Laura has lived in Sandy for the last 15 years. She has a military background of 16 years in which she served as a general nurse. Of Mexican descent, Laura has studied in Mexico City and worked with El Programma Hispano as a program Manager for 2 years. She has worked in a variety of social service programs as an outreach specialist and currently works in Multnomah County as a bilingual library Assistant. She loves gardening, nature, people and working with nonprofit organizations.
Joe is currently the Youth Sports Coordinator for Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie, OR. He’s worked in the education field for the past 18 years— as a SMART reading program volunteer for eight years, in the classroom and drama department at Jefferson High School, and as an on-site coordinator with Todos Juntos (All Together) at Rowe MS. The different contexts and variety of positions have allowed Joe to understand and plan how to work with youth in one on one situations and in small or larger group settings. He believes teens should allowed to be themselves, while also learning life skills to help them in future endeavors, and that his patience and objectivity would be a great asset to AntFarm.
Diane has lived in Sandy for 22 years. For 16 of these, she has worked for Oregon Trail School District. Diane runs a program at Sandy High School where she works one on one with students who have some type of disability. The goal of the program is to help students find a job. Diane facilitates a yearly Transition Night at Sandy High School where she brings together several agencies such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Fact Oregon, and Developmental Disabilities. These organizations come together to explain to parents what services they can offer their children. Success to her is watching her students realize their strengths, rise to their potential and attain a job. When not working, Diane loves to camp with her husband of 35 years and her four grown children.
Debe has been a Real Estate Investor and property manager for over 20 years. She owns and operates 20 units in Sandy. With a strong passion for helping children, Debe has been involved in the Restorative Justice program as a community member. She has also been trained as a facilitator for sessions between youth offenders and their victims. These were court ordered as a method of creating agreed upon reparations in lieu of being sentenced by the judge. Debe believes in strengthening local community, and cooperation. She has deep reverence for the earth and supports programs that promote environmental awareness and organic foods. She created the Green Rental Organization of Colorado Springs in 2011 to teach renters and owners to make easy, minimal improvements to reduce the cost of utilities for all.
Penny’s career was in Special Education as a teacher and consultant specializing in vocational and transition planning. As a retiree, she became an adjunct professor at Portland State University as well as a board member for the Oregon Association of Vocational Special Needs Personnel. She now volunteers for NAMI, teaching and facilitating support groups for families of people with mental illness. She also works with people with addiction issues and in elementary school classrooms and is a tutor at AntFarm when she’s not hiking, skiing or traveling the world.
Dave worked in middle-management for a number of Fortune 500 companies (PageNet, E*Trade Securities, Nike) and owned his own ground transportation company for almost 6 years. He embarked on a mid-career change in 2009 with the goal of finding a more fulfilling professional life, completing a Master's of Public Administration from Portland State University in 2011. During his studies he accepted an internship at Sandy City Hall, and was hired by the City of Sandy as the City of Sandy's first Economic Development Manager in 2012.
Jenny has practiced nursing for 24 years and lived in Oregon since 1999. She has advocated for public health, patient, and nurses through her Oregon Nurses Association membership and volunteerism. She is a current member of her hospital’s Safety Committee. As Oregon Nurses Association Constituent Association President, she organized bike safety rodeos and helmet fittings. She has been elected as a delegate to the Oregon State Legislature in recent years. She was an Oregon Agate and Mineral Society member and liaison to Oregon State Legislature. Married for 17 years, she has two kids, 1 puppy, and 2 kittens. Her son and daughter currently attend SHS. She and her husband have volunteered with Sandy Pioneers Baseball. Jenny has volunteered with AntFarm since 2015. AntFarm has helped her son become more confident, independent, and build life skills. She loves taking country drives, camping, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Jenny brings her life experience and nursing expertise to help share AntFarm’s vision and mission and build unity throughout our communities.