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Alma Rivera- Portland Ninos and SUN-Youth advocacy Program Manager

(503) 459-3704

Alma has extensive experience working with the Hispanic community in different health-related programs, focusing on education about breast cancer. From 2004-2009 Alma coordinated Hacienda’s Mujer Sana Program, which provided breast cancer education to Portland-area Latina women. In her new position as Parent Educator, Alma works with Latino families and children ages 0-5 years old providing bilingual child development education and administering the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. In June 2012 Alma started a new position as the Portland Niños and SUN-Youth Advocacy Program Manager. She graduated from the University of El Salvador with a Doctor of Medicine degree, with a specialty in pediatrics. Alma lives in Portland, with her husband and two sons.

Jaclyn Sarna- Expresiones Program Manager

(503) 459-7608

Jaclyn joined Hacienda in the Spring of 2009 as After-School Program Coordinator at one of Hacienda's affordable housing communities, Villas de Mariposas. She had the pleasure of supporting children on site in the achievement of academic goals through homework tutoring and worked to develop enrichment curriculum until the fall of 2014 when she transitioned to program manager.  This new role has allowed Jaclyn to continue to serve the community she loves on a more broad scale.  Jaclyn earned a B.A. in Spanish/Latin American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2003, and a Masters in Education from Portland State in 2012.  She has spent time abroad studying Spanish in Santiago, Chile and Managua, Nicaragua. 

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Belen Hernandez- Parent Educator

(503) 459-3568

Belen began working at Hacienda CDC in July 2011 as an adult educator for Hacienda’s Plaza Comunitaria. She tutored students in Spanish literacy, and helped them achieve degrees they were unable to complete in their country of origin. Before working with Hacienda CDC, Belen spent over 10 years working at other Plazas Comunitarias. Her drive and consistent positive attitude has won her admiration among her students. In November 2011, Belen became a Parent Educator for the Portland Niños Program. She teaches parents about nutrition, cognitive learning and other important aspects of early childhood development. Belen received a BA in human development with a specialization in early childhood education at Pacific Oaks College. She also has her Washington Teaching Certificate for early childhood, English as a second language, and bilingual education. She loves to teach and share knowledge.

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Claudia Munoz- Parent Educator

(503) 936-8872

Claudia is originally from Los Angeles California.  She attended UCLA University where she studied Child Psychology and Child Sign Language communication. She has home schooled her 3 children and also worked at Mt Hood Community College Head Start as a Teacher’s assistant for nearly nine years. She is currently working to receive her Child Development Associates Degree. Claudia has worked in different capacities for Hacienda CDC starting in 2010, and is currently a parent educator with the Portland Ninos early childhood education program.

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Karla Granados- Parent Educator

(971) 373-1878    Coming soon!


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Maria Escalera- After-school program coordinator

(503) 459-2257

Maria joined Hacienda CDC in September of 2014 as an After-School Program Coordinator at our Miraflores site in North Portland. She grew up in the Portland/Beaverton area, and has many years of experience working with youth and families. Maria has a passion for working with the Latino community and helping them advance their development. She is currently attending Portland State University and will graduate in 2015 with a BA in Business Management and Leadership and a minor in Latino Studies. In her free time Maria enjoys photography, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.


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Delia Munoz- After-school program coordinator

  (503) 459-7504

Originally from sunny Los Angeles, Delia has lived in Portland for over 14 years. After being home schooled through high school, she is currently studying at Mt. Hood Community College, working towards a Bachelor's degree in social work. Delia has held the position of After School Program Coordinator for the Youth and Family Services department since July 2014, however she had been volunteering with the Expresiones program since 2010. She is enthusiastic, creative, positive, and always eager to learn and share with others. Her passions include working with youth, empowering people and community leadership, and she feels it is an absolute pleasure to work with our amazing community. In her free time, Delia can be found spending time with family, camping and horseback riding.



  (503) 459-3650

Ana started working with Hacienda CDC as one of our After-School program coordinators in June 2015. Before coming to Hacienda, she had the opportunity to work with local high school and middle school youth by mentoring and organizing workshops. Ana was volunteering with Volunteers of America Oregon's Family Relief Nursery, serving as a Classroom Assisting providing activity and meal support, and building relationships with young children. As a member of Lideres Verdes, she is actively serving in the community with Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) organizing bike rides for the community. On her free times she enjoys riding her bike and spending time with her family.

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santa avila- After-school program coordinator

(971) 330-2384

Santa Avila joined Hacienda CDC in January of 2013 as an After School Program Coordinator at Plaza Los Robles in Molalla. Her passion for working with kids and the community developed while working at the Mulino Head Start.  This line of work brought her to Hacienda and led to her being able to expand her passion with not only kids but the whole Hispanic community as well. She is originally from Michoacán, Mexico were she got a degree as an attorney at law.  In 1993 she moved to Oregon and in 2012 she got her GED which enabled her to further her knowledge in the United States and continue helping the community. She now lives in Molalla with her husband, two daughters, one son and an incredible German shepherd. 

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angela valenzuela- temp academic support coordinator

(503) 459-3648


Angela joined Hacienda CDC in May 2016 having recently graduated from Washington State University Vancouver where she earned a B.A. in Humanities with a primary focus in English and a secondary focus in Sociology, as well as a Minor in Spanish. Prior to graduation, Angela was the Student Affairs intern at WSUV where she liaised with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid carrying out target outreach and retention efforts, specifically in support of current and prospective Latino and undocumented students. While working toward being the first in her family to graduate university, Angela was involved in the Spanish Club and was the financial manager in the campus’ Latino Student Association. The North Portland native is passionate about providing imperative resources to Latino students and their families in order for them to be successful throughout their scholarly careers and lives. Angela enjoys camping, writing, and spoiling her four year old niece.


Jorge Alvarado- Academic Support Coordinator

(503) 459-3894

Jorge returned to Hacienda in 2006 after over two years coordinating PCRI’s homeownership program. From 2006 – 2010 he managed Micro Mercantes, an economic opportunity initiative where low-income mothers and daughters are trained to be successful vendors of homemade tamales and other Latin American cuisine. Under Jorge's management, Micro Mercantes grew to a highly visible program with outstanding results. He then moved to thehomeownership department where he counseled first-time home buyers, and he currently works in the SUN-Youth Advocacy program where he provides academic support and enrichment to at-risk middle school youth.


Mariasol Johannes- expresiones program coordinator

(503) 459-7477

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pilar palos- academic support coordinator

(503) 459-6959

Pilar joined Hacienda CDC in July 2016 and has lived in Oregon for a year. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Pilar moved to the area to pursue her career in social work. Pilar has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Social Work for Management and Community Practice from UNLV and has experience working with youth of all ages (i.e. 6-19). She has worked in non-profits for the past six years with separated siblings in foster care, homeless services, mentoring organizations, as well as providing workshops to high school students designed to address stereotypes, privilege, and discrimination in their daily lives and how to create a multicultural and inclusive world. Pilar hopes to bring her own experiences to mentor her students in achieving their best selves.


In her free time, Pilar enjoys painting, hiking, antiquing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.