Executive Director & US Board
Ron serves as MAPLE's executive director. He received his Ph.D. in cultural studies, teaches communication, conflict resolution, and social entrepreneurship as senior instructor of management at the University of Oregon, and, together with former students, founded MAPLE Microdevelopment in 2008. He also has taught graduate courses in microfinance and development for several summers at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He has a passion for working closely with communities to design and implement culturally appropriate, sustainable models for development and for working with youth as the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs.
US Board Member
Jesús Sepúlveda is a Chilean poet who lives in Eugene and teaches Spanish composition, creative writing and poetry at the University of Oregon. He is the author of eight collections of poetry and three books of essays, including his green-anarchist manifesto The Garden of Peculiarities (2002) and his book on Latin American poetry Poets on the Edge (2016). His collection Hotel Marconi (1998) was made into a film in Chile in 2009 and his selected poems were collected in Poemas de un bárbaro in 2013. He is a regular contributor to the magazine Fifht Estate.
Sepúlveda’s work has been published in more than twenty countries and partially translated into ten languages, leading him to participate in many poetry festivals and poetry readings throughout the world.
Dr. Sepúlveda holds a PhD in Romance Languages and became a board member of Maple in September 2018.
I am recent graduate from the University of Oregon's Architecture program (Class of 2019). I was born and raised in Uganda but currently live and work in Seattle, WA.
My involvement with Maple began in 2017 a year after I met Ron. I was beyond excited and inspired by the work he does in Uganda and it was an absolute honor to be a part of it. I enjoy my role in Maple and the opportunity it gives me to be involved in community development in rural Uganda and to be a part of something bigger than myself. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, hiking, and drawing.
Mike is the current President of the MAPLE U.S. board. He has worked for over 30 years in public community and economic development with an emphasis on small business development and financing. He has managed a variety of revolving loan funds that support small business growth and development. Mike is passionate about grassroots entrepreneurial and business development. He has an appreciation for the capital needs of small developing businesses and has seen the positive impacts that these businesses have on small communities. Mike sees MAPLE’s programs and vision as an effective and culturally appropriate strategy to improve the lives of people living in the communities that we serve.
Molly is a University of Oregon graduate, who studied Business and Spanish. She currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Molly enjoys supporting MAPLE with corporate giving, video creation, and program development. In her free time, she can be found biking the trails of Seattle or reading a good book.
Eve McClure is a longtime Eugene resident and MAPLE volunteer since 2017. She recently joined the MAPLE board in March 2019. Evehas worked closely with local residents at Emerald Village Eugene (EVE), a self-managed community of low-income tiny homes, to assist with MAPLE’s mission: “Achieving financial independence one village at a time”. Most importantly, Eve finds joy in getting to know community residents - learning about individual desires, skills, and financial ambitions while working together to improve each other’s lives and the life of the community.
Eve is co-owner of Quantum Health, a 37 year-old natural products company based in Eugene, Oregon. She was responsible for the strategic and tactical development of all facets of Quantum’s business, including: marketing, sales, product development, regulatory compliance, vendor relations and financial management.
Eve attends University of Oregon taking courses in political science, U.S. history, U.S. race relations and environmental studies. She has a degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Corrine is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Finance and Sports Business. Her involvement with MAPLE started in 2013 as an intern in Lira, Uganda, where she spent her time helping develop a youth sports program designed to keep kids in school. In her free time, Corrine can be found traveling, hiking, or outside playing with her dog.
Ruth is a Chilean psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Salamanca in Spain. She worked at OHSU for fifteen years offering mental health services to asylum seekers from Central and South America. She has collaborated extensively with international human rights organizations in providing culturally sensitive psycho-forensic evaluations. She is the author of a book that documents the experiences of indigenous Mapuche leaders in the justice system in Chile and their search for justice at the Inter American System of Human Rights. In addition, Ruth has been offering expert testimony at the Inter American Court of Human Rights. Currently she is providing therapeutic services at Options Counseling Services in Eugene and traveling to Chile every year to document human rights abuses against indigenous communities and environmental leaders. Ruth has been teaching and offering workshops at graduate and under graduate levels in Chile and in the USA.
Ruth is a member of the Maple Board of Directors since August 2013. During her visits to the MAPLE project in LLaguepulli Lof in Chile, she witnessed the deep commitment of the community and MAPLE team with the implementation of the first self-determined Mapuche financial institution. Ruth shares the values of MAPLE; believing in cultural resilience, trusting the capacities of communities to overcome barriers and collaborating for the development of sustainable financial institutions, all which facilitate the expansion of wellbeing for communities and their environment.
Emily currently works in donor and nonprofit relations for Bright Funds, a San Francisco-based start-up that powers charitable giving platforms for companies. She recently completed an M.A. at the University of Oregon in International Studies with a certificate in Nonprofit Management, and hold a B.S. in Communications and Spanish. She shares MAPLE’s commitment to grassroots, community-centered development projects, and its vision to build more equitable and accessible financial tools to improve livelihoods while fostering self-determination.
Uganda Team: Lira
My name is Mark Egeny, I work for Maple Uganda as a field officer and a baseball and softball coach in the Northern town of Lira, I like playing baseball and I still play at the National team in Uganda, I am 27 years old I like traveling and making new friends.
Acut Moses is my name, 30 years old, I live In Ayago, Railway Division, Lira municipality, Ugandan by nationality, Langi by tribe.
I went to King James Comprehensive secondary school in Lira for my O Level , Certificate in agriculture at Human Technical Development Training Institute in Lira and Later a Diploma in agriculture at Bukalasa agricultural collage Wobulenzi, Luwero district.
I have worked with Maple Microdevelopment Lira, northern Uganda since 2013 as a field officer serving communities with business skills and agriculture training and assisting in baseball and softball coaching.
Bernard Adei 28 years old born February 28th 1990 From Soroti working with Maple micro development, Lira region. Serving as a field officer for Maple Micro development Uganda in Lira. Responsible for coaching Baseball and Softball
Attained a degree in IT essentials, certificate in CCNA, designing and supporting Computer Networks, Working at a small-to-medium business or ISP. Networking for home and small businesses.
Plays on the Baseball National team, Manager 2015 World Series Europe and Africa little league team.
Ugandan Team: Mbale
Rogers Raymond Muduku
Rogers Muduku is my name, currently serving as the Country Director for Maple Microdevelopment Uganda. I joined Maple as an Intern right after completing my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Accounts at Makerere University (MUBS) in 2010.
Christine Kamede born in 1986. Am the first child in my family followed by two other siblings a boy and girl. I also have a four year old son.
I am a graduate at the Islamic university of Uganda with a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration. My passion has always been working with communities am glad Maple gave me the opportunity to explore this passion. This has been a great journey for my life working with different communities helping them address the different issues and needs affecting their communities and seeing them collectively working together proactively to bring about positive change and reaching their goals in the different groups brings a smile on my face. Aside from that I love to travel and meeting new people, Interacting and learning from each other.
My name is Kimono Suzan, 26 years old and I am working with MAPLE as a field officer in Mbale. I like the job very much, am a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in business Administration at Uganda Christian University Mbale campus optioning in Accounting. I joined Maple on 13th January 2014 and I enjoy working with the community and trying new challenges, this` has enabled to improve on my career and move on with my daily life.
During my free time, I like socializing with others.
Kwaga Sharon Irene
I’m Kwaga Sharon Irene, a Ugandan by nationality, with a bachelor of development studies from Uganda Christian University. I work with MAPLE micro development as a volunteer in Mbale. I am a self driven, self motivated, result focused and flexible lady of integrity who is quick at grasping new ideas and can work under minimum supervision.
My hobbies include; travelling, swimming, dancing, reading novels and magazines.
Alanyo Grace Fay
Alanyo Grace Fay is my name, 34 years old, an Acholi by tribe and a Ugandan. Attained a bachelor degree in business administration from Gulu University and currently working with Maple Micro development as a Field officer in Lira branch, Northern region.
Silvia Calfuqueo Lefio
Silvia Calfuqueo Lefio has been a teacher for 10 years before she decided in 2014 to stay home with her family and dedicate herself to work on projects in her community. Since then, she joined the management team of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo, and together with Nadia, and the Mapuche filmmaker Juan Raín, has collaborated with MAPLE Microdevelopment in documenting the creation of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo. Her involvement has been ensuring the group has a self-sustainable business to support the management team and family agriculture. She has also collaborated with the Llaguepulli Community’s School Kom Pu Lof Ni Kimeltuwe and the Mapuche School of Filmmaking, a summer camp for Mapuche youth in the region organized by Mr. Raín in collaboration with Canadian partners. Over this time, she was able to start her Artisan business jointly with other Mapuche women from the region. She is also a talented weaver and mother of three.
Viviana Calfuqueo Caniunir
Viviana Calfuqueo Caniuñir has been part of the management team of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo since its formation in 2014, and is currently collaborating with MAPLE in the participatory design and implementation of a livelihoods program in Allipén, a community neighboring Llaguepulli, leading a newly formed Artisan women group, Kazau Zomo, for the revitalization of Mapuche traditional art expressed through textiles and basketry. Through several capacity building and entrepreneurship programs, including those with MAPLE, she has developed excellent leadership qualities. She has also been a Cultural Leader, Parents Association President, and Community Liaison for a road improvement project (2016). She is also a mother of four, a women leader, entrepreneur and skilled weaver of the traditional Mapuche vertical loom weaving, or witral.
Fresia Painefil Calfuqueo
Fresia Painefil Calfuqueo was delegated in 2012 by The Llaguepulli Community as one of MAPLE-Llaguepulli’s team members and has been involved with the project ever since, as part of the preparatory research with MAPLE Microdevelopment in 2013. Since 2014, she has formed part of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo’s management team. She has a tourism management degree and 10 years of experience with the Mapuche Lafkenche Lago Budi Tourism Committee, leading Mapuche community-tourism while forming alliances regionally and worldwide. She was part of the International Forum for Indigenous Women in 2016 and has had the opportunity to travel to India, Italy and Canada to participate in forums and conversations about indigenous communities around the world. She is also a Mapuche artisan, a daughter, a sister, and a community leader.
Nadia Painefil Curiqueo
Nadia Painefil Curiqueo and her family are pioneering cultural tourism with the Mapuche Lafkenche Lago Budi Tourism Committee since 2008 (lagobudi.cl). In 2012, she was delegated by the Llaguepulli Community as a liaison with MAPLE Microdevelopment. She has since become a leader first in the initial participatory research team with MAPLE in 2013, and since 2014, as part of the management team. Together with Silvia Calfuqueo, and the Mapuche filmmaker Juan Raín, she has collaborated with MAPLE Microdevelopment in documenting reflections of the creation of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo. She enjoys sharing with others her Mapuche culture, history and ways of life, and she currently offers a unique demonstration of traditional practice of textiles to visitors, where each symbol has its own meaning. Nadia is a leader in establishing relationships with other First Peoples communities, participating through MAPLE in an exchange of gifts with the Siletz Nation of Oregon in 2015, and in 2016 representing the Mutual Support Group in a tour to New Zealand for exchange of Maori/Mapuche self-development experiences.
Ignacio A Krell
Ignacio is a Chilean sociologist with over 15 years of experience in rural development collaborating with Mapuche communities. In his college years at the Universidad de Chile (1998-2003) he participated in the defense of the Biobío river, an experience that led him to a deep commitment with the wellbeing and rights of indigenous communities of southern Chile. From 2004 to 2008, he founded and directed an ecotourism joint venture with Mapuche communities focusing on responsible tourism as a means for strengthening indigenous rights. Since 2005, he has conducted participatory academic and applied research on political ecology, indigenous rights, and ecotourism. In 2013, after completing his Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, Ignacio moved back to Chile as part of the MAPLE team assisting our community partners in lake Budi region to design and establish the first-ever Mapuche-managed community finance institution. In these last 4 years, Ignacio has also had a key leadership in developing culturally-appropriate environmental and agroecology projects jointly with Mapuche leaders and families and other stakeholders in the region.
Teodora Corina Hasegan, Ph.D.
Anthropologist Researcher/ Editor/Translator
Teodora Corina Hasegan is an anthropologist with a Ph.D. from Binghamton University (State University of New York, US). She holds a certificate in Indigenous Peoples' Rights granted by the Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and the Human Rights Centre of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Teodora has international professional and educational background, with extensive editing, research and translation experience for academia, NGOs, and online media organizations. She is Copy Editor for the “Fourth World Journal” published by the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS), and Editor of the “Indigenous Rights Report”, a weekly newsletter by the Intercontinental Cry (IC) non-profit focused on indigenous peoples, climate change and human rights. Teodora is also a translator (from Spanish into English) for Rising Voices (an initiative of the citizen-media website Global Voices), supporting endangered and indigenous languages, and providing resources and microgrant funding to underrepresented communities to tell their own story using participatory media tools.
With cultural and social sensitivity, Teodora contributes to projects at the intersection of anthropology, advocacy journalism, storytelling and civic engagement aiming to bring awareness and understanding of the complex contemporary social, political, cultural, environmental and human rights issues, with an emphasis on the perspectives of marginalized communities worldwide.
Alison received her BA in International Studies/Multi-Ethnic Studies and MA (2008) with a focus on Human Rights and Social Justice from The American University, School of International Service, in Washington DC. Born in the U.S., but growing up overseas in Latin America and Africa, she began her career with international development organizations involved in project management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and access to finance initiatives, including SME banking and microfinance projects in Trinidad and Tobago for the Caribbean region. Following her interest in community-led development, she joined MAPLE in 2010 while working for social, cultural and environmental justice projects in Oregon, US. In 2012 she became the initiator of MAPLE’s programs for indigenous self-development in Latin America and since 2013 is co-directing MAPLE’s program in the Araucania region in southern Chile. She has specialized in indigenous development through co-design and participatory implementation of financial and cultural management tools, including strategies to add value to traditional Mapuche arts and textiles and support women entrepreneurs. She has also managed multiple collaborations in Chile and internationally, with partners such as First Peoples Worldwide, The Sacred Fire Foundation, the Latin American Travel Association, Aid to Artisans, VOZ, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, while working closely with MAPLE team in Oregon for developing sustainable community-to-community philanthropy.
Fernando Quilaqueo Calfuqueo, born and raised in the Mapuche Lof of Llaguepulli, is an Agricultural Technician with experience collaborating in various productive and cultural projects with Mapuche-Pehuenche Communities in the Lonquimay Mountains and with Lafkenche Communities in Saavedra and Teodoro Schmidt. In search of better job prospects he migrated to the capital Santiago. After more than five years far away from the Community, MAPLE offered him the opportunity to join our team as Field Coordinator for the Program for Strengthening Family Foods and Livelihoods with and work in agroecology and agroforestry, his areas of interest, with the families of his own community, in a project he describes as an “innovative proposal for the development of my own Community”. Fernando and his wife also collaborate with a family tourism business focusing in bird-watching and Mapuche traditional herbal medicine.
Within the process of reconstruction of the Mapuche nation, Mr. Rain has assumed a role of communicator. For him, “There is a need for the territory to revalue all aspects of our way of life or vision of the world that we have as a Mapuche people, so I joined this project (MAPLE) because it strengthens our process of visibilizing the mapuche lafkenche economy of Aylla Rewe Budi, an ancestral territorial space that forms part of the Mapuche Lafkenche (people of the sea) located between the river Traitraiko (Imperial) on the north and the river Toltén on the south, corresponding administratively to the communes of Puerto Saavedra and Teodoro Schmidt (IX Region) by the Chilean State. This is where our work of socio-political, cultural and spiritual restructuring of our territory is centered.” It is in this context that Rain has conducted different experiences that aim to revalue the ancestral forms of communication incorporating the new technologies and creating an instance of formation and reflection around the Mapuche communication, addressing the issues of importance for the Aylla Rewe Budi, as the Cultural meaning- historical and spiritual aspects of territorial spaces. Mr. Rain directs "Lafken Ñy Zugvn Comunicaciones", an agency that coordinates audiovisual communicators in his territory. He is also part of Werken Kvrvf community radio and a member of the team that runs and produces "The Ayu Rewe Budi School of Cinema and Communication".
Having earned a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, Shelby aims to use her understanding of the design process and ecologies to empower communities socially, economically, and environmentally. Shelby connected to MAPLE while managing the landscape installation of Emerald Village Eugene (EVE), and began collaborating with MAPLE to design village savings groups.
In 2016, she co-founded the neighboring Whiteaker Community Market, an inclusive, diverse, and vibrant gathering place that supports emerging local makers and growers through creating economic opportunity that is centered around increasing quality of life in the Whiteaker Neighborhood.
She hopes to see these grassroots projects continue to strengthen Eugene’s diverse community, through building sustainable projects that will support local food systems and economies.