Woodburn Farmworker Office Staff

P1000062Veronica Digman-McNassar joined the Woodburn OLC office as a staff attorney in December 2014.   Prior to coming to OLC she had a private practice in Woodburn focused on immigration law.   Originally from Portland,  Veronica received her law degree from Willamette University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in New Mexico.   While in law school she was a law clerk with the farm worker programs of legal aid in Oregon.  She is an active member in Rotary, and enjoys spending time with her family.

 

 

marcelina cropMarcelina Martinez joined the Woodburn OLC office in 2005. She is a community educator/outreach worker in the farmworker program. Marcelina speaks Mixteco and Spanish. She enjoys working with farmworkers, especially with the Sexual Harassment project giving information to people who have been through all types of sexual harassment in agricultural work. She does outreach to labor housing and home visits to provide sexual harassment information. She also does radio shows, and she has created radio dramas (sociodramas) done in Spanish and Mixteco.  She grew up in Mexico and worked for many years in agriculture doing many types of work. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her big beautiful family, and working on her garden.

 

enriqueEnrique Santos joined legal services back in 1991 and started as a paralegal, doing outreach to farm workers in the Washington County area and throughout the state of Oregon. In 1996 Enrique joined Oregon Law Center as an outreach farm worker paralegal in the Portland office. Enrique continues to do presentations to farm workers and forest workers in Marion County and throughout Oregon, including the Coast, Columbia River Gorge and Medford. Outside of work Enrique enjoys time with his dog and mushroom hunting.

 

 

Santiago cropSantiago Ventura has been a community educator/outreach worker for OLC in Woodburn since 2002. Previously, he held a similar position at California Rural Legal Assistance and has served farmworker clients for more than 15 years.  He does outreach to farmworkers and has helped educate state agencies about problems faced by farmworkers.  He also works on the OLC NIH (National Institute of Health) Project educating indigenous farmworkers in Oregon on health and safety issues, particularly pesticides.  Santiago obtained his GED from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR and received his undergraduate degree in social work from University of Portland.  Santiago is from an indigenous community, San Miguel Cuevas, Juxtlhuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, and is fluent in Mixteco Bajo, Spanish and English.

 

mark cropMark Wilk has been managing attorney of the Farmworker Program office in Woodburn since June 2002 and has worked as a legal aid lawyer representing migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Oregon for over 32 years.  Mark serves as vice president of the board of directors Farmworker Housing Development Corporation and is a member of the board of directors of Woodburn Kiwanis.  Willamette University Law School recognized the importance of his work supporting civil rights by giving him the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award.  CAUSA of Oregon similarly recognized his work by giving him the American Dreamer Award.  Mark received his law degree from University of Oregon and his undergraduate degree in government and sociology from Ohio University.   For fun, Mark likes gardening, reading and exploring the outdoors.