Serena Cruz is Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation supporting the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties, with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving healthcare. Serena oversees the Foundation’s fundraising, public relations, advocacy and community partnership activities. She’s active in community organizations as a Founders Circle Member of ninety-nine girlfriends, an Oregon Historical Society Board Member and a Foundations for a Better Oregon (Chalkboard) Board Member. Before joining Virginia Garcia, Serena co-founded and managed Albina Construction LLC, a construction and development company. She served eight years on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners representing North and Northeast Portland. Taking office at age 31, she was the youngest woman and first Latinx ever elected to Multnomah County government. 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, where her 11-year old daughter attends Tubman Middle School.
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.”
Suzanne Jefferson is the Grants Officer for 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.
Stefanny Caballero is the Individual Partnership Officer at Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, where she works closely with our individual donors and supporters to engage the in our work and secure financial support the critical work we do in our community. Prior to joining Virginia Garcia, Stefanny was a corporate relations staff at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and worked with key corporate partners and donors to run top workplace giving campaigns and engage them United Way’s regional efforts. Stefanny’s experience in the nonprofit sector includes community engagement, 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 LatinX community, specifically, in the Portland Metro area, and encouraging youth to thrive and persevere in pursuing goals.
Rachel Flores is the Development & Communications Associate for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation where she manages the donor database, clinic program and event marketing, 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.
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.
Wendy Owen is the Internal Communications Officer 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.
Felicita Monteblanco is the Policy and Advocacy Officer at Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, where she supports the efforts of the internal Equity Team and leads the efforts of the Advocacy Team.
She is excited to bring her passion for lifting other voices to create change within the health care community.
She has over ten years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, most recently as the Washington County Nonprofit Network Coordinator at Vision Action Network.
Outside of work she serves on Board of Directors for the Hillsboro Library and in 2017 was elected to the Board of Directors for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. She also hosts quarterly gatherings for Latinx leaders in Washington County providing opportunities for her peers to connect and discuss social justice issues impacting our community.
Felicita earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco with a minor in hospitality management. She loves to tango and travel.