Board of Directors
Paulina Romo Villaseñor, Executive Director
Paulina, a native of Guadalajara, México, was a Spanish and literature teacher for over 10 years. She has also worked as an academic advisor, translator, and interpreter. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and general science (1999) as well as a master’s degree in romance languages from the University of Oregon (2004).
Ivan Hernandez, President
Ivan is a graduate student in nonprofit management at the University of Oregon. A native of Medellin, Colombia, Ivan holds a bachelor’s degree in international business (2012), has worked as an international sales director, operations manager for a construction contractor, and co-owned a taxi business in Colombia. He changed his career path to pursue his dream of helping others improve their lives through his work.
Duane Funk, Treasurer
Duane has served as treasurer of the board since January 2008. She was also secretary from 2004 to 2007. Former executive director, Duane was one of the four founding women of DTL. She is a University of Oregon graduate, with a master’s degree in adult education from Oregon State University and 15 years adult ESL teaching experience. Now retired, she is an inveterate national and international traveler.
Marilyn Kelly, Secretary
Marilyn holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Whitman College. She served three years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and Uganda, where she taught English in upper primary school and French in secondary school. A long-time resident of Eugene, she has worked as a seamstress, bookkeeper, legal secretary, legal software trainer, volunteer tutor for adult ESL learners, and editor and technical writer for an online public high school and other K-12 Web-based initiatives.
Mary taught English As A Second Language for over 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, she moved to Eugene where she is following her life’s interest in education at all levels and specifically literacy and language learning.
Doug has been serving as a Financial and Investment Advisor in our community for almost 30 years. During this time he has been very involved with the Great Rotary Duck Race and the Egan Warming Center Project. He has renovated half a dozen houses in the downtown area and lives on the McKenzie River in Vida. Doug likes to row his wooden drift boat and spends a lot of time on the river.
Debora is a candidate for the master’s degree in nonprofit management at the University of Oregon. She is from Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked with several nonprofits in the development area. Debora holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a specialization degree in data analysis for social sciences. Currently, she is working on her final project in order to obtain her certificate as professional coach.
Katie is the Experiential Learning Program Coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, where she helps students and industry locate internship, research, and global opportunities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and German from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and master’s and doctorate degrees in educational policy and leadership from Ohio State University. Before moving to Corvallis in 2014, Katie was an assistant professor of education in Iowa, where she taught socio-cultural foundations of education and multicultural education and implemented numerous opportunities for students, including short-term experiences in Puerto Rico and a grant-funded internship project for Burmese refugee youth in Des Moines. She also served on the Board of Directors for a refugee organization. Since coming to Oregon, Katie has taken every opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the state. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs.
Becky-Jo is passionate about providing students access to educational opportunities and has served as a volunteer mentor for ASPIRE Oregon, a program of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, since 2015. A proud Duck, Becky-Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oregon and a master’s of business administration from Northwest Christian University. She is the marketing specialist at Pacific Continental Bank.
Damien’s background is in health and human services at the non-profit, county, and state levels. He is currently loving his work for a regional community foundation. Prior to that, Damien served as the Executive Director for the Wellness and Education Board of Central Oregon, and held positions at the Oregon Health Authority and various non-profits in Portland. Damien came to the United States in the late 80s, and much like his father who immigrated to the UK in the 40s, believes strongly in the benefits that immigrants bring to a nation’s culture and its success. Damien holds a master’s degree in public administration from the School of Urban Affairs at PSU.
Matthew Watkins comes from a multi-generational Oregon family. His childhood was largely spent in the fishing and timber towns of the Oregon coast. As a young man, Matthew entered into the construction trades and continued to work in that industry for 15 years before deciding to return to school. Currently, Matthew is a J.D. candidate in the University of Oregon Law School class of May 2017.