Oscar Leong, President
Aiyana Ashley, CWSP Director of Operations
Aiyana was born in Oakland, CA and attended a K-8 Catholic school similar to De La Salle North Catholic, a school with caring teachers and high expectations for growth, success, and achievement. Her family moved to Portland when she was a junior in high school and Aiyana graduated from Marshall High School, going on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University. While working as a case assistant at Stoel Rives, Aiyana supervised De La Salle’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) student workers. Aiyana joined De La Salle North Catholic in 2011 as a CWSP Coordinator and was promoted to Director of CWSP in 2013, in which capacity she served until 2016. After a brief hiatus, Aiyana returned to De La Salle as CWSP Director of Operations in 2018. She has a passion for giving our students exposure to opportunities they wouldn’t have without the Corporate Work Study Program.
Ashleigh de Villiers, Vice President for Advancement
Raised in Portland, Ashleigh is a Lincoln High School graduate. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University. Ashleigh brings more than fifteen years of experience in management and resource development for educational and social change organizations, both locally and internationally. Ashleigh started her career in Cape Town, South Africa in 2000 as Project Manager of the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust. Overseeing a staff of 90 employees, Ashleigh led the Trust’s efforts to expand their programs to two additional cities in South Africa. Transitioning to the role of Managing Director and Trustee of the organization, Ashleigh was instrumental in stabilizing the Trust after the passing of one of its founders. Ashleigh then focused her efforts in the area of development as a consultant for the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa’s largest HIV/AIDS advocacy organization, where she established their first Development Department. Ashleigh moved back to Portland in 2007. After serving as a grant writing consultant for multiple local organizations, Ashleigh found a home at De La Salle North Catholic High School. Starting in 2014, Ashleigh served as Manager of Foundation Relations at the school, where she was successful in growing the school’s grant portfolio by 49% and proved an integral member of the school community. She was hired as Director of Development in July of 2016 and promoted to Vice President of Advancement in July of 2017.
Ruth Richard, Vice President of Finance and Operations
Ruth Richard was raised in Wisconsin. Both of her parents were the first in their families to graduate from college and passed on a strong belief in the power of education. This led Ruth to obtain undergraduate degrees in philosophy and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a postgraduate degree in accounting from Portland State University and an MBA from Willamette University. Ruth spent much of her career working in the architecture industry before deciding to pursue her dream of working in the nonprofit world. Ruth enjoys gardening and playing board games with her family. She has been Vice President of Finance and Operations at De La Salle since 2018.