LECC Chair (Chair - starting November 2015)
Benton County Commissioner
Annabelle Jaramillo first was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2000. She has also served as Executive Director of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, worked as a research botanist for the Forest Service, director of Computer Education for Harakai Systems, Inc., and development officer for the Center against Rape & Domestic Violence.
Jaramillo's leadership and commitment have brought her national recognition from government, private industry, and community groups. An advocate for human rights, Hispanic and other minorities nationwide, Jaramillo served as president of National Image, Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization. She served on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Governor Atiyeh's Education Mission and as president of the Oregon Women's Political Caucus. Her community involvement (past and present) includes the Mary's Peak Natural Resources Interpretive Center, United Way, the Prosperity that Fits Steering Committee for the Economic Vitality Partnership and the Oregon Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jaramillo has Bachelor's and Master's degrees of Science from Portland State University and has authored numerous scientific papers in refereed journals. She is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.
Marion County Sheriff
His career in Law Enforcement began at the age of 18 when he was hired by the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a summer Park Cadet. After serving during the summers as a Cadet, he joined the Marion County Reserve Deputy Program. In September of 1990, he was hired as a
Jason Myers is a native Oregonian, born in Portland and raised in Salem. He is a graduate of McKay High School and Chemeketa Community College where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement. full time Deputy Sheriff. During his career with the Sheriff's Office he served in every rank of the Office and became Sheriff in 2009.
Sheriff Myers holds an Executive Police Certificate from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He is an active member of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and serves on many community boards.
Oregon State Police
Jeff Hershman was raised in West Linn, Oregon. He is a graduate of West Linn High School and Southern Oregon State College where he earned a degree in Criminology. He is also a graduate of the Public Administration (MPA) program at Portland State University. He began his law enforcement career in 1994 when he was hired as a recruit trooper by the Oregon State Police. During his 23 years with the Oregon State Police he has worked a variety of assignments including drug enforcement, major crime and patrol.
Gilbert P Carrasco
Professor of Law
Willamette University College of Law
Professor Carrasco is an expert in civil rights law, immigration law and constitutional law. He is the author of three national casebooks and numerous law review articles. He has taught as a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark, Oregon, San Diego, Seton Hall and Willamette and as a tenured professor at Villanova and Willamette. He also studied for extended periods at Oxford, Stanford and George Washington.
Carrasco served in the U.S. Department of Justice as a special assistant to the deputy assistant attorney general, then as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, and as a consultant. Thereafter, he was lead counsel in nationwide class actions as directing attorney of the National Center for Immigrants' Rights (now the National Immigration Law Center) and was responsible for implementing the legalization program as the highest ranking American lawyer in the Catholic Church on immigration matters when he served as national director of Immigration Services for the U.S. Catholic Conference. In 2008, he joined the board of directors of the Oregon chapter of the American Constitution Society. The following year, he was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by then Gov. Ted Kulongoski and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Carrasco teaches Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Sexuality and Discrimination. He is an active member of the bar of California, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST)
Oregon Chief’s of Police Appointee
Citizen, Former Oregon ACLU Executive Director
David Fidanque was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon from 1993 until he retired in 2015. He joined the ACLU of Oregon staff in 1982 as its Associate Director in Eugene, and worked for the organization for a total of thirty-three years.
Mr. Fidanque was instrumental in the ACLU’s efforts to safeguard and advance civil liberties guaranteed by the Oregon Bill of Rights both in the courts and at the ballot box. While not an attorney, he worked closely with ACLU volunteer attorneys and staff on many landmark Oregon court cases, as well as lobbying state and local elected officials on civil liberties and civil rights issues. In addition, he participated in numerous ballot measure campaigns on a wide variety of issues including LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, censorship and criminal justice reform.
In addition to his work in Oregon, from 2006 to 2010, he served as Chair of the National ACLU Executive Directors Steering Committee which helped coordinate ACLU staff work between the national organization and its 50 affiliates around the country. In March 2013, he received the ACLU of Oregon’s highest honor, the E.B. MacNaughton Civil Liberties Award, in commemoration of his 20th anniversary as Executive Director.
Dr. Carma Corcoran - (Chippewa-Cree)
Director of Indian Law Program & Professor of Law,
Lewis and Clark College & University of Oregon
Dr. Corcoran is the Indian Law Program Director at Lewis and Clark Law School. Carma’s Bachelor’s degree is in Communication with a dual focus on Cross Cultural Communication and Conflict Resolution. Carma has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Administration and Cultural Humility. She has a PhD in Philosophy writing about the issue of Incarceration and Native American Women in her dissertation titled “The Juxtaposition of Gentle Action Theory and Traditional Ways of Knowing and Being: In the Provision of Services to Native American Women Experiencing Incarceration”. Dr. Corcoran has taught as an adjunct at the University of Oregon and currently teaches at Portland State University.
She has a strong background working with non-profit organizations. She is the former Board Chair of Red Lodge Transition Services and has also served on the board of the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University as well as board committees of several non-profits. She also has a consulting business; Carma Corcoran Consulting and has worked with a number of non-profit clients.
Portland Independent Police Review
Community Coordinator and Interfaith Liaison
José, an experienced civic-relations professional with strong community relations and business management expertise, spent several years as a bank executive in Oregon. José is an alum of the University of Oregon. He also served our country as a United States Marine. As a civic leader, he has always worked to engage communities in public decision-making processes, particularly in projects with the potential to affect its citizens. At the pleasure of the Governor, he served on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs from 2002 to 2011, and also served as Chair for three years. José provided leadership for the Commission and oversaw its efforts in community relations and civic engagement opportunities. His selfless efforts, integrity, and commitment to help people of every background and persuasion win him praise from community and business groups throughout Oregon. José also served as Chair of the United States Council on Latino Affairs. José joined Multnomah County in 2011, and since March 2015 he functions as the Community Action Coordinator and Interfaith Liaison for Multnomah County.
Director of Student Support Services
Eastern Oregon University
La Grande, OR
Michael Williams, Ed.S, is the Director of the TRIO/Student Support Services program at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. He has been with EOU since December 2015. He has almost 20 years of experience working with Student Support Services programs. He earned an Associate’s degree in Business from East Arkansas Community College (Forrest City, AR), Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degrees in Business Technology, as well as an Ed.S in Community College Administration from Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR).
Michael is committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion, and has presented and trained others, as well. Presentations include to the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP), where he presented “Defying the Odds: Retaining and Graduating First Generation Students. He is a big proponent of making education more accessible to marginalized students. He was elected to the LECC Board in May 2017.