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Alma
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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