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Keslie Box is the Executive Administrative Associate at MCN. Originally from New Braunfels, Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a BA in Anthropology and a heavy focus in social justice and Latin American Studies. During her time at the university, she spent a semester abroad at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz and later taught English in Sahauyo, Michoacán, Mexico.
For the past two years, she worked in New Orleans for an international anti-poverty organization, All Together in Dignity Fourth World Movement. As a Program Director, she coordinated several programs rooted in education, artistic expression, environmental and racial justice, and community participation. She worked extensively with children, young people, and community members to create and maintain community gardening spaces and ground-to-table cooking and healthy living alternatives. Currently she is attending herbal medicine school in Austin and is very committed to holistic health, social and environmental justice, and alternative education.
Joanna Herrera became the Continuing Education Assistant for MCN in July 2013. Joanna has a background in Spanish, Literature, and Women’s Studies. She was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the US when she was three. From Los Angeles, she moved to Long Beach to pursue a BA in Journalism and Political Science. During her stay at Cal State Long Beach, she interned at UNITE HERE Local 11, working on the “Living Wage” campaign, advocating for immigrant labor rights. Continuing her goal of working in academia, she worked at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, coordinating efforts between the Project Management Team and the IT departments. Pursuing her Latin roots and passion for writing, Joanna moved to Peru for one year documenting the lives of the women in her family. She is currently finishing her BA at Chico State in Multicultural Women’s Studies. In her free time, she journals, writes screenplays, and gardens on her farm.
Kerry Brennan graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish. As part of her Spanish degree, she spent a semester abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador where she lived with a host family and studied Spanish and environmental issues of the Andes. After graduation, Kerry interned at MCN’s Maryland office and in October of 2013, officially joined the team as an Environmental and Occupational Health Program Associate.
In addition to spending five months in Ecuador, Kerry has traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. Outside of her work at MCN, Kerry teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a dance studio in Salisbury, MD.
Adrian L. Velasquez is the Manager of the Family Violence Prevention Initiative for Migrant Clinicians Network. This program in focuses particularly on the primary prevention of both sexual and intimate partner violence in the Hispanic migrant community in the United States and building healthy relationships for these families.
Adrian was born in Del Rio, TX. Growing up, Adrian was always involved in social awareness initiatives. During high school and college, Adrian actively led many initiatives; particularly, those dedicated to at-risk youth and local food drives. Adrian attributes his social interests to being a first generation high school and college graduate coming from a migrant family. Adrian graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies.
Adrian began working for the Migrant Clinician Network (MCN) in September of 2009 as a Health Network Associate; addressing the continuity of care needs on a global scale for farmworkers and other mobile populations. He transitioned to Hombres Unidos in 2011 bringing with him many years of experience dealing with diverse populations, cultural competency, and a thorough knowledge of issues pertaining to the migrant population.
Outside the office, Adrian is very active and enjoys playing and coaching competitive volleyball. He is in his second year as the Assistant Director of Austin Elite Volleyball Club.
Ricardo Garay began working for the Migrant Clinicians Network in February of 2009. He is currently responsible for the management of Health Network. Health Network is designed to provide patient navigation to mobile patients inside the U.S and around the world. Up to this point, the program has worked with patients from over 70 countries. Once a patient is enrolled, Health Network will manage continuity of care for a range of chronic health conditions.
Ricardo was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His mother managed a pharmacy called FarMax and his dad worked for a pharmaceutical company; Growing up in Honduras enabled Ricardo to be exposed to a wide range of circumstances relating to inequality and access to health care. This environment also provided him with the foundation for his interest in public health and other social justice issues. This backdrop still continues to play an active role when it relates to his job at the Migrant Clinicians Network.
His previous experience includes working at FarMax, managing a call center at Admissions Office at Abilene Christian University, and managing Educational accounts for Apple Inc. As Health Network manager Ricardo has presented at all annual Migrant Stream Forums, provided Promotora training for the Livestrong Foundation, and facilitated international agreements of cooperation with various countries in Latin America among many others. His goal remains to grow the program and serve as bridge for the migrant patients around the world.
Ricardo also serves as a board member for Cooperation Texas, an Austin based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives and volunteers at a number of other organizations in Austin. As Austin grows, so does his interest in social disparities and other determinants. “My job at MCN has provided me with a beautiful and unique opportunity to address equality through healthcare justice. Working with patients from around the world has enabled me to see a world that is not only diverse but also multi-dimensional and incredibly dynamic”. Outside of work, Ricardo enjoys cycling and kayaking. His other interests include: live music, Latin American literature and indie cinema.