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Sonia
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Sonia Alvarado is a recent graduate from CSU Chico, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Biology with an option in Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology (yes, it’s quite a mouthful) in May of 2019. While attending university, Ms. Alvarado worked as an assistant in the Banet Lab, providing care to juvenile salmon as part of a project detailing the effects water temperature has on their development. She also had the opportunity to take a marine biology course in Costa Rica, where she swam with bioluminescent plankton and trekked through the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Ms. Alvarado has been with MCN for a little over a year, helping to keep the data systems in working order. Coming from migrant grandparents, she appreciates the opportunity to be a part of an organization that does such important work in health justice.

Outside of MCN, Ms. Alvarado hopes to go into conservation with the goal of preserving some of the earth’s most vulnerable and misunderstood animals, and the environments they call home. Like any good field biologist, she prefers to spend her free time hunting for insects to add to her growing collection and enjoying some of Chico’s more splendid views.

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Katherine
MCN

Kate Kruse was born in Kentucky and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 2018, she graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in Spanish language and a minor in Latin American Studies. Through her work with MCN, Ms. Kruse hopes to improve the lives of vulnerable communities as well as raise awareness of these populations to those in her community. In her free time, Ms. Kruse enjoys painting, playing music, and spending time outdoors.

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Martha
MCN

Martha Alvarado was born and raised in Northern California to migrant parents. She attended junior college at Mendocino College, after which transferred to California State University, Chico. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology in 2009. Ms. Alvarado is an admitted Star Trek aficionado. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, softball, and relaxing with her miniature Dachshund, Mandy.

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Alejandra

Alejandra Lemus was born in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico. Her family lived a transnational life between El Paso and Juarez until she was seven years old and her family permanently settled in El Paso. She lives in San Marcos, Texas, and is completing her Master's degree in sociology at Texas State University. She also works as a graduate assistant for the Director of the Latina/o Studies minor at Texas State University. She will soon be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attain her Ph.D. in the University of New Mexico's sociology department. Her interests are centered on immigration, education, medical sociology, and health inequalities. Specifically, her Master's thesis examines the differences in access to health information needed, satisfaction of care, and utilization of care between those whose primary language is English and those whose primary language is not English. Her previous experience working at MCN and personal experiences sparked her academic interests to serve to protect and improve the health of migrants, those who are not fluent English speakers and other underserved, vulnerable populations. In her free time, she likes to cook, practice yoga, go hiking, and listen to music.

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Claire
MCN

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 natural world, 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.

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Theressa

Theressa Lyons-Clampitt is the Training and Technical Assistance Senior Program Manager for Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN). Ms. Lyons-Clampitt is responsible for the oversight of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Cancer grants. She serves as Liaison to the MCN Institutional Review Board and is also responsible for developing other grant opportunities for MCN.

Ms. Lyons-Clampitt 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.

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Verónica
MCN

Verónica Torres Gonzalez is MCN’s Bilingual Project Coordinator. She is coordinating our Puerto Rico-based program, "Community Mobilization in Emergency Preparedness" and supporting the Puerto Rico office in reaching local partners and increasing its impact.
Born in La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico, Verónica graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and holds a Bachelor's in Social Sciences with a focus on Labor Relations. She wants to pursue graduate studies that allow her to work on providing assistance and guidance to health care settings focusing on vulnerable populations. Her passion for justice in health came from her volunteer work and extracurricular activities with MEDLIFE, a nonprofit organization, providing medical supplies, education, and development to low-income communities on the island and throughout Latin America. In her free time, she likes to play with her dog, Brownie, and travel.

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Jessica
MCN

Jessica Calderón was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico where she resided until the age of 12 when she moved to Austin, Texas with her family. At a young age, Calderón proved that even with her limited English proficiency, she was motivated to succeed. As an undergraduate student, Calderón distinguished herself with outstanding technical and interpersonal skills. Coursework for her degree in psychology included work on cultural competence, mental illness, and human relations. Calderón’s passion in psychology led to a solid foundation in the understanding of human relationships, which created an intense drive to learn more about how to help preteens, teens, and adults navigate complex emotions, low self-esteem, and the difficult things that life can present.

Calderón had the opportunity to work as an intern with Migrant Clinicians Network in the spring of 2019. During her internship, she worked with Roxana Pineda at Ventanilla de Salud at the Mexican Consulate providing local Mexican citizens and other Latinos with health resources, and attending networking meetings with other local organizations interested in educating and informing about disease prevention.

Under the direction of Nelly Salgado de Snyder, MA, DSW, and in collaboration with other interns, Calderón conducted and developed a study to explore the barriers and facilitators to vaccination as reported by adult Mexican-origin males.

In 2019, Calderón graduated from Texas State University, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish Literature. She was part of Sigma Delta Pi, a National Honor Society, and served the organization during her last semester as vice president. Calderón volunteered with organizations like the National Kidney Foundation, Central Texas Food Bank, and Austin Police Operation Blue Santa because she knows the impact that organizations like those have in the community.

After graduation, Calderón was invited to return as a staff member to MCN, to continue her work to support her community by utilizing and expanding her skill set and drawing on the curiosity and passion that brought her to MCN in the first place.

Currently, Calderón supports MCN’s department of International Projects and Emerging Issues, which is providing her with the opportunity to learn and practice new skills that she wants to use to help the community. Calderón is also pursuing her Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) program prerequisites and planning to apply to this program at the end of 2020. Through the Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP), she plans to provide primary psychiatric-mental health care at an advanced level to individuals of all ages and their families.

Calderón seeks to specialize in working with client populations who have a history of trauma, abuse, attachment interruption, and family problems of origin. She believes that through meaningful work alongside patients, they can work to overcome or manage trauma and gain significant improvements in health, self-esteem, relationships, and general quality of life.

Besides work and school, Calderón is passionate about any activity that allows her to connect with nature: from kayaking to mountain hiking. As demonstrated by her two consecutive participations in the Austin Half Marathon, Calderón loves challenges and is always ready to get out of the comfort zone. She also likes to travel, art, music, books, and spending quality time with friends & family.

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Edith

Edith Rodríguez was born and raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In 2013, Ms. Rodríguez came to the United States with her parents following “the American Dream,” settling in Miami, Florida. After a semester studying English as a second language in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Rodríguez returned to Florida to support her family financially. In 2017, Ms. Rodríguez’s father and uncle relocated to Salisbury, Maryland for work opportunities, and Ms. Rodríguez followed with her mother a year later. At her job as Administrative Assistant in the Salisbury office, Ms. Rodríguez can utilize her interest in the immigration experience and fluency in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

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Ashley-Michelle

Originally from a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, Ashley-Michelle Papon has made her home in California since 2009. In that time, she has been afforded numerous opportunities to passionately advocate for justice in health care spaces, particularly in accessibility, equity, and parity. Since adopting Chico as her hometown, she has had the privilege of working with several incredible local nonprofit organizations, including Safe Space Winter Shelter, Stonewall Alliance Center, and Northern Valley Indian Health. Previously, Ashley-Michelle had the honor of working with Debate Kansas City, the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Better Beginnings for Babies, and Improving Birth. In addition to her position as a Project Coordinator with MCN, Ashley-Michelle is also a member of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Speaker’s Bureau, a contributing blogger to the identity-issue examination site Adios Barbie, the media liaison for After Silence, a peer mentor for The Center: A Place for Hope, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a certified doula. She loves a good debate, having earned the distinction of being the first woman to earn triple gold awards at the Phi Rho Pi National Debate Tournament. It is also where she met her husband, Barrick, with whom she has been happily arguing for 15 years. Together, they are raising three children, two cats, two dogs, and a menagerie of chickens. Ashley-Michelle’s other interests include online gaming, reading tarot cards, shopping on Poshmark, and writing. With a strong command of the written word, an immutable desire to be part of the change worth believing in, and a razor-sharp wit, she has been an indefatigable voice working to advance the interests of marginalized folks.

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Nahiely “Pinky”

Nahiely “Pinky” Garcia graduated from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Mexican-American Studies. She served as her Graduation’s Class “Bell Ringer” in 2017, an honor given to graduating students who have been actively involved in student-life initiatives, demonstrated academic excellence, and embody the honor code. Nahiely, better known as “Pinky” by her community and friends, has always been involved in extracurricular activities in and out of school because she enjoys helping. Nahiely Pinky is a Dreamer, victim and immigrant advocate, who seeks daily growth on knowledge and spirituality. In 2016, she was bestowed the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award and received a nomination for the “RGV Citizen of the Year Award” in 2017 for her volunteer and community activism and service. Nahiely Pinky is the founder of the community-based organization, Strides For Fany / Ascensos Por Fany, which she launched in 2014 in honor of her sister and baby nephew whom she lost due to a homicide. She aspires to do more for her community and is excited to now be part of MCN as a Health Network Associate in the McAllen, Texas office.

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Marcy

A native Texan and a proud daughter of two Mexican parents, Marcy grew up speaking and reading Spanish. She fell in love with the language and culture, and always enjoyed visiting her relatives in Mexico. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Ethnic Studies, and in 2011 she graduated with a Master’s degree in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.

During her two years in graduate school, she was a Teaching Assistant where she found joy teaching students. Upon graduating in 2011 with an MA, she received her teacher certification through Texas Teaching Fellows. She was a Dual Language (Spanish/English) teacher for eight years at an elementary school. She taught various grade levels and loved every one! Marcy enjoyed seeing her students’ academic growth and taught all subjects. She shared her love of math and Spanish with her students. She misses her students dearly and feels privileged to have taught them.

Marcy was inspired to seek a new career challenge, wishing to apply her skills, love of mathematics, and experience in a different capacity while still making a difference. She read more about MCN and connected with the organization and their goal. She is now the Financial and Executive Associate, where she is responsible for all finances and works directly with the CFO. Additionally, she works integrally with the leadership team to maximize the effectiveness and timely implementation of all executive duties, increase the efficiency of the CEO through planning and day-to-day project management, and assure excellence in all aspects of corporate performance. In her free time, Marcy enjoys traveling with her significant other, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Joshi

Joshi Marth Covarrubias moved from Santa Rita in Jalisco, Mexico to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his mother and younger as a child. His experiences as a community advocate for the local Spanish-speaking community, including assistance in finding health services and gaining legal status, spurred his interest in working for MCN. He graduated from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college.He is also an Army veteran. Covarrubias recently moved to Austin with a goal of attending graduate school at Texas State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, boxing, and making art.

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Norma
MCN

Norma Gonzalez, LMT is a Health Network Associate. Born in Sonora, Mexico, Ms. Gonzalez migrated to the US in 2001 with her family to San Luis, Arizona. Her father had worked in the fields most of his life. As a migrant farmworker in the US, he spent November through March in Arizona, and the rest of the year working in fields in California. Ms. Gonzalez graduated from Arizona Western College in 2013 with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science as a massage therapist. She worked as a licensed massage therapist from 2011 to 2014. She then worked as a physical therapy technician for four years. In 2018, after getting married, she decided to move to Austin, Texas with her family. Her hobbies include painting and shopping.

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Candra
MCN

Candra Wolcott is a native Texan, born in San Benito and raised in Austin. After five years working for the Travis County Auditor’s office, Ms. Wolcott enrolled at the Texas State University, where she now studies toward a degree in Microbiology. In 2017, Ms. Wolcott joined MCN as a Financial Associate. In 2018, she was promoted to Office Manager for the Austin office. Upon graduation, Ms. Wolcott plans to focus on homeopathic medicine for life-threatening illnesses with a strong emphasis on cancer. When she is not at work or school, Ms. Wolcott enjoys traveling, playing with her baby twin nieces, and spending time outdoors adding to her ever-growing rock collection.

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