Bridget Cooke, Co-Founder and Executive Director
For over 25 years, Bridget has been working with nonprofits in Oregon, California and Chile. In 2002, she helped co-found programs for immigrant women and families that address key obstacles to justice and promote respect and dignity for all. Bridget obtained her B.A. in education from Western State University and a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
Kymberli Contreras, Administrative Assistant & Fiesta of Hope Associate
Kymberli joined Adelante in February 2012. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and has a B.A. from Duke University and holds an MBA from Alfred University. Kymberli’s Professional background includes fundraising for academia and logistics coordination and program development for state government agencies in Oregon and New York.
Anne Morse, Grants Manager
Anne joined Adelante Mujeres in December 2008. Originally from Southeast Alaska, she has lived abroad in Tranqueras, Uruguay, and Santiago, Chile. Anne obtained her B.A. in Politics and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College.
Virginia (Gini) Petersen, Director of Development
Gini joined Adelante in October of 2011. Prior to becoming part of the staff, she served on the Board of Directors for seven years and practiced law in Hillsboro and Forest Grove.
Megan Eatough, Communications/Volunteer Coordinator
Hailing from Wisconsin, Megan traversed the Oregon trail in winter and joined Adelante Mujeres in February of 2015. Megan holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.A. in Spanish, both from the University of Iowa. As part of her studies, Megan spent a semester in Lima, Peru as a student at La Pontificia Católica del Perú and volunteer at La Casa de Panchita.
Jeff Bryant, Encore Fellow, IT Strategy and Implementation
Jeff retired from Intel Corporation after 15 years as an internal systems and software project manager. Before that he was an information technology consultant for several years for local manufacturers and Fortune 500 corporations, and worked twelve years for State of Washington IT divisions. Jeff has managed many diverse IT teams around the world and has volunteered for many years at churches, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Scouts. Jeff is assisting Adelante Mujeres as an Encore Fellow with Social Venture Partners.
Patricia Alvarado, Education Department Manager
Patricia joined Adelante Mujeres in February 2014. She is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico and comes to Adelante with over 17 years of experience, and a passion for working with children and families. She has a BA in Social Science from PSU and is currently pursuing an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy with a minor in PACE (Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education).
Yasi Lemus Isla, Adult Education Program Coordinator
Yasi is originally from Cuba and holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Agricultural University of Havana. She spent many years working as vegetal genetic researcher and she had an important role over capacitating farmers in Cuba. She moved to Oregon in 2011 and became an instructor at Portland Community College where she worked with the Hispanic Community and taught a variety of subjects, including math, science, reading, writing, social studies and computer skills. Working with the Latino community is her passion.
Yamel Olivas Solis, Early Childhood Education Program Manager
Yamel is originally from Mexico and graduated as a Preschool Education Teacher from “Escuela Normal del Estado.” She moved to Oregon in 1990, looking for opportunities. She began her career at the Oregon Child Development Coalition. Since then she has been working in the area of education, in many different roles, mentoring other teachers, families, and working with the community. Pursuing more education, in 2006 she obtained an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Portland Community College. Her 30 years of experience have taught her the importance of education for parents and families because they serve as the children’s first teacher. She is always seeking more opportunities for professional growth and to learn more about children and families.
Rosalia Dominquez, Teacher
Rosalia joined Adelante in 2002 and has been working with young children ever since. She loves working with 1-3 year olds and brings her passion for education and love of nature to the classroom to share with her students.
Maria Esther Rizo, Teacher
Mari joined Adelante in 2002. She is originally from Jalisco, Mexico and came to the US in 1996. Mari has a real gift for music, which she shares with the children in her classroom. She leads weekly music classes for all the children and their moms and everyone has a great time singing, dancing, and playing percussion instruments.
Gina Bell, Administrator
Gina studied at Pacific University; including a year abroad in Ecuador, and graduated with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. She then served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an Agriculture Extension volunteer. Upon returning to the US, Gina continued working with diverse populations in the non-profit and public sectors. In 2008, she received Pacific University’s Young Alumni Award for her work in the Forest Grove community and in 2010 was named one of 35 Innovators Under 35 by 1,000 Friends of Oregon. Gina is fluent in Spanish and speaks michi’mi Guarani. She is deeply committed to social and environmental justice.
Leticia Aguilar, Chicas Youth Development Program Manager
Leticia joined Adelante Mujeres in November of 2009. She is originally from Mexico and moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. In January 2014, She will be getting her A.A. in Organizational Dynamics from Warner Pacific College.
Andrea Chunga-Celis, Site Facilitator
Andrea Chunga-Celis recently joined Adelante Mujeres as a Chicas Program Facilitator. She comes to the organization after completing her Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she worked in human rights organizations in New York and Peru. Her passion has been to work for non-profit organizations and to build strong local communities with the aim of providing opportunities for all individuals.
Cristina Delgado, Site Facilitator/IDA Coordinator
Cristina joined Adelante in October 2012. She is committed to volunteering and organizing community events with social justice organizations that help bring social justice awareness to their communities. Cristina has a B.A. in political Science and a minor in Philosophy from Oregon State University.
Karla Hernández, Site Facilitator/IDA Coordinator
Karla was born in Guatemala and has lived most of her life in Oregon. She attended and graduated from Portland University, where she received her B.S. in Communication Studies and Criminology. Karla has been a community leader and is passionate about advocating for empowering immigrant communities.
Mayra Carranza, Site Facilitator
Mayra is from Michoacan, Mexico and moved here when she was twelve years old. In winter 2015 she earned her Associates of Science Degree. She is studying to earn a Bachelors in Nursing and work with children diagnosed with cancer. She joined the Chicas program at FGHS in 2009. Mayra was a Chicas participant, and when she graduated high school in 2011, she became a Chicas volunteer. In January 2015, she was offered the opportunity to become a Chicas Program Facilitator at three sites.
Emely Castañeda, Site Facilitator
Emely joined Adelante Mujeres in September 2012. She is originally from Guatemala and has also lived abroad in Costa Rica. Emely obtained her B.A. in Latin American Studies with a minor in Business from Portland State University.
Marina Alvarez, Site Facilitator
Marina is originally from California, but moved to Oregon in 2008. She is a former member of the Chicas program, and went on to attend Western Oregon University and earn her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Education and Spanish. She has gone on a variety of service trips to work with underrepresented communities in places such as Honduras, Seattle, San Francisco, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Teaching and inspiring others to lead healthy, happy lifestyles is what inspires her to keep learning about different ways to help empower her community.
Javier Urenda, Program Coordinator
Javier joined Adelante in May 2013. He is originally from Mexico and has over 10 years of experience working with the Latino community through non-profit organizations. Javier holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Mexico and an Associates Degree from Portland Community College.
Angelica Perez, Business Coach
Angelica joined Adelante Mujeres March 2016. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2014 with a bachelors in Marketing and Merchandise Management. Previously she was an AmeriCorp VISTA at Mercy Corps Northwest in Portland. She has experience working with small businesses and enjoys working with her community.
Kaely Summers, Forest Grove Farmers Market Manager
Kaely joined Adelante in 2011. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, she has lived abroad in Peru and is a former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Kaely is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, and has a deep interest in nutrition and food systems.
Alejandro Tecum, Program Director
Alejandro is originally from Guatemala and moved to Oregon in 1999. He joined Adelante Mujeres in 2002 working as a Mathematics and Spanish teacher. In 2005, he initiated the Adelante Agricultural program.
Karin Pfeiffer-Hoyt, Distributor Manager and Farm Business Advisor
Karin grew up in rural Northwest Washington State, where she started gardening and taking are of chickens at a young age. She joined Adelante in 2011 as the Sustainable Farming and Conservation Educator; an AmeriCorps volunteer position.
Mayra Hernandez, Sustainable Agriculture Program Assistant
In 2004, Mayra Hernandez became a student in our Adult Education program and received her GED. Mayra then began her career in childcare and started studying to receive her Child Development Associate Credential, which she earned in 2006. Mayra joined Adelante Mujeres in 2011 and has worked in our preschool as well as with our Forest Grove Farmers Market and our Produce Rx initiative.