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Martha
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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, and softball.

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Claire
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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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Chela

Chela Vázquez works for the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Chela is the Coordinator and Trainer, Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety Project, UMASH – Schools of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Chela trains Spanish-speaking immigrant workers on dairy farms using a bilingual health and safety training curriculum, Seguridad en Las Lecherías: Health and Safety of Immigrant Dairy Workers, which was developed in Wisconsin and currently it is being implemented in Minnesota. The trainings address health and safety issues on dairy farms, and focus on improving the occupational health and safety of immigrant dairy workers. Prior to taking her role at UMASH, Chela worked with farm workers and rural communities at Centro Campesino in Owatonna, MN, and with Pesticide Action Network in California and Southeast Asia.

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Brenda Michelle

Brenda Michelle Arredondo is the Field Health Network Associate in McAllen, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley and hopes to attend graduate school in the future for counseling. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, their four dogs, being outdoors, and listening to a true crime podcast.

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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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Caitlin A.

Caitlin A. Fish is a Staff Attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.’s Laredo Office, where she practices primarily immigration and family law. As a member of the Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) team at TRLA, Caitlin also handles a variety of civil legal cases for survivors of sexual assault, including employment and education cases. She also engages in community outreach through educational presentations on a variety of legal issues and participation in various community coalitions. Prior to law school she worked for the Wake Forest School of Medicine as a Data Collector and Clinical Studies Coordinator on a variety of projects studying health disparities in rural and underserved communities. As a law student, she worked for several different organizations advocating for immigrant and farmworker rights, including Farmworker Justice and the University of Wisconsin Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic. Caitlin has presented on a variety of issues at the State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Conference, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Annual Conference, Legal Aid for Survivors of Abuse Annual Conference, and Webb County Domestic Violence Coalition Conference. Caitlin also is the Pro Bono and Community Service Chair for the Laredo-Webb County Bar Association and a member of the board for Casa de Misericordia Domestic Violence Shelter. Caitlin received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School with an Employment and Labor Law Concentration. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Wisconsin.

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Myrellis

Myrellis Muñiz-Márquez is Migrant Clinicians Network’s Program Manager in Puerto Rico, where she advocates for health promotion, health equity, and emergency preparedness. In this role, she manages and develops ongoing and new projects that seek to attend to the health needs of the vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico by providing training, resources, and other literacy opportunities. Ms. Muñiz-Márquez has previously worked as a study coordinator and research assistant in disaster health effects related to prenatal maternal stress caused by Hurricane Maria, orofacial malformations, and community risk communication in vector-borne diseases. Through her work with MCN, she aims to improve the quality and access to health services for underserved populations and minorities, with emphasis on gender-based violence victims and the LGBTTQIA+ community, and to help remedy emerging public health issues in the island.

Ms. Muñiz-Márquez was born and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Her passion for social justice was a fundamental lesson from her mother, a primary school math teacher who serves her community now outside of the classroom. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus with a master’s degree in Public Health and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing salsa, hiking in Puerto Rico’s beautiful mountains, and spending time at the beach.

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Nina

Nina Clinton is from and currently lives in Cedar Park, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in Biology, a BA in Hispanic Studies and, most recently, a M.Ed in Counselor Education, as well as a Graduate Portfolio in Integrated Behavioral Health awarded by Dell Medical School. Her broad experiences include work at nonprofit organizations such as Girlstart, in clinical settings, and as a volunteer at the Dell Children’s Medical Center. Additionally,  she has research experience working with the Latino Research Institute and Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at UT Austin. Her career goal is to become a certified Bilingual Counseling Psychologist to provide mental health services for Latinx populations, specifically Latinx transitional aged youth, and to fill the research gap that exists for this vulnerable population. In her free time, Nina is a full time dog mom. She loves to dance, sing, spend time with family and friends, host game nights and eat hot wings.

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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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Sonia
MCN

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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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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