Meet Our Team
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, Assistant Director
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.
Sue Rubin, Director of Finance and Operations
Sue joined Adelante Mujeres as the Director of Finance and Operations in September 2016. Sue has worked with the Organization for the past 8 years as part of the auditing team and as a consultant and volunteer. Sue is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Oregon and BA in English. She has extensive experience and expertise in payroll and non-profit consulting as well as an ethic and history of service and activism, and brings Katie, the new office mascot and official greeter.
Evelyn Cantoral, Director of Development
Evelyn brings more than 10 years of nonprofit experience and more than 5 years of successful nonprofit fundraising and marketing experience to Adelante. Evelyn's background includes several years of international nonprofit experience in Central Africa, where she first discovered the power of visual storytelling to effect change. For Evelyn, working with Adelante Mujeres unites her passion for women's empowerment with her Latin American roots.
Andrea Chunga-Celis, Grants Coordinator
Andrea Chunga-Celis completed 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.
Anne Morse, Grants Specialist
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.
Rose Walker, Grants Associate
Rose joined the Development Team at Adelante Mujeres in October, 2017. She has 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations as a program manager, mostly focusing on providing nutrition and educational services to low-income families. She has a B.A. in English Literature and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity Degree. Rose is passionate about helping low-income families to access the resources needed to live their full potential and is excited to be a part of Adelante’s mission.
Sabrina Tirado, Development Associate
Sabrina is a transplant from New York City, who came to Oregon to enjoy its laid-back speed, foodie scene, and to commune with nature in all of its Pacific Northwest glory. She graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a degree in Religion and Classical Studies. Sabrina joined the nonprofit world seven years ago providing direct services to homeless families in Washington County, but found her passion in the data-driven area of nonprofit development. Of Cuban and Dominican parents, she has a deep love and respect for her Latino heritage and is proud to foster that love on Adelante’s Development team.
Anna Yeager, Communications Coordinator
Anna has been producing documentary films and video for nonprofits for over 10 years and is passionate about telling stories that inspire change. Originally from the Midwest, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film/Video Production. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Huffington Post, Upworthy and nationwide film festivals. Anna is thrilled to be helping women rise up and reach for their dreams at Adelante Mujeres.
Patricia Alvarado, Director of Education Programs
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 Manager
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.
Norma Hernandez, Preschool Promise Teacher/Director for WL Henry
Norma comes to Adelante with many years of nonprofit experience. She has studied child development extensively, and believes that education is fundamental to the development of a community. Norma is inspired by children and young adults because she believes in their potential. She strongly believes that we all must join together to create opportunities that will allow for change in our actual reality.
Gina Bell, ESPERE Manager
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.
Noemi Herrera, Chicas Program Coordinator/Facilitator
Noemi is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of nine. She holds an A.A. in Education, BS in Psychology/Spanish and received her Master's degree in Organizational Development at SIT Graduate Institute. She completed her professional practicum as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, Africa. Noemi's passion for equality has lead her to pursue positions out of the country such as India in order to gain a global understanding of underprivileged communities and bring those experiences to her community in the United States.
Araceli Mendez , Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Araceli is originally from San Diego, California and graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature. Aside from her deep passion for fúbol, she is also dedicated to working with nonprofit organizations, and especially with Latino youth and families. She joins Adelante Mujeres with over 8 years of experience in youth development and community outreach.
Carina Quintanilla , Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Carina recently joined Adelante after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a degree in International Studies. Adelante Mujeres is her first post-grad job and she couldn't be more thrilled about working for the organization. Carina is so excited to be able to work with an organization that embodies everything she is passionate about – empowering women, providing opportunities to the Latino community, and educating youth!
Brianda Alcazar , Family Engagement Coordinator
Brianda recently joined the Chicas team at Adelante. She is originally from Mexico and migrated to the U.S. when she was 6 years old. She grew up in Hillsboro and went through the Hillsboro School District for her K-12 education, graduating from Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) in 2011. She received her AAOT degree from Portland Community College in 2015 and transferred to Pacific University. In May of 2017, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Pacific and has been accepted to a PhD Program in the Healthcare field. She is thrilled to be working with Latina youth and honored to empower her Latinx community reach their full potential and pursue their dreams.
Lucila Gambino, Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Lucila is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina yet grew up under the sun in Miami, Florida. She spent her college years immersed in the vibrant culture of New Orleans studying Communication at Tulane University. She directed her career path towards outdoor education because of her love of nature and working with youth. For years she led many backpacking expeditions, taught rock climbing and kayaking, and encouraged youth to grow through challenge and discovery en la naturaleza. Lucila recently moved to Portland and is grateful to continue her work with youth empowerment with the Chicas team.
Angélica Liliana Pulido-Westlake, Youth Facilitator and
Always passionate about working with youth, Angélica joined Adelante Mujeres in January 2018 as a Chicas Facilitator / Project Developer. From academic, college and career mentoring to sports, crafts, traditional dance and culture, she has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to service in places as diverse as California, Oregon, Mexico, El Salvador, and Chile. Angélica earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and has more than 6 years of experience in the nonprofit sector developing and facilitating education projects.
Maria Diego, Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Maria has nine years of experience working with youths ages 6-18. She enjoys working in the Latino community. Her goal and passion is to help students from all ages be engaged with the community, make plans for their future and to help them transition to adulthood. She is currently attending Portland Community College (PCC) full time to become an Elementary Teacher.
Alejandra Dominguez, Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Alejandra recently joined the Chicas team at Adelante Mujeres. She is from Southern Mexico but grew up in El Salvador and migrated to Los Angeles, California when she was 11 years old. She came to Oregon in her teenage years, graduated from Sunset High School in 2011 and received an A.S from PCC in 2014. She later worked as a Computer Support Technician for Beaverton School District from 2014- 2017 and tutored students in Front End Programming as an AVID Tutor for Tigard High School. She is currently working on her B.A. in Animation with a minor in Computer Science from Portland State University. She is excited to work in a new stage in her life in education and empower Latina youth to reach their full potential.
Angela Valenzuela , Youth Facilitator and Project Developer
Originally from Sinaloa, Mexico, Angela grew up in north Portland. She graduated in 2016 from Washington State University Vancouver with a B.A. in Humanities with a Primary Focus in English and Secondary Focus in Sociology, as well as with a Minor in Spanish. Angela joins Adelante Mujeres as a Chicas Program Facilitator and Project Developer with five years of experience working with youth and families providing educational services. When she’s not busy spoiling her niece, you can catch Angela writing short pieces about her experiences navigating the world as an immigrant, watching movies, or experimenting with shooting and editing videos.
Maribel De Leon, Director of Microenterprise Programs
Maribel joined Adelante in November 2016. Originally from Dallas, Texas she graduated from Northwood University with a BBA in International Business. She has over 12 years experience in business advocacy and small business development. Her career includes serving as a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (a program of the SBA); leading the procurement division of a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and co-founding a film production company. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal's 40 under 40 awards.
Javier Urenda, Empresas Small Business Program Manager
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.
Paola Salazar , Empresas Coach and Training Specialist
Paola holds a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Tourism Management. She is originally from Peru but her love for traveling and experiencing other cultures have taken her to more than thirty countries. Paola's international work experience spans both private and public sectors, and a variety of industries, such as finance, education and hospitality. Paola joined Adelante Mujeres in 2018 and is thrilled to spend her days helping small business owners to thrive.
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, Sustainable Agriculture Education Manager
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.
Mayra Hernandez, Sustainable Agriculture & Nutrition Coordinator
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.
Azul Tellez Wright , CSA Membership Coordinator
Azul grew up in Portland before studying Environmental Studies and Art at Connecticut College. From there, she spent time farming, as an Americorps VISTA Member, and working with CSA and Mobile Markets programs in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about supporting small, local farmers and believes that everyone should have access to fresh produce.
Silvia Cuesta , Farm Business and Distributor Manager
Silvia, who is originally from Oaxaca Mexico, moved to the United States in her early teens. She has experience as an organic farmer and small business owner. She is excited to be part of Adelante Mujeres where she can share her knowledge and experience to help other Latino farmers in our region. Silvia strongly believes that education is fundamental to the devleopment of the community and providing such opportunities will allow for change and growth within the Latino families Adelante Mujeres' serves.