Serena Cruz is the Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees fundraising, public relations and community partnerships in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia in 2013, she co-founded and led a construction company for 5 years and before that served as a county commissioner for 8 years.
She currently serves on the boards of Chalkboard Project, Oregon Historical Society and NOW Oregon chapter. She earned her BA at Lewis & Clark College, her MPP at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and her JD at the University of California at Berkeley. Serena was born in Seattle, raised in Eugene and now lives in Northeast Portland.
“We change people’s lives every day. When families get access to high quality affordable health care they can work, go to school and live their lives to the fullest. I’m thrilled to be a part of Virginia Garcia’s efforts to support families in our community.”
Suzanne Jefferson is a Grant Writer at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation. Before joining Virginia Garcia, Suzanne worked in the field of school-based health care and adolescent health promotion. She joins the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation with nearly 10 years of working alongside adolescents advocating for and designing health care services and health education initiatives that meet their needs. She earned her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Suzanne was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and now calls Oregon City home. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spoiling her nieces and nephews, tending to her orchids, and baking treats for beloved family members and friends.
Michele Haynes is the Foundation Relations Officer of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees relationships with local, regional and national foundations in support of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Before joining Virginia Garcia, she worked for the Library Foundation in Portland, building private support for Portland’s library system. Before that, Michele was in Anchorage, Alaska, working at the Alaska Humanities Forum as the grants officer and office manager.
Michele has served on the advisory council for the Washington County Nonprofit Network and as vice president for Grant Professionals Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. She earned her BA of English at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and completed her graduate work for an MA in Literature at UAA.
Born and raised in the Northwest, Michele has lived up and down the west coast, including 11 years in Alaska. She now resides in Columbia City where she and her husband Bob enjoy gardening, fishing and spending time on the river with their children and grandchildren.
“I am grateful to be a part of a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community. It is always a pleasure to share what we do at Virginia Garcia and why we do it.”
is the Individual Partnership Officer of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, providing individuals the opportunity to financially support the important work of the organization. She has almost twenty years experience working in development for non-profit organizations, political campaigns and in local government. Most recently, Beckie was the Finance Director for Oregon United for Marriage and prior to that served as Chief of Staff to Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.
Beckie earned a Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University and lives in Northeast Portland with her husband Tim and daughter Lucy. She is actively involved in the local Girl Scout Troop and the Roseway Heights community.
Wendy Owen is a hybrid grant writer/internal communications person for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she writes grant proposals to help fund Virginia Garcia’s amazing programs and gets the word out to employees about all the cool happenings in our clinics and health centers.
Before joining Virginia Garcia, Wendy worked as a reporter for The Oregonian for 16 years. In that time, she wrote stories from the South Coast of Oregon (remember the New Carissa?) to the Columbia River Gorge (remember the mad cow disease scare?). For the last decade, she covered education in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Tigard. In fact, she wrote stories about some of the young patients helped by Virginia Garcia.
Wendy was born and raised in Montana and comes from a long line of Montana pioneers. She likes to joke that to graduate from second grade to third grade, students have to be able to kill a Grizzly bear with a toothpick.
It was far easier for her to graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism – no bears. She and her husband live in unincorporated Beaverton.
Kasi Woidyla is the Public Relations Officer of Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she oversees publicity, communications, social media and events for the Foundation and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. Kasi began her career with the Intel Foundation where she worked as the Operations Manager before moving on to the Marketing Department where she supported the Branded Products Division. After leaving Intel her next step took her to The Oregon International Air Show where she served as both the Sponsorship Director and Marketing Director. Most recently she has been an independent marketing consultant for organizations such as Veritas School and the Sherwood Youth Soccer Club.
Kasi received her degree in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon and enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, coaching soccer, watching soccer and most importantly, playing soccer and has served on several non-profit Boards over the years.
Kasi has lived in Oregon since she was young and enjoys using her experience and talents towards making our community a better place for everyone that calls Oregon home.
Stefanny Caballero is the Corporate Partnership Officer of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, providing companies, organizations, and local businesses the opportunity to financially support the critical work of our organization. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Stefanny was a corporate relations staff at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and worked with key corporate partners to run top workplace giving campaigns. Stefanny’s experience in the nonprofit sector includes community engagement and outreach, volunteer management, event management, strategic planning, and development of strategies to better serve communities of color.
Born and raised in Honduras, C.A., Stefanny moved to the United States at age 15 and has made the Northwest her home. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University in 2011. She is committed to contributing towards creating a stronger community and has volunteered on the board of directors at Bienestar and Familias en Acción.
She is passionate about working with and promoting the success of the Latino community, specifically, in the Portland Metro area, and encouraging youth to thrive and persevere in pursuing goals.
Rachel Flores is the Development Coordinator for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she manages the donor database, assists with website management, financial reporting and events. Rachel has a background in database management, website management, marketing and communication. She also has served as a fundraising coordinator and field manager for political campaigns.
Rachel has lived in Oregon for most of her life and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oregon State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and volunteering for causes she cares about.
She has deep roots in the Mexican-American community and feels it is a privilege to work to benefit the community she loves every day.
Julie Titus is the Corporate and Individual Giving Development Associate, providing support to our Corporate and Individual Partnership Officers, Public Relations Officer, and coordinating our volunteer program. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Julie spent more than a decade in fundraising, leading teams to reach out door-to-door, over the phone, and with major individual asks on health care, environmental, and consumer protection campaigns.
Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Macalester College. She also spent two years studying, traveling, and volunteering in Central and South America. She serves on the Board of Directors of OSPIRG Foundation and The Minga Foundation. Julie has lived in Oregon since 2004, and currently resides in western Washington County with her husband and dogs, where she enjoys gardening and photography. She feels privileged to help expand Virginia Garcia’s resources to benefit her neighbors and community.