Leocadia Montero-Hainley is a black Latina who helps people use a productive approach to address conflict. She is the principal of Leocadia Consulting and is an Associate with LACE Oregon. She uses a trauma-informed and restorative justice approach to facilitate dialogues. Leocadia helps organizations, individuals, couples, and families to have compassionate conversations to address difficult relationships. She is a Psychotherapist and a Popular Education dialogue facilitator. She received the ESPERE training from Centro de Dereitos Humanos e Educação Popular of Brazil in 2009. She coordinated, directed, and facilitated the ESPERE-Violence Reduction Program at Adelante Mujeres for seven years. She was the first Latina to implement the ESPERE workshop in the USA. She has trained more than 1,300 people in her twelve years of facilitating these dialogues. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team of the Oregon Department of Justice, a board member of the Family Justice Center of Washington County, and a board member of Forgiveness International. She is from the Dominican Republic where she served as District Attorney. She earned her law degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña and she holds a Master of Art in Psychotherapy from Pacific University.
TERESA ALONSO LEÓN
Teresa Alonso León is the Representative of the 22nd district of the Oregon House of Representatives, and a founding member of LACE. She is the first immigrant Latina to be elected to the Oregon Legislature. The daughter of migrant farmworkers, Teresa grew up in House District 22. Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University. Education was Teresa’s path to success, and as a legislator, she wants to increase opportunity and access for all Oregon students.
Among her recent victories is the passing of the Driver’s License for all Act, the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act, which has been nationally-recognized as the most inclusive in the country. Furthermore, she worked to help pass the Student Success Act, which will invest an unprecedented $1 billion in Oregon schools annually. She was also recently named the new Secretary for the Executive Committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.