Mario Salazar | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Mario is from Yucatan, Mexico. He joined Verde in the fall of 2017, and has enjoyed learning so much about the landscape industry within a short amount of time. Before working at Verde, Mario gained 14 years of experience working at a recycling center, where he learned about recycling and how to work a forklift. On the weekends, Mario likes to go shopping and host BBQ parties with friends and families.

Mario Salazar | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Mario is from Yucatan, Mexico. He joined Verde in the fall of 2017, and has enjoyed learning so much about the landscape industry within a short amount of time. Before working at Verde, Mario gained 14 years of experience working at a recycling center, where he learned about recycling and how to work a forklift. On the weekends, Mario likes to go shopping and host BBQ parties with friends and families.

Ricardo Moreno | Landscape Program Manager

Ricardo Moreno has over 15 years of supervision and project management experience in Portland, OR and in Mexico City, where he grew up and launched his career. Since arriving in Portland, he has applied this experience within the landscaping, design, and construction fields, where he has also utilized his academic training in Industrial Design and Drafting Technology (from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and Portland Community College). In addition, he has gained an understanding of the nonprofit sector and the issues impacting low-income communities as the manager of an affordable housing development owned by Hacienda CDC, where Verde recruits most of its workforce.

Manuel Dzib Cruz | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Manuel is from Campeche, Mexico. He joined Verde Landscape in the fall of 2017 after learning about the opportunity from fellow crew member Samuel. This is his first time working in the landscape industry, and he loves the novelty of it. Manuel has previous work experience in the construction and cleaning industries. In his free time, Manuel enjoys relaxing at home.

Carlina Arango | Landscape Program Assistant

As Verde’s Landscape Program Assistant, Carlina is the training liaison for the Landscape Crew Member’s training program. She works with Verde staff and other partners to develop effective training, recruitment and hiring pathways for the crew. She also provides administrative support to the Verde Landscape Program Manager. Carlina grew up in Chicago, attended college in rural Iowa, and moved to Portland in 2016 to experience the great city and the natural and dynamic beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Since moving to Portland, she has ran public health and environmental campaigns through OSPIRG and Environment Oregon, and has worked with Ecotrust’s Food and Farm team on a regional food systems project. She is really excited to work at the intersection of environmental sustainability and social equity through her work at Verde Landscape.

Rafael Bautisto | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Rafael is from Oaxaca, Mexico. He participated in Verde’s Lideres Verdes program in 2011, and applied to work at Verde Landscape after hearing about the crew member openings in January of 2018. Rafael has always really like landscaping. He has two years of prior experience in landscape and construction. With Verde Landscape, Rafael especially enjoys installing raingardens, because they are a sustainable and innovative way to maintain good water quality. On the weekends, Rafael likes to watch moves with his family and spend time playing with his children.

 

Antonio Rojas | Landscape Crew Member

Antonio Rojas is from Guanajuato, Mexico. Lived in Garden City Kansas for 13 years prior to moving to Oregon in 2008 in search of a better job opportunity in a field he enjoyed which is landscape. His quest for the right job was hectic till he found it when he came to work for Verde doing what he enjoys, landscape. In his free time he volunteers as a health promoter for Providence Hospital, Catholic Charities, Programa Hispano and other organizations. He also likes to play soccer and growing vegetables in his garden.

Zoemy Tuz | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Zoemy if from Yucatan Mexico. She heard about Verde Landscape after participating in Lideres Verdes, a Verde Outreach signature leadership program. She has worked with Verde since October 2016 and loves planting in general. Previously, she worked in the cleaning industry and currently has goals of starting her own cleaning business while working at Verde Landscape. In her free time, Zoemy likes to walk through the city and go for walks through the mountains nearby.

Karen Ortegon | Landscape Crew Member

Karen is from Merida in Yucatan, Mexico. She has been working for Verde for seven months after she found this opportunity through a friend. Karen has previous work experience working at restaurants as a cook. Karen loves how much she gets to learn through the variety of projects Verde Landscape offers. She enjoys working with nature, trees, and greenspaces generally and loves creating and constructing landscapes. In her free time, Karen likes to walk around in parks and nature and listen to all kinds of music, including banda and rancheras.

Stacie Walen | Verde Controller

Stacie Walen joined Verde in January 2015 after more than 10 years with Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start. Prior to nonprofit accounting, Stacie had 10 years’ experience in construction accounting. At Verde, Stacie manages the day-to-day financial operations, including general ledger and grant reconciliation, payroll, accounts payable and receivable.

Mateo Fletes | Landscape Crew Supervisor

Mateo Fletes was born and grew up in Nayarit, Mexico. In 2003 he moved to Oregon and attended High School. Soon after, he worked in the construction field. In 2008 he joined Verde. He likes working at Verde because he is learning new techniques to protect the environment. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and play the guitar. He wants to learn more about construction and landscaping and eventually start his own business.

Melissa Palavecino | Verde Operations Coordinator

Melissa provides administrative support to Verde’s Board of Directors, Verde’s Advisory Groups, as well as to the Executive Director, Finance Department, Program Managers and Verde Staff. Melissa has lived in Portland since the age of three and grew up in North Portland. She is a graduate of PSU with a B.S. in Social Science with a focus on underserved communities and a Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies. Having worked at VOZ workers’ rights education project and the Oregon Working Families party Melissa has a passion for labor justice. During her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and their dog.

Rafael Bautisto | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Rafael is from Oaxaca, Mexico. He participated in Verde’s Lideres Verdes program in 2011, and applied to work at Verde Landscape after hearing about the crew member openings in January of 2018. Rafael has always really like landscaping. He has two years of prior experience in landscape and construction. With Verde Landscape, Rafael especially enjoys installing raingardens, because they are a sustainable and innovative way to maintain good water quality. On the weekends, Rafael likes to watch moves with his family and spend time playing with his children.

Samuel Martinez | Landscape Crew Member

Samuel is from Veracruz, Mexico. Born in the rural countryside of Mexico, Samuel loves how his job at Verde allows him to connect to the outdoors. He came to Verde in 2008 through Hacienda CDC where Verde Executive Director Alan recruited him for the program. In his free time, Samuel does odd jobs with his friends throughout Portland, including landscaping and construction. He spends Sundays resting at home, preparing for the week ahead.

Leah Altman (Oglala Lakota, Persian, Second-Generation Immigrant

Development Director

As the Development Director, Leah oversees Verde’s fundraising activities, with a focus on grant writing and grants management. Leah’s background is in grant writing, grants management, communications, and book and magazine writing, editing, and reviewing. She has a master’s degree in writing, with a focus on editing, and has worked for Portland-area nonprofit organizations focused on youth, community development, and the environment for the past nine years. Leah is an alumna of the Coalition of Communities of Color’s Bridges Leadership program and has lived in Portland most of her life. She is an avid reader of creative thrillers with female protagonists, plays pool competitively, and enjoys dancing in the kitchen with her daughter while making bacon; Leah has also been known to enjoy a good moonlight river swim.

Rosa Flores | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Rosa Flores was born in Puebla, Mexico and grew up in Mexico City. She has been involved in Verde Outreach activities since she moved to Portland in 2015, and when she heard that Verde Landscape was looking specifically for women crewmembers, she decided to apply. She has previously worked in construction in Mexico City, and has spent time working as a wedding dress seamstress and cleaning at hotels. Rosa has been at Verde for 15 months, and she is passionate about the work, especially building rain gardens. In her free time, Rosa likes to spend time with her kids in nature, including the forests and rivers.

Abel Perez | Landscape Crew Member

Abel Perez was born in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico and grew up in Putla, Guerrero, Oaxaca. He worked in concrete construction in Vancouver, WA prior to finding work with Verde Landscape through his brother in 2012. He has especially liked working on rain gardens, because they are creative projects and he has learned so much. In his free time, Abel likes to spend time with his four kids playing soccer!

Manuel Dzib Cruz | On-Call Landscape Crew Member

Manuel is from Campeche, Mexico. He joined Verde Landscape in the fall of 2017 after learning about the opportunity from fellow crew member Samuel. This is his first time working in the landscape industry, and he loves the novelty of it. Manuel has previous work experience in the construction and cleaning industries. In his free time, Manuel enjoys relaxing at home.