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Amy
MD

Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA has devoted her career to improving the safety and health of disenfranchised populations. Since 1999, she has served as Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at Migrant Clinicians Network, where she has established nationally recognized initiatives to improve the health and safety of immigrant workers and their families. She oversees programs ranging from integrating occupational and environmental medicine into primary care to designing worker safety interventions.

She is a national leader in addressing worker safety and environmental health through the community health worker (CHW) model and is currently testing the CHW model with immigrant dairy workers. Prior to her current position, she directed numerous environmental health and justice projects along the US-Mexico Border including an award-winning, community-based hygiene education program that reached thousands of families living without water and sewerage services.

She has spearheaded policy efforts within the American Public Health Association to support the protection of agricultural workers and serves on the federal advisory committee to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.

Her programs have won several awards including the 2008 EPA Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award and the 2015 National Safety Council Research Collaboration Award. In 2011, Liebman received the Lorin Kerr Award, an APHA/Occupational Health and Safety Section honor recognizing public health professionals for their dedication and sustained efforts to improve the lives of workers. She is a past Chair of APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety.

Liebman has been the principal investigator and project manager of numerous government and privately sponsored projects. She has authored articles, bilingual training manuals and other educational materials dealing with environmental and occupational health and migrants. Liebman has a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Liebman has traveled throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, and Europe. She is an avid soccer fan and loves to spend time with her husband and two sons. Together they spend a lot of time outdoors.

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Marysel

Marysel Pagán Santana, MS, DrPH, serves as Migrant Clinicians Network’s Program Manager in Puerto Rico, where she leads and coordinates MCN’s current climate-related projects and manages MCN’s “Community Mobilization in Emergency Preparedness.” In this role, Dr. Pagán Santana provides technical assistance, training and tool development for community health centers and community residents to address disaster-related issues and target health-related outcomes. She also fosters MCN’s network of organizations working on climate and health initiatives in Puerto Rico. Pagán Santana has extensive experience in providing training to high risk and vulnerable worker populations and conducting community-based projects. She also has more than five years of experience in the private sector as an industrial hygienist. Previous areas of work include development and implementation of occupational and environmental health training, emergency preparedness and business continuity planning programs. Dr. Pagán Santana is active in local government and served as a trustee of the governing board of the University of Puerto Rico. Pagán-Santana has a master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene and a doctorate in Public Health with an emphasis in environmental health from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.

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Alma
MHC

Alma Galván, MHC is a Senior Program Manager with MCN. Bicultural and bilingual, Ms. Galván has dedicated decades of work toward the health needs of border residents in Ciudad Juárez/El Paso, focusing on a wide range of public and environmental health issues including drug prevention, cultural competency, and water and sanitation concerns. She has collaborated with MCN regularly since 1999, including on our community health worker training guides and our popular pesticide comic book Poco Veneno...¿No Mata? Ms. Galván has a Master’s Degree in Health and Communication, and has expertise in community development, technical assistance, and assessment of training programs and curricula. She has been an international leader in the use community health worker/promotores de salud to impact the health of vulnerable populations. She has also devoted her efforts to address the needs of indigenous communities along the border. She comes to MCN from her longtime role as a consultant with the Panamerican Health Organization. A new resident of Maryland, Ms. Galván is thrilled to be closer to many of her nieces and nephews, who primarily live along the East Coast.

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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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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 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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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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Edward

Ed Zuroweste, MD is the Founding Medical Director for Migrant Clinicians Network. He was present for the first official meeting of Migrant Clinicians Network in 1985 and has been consistently involved with the organization since that time.

Dr. Zuroweste began his work with migrants as a partner in a private practice in Chambersburg, PA. He later became the Medical Director of Keystone Health Center, a large Migrant and Community Health Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. While attending to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Zuroweste also maintained a full-time clinical practice in family practice and obstetrics, including full hospital privileges in Pediatrics, Adult Medicine, and Obstetrics.

In addition to his work with MCN, Dr. Zuroweste is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he directs an International Rural Health Elective in Honduras. Dr. Zuroweste is also the staff physician for seven County Health Department tuberculosis clinics, Pennsylvania Department of Health and he currently acts as the Tuberculosis Medical Consultant for the PA Dept. of Health ; a Clinical Consultant for three separate consulting firms; and serves as a Locum Tenem family physician for multiple sites. Dr. Zuroweste has worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) on two separate short term assignments; the first in 2009-2010 as a Special Medical Consultant during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and in 2014 as a Special Medical Consultant with the Ebola Response Team in Guinea and Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Dr. Zuroweste has traveled extensively in Central America, especially Honduras and Guatemala both for teaching and pleasure. He has also traveled to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Zuroweste is married with three children. When not working, Dr. Zuroweste enjoys long distance running, listening to great music, great movies and concerts, working out of doors, and traveling with family and friends to far-off locations.

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Candace

Candace Kugel, FNP, CNM, MS, has over 30 years’ experience in health care for the underserved. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife with extensive expertise in training and technical assistance to under-resourced communities and working to provide health services to farmworkers, immigrant workers and their families, and other underserved populations. She has worked in various clinical settings, including family planning, migrant health, community health centers, and private practice. She currently works as a Clinical Specialist for Migrant Clinicians Network and as a Clinical Consultant for the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care.

Ms. Kugel has extensive experience in the US and internationally with training of community health workers and health education using popular education methodology. She has written and provided continuing education on cultural competency, women’s health access and services in under-resourced settings, and many other topics.

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Karen

Karen Mountain, RN, MSN, MBA has served as the Chief Executive Officer of MCN since 1987. In her capacity as CEO, Ms. Mountain has translated her extensive experience in health care delivery, business, and research into the development of broader national primary care policy and innovative clinical solutions . Under Ms. Mountain’s direction, MCN has grown into a major international presence.

Ms. Mountain received her Masters in Clinical Nursing Practice and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. At UT Austin, Ms. Mountain received numerous awards including the Most Outstanding Student from the School of Nursing.

Ms. Mountain has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program Rural Health Initiative Project, the Primary Care Fellowship Society, and the National Rural Health Association. Ms. Mountain has had faculty positions at the School of Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University.

Prior to her work with MCN, Ms. Mountain served as a catalyst for state level health policy development as the Project Director for the Texas Office of Rural Health. Ms. Mountain’s participation in public policy decision making and primary care initiatives, includes work with both national- and state- based organizations. Beyond her pivotal role at MCN, Ms. Mountain is a published author and coveted presenter. Ms. Mountain has worked from the North Slope of Alaska to Thailand setting up primary care service delivery models for vulnerable populations and as a medical officer for National Geographic.

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Nestor

Nestor Reyes is originally from Dallas, TX. He attended Bethel College in North Newton, KS on a soccer scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After a short career in banking and finance in Kansas, he moved to Austin, TX in early 2018, after which he began his work with MCN. When he’s not working, Mr. Reyes enjoys playing soccer, exercising, listening to and discovering new music, exploring Austin, and spending time with friends.

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Giovanni

Giovanni Lopez-Quezada graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Communication Design and a passion for work that improves the lives of others. As the graphics and communications designer for MCN, Mr. Lopez-Quezada seeks to both enhance people’s understanding of the issues facing the mobile poor as well as encourage participation in the programs and organizations that take on these issues. Living in Chico, he enjoys hiking and bike riding in his free time.

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Mariah

Mariah Hennen is the Outreach Paralegal with Legal Action of Wisconsin's Farmworker Project. As the Outreach Paralegal at the Farmworker Project, Mariah performs extensive outreach to agricultural workers throughout the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Mariah develops legal education materials, conducts community presentations, and supports Farmworker Project attorneys in case management and litigation. Mariah has previous experience working with farmworkers in Michigan, and has in-depth knowledge on a variety of issues and concerns farmworkers may have, including the H2A guestworker program and labor trafficking issues. Mariah has given presentations at the Midwest Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health, CORT Migrant Farmworker Law Training, and the Central Michigan University Human Rights Conference.

Mariah graduated from Kalamazoo College with degrees in Anthropology and International and Area Studies, specializing in Latin America. Mariah has lived and done research in Oaxaca, Mexico and is passionate about the intersections of food justice and immigration justice. Mariah firmly believes in the importance of working with migrants on initiatives that support their communities. Mariah is fluent in Spanish. When not working, Mariah enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. Mariah is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Alma

Alma Colmenero moved from Dallas, TX to Austin in 2008 to pursuit her education at The University of Texas at Austin and she graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. During her sophomore year she started a sorority on campus to provide support for her fellow students and to give back. When she's not working she likes to listen to music, shop and hang out with her friends and family.

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