Woodburn man gets spot on school board
Woodburn School District announced that Gustavo Vela-Moreno was appointed to the district board during a special meeting held May 10.
Vela-Moreno will serve in WSD Board Position 1, which was vacated by Linda Reeves on April 12. Reeves served on the board for eight years. The term runs through June 30, 2023.
Leaving the position was a mixed bag for Reeves, who recently moved from the area.
"I moved back to my home state of Ohio! I know, crazy to think of leaving Woodburn after nearly 26 years," Reeves said in an email. "My house sold and the family wanted it in only 3 weeks, so I was moving quickly.
"I was serving on three Boards, so stepping back was difficult," she added. "It was bittersweet to leave so many friends and connections that have enriched my life through the years, but I do have family here and it seemed like a good time for the next chapter of my life."
WSD spokeswoman Rachel Danskey said the board interviewed five applicants to fill the position.
Vela-Moreno is a lead mechanical engineer at PAE Consulting Engineers. He grew up in Woodburn, attended WSD schools and remained involved in youth leadership development by helping young people get access to higher education and facilitating transitions into the workforce for young professionals.
Vela-Moreno earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from George Fox University in 2013 and an master's in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford in 2016.
Vela-Moreno co-founded ReNew in 2017-18, an initiative focused on supporting Woodburn students as they pursue higher education.
Additionally, he has served on the WSD Bond Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Board of The Contingent (formerly Portland Leadership Foundation). He is a trustee with the George Fox University Board of Trustees.
He also has Reeves blessing to continue the work the board engages in.
"Oregon was a great time for me both personally and professionally. I certainly tried to make a difference in the work and volunteerism I did," Reeves said.
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