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Megan Crauthers, Wesley Leiva and Frances Lara Alvarado join chamber board for 2019

The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new members to its board of directors beginning in 2019.

Megan Crauthers

Adeo In Home Care

COURTESY WACC - Megan CrauthersI'm an Oregon native and I've spent nearly all my life living and working in the Woodburn/Hubbard area. I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science at Willamette University, and one of these days I plan on going back to school to finally get my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I've worked in retail for 5 years, and in health care in one capacity or another for over 10 years. As of December, I'm happy to be celebrating a little over a year and a half with Adeo In Home Care. While I don't have a family of my own, I am the proud human of three feline fur-babies: Ayden, Reetread, and Blue. As the saying goes: Dogs have masters, cats have staff.

  

I'm a major bookworm! I'm particularly fond of Urban Fantasy, and some of my favorite authors are Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, and Terry Pratchett. I also enjoy attending Comic Cons, where I cosplay as quite a few different characters. My most well-known hobby is soap making. I've been doing that for about three years now and sell my soaps under the business name "Purple Earth Soaps."

 

As a healthcare professional, I have skill in finding creative solutions to problems. Combined with my customer service experience, I know how to work well with a team and encourage others working beside me to be their best. I'm also a warm, welcoming person who encourages the people and businesses around me to continue forward with the Chamber of Commerce and thrive.

Wesley Leiva

Woodburn Boys & Girls Club

COURTESY WACC - Wesley LeivaMost people just call me Wes. I work at the Woodburn Boys and Girls Club Teen Center as Branch Director and am a resident of Gervais for the past 28 years. For 22 of those years I've been married to my beautiful wife Carmen. We have 2 children, Antonio and Anissa, who are both young adults now. All of my wife's immediate family and most of my immediate family live in Gervais, so together we feel blessed that our children have grown up in a small community surrounded by lots of family.  

 

When my children were young, I coached their basketball teams each year as they played for the Woodburn Parks & Rec. It was then I discovered I enjoyed coaching. Once the kids graduated from High School, I started coaching youth at summer camps in Gervais, then continued on with youth tournament travel teams. Although my wife is not a sports fan, she would travel with me each weekend as our team played in tournaments. I am a huge NFL and NBA fan, particularly the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers – still a true fan! After years of coaching, and after our children moved on to college, I decided to retire from coaching so my wife and I could spend more time traveling and exploring new places together. My wife has always loved volunteering in Gervais. In fact, each time she got involved in an event or fundraiser, she would take me a long to help. Seeing how much of an impact she made in our community made me want to do more myself. So that is how I got involved, and now working together in our community is something we both love. When we need some downtime, our favorite place to relax is at the Oregon Coast and lots of weekend getaways with our children.

 

Being from a small town we know that staying connected is important for everyone, and since Gervais doesn't have many businesses, residents of Gervais often go into Woodburn. I understand that partnerships in the community can help bridge the gap for locals and provide needed services. As the Director of the Boys and Girls Club, I've gotten to know Woodburn by meeting with business owners. I currently serve as a Gervais City Councilor and as the Vice President of the Woodburn Fire District. I am a part of Woodburn Rotary, Woodburn Eagles, Woodburn Proud, Gervais Community Progress Team, Gervais Neighborhood Watch, and previously served on the Gervais School Board. What I bring to WACC is a network of community partnerships among leaders and businesses. I will continue to serve those in need and assist local partnerships that bring people together in our community.

COURTESY WACC - Frances Lara Alvarado

Frances Lara Alvarado

Oregon Human Development Corporation

Frances grew up in the 1960s coming from a hardworking family who taught her the values of work cultivated in the agricultural (primarily grape) fields in and around Delano, California, and a positive attitude that have inspired her to be who she is today. She married at 19 and moved to Oregon where she maintained various employment positions. Prior to working for Oregon Human Development, Frances was at Oregon Parks & Recreation in Salem as a support staff. Due to her professionalism, friendly demeanor, leadership skills, dedication to hard work, willingness to take on new challenges and other attributes recognized by her colleagues, she was awarded high honors and in 1986 became the first female recipient of the Samuel H. Boardman Award.

 

Having been employed with Oregon Human Development Corporation (OHDC) for the past 31 years, Frances has devoted herself to assisting farmworkers by providing assistance through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs. She has a reputation for being trustworthy, committed, reliable and respectful of others. Frances is always willing to step up and contribute beyond what is expected. Over the years, Frances has and continues to be involved with community partners in various capacities while forming alliances with local organizations who seek to better the lives of those they serve.

 

Frances is an active board member of various organizations serving low income members of the community, such as Willamette Workforce Partnership Board, Marion-Polk Food Share, CASA of Oregon, and she also serves on the President's Advisory Committee at Chemeketa Community College. Thousands of Oregon farmworker families have been given the opportunity to break an intergenerational cycle of poverty due to her passionate, effective work.

 

Frances has 2 sons, Esteban Daniel, a Navy Seal who lives in San Diego, California, and Damian Miguel, a Marketing Manager for Parr Lumber in Pasco Washington. Frances has seven (7) beautiful grandchildren.

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