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Theressa

Theressa Lyons is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN). Ms. Lyons is responsible for the oversight of HRSA and Cancer Grants. She is also responsible for developing other grant opportunities for MCN.

Ms. Lyons 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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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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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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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 occupational 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, Ms. 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 and is now representing the section on APHA’s Governing Council.

Ms. 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. Ms. 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.

Ms. Liebman has traveled throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, and Europe. She loves to spend time with her husband and two children, ages 18 and 15. Together they spend a lot of time outdoors.

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Deliana

As the Director of International Projects, Research, and Development 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
MD

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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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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Laszlo

Laszlo Madaras, MD is the Co-Chief Medical Officer for MCN. Dr. Madaras is responsible for the oversight of MCN clinical activities starting in 2017.

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.

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

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

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

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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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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Jillian

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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