SAIL Staff

Lara Fernandez, Executive Director for SAIL:

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.

Megan Faulkner, Program Manager for SAIL:

Megan began her journey working with students as a field instructor for residential science programs at the McCall Outdoor Science School, where she cultivated a love for facilitating learning through hands-on experimentation, team building, and creative problem solving. Since then, she has conducted research for STEM Access Upward Bound, taught public speaking at the undergraduate level, and designed food systems and sustainability best practices for the University of Idaho’s McCall Field Campus. A first-generation college student herself, Megan is passionate about using her experience as an educator, researcher, and curriculum developer to help SAIL students achieve their higher education goals. In her free time, Megan enjoys birdwatching, hunting for thrift store treasures, and hiking with her wife and dog.
Megan holds an MS in Natural Resources and an Academic Certificate in Environmental Education and Science Communication from the University of Idaho and a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.

Christina Turchetto, Office Coordinator for SAIL:

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 Coordinator 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 is 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.

SAIL Summer Counselors
The SAIL Counselor team is made up of undergraduate and graduate college students who are passionate about mentoring SAIL high school students on their journey to higher education. Their responsibilities during the program include: leading discussions and activities, facilitating faculty presentations sessions, and sharing the unique knowledge gained from their higher education experience so far.