FAE Board & Staff

The Foundation for Academic Endeavors strives to promote a multi-cultural, and inclusive identity. Working together to affect change in our communities, we stand in solidarity with those working to pursue their dreams and goals.

Board of Directors

Flor Zamorano

Flor was an Administrative Fellow in 2018 and later served as a Classroom Fellow in 2019 and 2020. She was a Dare to Dream Program Coordinator and School Site Coordinator for Communities in School. Flor earned her Associates Degree from Skagit Valley College and is a Graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts: Teaching for Social Justice. She earned her Masters in Teaching from University of Washington and is currently teaching kindergarten in the Mount Vernon School District.

Karina Borja-Hurtado

Karina was born and raised in Mexico. She is the 3rd of 4 siblings. Karina has a BA of Business Administration from the UNIVA in Mexico. She got married in Mexico in 2007. In 2008, her husband brought her to the U.S as a legal resident. Five year later, she became a US citizen. She lives with her husband Juan Rocha and their 2 daughters, Valeria who is 12 years-old and Andrea, who is 6 years-old, as well as with her mother, Elidia Hurtado. They have a dog named “Dante” as the dog in the movie “Coco”. She brought her parents to the U.S as legal residents as soon as she was able to when she became a U.S. citizen. Karina has been working at Skagit Valley College for 9 years, currently she is a BEdA Navigator. Karina has earned a MBA of Business Administration from Western Washington University. She enjoys going back to Mexico to visit her family and friends.

​Her volunteer experience include: Tax preparation with Goodwill Mount Vernon. Coach Assistant with New Millennium soccer team. She is Bilingual English/ Spanish. She loves spending time with her family, going out for a walk, playing loteria, dancing, singing, exercising. Enjoys laughing out loud with her daughters and husband. She likes to serve and support people in every place she goes.

Daisy Padilla Torres

Daisy earned her Master of Education from Western Washington University in Adult Higher Education with an emphasis in Latino/a/x education, English Language Learning, and program development strategies. She holds a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate. Daisy is currently the Director of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. She manages the office of Diversity, Recruitment and Retention; her work encompasses two pathway programs: the Maestros Para el Pueblo and Future Woodring Scholars, where they develop and support innovative practices for students to access programs that help them achieve personal and professional goals. In addition, Daisy engages with at large campus and community work, like co-chairing Woodring’s Equity, Diversity Committee, the Pathways Faculty Advisory Board, the Latine Housing Committee, and Social Justice and Equity Committee. Most importantly, she loves to spend time with her two beautiful daughters and partner in life. Grateful to her family who have ingrained humility, hard-work, commitment, integrity, and love.

Marco Martinez

Marco first started working with FAE as a PE Teacher in 2018. He is a 1st generation college student – earning his B.S. in Exercise Science from Central Washington University. He has experience as a Paraprofessional in SPED, Substitute Teaching, and as a Behavior Interventionist in the Anacortes School District as well as the Stanwood Camano School District.

He was an Assistant coach for Track & Field at Stanwood High School and volunteered for Football and Boys Swim in 2018-2020.

Marco is currently a carpenter for BYK Construction. His hobbies include building things, watching movies and spending his free time with his wife Kelsi, daughter Serena, and their two dogs Nikita and Nellie.

Sandra Davila

FAE Staff

Carol Rodin

Co-Executive Director

Carol is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and teaching credentials in Secondary English and K-12 French. She has taught French from the preschool to the high school level.

Her volunteer work includes ten years of elementary school classroom support and a variety of Anacortes School District committees. She volunteered with the Resurrección Summer Day camp from 2012 -2014 and was a volunteer program director for the Anacortes Learning and Lunches summer feeding and literacy program.

She is a founding member of FAE and served as Assistant Director from 2015-2018. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in 2012. Carol enjoys hiking, running, skiing and reading. She loves spending time with friends and family. She has three grown children and lives in Anacortes with her husband.

Dania Jaramillo

Co-Executive Director

Dania is a graduate from Mount Vernon High School, earned her Associates degree from Skagit Valley College and is a graduate of Western Washington University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in an Interdisciplinary concentration titled: Resisting Schools through Radical Love and a minor in Education and Social Justice. She currently is working on her Masters in Education through University of Washington.

Dania has been a part of FAE for over three years as a fellow, then as assistant executive director and now as Co-Executive Director. In addition to FAE Dania has worked with Migrant youth through a program titled: Dare to Dream. She is an advocate in our community for educational justice and immigrant rights. In 2020, Dania co-authored a chapter titled: Trenzudas, Truchas, y Traviesas: Mapping Higher Education Through a Chicana Feminist Cartography. From a published book titled: Studying Latinx/a/o Students in Higher Education; A Critical Analysis of Concepts, Theory, and Methodologies.

Her approach to education centers collectively creating a life affirming education that invites those that have been deemed disposable by society to actively participate in building a better future and recognizes that we are all holders and creators of knowledge and in doing so, provides a process that affirms our self-worth.

Dania is a proud immigrant from Sinaloa, México who enjoys spending time with her family, her husband, her son and their French bulldog, Max.

Rosario Aguilar

Program Director

Rosario earned her Law Degree, from the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico in 1990. She attended workshops at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) national convention, Dare to Disrupt! The Pathway to Excellence and Equity in Education in 2016. She completed Basic Excel, Word and Google Docs training at Skagit Valley College in 2018 and began ESL classes at Skagit Valley College in 2019. She served on the Citizen Participation Council in Mexico. And worked as a lawyer in training from 1990-93. She assisted with the INEGI Economic Census Mexico 1994-95, and worked at the Ayuntamiento de Mazatlán, Mexico Income Office from 1996-98. She has been the secretary of El Camino Lutheran Church since 2016. Rosario is a member of the Skagit Valley College Leadership Initiative Class of 2020.

Her volunteer work includes: Board Member of Foundation for Academic Endeavors (FAE) 2015-18, Resurreccion Episcopal Church Summer Program from 2012-13 and with the Defence of Human Rights program in the Municipal Jail of Mazatlan, Mexico 1992-93.

Rosario enjoys walking with her family and spending time with her grandson. She loves to read and watch movies.

Ileana Guillen

Program Director

I grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington. I speak Spanish and English.I attended Skagit Valley College and graduated with a Human Services degree in 2019. I am currently attending Western Washington University. I have been working in the Human services field since 2018. This is my third year at FAE. I hope to get to know all of the kids and build relationships with them!

Kayleen Garcia

Development and Advancement Coordinator

Kayleen is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering and a minor in Philosophy. She has experience working with bilingual audiences and applying that to impactful research and design decisions.

She has helped redesign and expand FAE's image to reach and inform our diverse community members. As a Burlington-Edison high school alum, she enjoys seeing the impact her work at FAE has on students, teachers, and families from different districts around the Skagit Valley.

In her free time, Kayleen likes dancing, baking, and socializing with family and friends. On a sunny day you will find her out in nature hiking, swimming or exploring new viewpoints.