U.S. Bank. Marcia's passion for volunteering and connection to the Latino culture draw her to dedicate her time with Adelante Mujeres.
Narce Rodriguez is currently the Dean of Student Development at Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus. She has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education, which includes working in a four-year institution. She has led the implementation of Multicultural Centers, LGBT, and Veterans Centers. She is a pioneer in professionally developing and mentoring professionals of color. Narce holds a B.A. and M.A.I.S in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Women's Studies. Her greatest love is raising her daughters, being a grandmother, and a proud wife of a Veteran who served our country for 20 years.
Carmen Suarez is the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion at Portland State University. She leads various diversity education offerings including bias prevention, sexual harassment prevention, cultural competence Latino and African American relations and gender communications. She has a B.A. and M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. The greatest satisfaction has come from raising her daughter and being an advisor to student groups. Working with students of color in particular is what matters most to her.
Anna Moreno is an accomplished Sr. Development Manager with more than 20 years in the IT industry. Moreno is presently a Business Manager at Cisco Systems and has a successful track record of leading and building strong teams, while ensuring new offers are aligned to the Go-To-Market and appropriate partner strategy. Passionate observer of how technology can change people's lives, Moreno has enjoyed leading and helping Cisco, NetApp and HP to transform businesses, culture and societies. Because of her global experience, working and living in Europe, North America and Latin America, she is an active ambassador for inclusion and believes in the true power of diverse, global teams. On a personal note, Moreno is from Brazil and has been married for 17 years and has 2 sons.
Debra Dunn has over 30 years of executive level experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. She also is the founder of Synergy Resources Group, a consulting group that provides a variety of services to organizations experiencing change, challenge or transformation in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Her education is in business, accounting and marketing. Dunn is passionate about supporting programs that empower women and girls and provide a pathway for them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Adelante's outcomes in their adult education; Chica's and Empresas Small Business programs are what inspired Debra to join the board of directors.
Interested in joining the Adelante Mujeres Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors is an integral part of helping to carry out the mission and vision of Adelante Mujeres. We look for leaders who are passionate about the mission and have time and skills in support of fundraising, Board committee leadership, and staff mentorship. Applications are due each year by March 15th, with selected members starting their 3-year term in July at the beginning of the fiscal year.