About LULAC of Lane County


Established in 1929, the League of United Latin American Citizens is the largest and oldest Latino civil rights and advocacy group in the United States.  LULAC works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans from every region looking for freedom and an honest way of life.


Mission

The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

In Oregon, LULAC of Lane County Council #40001 was approved by the National Board in Washington D.C. on February 16, 2013.  The officers were installed on March 20, 2013 in Eugene Oregon.  Program members of Installation Ceremony: Mayor Christine Lundberg, City Councilor Greg Evans, Chamber of Commerce LBN Chair, Ashley Valdez, Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs Chair Andrea Cano, National Vice-President Mickie Solorio Luna, LULAC Lane County Council President Juan Carlos Valle and to honor the US flag, Ms. Lele Parra.

As of this date, LULAC Lane County is one of 3 councils in the state of Oregon.

Cabinet

 
DR. EMILIO HERNANDEZ JR.
President

Dr. Emilio Hernandez Jr. is a former Assistant Vice President in the office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon. Prior to this appointment he was the Director of the University of Oregon’s High School Equivalency Program [HEP] for 13 years. HEP assists migrant/seasonal farmworkers who have not completed their high school work to obtain their GED Certificate and provide guidance into higher education or the workforce. As a former farmworker and the oldest of six siblings he knows the issues that face this population. During this period of time he also served nine years on the State of Oregon Board of Education serving under three governor’s and three public school superintendent’s. He was the first Latino to be appointed to the board. Emilio has served on numerous education committees and boards throughout Oregon. He has done extensive work with Oregon’s nine tribes regarding educational issues and continues to work on their committees.
 

JUAN CARLOS VALLE
1st Vice President/Council Treasurer

A native of Mexico, Juan Carlos graduated from LCC, then completed Advanced Studies in Public Administration at the UO. He worked for the City of Eugene and is currently employed by the U.S. Social Security Administration.
A long time advocate for low-income families and champion of causes important to our community,

Juan Carlos has also volunteered for Toys for Tots, Birth To Three, EWEB, Lane County, Food for Lane County, and United Way/ Combined Federal Campaign. Juan Carlos is a founding President of LULAC of Lane County. He is a past President of the Board at Centro Latino Americano, the largest social services agency in Lane County, and ensured the agency stayed open as well as spearheaded several systematic and operational changes and initiated several new programs to sustain the agency. Juan Carlos is a former Chair of the Police Commission. Juan Carlos serves on the board of the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Council for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Mr Valle is President-elect at City Club of Eugene, a proud Rotarian, Round Table member, and a family man with strong ties to his community.

Juan Carlos believes in giving back to his community. Juan Carlos aspires for a community with a true open mind and progressive approach in interacting with its people and he steps forward to help make it happen.
 

JOHN AHLAN
Parliamentarian

John Ahlan is a founding member of LULAC of Lane County.  John completed two terms as an active member of the Eugene Police Commission.  Mr Ahlan is a union Stewart for SEIU at the University of Oregon.  John has championed conversations on policy changes and community conversations about social justice, public accountability and public safety.
 

JIM STAUFER
Secretary

Jim has been politically active for most of his adult life and has worked with a variety of non-profit and political organizations. He has served on governing bodies; worked on a multitude of committees and projects; written bylaws, statutes, position papers, platform planks, and numerous letters-to-the-editor. Jim’s longest serving affiliations were with Beyond War, Green Party of California, and Californians for Electoral Reform. Locally, since moving to Oregon in 2012, he volunteered with the local chapter of the ACLU.

 

DR. BETSY DAVIS
Anti-Racial Profiling, Chair

Betsy Davis is of Cherokee descent and a member of the Willamette Tsa-La-Gi Community and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Oregon, coming to Oregon from Texas, and has been an Associate Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute for the past 15 years.  In that time she has lived in, worked for, and learned from Indigenous communities in an effort to expand understanding within the institution of research of its privilege and the power it inherently holds from a history of colonization that can preclude meaningful inclusion of people of color and significantly contribute to continued distrust and health disparities. She also works within the local African American and Latino communities to help find words to tell this same story to other institutions of power, including education and justice, for all institutions are a product of this nation’s history of colonization. If we do not “start at the beginning” of this nation to understand the larger issue of “unseen” privilege and the social constructs formed from this privilege that continue today, it is her belief that social injustice and disproportionate minority contact will remain for all people of color in this nation.
 

PATRICIA TOLEDO
Anti-Racial Profiling, Vice-Chair
 

MRS. LYLLYE PARKER

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker is a native of Eugene, born into the third African American family to lay roots, in Lane County, in the late 1940’s. She was educated in School District 4J, and was a member of the first graduating class of Henry D. Sheldon High School. She attended Western Beauty College, after high school, and was the first licensed Cosmetologist in Eugene. (Where by the way, it was illegal to cut black hair in beauty shops in the 1960’s.)

She started her Social Justice work while in high school, being actively involved with the Civil Rights movement here. She was Vice-President of the local Student Non-violence Committee, and organization founded by Stokely Carmichael, an Internationally known Civil Rights Advocate. She was also a member, with her family of the Congress of Racial Equality, and worked along side James Farmer in establishing the (Movement) in our city).

Lyllye has been a member of many action committees, served as a consultant for various rights organizations, was on the Board of CALC, The Crisis Center, Girl Scouts, to name a few, and served on the Advisory Committees for the U of O Women Center, Counseling Center, and the Black Student Union. She was a founding member of the U of O’s Multicultural Career Alliance, and served as an academic adviser in the Office of Multicultural Academic Success for 17 years, retiring in 2012. She is the mother of two children; Tonja Rochelle, deceased, and Jeremy J. Parker, and one granddaughter; Nichelle E. Hernandez. She has strong Christian bonds and is a member of St. Mark Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, historically the first African American Church established in Eugene.

Lyllye earned her Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 1991, twenty two years after receiving her high school diploma. Her motto: No one can stop you from being who you want to be but you!
 

ATTY. ANGELA ANDERSEN

Angela Andersen is an immigration attorney and owner of Andersen Law, LLC in Springfield, Oregon. She grew up in a small town on the Oregon coast. After finishing high school, she received the Ford Scholarship, which enabled her to attend the University of Oregon and major in Spanish, and International Studies, and minor in Japanese. During her sophomore year in college, she studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan and worked as an English instructor in Tokyo and Yokohama. After finishing her degree, she moved to Madrid, Spain and worked with at-risk youth, teaching in an inner-city public school. While some of her students were Spanish-born, many were Roma, Middle Eastern, and African. Many did not speak Spanish, let alone English, and it was Angela’s job to help them learn both.

After her experiences abroad, Angela decided she wanted to use her language skills and cultural experiences in a new and direct way. With immigration law in mind, Angela attended Willamette University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence. She now practices immigration law full time, and has a long-term goal of improving accessibility to immigration benefits and information.

“Being a part of LULAC enables me to further contribute to the community by keeping immigration benefits accessible and affordable. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and getting accurate information can sometimes cost a lot of money. I want to change that.”
 

ELIZABETH CANCHOLA

Elizabeth Canchola is a fitness dance instructor and studio owner. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, she immigrated to the U.S. more than a decade ago, and into our community in Springfield. Elizabeth is more than just a dance fitness instructor; her practice give opportunities to change lives, build self-esteem, develop confidence, and face unknown fears. Elizabeth offers free classes for low income individuals, and those with health issues.

 

Committees

Education Committee:

DR. EMILIO HERNANDEZ JR.
Chair

Civil Rights Legal Redress Committee:

SILVERIO A MOGART
Chair

Anti-Racial Profiling Committee:

MRS. LYLLYE PARKER
Honorary Chair

DR. BETSY DAVIS
Vice-Chair

PATRICIA TOLEDO
Vice-Chair

Immigration Committee:

ATTY. ANGELA ANDERSEN
Chair

ARMANDO MORALES
Vice-Chair

Health and Healthy Activities Committee:

ELIZABETH CANCHOLA
Chair

Immigrant Rights Committee:

SILVERIO A. MOGART
Chair

Civic Engagement/ Public Participation:

JUAN CARLOS VALLE
Chair

SILVERIO A MOGART
Vice-Chair

 

Youth Council:

Youth Council Application Approved by National Board

Installation Ceremony held July 7, 2014

Mr. MANUEL M GONZALEZ
PRESIDENT

MISS. LILIANA SAMPEDRO
VICE-PRESIDENT

Mr. JOSHUA GAEL MENDRANO
2ND VICE-PRESIDENT

Mr. ALEX RUIZ
SECRETARY

MISS YESSENIA CARLOS
TREASURER

Mr. ADRIAN SAMPEDRO
PARLIAMENTARIAN

MISS GUADALUPE GONZALEZ
OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CHAIR

Youth Council Elections held

Youth Council member applications still being accepted.

Youth ages 13-20  please contact Liliana Villanueva or Monserrat Alegria at: info@lulaclanecounty.org

Join the Movement! – LULAC – La Voz de la Comunidad – Annually, LULAC engages its network of 135,000 community volunteers, over 1000 local councils, 56 community technology centers and 14 LULAC National Educational Service Centers to empower Latino families through direct service programs and advocacy in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. If your community is interested in supporting LULAC’s programs in civic engagement, civil rights, economic empowerment, education, health, housing, immigration, public service or technology please contact the LULAC of Lane County at info@lulaclanecounty.org