Martha Alvarado was born and raised in Northern California to migrant parents. She attended junior college at Mendocino College then transferred to CSU Chico in 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology in 2009. She is an admitted Star Trek aficionado who also enjoys tennis, softball, and playing with her 11 year old miniature Dachshund, Mandy.
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.
As MCN’s Staff Writer and Editor, Claire Hutkins Seda researches and writes for MCN’s numerous communications. Since joining MCN in 2014, Ms. Seda has been providing MCN’s staff with editing and writing feedback 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.
Theressa Lyons is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator 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 twenty years experience as a consultant in administration, training and customer service. In her personal life, she is the founder and Co-director of The Circle of Friends Alzheimer’s Caregivers Respite Care dedicated to giving respite to those who care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease.
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 an AmeriCorps member as a Peer Health Associate at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and the Brain Injury Coalition. In her free time, she attends sporting events and concerts.
Alma was born in San Luiz de La Paz, Guanajuato, MX, where she spent the first 10 years of her life enjoying being in El Rancho with her grandparents and extended familia. In the summer of 2000, Alma's parents decided to bring her and her sisters to the United States to obtain a better education. They moved to Dallas, TX, where Alma finished high school. Soon after, Alma moved to Austin, TX where she obtained her BBA in Marketing from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. While in college, Alma started a sorority called Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority Inc. or Senoritas Latinas Helping others. Some of her hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and watching movies. Recently, Alma got two pit-bulls, Dallas and Bevo.
Paul was born and raised in northeast Ohio. After living in Brazil as an exchange student, he joined the navy. When his fours year contract was over, Paul moved to Texas. While in Texas, he graduated from UT Austin with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Brazilian Portuguese. Outside of MCN, Paul runs obstacle course races and enjoys long rides on his bike.
Elodie was born in Mexico and grew up in Houston, TX. She moved to Austin five years ago. Elodie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. During her last semester at UT Austin, she interned at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. As a social work intern, Elodie provided safety planning, crisis intervention and court accompaniment to victims and survivors of domestic violence. In addition to working at MCN, Elodie is secretary of the South Austin Rotary Club and volunteers as a Spanish classroom coach with Austin Partners in Education. In her free time, Elodie likes to run, practice yoga, and enjoy anything outdoors with her daughter.
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.
Homero was born in the Texas Panhandle and moved to Austin when he was 4 years old. He grew up in the Austin area and eventually made the controversial decision to not go to UT and instead attended Texas A&M in College Station. There, Homero received a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from a university in the U.S. (and a Tier 1 university to boot!). Homero was drawn to the opportunity to work for a nonprofit dedicated to a cause very personally near to him. In his free time, he hangs out with his dog, plays soccer, and spends time on the ranch he was raised on.