SAIL History

Executive Director and Founder Bios:

Bill and Bruce

SAIL Founders and Professors: Bill Harbaugh (left) and Bruce Blonigen(right) 


Lara Fernandez, Executive Director for SAIL:
Lara Fernandez joined the SAIL program in May 2011. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. Lara has an eclectic work background in program development and specializes in programs for teenagers. Her related past employment includes: development and management of a shelter for battered women in Las Vegas, Nevada; working with Aspen Achievement Academy, a youth wilderness program designed for interventions with youth who have criminal backgrounds, in Loa, Utah; creating and directing the City Kids to Wilderness Project in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for low-income, inner-city high school students to discover life in the wilderness and Conference Management for MP Associates, Boulder, CO. Now with three children of her own, Lara is excited to be back into program development, and assisting teenagers with exploring their academic goals through the SAIL program.

Bruce Blonigen
, Co-founder of SAIL:
Bruce Blonigen is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, former Head of the Department of Economics, and current Acting Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. His research and teaching interests are in international economics. He co-founded the SAIL program with Professor Bill Harbaugh in 2005 as a way to give back to the local community and to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to go to college.

Bill Harbaugh, Co-founder of SAIL:

Economics Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995; neuroeconomics, economic behavior of children, experimental.







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