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Martha

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 12-year-old miniature Dachshund, Mandy.

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Jessica

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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Jessica
MPA

Jessica Candela, MPA, joined Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) in 2019 as the Project Coordinator for Development and Communication. She is passionate about MCN’s work to be a force for health justice.

Candela’s educational and professional background centers on advocacy, health, program development, and public policy. Some of her previous work includes: advising undergraduate criminal justice students, coordinating recreational day camps for youth, developing county-wide projects serving foster and homeless students, and implementing a higher education voter registration & education program.

Candela holds a Master of Public Administration: Health Administration degree with Distinction from California State University, Chico. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSU, Chico in Political Science and Multicultural/Gender Studies with a minor in Sociology.

In her spare time, Candela enjoys frequenting coffee shops, dance fitness classes, farmers’ markets, and parks. She is grateful to call Northern California home.

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Claire

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 environment, 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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Candra

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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Katherine

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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Robert

Robert Corona graduated from UT Austin in 2010 with a degree in Linguistics and came to MCN in 2016 after having traveled the world and gaining invaluable insight into the plights of underserved populations in several other countries. He works with Health Network to ensure that patients have a continuity of health services wherever they go. Mr. Corona speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese, and is currently learning Nahuatl. He uses his linguistic background to contact patients all over the world, and specializes in managing cases as far away as the Philippines. In his free time, he works as a freelance photographer and is involved with the Latino/Indigenous community in various ways.

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Luisa
MPH

Luisa Roxana Pineda was born in Veracruz, Mexico. She graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and has a Master´s Degree of Public Health with a specialty in Community Nutrition from Autonoma de Nuevo Leon University. In her free time, enjoys shopping, restoring wood furniture, painting ceramics and going to the cinema or to concerts with her husband.

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Andrea

Andrea Custode joined MCN in August 2017, shortly after moving to Austin from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the executive assistant to Elaine Penn, Chief Financial Officer, and also provides executive support to both Karen Mountain, MBA, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Office, and Deliana Garcia, MA, Director, International Projects and Emerging Issues. Ms. Custode also works with program managers to ensure budget requirements for each grant are met. When she's not working she likes to attend sporting events and concerts, watch movies, travel, spend time with her dog, Kaizer, and family, or spend time finding new fun things to do around Austin.

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Juliana
MD

Juliana Simmons, MSPH, CHES, is thrilled to be serving as a Program Manager at MCN. Since joining MCN in 2014, Ms. Simmons has enjoyed coordinating various grant-funded programs focused on environmental health and worker health and safety. Most notably, she completed a NIOSH-funded research project exploring barriers to addressing occupational health in primary care. She currently plays a vital role on the Protecting Children When Parents Work project with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, as well as on MCN’s Susan Harwood Training Grant, supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ms. Simmons has had the opportunity to represent MCN at various national conferences and webinars to raise awareness about the importance of environmental and occupational health in the context of improving health outcomes for mobile populations.

Ms. Simmons first became interested in migrant health during her undergraduate career at Salisbury University, when she had the opportunity to serve as an intern with MCN. After graduation, she moved to Baltimore to pursue a Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in health communication and health education. During her time in graduate school, Ms. Simmons enjoyed working as a childhood safety educator and a domestic violence advocate, where she was able to hone her interests in injury and violence prevention. Ms. Simmons is a certified health education specialist and is also certified in public health.

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Douglas D.

Douglas D. Bradham, DrPH, MA, MPH, is a health economist with considerable experience designing, conducting, and managing comparative effectiveness analyses and outcome studies using retrospective observational cohorts in large claims databases, and in randomized clinical trials. In an applied research career, he has guided numerous projects for state- and county-level agencies, and VA facility or national quality improvement initiatives, documenting the economic impact of interventions in 88+ publications.

Dr. Bradham has served on AHRQ, CDC and VA Study Sections and Special Review Panels, served as journal co-editor, managing editor, or special topic reviewer, and trained medical and public health practitioners in cost-benefit analyses, comparative effectiveness, and program or practice evaluations. Formerly the Kansas Health Foundation Endowed Professor in Public Health Economics, and the Principal Health Economist at the American Institutes for Research, Dr. Bradham is also a Governor-appointed member on past legislative committees for: Health Policy, Elderly Medicaid, Children’s Environmental Health, and Health Information Network Committees.

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Corey

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.

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Elisa

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.

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Raven
TX

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.

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