Board

Ramon Ramírez, President

Ramon Ramirez has been on the Board of Directors since 1996. He has extensive fundraising, organizing, personnel management, and administrative experience, as well as extensive board experience at a number of other non-profits.

Susana Rodriguez, Vice President

Susana Rodriguez relocated from Peru to Oregon in 2003. As an immigrant, Susana learned the struggles associated with assimilating to a new culture and language. She has been a public worker for the State of Oregon for the past 4 years. Her passion includes working with Spanish speaking families, influencing her decision to reside in Woodburn. In her free time, Susana loves outdoor activities, spending time with family and getting to know new people.

Nargess Shadbeh, Emeritus Member

Nargess Shadbeh is a founding member of FHDC. She is an attorney working on farmworker issues at the Oregon Law Center. She is also one of the original advocates who helped to lay the policy groundwork that allowed FHDC to build its first housing projects Nuevo Amanecer (1994) and Esperanza Court (1997).

Larry Kleinman, Treasurer

Larry Kleinman has been on FHDC's Board since 1999 and has served on the Boards of several non-profits. He has extensive fundraising, organizing, personnel management, and administrative experience. Larry is a co-founder of PCUN and stepped down from his PCUN leadership role in 2013 to take up national work building the capacity of the immigrants rights movement.

Laurie Hoefer

Laurie Hoefer is the Farmworker Program Director at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. She became a member in October of 2007.

Mark J. Wilk, Secretary

Mark Wilk is an attorney with the Oregon Law Center and works on issues affecting farmworkers. He has been on the Board since 1999. He has personnel management experience at the Executive Director level and provides training to FHDC property management staff on landlord-tenant issues.

Elias Villegas

Elias Villegas and his family immigrated to the United States in search of the American dream of prosperity and education. They settled in Chico, California and survived by working as seasonal farm laborers; performing various types of agricultural farm work.

In his current role as the Dean of Chemeketa The Woodburn Center, Elias supports the teaching/learning mission of the college and works closely with faculty and staff to promote student success. In his 12 years as the Dean, he has fostered countless business, public and community collaborations to position the Woodburn Center as an integral part of the economic, social and civic well-being of the City. He currently serves on the board of Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Woodburn Global Inclusion Advisory Council. In his free time he enjoys culinary arts, dancing and traveling with his family.

Reyna Lopez

Reyna Lopez is a leader and proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who came to Oregon in the late 80’s following the migration of farm work in the Marion County area. She is currently the Executive Director of PCUN, which was started by farmworkers and is now Oregon’s longest-standing Latinx led organization. Reyna grew up in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Willamette University with her BA in Political Science and Sociology.

Wendy Veliz

Wendy Veliz is the Local Government Affairs Manager at Portland General Electric Company and currently serves as the Chair of FHDC's housing committee. She is a third-generation Latina Oregonian and received her B.A. in business administration from Eastern Oregon University.