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Martha Verduzco

Hood River, Hood River County

Martha joined the ROP board in 2017. Although new to activism, Martha comes across as a seasoned organizer, with great instincts and a keen sense of strategy. She is one of the founders and leaders of Hood River Latino Network, serves on the leadership team of Gorge ICE Resistance and is one of the lead organizers of the Hood River Rapid Response Team.

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Lisa Gonzales

Corvallis, Benton County

Lisa is a long-time organizer and activist committed to practicing liberation in many forms through community celebrations, cultural organizing, and ongoing actions. She is a part of multiple groups in Corvallis, including the local Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) group and “Save Our Sunflower House,” a coalition working to save the long-time home of the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. She also helped create Rapid Action Community Response (RACR), her town’s rapid response team.

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Joe Lewis

Scappoose, Columbia County

Joe’s politicization happened suddenly when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Joe was shot that day. He returns each year to the Kent State commemoration and gives talks about that day to local civic clubs and schools. Serving 15 years on the Scappoose School Board, 33 years at the City of Scappoose public works department and helping raise seven children, Joe has always been committed to engaging his community in justice and opportunity. Joe is one of the many members of Columbia County Coalition for Human Dignity (CCCHD)

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Katie Cook

Condon, Gilliam County

Katie hails from California, then Maryland and now from rural Gillam County where she lives with her husband Tom, a farmer and rancher. Katie taught Language Arts at Condon High School for eight years and is now taking a break from teaching, giving her more time for organizing, justice work, and the ROP Board!

Stephanie Hunter

Stephanie grew up in the cornfields of Central Illinois before moving to Oregon and has lived in Redmond since 2015. She is a behavior specialist for children and adults that experience disability and is an advocate for reimagining the systems and institutions that are supposed to support youth and families to thrive.

Briana Spencer

Briana, (she, her) is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Afro-Puerto Rican. Her Indigenous name is Šápliš Hétsin (Shup-lish Hat-seen) which means “like a whirlwind”. She has been involved in activism since she was a child standing on the front lines on the streets or in board […]