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 in 2012 from Salisbury University in Maryland 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. Kerry's work at MCN is focused on worker health and safety and environmental justice for migrant and immigrant populations. Kerry has presented nationally on MCN's environmental and occupational health programs and has published an article examining farmworkers' role in advocating for a strengthened Worker Protection Standard.
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's passion lies in dance- she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a dance studio in Salisbury, MD. Kerry also enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking and going hiking with her German Shepherd.
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.
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.
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. Ms. Seda has written and edited for a variety of publications, both in-print and online. Her writing has focused on the environment and social justice. 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.
Jessica Harrington graduated from CSU, 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. Jessica has a strong passion for social justice issues and being an advocate for those whose voices often go unheard. In her free time, Jessica 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. Ricardo 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 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. Rob has spent the last 8 years teaching ESL in the US and abroad. He has also worked to fight for construction/farmworker rights. In addition to working at MCN, Rob is a private language instructor and does freelance translations in French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. In his free time, Rob 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.
Andrew was born and raised in Germany and came to the United States about 25 years ago. Andrea graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor Degree in Science. Her loves are all things science, dog training, and photography.
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 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.