The Executive Board is comprised of volunteer community members that either live or serve the people of Sunnyside. Their role is instrumental in guiding the coalition and staff in what Sunnyside needs the most in order to achieve its mission.
Dr. Jory Lynn Anderson DC: Chair
Jory was born to Fred Paul and Kathleen Bagley Anderson. He was the 2nd of 7 children. He attended all his schooling in Sunnyside. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Spanish. He took 2 years off of college from 1991-1993 to serve as a volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He also spent 2 semesters in Chile studying Spanish with BYU Study Abroad where he met his wife Katherine. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple on April 21, 1995. Jory attended Life University in Atlanta, Georgia from 1998-2001, receiving the full tuition Harvey Lillard scholarship for his work with race and cultural relations, graduating as valedictorian of his class and receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has been in practice in Sunnyside at Sunnyside Chiropractic Centre since 2001 and is the owner of the clinic. He & Katherine have 4 children - Lia, Aline, Benjamin, and Ian. Dr. Anderson is active in his church, youth group, service organizations and the Boy Scouts of America. Jory is an Eagle Scout. He still plays church league basketball, runs, rides his bike, golfs and loves camping, hiking, cliff jumping, surging and most kinds of adventure.
Norma Jean Rios: Co-Chair
Norma Jean Rios is smart, strong, confident and independent. She is the mother of 3 beautiful daughters Tina, Amanda & Stacey. Her 4 grand-kids; Nevaeh, TJ, Cati, and baby boy Alaki are her pride and joy.
Norma likes spending time with her family, playing board games and especially Loteria for hours at a time. She fears spiders and snakes! "I'm proud of my daughters for I have raised them well and they strive every day to make me proud of their accomplishments."
Norma Jean has received many recognitions from her community members; Yakima County, Homeless Connect, The Mid Valley Providers Consortium, YVCC, etc. Her volunteer experience includes working with Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Sunnyside School District, and Planned Parenthood as a Promotor De Salud. You bet you will see her at all community events!
Rebeca Barrios - At Large Board Member
Ed Gallo - At Large Board Member
Gallo serves as Young Life Area Director in the Yakima Lower Valley. Gallo was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1996. He has been in youth ministry in the USA for the past 17 years. Gallo has served with Young Life for the past 7 years and has served in other organizations as a minister for 17 years, in different states. Gallo has previously worked in church planting, as well as Camp Director for Cityteam International in Santa Cruz California. In his free time, Gallo enjoys cooking and serving others. Gallo has been married for almost 10 years with Bethany Gallo a First Grade Teacher in the Sunnyside School District. They have two daughters named Sophia (7) and Annalise (4).
Sandra Linde - At Large Board Member
Sandra Linde works for Astria Sunnyside Hospital as their chaplain and in Community Relations. Some of the community groups she networks with are Investing in Children and The Yakima County Healthcare Coalition.
Sandra has lived in Sunnyside since 1985, when she moved here with her husband LaDon. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on June 17, 1983. Together they have been blessed with six children: LaDon Jr, Nicole, Christy, Jonas, Jessica, and Erica. So far, they have ten grandchildren.
Sandra has been interested in education since her children started school. Her oldest started kindergarten in 1989, and her youngest graduated from high school in 2018, a span of 29 years. That interest had her serving our local schools in a variety of ways until she was elected to the Sunnyside School Board, where she has served since 2011.
Sandra has been involved with Sunnyside United/Unidos from its beginning in 2012. She has a keen interest and passion in helping Sunnyside youth “thrive and grow in a healthy community”, and go on to lead successful careers and lives.
Funded by federal and state grants, our staff ensures that the coalition is achieving action plans set forth by the community of Sunnyside and in compliance with grant requirements.
Blanca Hernandez - Administrative Assistant
Blanca has been part of the Coalition since 2016. She loves her job, serving the community, and working with the fun amazing staff. Blanca graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2001 and is currently attending Yakima Valley College in Grandview. She is a parent volunteer at Outlook Elementary and is a volunteer Catechist for St. Joseph Catholic Church. Because of her love and passion for serving her community Blanca is excited to be part of the team. Blanca is married and has four wonderful children. Has a total of eleven siblings. She loves to cook, exercise, and is fond of farm animals.
Brenda Barrios - Community Coalition Program Specialist
Brenda was raised in Sunnyside, graduated from Sunnyside High school, and followed her dreams by attending the University of Washington, Seattle. There she received a B.A. in Sociology, B.A in Comparative History of Ideas, Minor in Human Rights, and a Business Certificate. Her passion is to be involved in an established organization that is able to empower youth to reach their highest potential as individuals and develop a positive self/cultural identity so it is only fitting that she landed at Sunnyside United-Unidos! She currently advises the High School Prevention Club and is extremely proud of all her students who choose to be a positive leader or advocate.
Her experiences include traveling around the state of Washington as a YMCA Summer Camp Youth Counselor, giving a year of service through City Year in Los Angeles, and working with communities around Seattle & South Africa. She loves traveling, the performing arts, reading, hiking, and spending time with family.
Eveth Padilla - Community Coalition Program Facilitator
Eveth moved to Sunnyside when she was 5 years old and graduated from Sunnyside Highschool. She attended Eastern Washington University where she received a B.S. In Community Health, Minor in Communication Studies and a B.A. Certificate in Leadership. She enjoys helping people and learning. She followed one of her many dreams by moving to Uganda where she lived for a few months and educated the communities about HIV, Malaria and Nutrition. During her stay in Uganda she created one of her favorite memories which was integrating with a community, learning about the Bantu tribe located in Southwest Uganda, their culture, and their language. She also had the opportunity to learn their local dance.
She recently moved back to Sunnyside and is excited to work and grow with the community.
Here she is wearing a dress and headband made out of Kitange , which was hand made by a Ugandan seamstress. Kitange is a African fabric that is made up of different prints. This is one of Eveth’s favorite pictures.
Sunnyside United-Unidos has monthly meetings which are open to the public! Come join us to learn more about what we do and what we're working so hard on.
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