SAIL Staff

Program Staff

Lara Fernandez, Executive Director for SAIL: laraf@uoregon.edu

Lara Fernandez joined the SAIL program in May 2011. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Nevada and received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology 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 years of Conference Management for MP Associates, Boulder, CO. Now with three teenagers of her own, Lara enjoys program development, and assisting teenagers and college students with exploring their academic goals through the SAIL program.

Alex Burgdorfer, Program Manager for SAIL: sailstaff@uoregon.edu

Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental and International Studies. Since graduating, Alex has had a wide variety of valuable experiences from working as a Professional Ski Patroller in Park City, UT to helping businesses throughout Lane County develop sustainability practices as a Resource Consultant for BRING Recycling. Most recently, Alex’s passion for leadership development and experiential education led him abroad, exploring the unique cultures of Central and South America as he worked leading international college-credited semester programs for college students. Alex is very excited to return to his home state and to apply his skill-set while working for his alma mater in order to help eliminate the obstacle which prevents students from achieving higher education. He looks forward to fostering relationships, making new connections and contributing to the University of Oregon community.

Christina Turchetto, Office Coordinator for SAIL: sailstaff@uoregon.edu

Christina Turchetto has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She and her family relocated from Tucson to Eugene in 2014. In addition to teaching, Christina has experience working in the hospitality industry, as well as in administrative positions. Her administrative experience involved working in a real estate office, human resources, the University of Arizona Law school and most recently in medical billing. Christina is very excited to be back to working within a University setting again and especially to be the Office Specialist for the SAIL program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three dogs, as well as exploring all the outdoor beauty Oregon has to offer. 

Lead Summer Staff 

The Lead Summer Staff team are comprised of current college students who have been part of the SAIL program either as a participant or as prior staff.  Responsibilities include: assisting with staff training, role model and support for summer counselors, co-leading staff de-brief sessions, assisting with all group sessions, helping with overall program logistics, and stepping in as needed.

Maria Gomez-Leon, Lead Staff

Raul Melgarejo-Ramirez, Lead Staff

Adrian Sampedro-Cruz, Lead Staff

Sheyla Martinez-Bautista, Lead Staff