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As MCN’s Staff Writer and Editor, Claire Hutkins Seda researches, writes, and edits MCN’s numerous communications from the California office.
Since 2007, Ms. Seda has written and edited for a variety of publications, both in-print and online. Her writing has focused on the environment, social justice, parenting, and healthy living. She has previously worked for non-profits focused on: land conservation, nature education, and research; fair trade certification and labeling; and the prevention and cleanup of groundwater contamination. She holds a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Elisa Chavez became the Continuing Education Assistant for MCN in September 2014. Elisa is currently working on her Masters of Art in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education and Human Services from Pacific Oaks College. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2013 with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology. Elisa currently serves as a Peer Health Associate at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and the Brain Injury Coalition, through AmeriCorp. In her free time, she attends sporting events and concerts.
Kerry Brennan graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish. In her junior year of college, Brennan 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, Brennan returned to Cuenca for 3 weeks with a group of Salisbury University Nursing students to serve as a translator and assistant coordinator for their Winter semester study abroad program. Beginning as an intern at MCN’s Maryland office, Brennan officially joined the team in October 2013 as the Environmental and Occupational Health Program Associate. Brennan also serves as the Secretary of Westside Family Healthcare's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Advisory Council.
In addition to spending five months in Ecuador, Brennan has traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. Outside of her work at MCN, she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a dance studio in Salisbury, MD. An outdoor enthusiast, Brennan enjoys kayaking, camping, and hiking with friends and her German Shepherd, Rust.
Theressa Lyons is the Specialist for HRSA and Cancer Grants for Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), an international network of health care providers serving migrant farmworkers. Ms. Lyons is responsible for the oversight of HRSA and Cancer Grants. She is also responsible for developing other grant opportunities for MCN.
Ms. Lyons has fifteen years experience as a consultant in administration, training and customer service. In her personal life, she is the founder of The Circle of Friends Alzheimer’s Caregivers Respite dedicated to giving respite in a warm and loving environment to those who care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease.
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.
Melissa Figari recently joined MCN as Executive Associate and has now moved to the Financial Associate position in the Austin office. She provides support for a myriad of activities and staff in MCN’s Austin, New York, Maryland, California, and Washington offices. Melissa brings to MCN experience in project management, event planning, market research, and office administration.
A Canadian by birth, Melissa was born in London, Ontario. She began college at the University of Western Ontario, and then she moved to Texas with her family and finished school at Southwest Texas State University. Outside of work, Melissa dedicates most of her energy to her teenage son. She especially enjoys hiking, camping and watersports.
Raven Barai recently joined MCN as Executive Associate in the Austin office. She provides support for a myriad of activities and staff at MCN. Outside of work, Raven dedicates most of her time to her two kids. She especially enjoys cooking, painting, and spending time with her family.
I have been involved in public health since my first year in college, have travelled and worked extensively in Cental America, and have been a green builder for the past 20 years.
Tiffy Daud joined Migrant Clinicians Network in September 2014. She currently works collaboratively with Jillian Hopewell, Director of Education and Professional Development, in the design and development of MCN's educational and media materials.
Tiffy was born and raised in northern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English from University of California, Davis. As an undergraduate, Tiffy did graphic design for UC Davis and NCC Group. In her free time, she likes to read voraciously and video blog.
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