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As the Director of International Projects and Emerging Issues for Migrant Clinicians Network, Deliana Garcia has dedicated more than twenty-five years to the health and wellness needs of migrant and other underserved populations. Throughout her career she has worked in the areas of reproductive health, sexual and intimate partner violence, access to primary care, and infectious disease control and prevention. Ms. Garcia is responsible for the development and expansion of Health Network, an international bridge case management and patient navigation system to make available across international borders the health records of migrants diagnosed with infectious and chronic diseases. She has served as the Principal Investigator or member of the research team for a number of studies addressing topics, such as sexual and intimate partner violence prevention among Latino migrant and immigrant families, trauma in transit for migrants crossing international borders, and emotionally-charged dialogue between patients and health care providers.

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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.

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As the Chief Medical Officer for Migrant Clinicians Network, Dr. Madaras is responsible for the oversight of MCN clinical activities.

Dr. Madaras spent his early childhood in Hungary and Sweden, arriving in the USA in 1968 at the age of seven. After becoming a US Citizen at 14, he graduated in 1979 with honors from the Boston Latin School, and Dartmouth College with a degree in biochemistry in 1983. He worked on a research team that investigated proteins involved in muscular dystrophy at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute.

He served three years in the Peace Corps in Congo (Zaire) as a regional fisheries coordinator, and then as a PC Country Desk Assistant for Ghana/Liberia/Sierra Leone in Washington, DC. He also worked as a pesticide review manager in the EPA in Washington, with several publications in the Federal Register removing chemicals harmful to human health.

Dr. Madaras received his MD and Masters in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1993, and worked in Gabon, West Africa as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow in pediatrics. Later he worked with the American Refugee Committee on the Congo/Rwandan border during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He also worked on the Hungarian border with former Yugoslavia in 1995.

Since 1996, Dr. Madaras has worked in both inpatient and outpatient medicine in Pediatrics, Adult Medicine and Obstetrics in Chambersburg, PA at the Keystone Health Center which included treating mobile agricultural workers. He was the Assistant Medical Director at the Keystone Community Health Center from 2001 to 2005, when he joined the new hospitalist program at Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospitals in south central Pennsylvania where he continues to work now part time. In 2016 he became a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Madaras has worked with MCN's Dr. Zuroweste as a staff physician in Tuberculosis control at the Pennsylvania State Health Department since 2012, and regularly teaches American medical students on an international health rotation in Honduras. Dr. Madaras also teaches hospital medicine to Penn State nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and medical residents at Summit Health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine as well as the Medical Director of Educational Affairs at WellSpan Summit Health

Dr. Madaras is married with two grown children. He enjoys language, travel, scuba diving, and hiking. He has been a nationally ranked age-group triathlete and completed several marathons and a dozen 50-mile ultra marathons.

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Elaine Penn has worked with MCN since August 1993, when she supported the organization as a contractor providing accounting services. Since joining MCN as an employee in 2003, Ms. Penn has functioned as the Chief Financial Officer, working with the staff and board. Ms. Penn works with independent auditors each year who perform an A-133 audit of the entire organization. MCN has a history of audits with no material findings or material instances of noncompliance. Ms. Penn works with program managers to ensure budget requirements for each grant are met. In addition, Ms. Penn serves as the Human Resources Director.

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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.

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Charlotte McCann is a Development and Grant Writing Specialist for MCN. Prior to joining MCN Charlotte led a capital campaign for the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas; worked for The Texas Observer as publisher and development director; and before that for the Human Rights Documentation Exchange/Central America Resource Center as director and research coordinator, documenting country conditions, persecution, and violence against women to support refugee claims for asylum or temporary protection. Charlotte is from New Hampshire and is an almost-naturalized Texan, having gone to grad school at the University of Texas and worked in Austin since then.

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Jillian Hopewell, MPA, MA has devoted her professional career to health care justice for immigrant populations. Since 1995, Ms. Hopewell has worked with Migrant Clinicians Network, the oldest and largest clinical network dedicated to improving health care for underserved migrants. Ms. Hopewell directs MCN's California office, serving as the Director of Education and Professional Development. In this capacity, Ms. Hopewell oversees MCN's comprehensive technical assistance program for migrant and community health centers and migrant clinicians. She also directs MCN's continuing education program for clinicians and coordinates all of MCN's clinical publications. She is the editor-in-chief of Streamline, a quarterly peer-reviewed publication that reaches over four thousand clinicians. Additionally, she is responsible for the development and ongoing management of content for MCN's award-winning website. Ms. Hopewell is an adjunct faculty member of the Communication Arts & Sciences Department at California State University, Chico.

Ms. Hopewell 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. She specialized in the policy implications and development challenges of binational tuberculosis care. Prior to joining MCN, Ms. Hopewell worked extensively in international arenas. She spent a year researching the role of indigenous art in sustainable economic development and the continuance of cultural traditions in Ecuador and Indonesia. She also served as the Country Director in the Dominican Republic for Amigos de las Americas, a youth leadership and community development organization. Prior to this she was a Route Leader for the same organization in Paraguay. Ms. Hopewell is fluent in Spanish. She is married with three children.

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Diana Villegas graduated from Texas State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in Biology. Diana was part of the College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) at Texas State and honored as Exemplary Migrant Student of the Year in 2007. Diana interned with the Bert Corona Leadership Institute for the Experience in Democracy in Washington D.C. She worked with over 450 high school and college students alongside with their parents with migrant background to increase understanding of government and public policy. The participants created an agenda with issues facing their community and got the opportunity to present it in front of their local congressmen and senators. Outside of her work at MCN, Diana enjoys playing volleyball, floating the river and training her new puppy Riley.

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Adrian L. Velasquez is the Manager of the Family Violence Prevention Initiative for Migrant Clinicians Network. This program in focuses particularly on the primary prevention of both sexual and intimate partner violence in the Hispanic migrant community in the United States and building healthy relationships for these families.

Adrian was born in Del Rio, TX. Growing up, Adrian was always involved in social awareness initiatives. During high school and college, Adrian actively led many initiatives; particularly, those dedicated to at-risk youth and local food drives. Adrian attributes his social interests to being a first generation high school and college graduate coming from a migrant family. Adrian graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies.

Adrian began working for the Migrant Clinician Network (MCN) in September of 2009 as a Health Network Associate; addressing the continuity of care needs on a global scale for farmworkers and other mobile populations. He transitioned to Hombres Unidos in 2011 bringing with him many years of experience dealing with diverse populations, cultural competency, and a thorough knowledge of issues pertaining to the migrant population.

Outside the office, Adrian is very active and enjoys playing and coaching competitive volleyball. He is in his second year as the Assistant Director of Austin Elite Volleyball Club.

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Ileana Maria Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH, is Senior Advisor for Scientific and Strategic Planning at MCN and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nicaragua, a Clinical Genetics degree at the University of Chile and a Master in Public Health degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Before joining MCN, Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) for the Division of Scientific Review at the Agency for Health Care Quality Research (AHRQ), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for twelve years. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez contributed to the missions of NIH and AHRQ by delivering high quality peer review of proposals and grant applications to advance science and medical research in complex areas such as drug development, infectious diseases, clinical research, global infectious diseases, opportunistic disease, preventive medicine, bioinformatics, and health services research. At AHRQ, she was the Designated Federal Officer, managing the peer review of the Health Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section for four years ( Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez also served as the AHRQ spokesperson for the Latino community and she was the face for the national Spanish-language campaigns as Tomas las Riendas de Tu Salud and Conoce las Preguntas. In addition, she participated in the AHRQ-sponsored Hispanic Outreach Project by preparing the public access of the health columns for AHRQ’s Spanish-language webpage. Her activities have effectively contributed to AHRQ efforts in improving health care and health awareness of Latinos. As a Public Health Intern at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez worked for the National Latina Health Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and strengthening networks of Latino leaders in public health, and building local and national community health partnerships. She addressed the health concerns affecting Latinos and their families by promoting leadership, advocacy, community health partnerships, and initiatives within the Latino communities, and developed public health policy by promoting improvement to medical care services, research, and evaluation of HIV and AIDS health promotion programs. Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez has extensive community and public health systems experience in Nicaragua, Chile, and the United States. Currently , Dr. Ponce-Gonzalez funded the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CHWCMR) a a passionate group of passionate volunteer dedicated to the promotion, empowerment, leadership, continuing education and integration of CHWs into the health care system to improve the quality of life of migrants, mobile poor and refugees:

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Saul Delgado was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. As a child in Cuba, Mr. Delgado spent his summers with his father, a bus driver for the city of Pinar del Rio; when he was not with his father on the bus, he was helping his grandfather in the tobacco fields. Mr. Delgado also enjoyed playing baseball with his friends. On May 5, 2001, Mr. Delgado’s family decided to move to the United States. They came to Austin, Texas, and found support during the transition from a program called Caritas until they were able to support themselves. When Mr. Delgado attended school in the fall, he would return home crying because he couldn’t understand what was going on since everyone spoke English and he did not. After several months, the school decided to start him on ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. After school ended, Mr. Delgado kept on going to ESL for summer to improve his English skills. Mr. Delgado graduated high school in 2009. After graduating, Mr. Delgado became a Truck Dispatcher for his father’s company before deciding that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, inspired by his mom, who was a nurse in Cuba. In October 2011, Mr. Delgado attended Southern Careers Institute where he graduated as a Medical Assistant. He worked as a Medical Assistant Floater in the Pulmonary, Cardiology, and Nephrology department in Austin Diagnostic Clinic. In April, 2012, Mr. Delgado joined Migrant Clinicians Network as a Health Network Associate. Mr. Delgado enjoys spending his time with his family and friends.

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Erin Sinclair is originally from Modesto, CA and moved to Chico in the summer of 2009 to begin courses for her Masters. She recently graduated with her Masters in Applied Psychology and will begin the School Psychology credential program at UCLA in the Fall of 2011. Within the Migrant Clinician Network she assists Jillian Hopewell, the Director of Education and Professional Development.

Ms. Sinclair has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from California State University Stanislaus. She resides in Chico with her two dogs.

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Elyce Harris is the Executive Administrative Associate at MCN. She is a native Texan, hailing from San Antonio, but her family is military so she traveled a lot as a child. After high school Elyce lived in Mexico City for two years working with a church on a variety of issues including advocating for indigenous population rights, leading eco-tours, and teaching English. When she returned from Mexico she went to community college and received her Associate of Arts in Business Administration. In 2005, Elyce started at Texas Tech University and graduated in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts in both Global Affairs and Spanish. During her time in college she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and Lyon, France. In both of these countries she did more advocacy work for victims of human trafficking, refugees, and handicap rights, as well as disaster relief projects. In May of 2010 she moved to Austin, Texas to work for the Refugee Services of Texas, where she worked as a case manager for refugees and victims of human trafficking. In this capacity she provided direct care services to these groups and worked with lawyers, doctors, Medicaid/Medicare, grants, and many more programs and organizations on a daily basis.

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Matt Riley is a native Texan born in Ft. Worth and raised all over Texas and Oklahoma. He attended Belmont University and received a degree in Commercial Music in 2005. From there, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked for an international media company as their office manager. In 2010, he moved back to Texas, taking up residence in Austin where he began work for a restaurant supply company as their accounts receivable clerk.

Matt enjoys playing guitar, piano, singing, and writing music. He plays with a band in his free time and leads music for First Baptist Taylor on Sunday mornings.

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Sarah Martin joined Migrant Clinicians Network in April of 2012. She currently provides support to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and ensures the Austin office keeps on rolling. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas but enjoys traveling outside the Lone Star State. Latin American Art History was her favorite class before she received her BA in Art from Texas State University. She has traveled to many places in Latin America and appreciates the culture and art alike. She loves anything outside especially gardening, so she can watch her plants grow into something she can cook.

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Bertha Armendáriz, MD works for MCN as the TBNet Program Coordinator for El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM. She also serves as a consultant for MCN’s Immunizations Initiative, helps coordinate pesticide education in the area and directs MCN’s nutrition program for border tuberculosis patients.

Prior to working with MCN, Dr. Armendáriz worked for the Secretaria de Salud as a Staff Physician at a Rural Public Health Center at a Juárez México Border. She also worked for the Secretaria de Salud as Clinical Director of a Family Practice Rural Clinic at a Juárez México Border.

Dr. Armendáriz received her medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Cuidad Juárez, School of Medicine. She completed an Internship at Instituto de Seguridad Social para los Trabajadores del Estado with a fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She currently attends the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua pursing a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration.

Dr. Armendariz was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. She is particular concerned with the spread of infectious diseases and is very committed to helping migrants and other underserved people in the border region.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Dr. Armendariz also plays piano and spends time listening to classical music. She enjoys the outdoors and sports such as basketball, Kung-Fu, and Judo. She teaches self-defense techniques to young women in Juarez.

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Dr. Jennie McLaurin is a Specialist in Bioethics, Child and Migration Health for MCN with 30 years of experience in migrant and community health. She is a board certified pediatrician with a master in public health and in bioethics and has worked at the local, state, and national level. Her career includes work as an outreach worker, physician, clinic medical director, state medical director of migrant health, and federal consultant and program planner on a variety of topics related to health disparities, social determinants of health, child health, rural health, migration health, cultural competency and Patient Centered Medical Homes. She has authored, edited, and reviewed a number of journal publications, books, monographs, and abstracts on migrant and child health care. Teaching experience includes graduate level course development and frequent lectures in university and public settings. Dr. McLaurin worked in North Carolina for most of her clinical career but has lived in Ferndale, WA for the past twelve years and works across the nation with Migrant Clinicians Network and as a HRSA consultant.

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As a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, Gracie became an addition to the Migrant Clinicians Network in January of 2011. She earned a degree in sociology with a minor in Spanish as a means to practice reciprocity. While in college, she worked as an English tutor at Laredo Community College and as a bilingual interviewer at the UNT Survey Research Center. Gracie relocated to Austin soon after graduating and was welcomed into Health Network.

When Gracie is not fulfilling her role as a Health Network Associate, she experiences beauty in reading, creating, and volunteering.

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