is originally from Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. She migrated to the US in 1992 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in Communications from Universidad del Noroeste in Hermosillo, Sonora. She initially worked for El Programa Hispano of Catholic Charities in Gresham, OR. Then, for more than 10 years, she worked as an independent contractor providing translation and interpreting services. Rocío and her husband Antoine Simmons owned and managed Haystack Lodgings from 2001 to 2017 in Cannon Beach and Seaside. Rocío was a member of Consejo Hispano's board of directors from 2004-2019 where she volunteered with tax preparation assistance and where she also founded the baile folklórico group Mi Cultura teaching youth and adults the traditional folk dances of Mexico. She currently works as a bilingual business advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Clatsop Community College. She also works as a medical interpreter in the local hospitals. When Rocío is not volunteering for El Centro NW, she likes traveling and enjoying nature by hiking, biking, and sometimes diving.
Fernando Rodríguez Casillas works at Craft3 since 2003 and is a Business Intelligence Architect. He is responsible for the development of tools and specialized reporting to aid in the analytics and efficiencies of reporting for the organization.
Prior to joining Craft3, Fernando was a Migrant Bilingual Assistant at the Ilwaco Jr/Sr High School in Washington. Before moving to the U.S. from México, he worked at Banco de México FIRA as Software developer and Systems Analysis and Design Specialist to formulate, evaluate, analyze and implement agriculture projects. At Universidad Latina de América he held the position as Director and teacher of the Computer Systems’ School teaching computer science, computer programming, operations research, systems and software analysis and design for 10 years.
Fernando received his Industrial and Mechanical Engineer from MIT (Morelia Institute of Technology), a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Toluca Institute of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Fundación Arturo Rosenblueth and has a Degree in Finance from Universidad LaSalle Campus Morelia. Fernando grew up primarily in Morelia, Michoacán México.
Fernando was co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Consejo Hispano for over 20 years, where he volunteered with tax preparation assistance; also, he was a North Coast Leadership Council Member of the Oregon Community Foundation and an Advisory Board Member of the Northwest Regional STEM Partnership at the ESD
Paula Bartheld was born and raised in Concepcion Chile, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2005 from the University San Sebastian in Chile and started working with homeless woman and children over four years on her country. She Immigrated to United State and moved to Oregon in 2009. She attended ESL and LIT classes at Clatsop Community College to learn the language and American culture over five years. She spent three years volunteering for LIT classes for Latinas at Clatsop Community College and in 2015, she completed the Validation of her Bachelor’s in the United States through Evaluation of International Education Credential, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, AACRAO Washington DC.
She worked over two years at The Harbor as a Bilingual Advocate supporting survivor and helping them to connect with resources available in Clatsop County and during the pandemic in 2019 start working in Clatsop Community Action as rental assistance Case Manager and as interpreter for Hispanic community, supporting vaccination events in partnership with Clatsop County Public Health. Paula’s experience is focused on community services support with a specific focus on supporting the underserved population that identify as Hispanic, assisting with specific needs, and supporting them in connection with resources in Clatsop County.
She is strongly passionate and motivated to support vulnerable populations and helping them to connect with local services to meet each client’s unique needs. She is continuously looking for opportunities to grow and learn new skills. Paula enjoys supporting Hispanic Community during her free time and enjoys hiking with her dogs and her daughter Martina.
Minerva Moulin Álvarez was born in Mexico City; but grew up in Morelia Michoacán Mexico. Her parents are merchants in the automotive industry. Minerva studied Law and Social Sciences at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo finishing her studies in 1996. She Emigrated to the United States in 1998 to Seaside Oregon, where she did various jobs in the area of hospitality; she has a daughter named Lissette. She worked at Consejo Hispano for four years where she served as Coordinator of civic engagement participating in different activities and campaigns such as License for All and protection of the sanctuary state of Oregon, as well as directing the group called La Voz de la Comunidad; she has taken different trainings such as Money Smart and how to start your business, also collaborated in the preparation of taxes at the Consejo Hispano. Minerva has an interest in social causes and that is why she has decided to participate in El Centro NW because it is a Hispanic organization for Hispanics and provides support to our people.
My name is Esther Perez. I’m originally from Yahualica, Hidalgo, Mexico. I finished middle school in my hometown. Then I moved to Huejutla, Hidaldo to go to a high school that is associated to the Universidad Autónoma Hidalgo (EPIUAH).
After graduating from high school, I completed two semesters of teaching school. I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I worked in education for 2 years in El Sabino, Acatlán, Hidalgo.
In 1998 I migrated to the US where I began working in the fields in Oxnard, CA. I worked planting and harvesting strawberries. At first, this work was very hard for me. In 1999, I moved to Astoria, Oregon where I currently live. I began working at the cannery packing fish, etc.
I have 4 children. One was born in Mexico and the others were born here in Astoria. When my children began going to school, I became more involved in their education and participated in meetings. I became a volunteer for many activities in the Migrant Program. In January of 2012, I received a recognition as “Parent of the Year”. That same year, I received another recognition at the National Migrant Education Conference. Through these two recognitions, I felt more committed to support education and also the Hispanic community. In 2020 I started my own house cleaning business named Clean by Coast. I continue as a community leader and volunteer as a board member for El Centro NW. One of my favorite past times going to the beach and watching the ocean.