Katie Riley, Ed.D.
Board Chair and WCK President/CEO
Assistant Professor Emerita, Dept. of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, OHSU
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.
Vice President/ Secretary
Teacher, Hillsboro School District (retired)
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.
Director of Education, Centro Cultural de Washington County; Board member, MESA
Lindsay Garcia was born in Anaheim, California and grew up in Santa Ana. She has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Master’s in Education. Before moving to Oregon, she worked as a high school chemistry teacher in the Los Angeles School District. Lindsay is currently the Director of Education and Youth Development for Centro Cultural. Lindsay joined WCK in 2018 and became the Treasure of the board in 2019. She joined in an effort to support after school programs as she has first hand experience with the struggles of financially supporting programs for youth at Centro Cultural. On her free time she likes to play soccer and cook.
Program Manager; Centro Cultural Education Department
Eliseo was born in Fresno, CA and lived there until the 5th grade which is when he moved to Des Moines, IA where he lived a majority of his life. In Des Moines he worked as an educator and soccer coach for 8+ years. He then moved to Beaverton in December 2019, and now works as the Program Manager for the Education Department at Centro Cultural. Eliseo chose to become a board member for WCK because he believes in our strong commitment to serving kids. He believes it is extremely important for our kids to have the option of well funded after school and OST programs to give them a better chance at success later on in life. Eliseo graduated from Grand View University with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education and an all Social Sciences endorsement. In his free time he enjoys watching the Lakers dominate the NBA (though he’s learning to become a Blazers fan now that he lives here!)
Teacher; Member and Former Chair, Hillsboro School District
Lisa Allen lives in Hillsboro with her family. She is a long-time community volunteer, beginning her service with Washington County Kids in 2013. Lisa was elected to the Hillsboro School Board in 2015 and is now serving her second term. She is passionate about high-quality public education and equitable out-of-school time opportunities for all kids. A current substitute teacher in Washington County, Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Teaching. She is an alumna of Teach For America and has spent a number of years serving children and families in the nonprofit sector as well. Lisa and her spouse, Kyle, have two children, Lily and Kaden. Lisa’s hobbies sometimes include reading, cooking, and watching movies, though with two young children her only active hobbies are chauffeuring them to events and activities and cheering them on. She enjoys spending time with her family and making each day an adventure.
Teacher, Hillsboro School District (retired); former President, Hillsboro Education Association
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.
Alexander Diaz Rios
Teacher, Portland Public Schools; Member, Board of Directors, Portland Community College
Alex (Alexander) Díaz Rios (He/His/Him/Él) is a passionate advocate for education as a first-generation college graduate and public-school teacher. Alex is board president of Willamette Chicano Alliance, a non-profit that serves Latinx youth with college/career readiness, leadership, and mentoring programs. Alex was elected to the Portland Community Board of Directors in May 2019, as the youngest-ever board member.
He was raised by a single mother, along with six sisters and one brother. From humble beginnings as migrant farmers, his family has a legacy in Washington County, in the 1970’s they were one of the original twelve Latinx families to settle in the area.
As a youth, Alex was a part of Camp Fire Columbia’s after school program from 4th grade to 7th grade. He attributes his leadership skills and successes to enrichment in had at Camp Fire! Alex believes that we must close the access gap for out of school programming for ALL youth.
He is dedicated to building a community coalition in finding innovative ways to address the evolving needs of K-21 students and partners in our area. Alex works tirelessly to promote equity, inclusion, and justice to ensure that Our education institutions are student-centered institutions that accessible to all individuals.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University. He is currently working on a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University.
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
- Erin Hubert, CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area
- Tom Hughes, Past President, Metro; Past Mayor, Hillsboro
- Elizabeth Nye, Executive Director, Girls, Inc.
- LuAnn Pelton, Accountant, retired
- Maria Caballero Rubio, Executive Director, Centro Cultural de Washington County
- Lexie Weaver, Consultant
Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Get in touch.