Martha Alvarado was born and raised in Northern California to migrant parents. She attended junior college at Mendocino College then transferred to California State University, Chico in 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology in 2009 and is an admitted Star Trek aficionado. In her spare time, Martha enjoys playing tennis, softball, and relaxing with her 11 year old miniature Dachshund, Mandy.
Since joining MCN in 2014, Claire Hutkins Seda has been writing and editing for MCN’s numerous communications and publications from the California office. Ms. Seda has written and edited for a variety of publications, both in-print and online. Her writing has focused on climate change, the environment, local food production and gardening, and social justice. She has previously worked for nonprofits 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. Outside of MCN, Ms. Seda is a writer and an active community organizer around issues of climate change and environmental justice. She spends her spare time hiking the wild lands of Northern California with her partner and daughter.
Kerry Brennan grew up in Bel Air, Maryland. She attended Salisbury University in Maryland and graduated 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, Ms. Brennan interned at MCN’s Maryland office and in October of 2013, officially joined the Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) team.
Ms. Brennan’s work at MCN is focused on worker health and safety and environmental justice for migrant and immigrant populations. MCN’s Maryland office also works to integrate EOH into primary care through health center partnerships, clinician training, technical assistance, and resource distribution. Ms. Brennan has presented nationally on MCN's environmental and occupational health programs and has published an article examining farmworkers' roles in advocating for a strengthened Worker Protection Standard.
In addition to spending five months in Ecuador, Ms. Brennan has traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. Outside of her work at MCN, Ms. Brennan’s passion lies in dance -- she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a dance studio in Salisbury, MD. Ms. Brennan also enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and going hiking with her German Shepherd, Rust.
Theressa Lyons is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN). 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.
Wilson Augustave was born into a Haitian immigrant family in Nassau, Bahamas. Due to increasing deportation activities and violence against Haitians, his family migrated to a farmworker community on the local island of Abaco, Bahamas. There they harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, and sugar cane. The family migrated to South Florida in 1981. Due to not having marketable skills, his family joined the Eastern migrant circuit. Along with his family, Mr. Augustave harvested oranges and watermelon in Florida, peaches and watermelon in Georgia, watermelons in Missouri, and autumn apples in Upstate New York, after which the family returned home to Avon Park, Florida. In 1992, Mr. Augustave found a position outside of farmwork with the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he hoped to make a positive impact in the lives of farmworkers. He became a strong advocate for all farmworkers, including the Haitian, African American, and Jamaican communities. Through his decades of service with Migrant Health Care and Federally Qualified Health Centers, he was blessed by his peers and the farmworkers. He has proudly served on local and national boards, participating as an active voice on cultural awareness, barriers to care, working conditions, and best practices to address the needs of our nation’s farmworkers. Mr. Augustave is currently a small business owner/employer, certified HIV/AIDS and STD counselor, pesticide trainer, substance abuse educator, former cultural diversity apprentice, and case manager. He is currently performing health outreach and case management to migrant workers and low income community members in the Finger Lakes region.
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Corey Johnson develops graphics for MCN’s communications and outreach materials from the California office. He’s a graduate of California State University, Chico in Communication Design. After several years of successful design work at local businesses, Mr. Johnson joined MCN to lend his talents to the social justice movement. In his spare time, Mr. Johnson loves photography and getting outdoors.
Corey Erb is originally from Bloomington, Illinois. He has lived in Miami, Chicago and Austin. Corey graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in journalism and economics. He lives in Austin with his wife, who is a therapist with the juvenile probation department.
Jessica Harrington graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in Communication Studies (emphasis in Public Affairs) and a minor in English Studies. She has been a volunteer since she was 15 years old and has worked with many underserved populations. Ms. Harrington has a strong passion for social justice issues and being an advocate for those whose voices often go unheard. In her free time, Ms. Harrington enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and live music.
As Manager of MCN’s Health Network (HN), Ricardo Garay coordinates and presents on issues relating to continuity of care for mobile patients. This includes regular training, evaluation, and supervision of Health Network Associates along with the implementation of continuous improvement efforts with multiple stakeholders. During his years at MCN he has worked with different public health departments and other clinical agencies to promote health care justice around the world. Mr. Garay has been certified as a Community Health Worker Trainer by the state of Texas, serves as a translator for different legal agencies in Texas, and has served as treasurer on the board of Cooperation Texas. He has also been a presenter at the Migrant Stream Forums, World TB Day, Texas TB Controllers Meetings and many others. Mr. Garay has presented and facilitated training sessions on issues such as the Patient Centered Medical Home, Bridge Case Management on a Global Scale, Cultural Competency and Family Violence among others.
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.
Rob Corona was born and raised in El Paso, TX, and he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics. Mr. Corona has spent the last eight years teaching ESL in the US and abroad. He has also worked to fight for construction/farmworker rights. In addition to working at MCN, Mr. Corona is a private language instructor and does freelance translations in French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. In his free time, Mr. Corona likes to travel, ride his motorcycle, practice yoga, draw, cook, read, watch movies, and enjoy the outdoors.
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.
Andrea Straw was born and raised in Germany and came to the United States about 25 years ago. Ms. Straw graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Her loves are all things science, dog training, and photography.
Alma Colmenero was born in San Luiz de La Paz, Guanajuato, MX, where she spent the first ten years of her life enjoying being in El Rancho with her grandparents and extended family. In the summer of 2000, Ms. Colmenero’s parents decided to bring her and her sisters to the United States to obtain a better education. They moved to Dallas, TX, where Ms. Colmenero finished high school. Soon after, Ms. Colmenero moved to Austin, TX where she obtained her BA in Marketing from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. While in college, Ms. Colmenero 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, Ms. Colmenero got two pit bulls, Dallas and Bevo.
Paul Baylor 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, Mr. Baylor 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, Mr. Baylor 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 vice president of the South Austin Rotary Club and volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. In her free time, Elodie likes to run, practice yoga, and enjoy anything outdoors with her daughter.