Oscar Leong, President
Aiyana Ashley, CWSP Director of Operations
Aiyana was born in Oakland, California and attended a K-8 Catholic school similar to De La Salle North Catholic, a school with caring teachers and high expectation 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.
James Broadous II, Vice Principal for Student Life and Head Men's Basketball Coach
James was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the same neighborhoods as many of our students. Growing up the youngest of three children in an extremely close family, to parents James and Barbara Broadous, he saw from an early age what a kid could accomplish with support, discipline, and love. With that understanding, James dedicated his life to working with children in under-served communities. James joined our De La Salle community in 2012 as our Head Men's Basketball Coach. A year later he joined us full-time serving also as the Director of Admissions. In 2014, he added the role as Director of Athletics and in 2015 James moved from Admissions to our Dean of Students. As basketball coach, James has led our program to four State Championship appearances in six seasons. In 2018 our boys took home the school's first State Championship Title.
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.
Ni’Cole Sims, Director of Admissions
Born and raised in Portland, Ni’Cole attended Marshall High School. Her strong dedication and passion for the field of education was developed while an undergraduate student at Portland State University (PSU) where she earned not just one but four separate bachelor degrees. After completing her advanced degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at PSU, Ni'Cole went on to work in the office of admissions at Washington State University Vancouver as an Admissions Counselor. She later transitioned to Pacific University as the Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions where she led the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training admissions process. To cultivate her dedication and passion for social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Ni’Cole joined Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) as the Regional Achievement Collaborative Coordinator. In this role, she worked across the P-20 education spectrum and built partnerships to improve the educational opportunities, for all learners, across 20 school districts. Most recently, she has been supporting a Department of Education grant— the Opening Doors Project through Portland Community College which increases college and career opportunities for young women at Oak Creek, providing support pre and post release that empowers them to reach their goals. Ni’Cole was hired as the Director of Admissions in May of 2017. She enjoys helping students and their families navigate the admissions process.