Katie Riley, Ed.D.

Board Chair and WCK President/CEO

Assistant Professor Emerita, Dept. of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, OHSU

katie@washingtoncountykids.org

Katie Riley, President of Washington County Kids, is an Oregon native who has been active in county and state public health, and education. She retired from OHSU as a faculty member and Director of Education for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine department where she directed their Master of Public Health track, taught classes on Women’s Health Epidemiology and Adolescent Risky Behavior Epidemiology, and conducted research on substance abuse treatment.

Katie received her doctorate from UCLA where she worked as an administrator before returning to Oregon. She lives in Hillsboro with her husband State Senator Chuck Riley.

Katie is a community leader. She served on the Washington County Commission on Children and Families and as Chair. Past service includes President of the Oregon Public Health Association, board member of the Northwest Regional Education Service District, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health, Hillsboro Empowers Youth, Family Promise of Washington County, and member of Oregon Insurance Division’s Advisory Committee. In addition to chairing Washington County Kids, she currently is a board member of Sequoia Mental Health Services, the Northwest Regional ESD Foundation, and the Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys and Girls Club. She also enjoys oil painting and travel.

Claire Morgan

Vice President/ Secretary

Teacher, Hillsboro School District (retired)

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The magnificent Pacific Northwest was the starting point for Claire, having grown up in Bend, Oregon. As the eldest of eight children, she was exposed to the delights of working with children, and eventually it became her career.

After graduating from Marylhurst University she found her dream job of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade students. In retirement, after 32 years as an educator, Claire had time to explore many activities: Racewalking Team (Portland-to-Coast and Cascade Lakes relays — 14 years),Toastmasters International (4 years), Inside/Out Group at MacLaren Juvenile Correction Facility (mentoring and developing life skills presentations — 19 years), and co-chair of the Hillsboro chapter of Stand for Children (lobbying for education — 5 years).

In late 2015 she discovered Washington County Kids. Having taught younger children, and as a parent and grandparent, Claire knew firsthand the necessity of these programs and their value for children and their parents. The children realize opportunities to gather new knowledge and experiences, and their parents have the assurance of diligent care.

In her free time, Claire and her husband are fond of exploring museums, spending time with their two grandchildren, and traveling.

Maureen Barnhart

Vice President

Teacher, Hillsboro School District (retired); former President, Hillsboro Education Association

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Maureen Barnhart is a retired teacher who is honored to be on the Board for the Washington County Kids. In her 37 years of experience (28 of them in the West Union and then Hillsboro Unified School District), Maureen appreciates the WCK dedication to developing structures of support for out-of-school programs. We have experienced a diminishment of resources for education, and our children and youth—indeed our community as a whole–deserve both the return of support for schools and the enrichment opportunities of these programs to develop our future citizens and work force.

A resident of Oregon since 1976 and of Unincorporated Washington County since 1980, she lives on 12 acres of forest and wetlands north of PCC Rock Creek, where she and her spouse Jim are dedicated to increasing and maintaining habitat for the wildlife of Rock Creek.

Narce Rodriguez

Board

Narce Rodriguez, most recently retired from Pacific University as their Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She has been a practitioner/consultant and community leader for the last 25 years. She previously worked at Portland Community College, Portland State University and Oregon State University. Throughout her professional career her vision of EDI allowed her to educate, develop systems and challenge policies to reflect the needs of their ongoing diverse populations.  She has offered numerous EDI training to support structures not only in Education but also corporate and governmental organizations. Narce is also an elected official for the Forest Grove School District and has served on many Washington County boards, more recently for Centro Cultural, Latino Policy Council, Vision Action Network and Adelante Mujeres.  In addition, she is a former migrant worker, 1st generation college graduate, a mom, grandmother, sister, and wife of a disabled military veteran.

Vincent Blanco

Labor Relations Specialist for AFT Local 2277 and 3922 for Portland Community College, representing both the Faculty & Academic Professionals and Classified workers at all campuses

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Vincent Blanco, Jr. graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science to gain an understanding of politics and governments and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology to comprehend the development, structure, and functioning of human social relationships. After graduating from SDSU, Vincent attended Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he successfully earned his Juris Doctorate Law Degree. There he focused and sharpened his skills in Labor Law, Business Law and Negotiations.

Vincent has worked in the capacity of a Labor Representative for the Teamsters Union in Chicago where he represented the private soft drink industry workers of Pepsi Americas and Coca Cola Refreshments, as the Labor Representative for AFSCME San Diego where he represented the city workers of San Diego, and is currently the Labor Relations Specialist for AFT Local 2277 and 3922 for Portland Community College, representing both the Faculty & Academic Professionals and Classified workers at all campuses.

As a Labor Representative, Vincent acquired experience in private and public-sector unionism, collective bargaining, agency shop, dispute resolution, political affairs, restructuring organizations, drafting bylaws, grievances, conducting administrative hearings and arbitration.

Vincent is a fighter for racial and economic equality and women’s rights.  He is an advocate for universal healthcare for all and served as a Board Member for Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO).

Yasmin Ruvalcaba

Treasurer

Arts & Culture Manager, Centro Cultural

info@washingtoncountykids.org

Arts administrator with a focus on program and events development, as well as operations management. Focus on strong community engagement and outreach, with a specialized focus on Latinx communities 

Larry Crepeaux

Executive Director

larry@washingtoncountykids.org

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Larry detoured to California for the hospitality business after high school. This provided an on-the-job express education in business. After a few years in the sunshine, he moved back and soon met his future wife when both were hotel managers. Professionally, his career path hasbeen unique from hotels and restaurants to a running a non-profit youth sports training center. His initial pivot to non-profits was unexpected but fulfilling. Before joining WCK, Larry’s most recent professional challenge was leading, all within 15 months, a phenomenally successful fundraising campaign, a construction project, an international sports competition, and pandemic response.

His professional passion is delivering service that reaches beyond organizational expectations through administrative and program effectiveness, staff and volunteer leadership, and community building.As Washington County Kids’ first Executive Director, he has the responsibility to guide the organization
through a massive transition– to deliver on our Strategic Plan for 2023.

Blessed with four amazing kids and a four-legged rescue named Rockefeller, Larry’s personal goals include making the world a better place by raising children who are not perfect but prepared. Larry believes a strong family is the key organizational unit of civilization and the most effective way to impact the globe positively.  He is happy to have an exciting and serious challenge with Washington County Kids, as our mission so closely aligns with his – to give children every opportunity for success.

Christina Bennett

Board

A native Oregonian, Christina Bennett was born in Portland and raised in Corvallis. During her teen years, she worked in childcare and preschools which sparked her interest in working with the youth population. She graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and became the Assistant Director of a nonprofit Teen Parent Program called PEP. In the early nineties, she moved to Portland to become a case manager for White Shield, a group home for teen parents and their children. A single parent of one child, Christina desired employment that would enable her to spend more time with her elementary school aged daughter. She left White Shield to take a “temporary “position with The Student Stop School- Age Care Program. She fell in love with the work and is currently the Executive Director. She loves the support she has received from Washington County kids and their mission and looks forward to collaborating with the team to achieve its goals.

Steering Committee Members

  • Susan Bender Phelps, Founder and Owner, Odyssey Mentoring, LLC
  • Roberto Bermejo, Director, Inukai Family Hillsboro Boys and Girls Club
  • Bridget Cooke, Executive Director, Adelante Mujeres
  • Amy Corbett, Chief Program Officer, Metropolitan Family Services
  • Kathy Cvetko, Founder & Owner, Math Gamers
  • Don Domes, Technology Education Educator, Consultant, Advocate, Technology Association of Oregon
  • Tom Hughes, Past President, Metro; Past Mayor, Hillsboro
  • Kathy Parent, PMO Director, Nike, Inc. (Retired); Early Childhood Education
  • Maria Caballero Rubio, Executive Director, Centro Cultural de Washington County
  • Adam Sievers, website and social media
  • Rachel Su, website and social media
  • Lexie Weaver, Consultant

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Get in touch.