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Alma Galván's picture
Alma
MHC

Alma Galván, MHC is Senior Program Manager with MCN. Bicultural and bilingual, 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?" 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 came to MCN from her longtime role as a consultant with the Panamerican Health Organization. In her free time, Galván spends time with family, as her move to the East Coast brought her closer to many of her nieces and nephews.

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Esther

Esther Rojas is a Program Associate with Migrant Clinicians Network. Rojas was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Salisbury, Maryland where her parents established a Spanish-language ministry. During high school, Rojas became an ally and advocate for the Maryland DREAM Act which led to her pursuing a career in health care to help those in her community. Rojas worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Technician before continuing her education at Salisbury University. In December 2021, Rojas will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an interest in Community-Based Participatory Research from Salisbury University. In her free time, Rojas enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her partner and their dog.

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Enedelia

Enedelia Basurto (she/her) is a Health Network Associate. She is also Medical Assistant who enjoys helping her community. Basurto has previously traveled between states as a migrant worker. In her free time, she spends time with family and loves going to the movies.

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Dina

Dina Ester González (she/her) was born and raised in Diriamba, Nicaragua. At twelve years of age, her family moved to San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras. There, she married a pastor with whom she has formed a beautiful family. They have had the opportunity to work as pastors and missionaries in different parts of Honduras, Mexico and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. With Safe Americorps under the Telamon corporation, González trained agricultural workers on protection from pesticides and heat stress on farms in Maryland and Delaware. She then worked for the Wicomico Health Department in the Susan Komen Program, training Hispanic women in the area of early detection and awareness of breast and cervical cancer. After two years, she returned to the Telamon corporation where she had the opportunity to work for six years in the Housing & Financial Empowerment and Workforce & Career Services Programs. For the past six years, Dina has worked especially with migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, visiting Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia farms.

Dina Esther González, nació y paso su niñez en Diriamba, Nicaragua, su padre traslado a la familia hacia San Pedro Sula en el norte de Honduras, ahí contrajo matrimonio con un pastor con quien ha formado una hermosa familia, han tenido la oportunidad de Servir a Dios en diferentes partes de Honduras, México y en el Eastern Shore de Maryland y Delaware, Dina tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar para Safe Americorps bajo la corporación Telamon, y recorrió las fincas agrícolas de los estados de Maryland y Delaware dando entrenamientos sobre la protección de los pesticidas y el calor. También con las capacitaciones de OSHA, después de dos años, aprovechó la oportunidad de trabajar para el Wicomico Health Department en el Programa Susan Komen dando capacitación a las mujeres hispanas del área en la detección temprana y conocimiento del cáncer seno y cervical, después de dos años regreso a la corporación Telamon donde tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar por seis años en donde sirvió en los programas de Housing & Financial Empowerment y en el de Workforce & Career Services. Durante los últimos seis años, Dina a trabajado especialmente con los trabajadores agrícolas migrantes y seasonal y sus familias, a recorrido las fincas Maryland, Delaware y parte de Virginia.

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Pamela

Pamela Secada (she/her/ella) is a Peruvian immigrant and first-generation college student. She received her Master’s in Public Health: Healthcare Policy and Management at University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She is currently a doctoral student in the Doctor of Education, Organizational Change and Leadership program at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation focus is on examining organizational and leadership practices that have impacted employee wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secada is passionate about advancing health equity and eliminating health disparities. Her professional career has focused on a wide range of health issues including substance use interventions, cultural competency curriculum, community health worker training, and health workforce diversity through educational equity. In 2018 she participated as a delegate for The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland where she spoke to all WHO Member States and advocated for including palliative care as a key component of essential health care services worldwide.

Secada lives in West Hollywood, California with her partner and their rescue Pitbull, Rocco. When she is not at work or school, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Amy
MD

Amy K. Liebman, MPA, MA (she/her) 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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Theressa

Theressa Lyons-Clampitt (she/her) is a native Texan, born in San Antonio and raised in Lubbock. Moving to Austin in the late 1970s, she attended Austin Community College for a degree in Anthropology.  Lyons-Clampitt joined the MCN team in 2007 as Grant Specialist for the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Livestrong Foundation. Today, she is the Senior Program Manager in Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA). In that position, Lyons-Clampitt is responsible for the oversight of training and technical assistance activities related to MCN’s work as a National Training and Technical Assistance Partner (NTTAP) for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She also provides oversight for MCNs Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Educational T/TA database. 

In her personal life, Lyons-Clampitt is the Founder and Co-Director of The Circle of Friends Alzheimer’s Caregivers Respite, dedicated to providing 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 (she/her) 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, the Stonewall Alliance Center, and Northern Valley Indian Health. Previously, Papon had the honor of working with Debate Kansas City, the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Better Beginnings for Babies, and Improving Birth. 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.

In addition to her position as a Project Coordinator with MCN, Papon serves as the social media coordinator for AAPC Publishing, the media liaison for the message board After Silence, fundraising coordinator for the Hunger Trolley Helper’s Group, a steering committee member for the PAC Stand Up for Chico, and a member of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’s Speakers Bureau. A former debater who earned the distinction of being the first woman to earn triple gold awards at the Phi Rho Pi National Debate Tournament in individual and team debate simultaneously, Papon maintains a vigorous schedule of speaking engagements. Nationally recognized for her experience on the subject of sexual violence, she has been interviewed by The Huffington Post, the Joy Keys Radio Show, Fox News, the Ask Dr. Nandi TV show, Cosmopolitan, and as part of a panel of experts including playwright Eve Ensler for the BBC. She is also prolific writer, whose work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Guerrilla Feminism, Global Shift, Crooks and Liars, Feministing, Adios Barbie, Medium, and excerpted across numerous books on topics as varied as coping with eating disorders to depictions of racism in pop culture.

Papon is married to an attorney, with whom she has been happily arguing for 16 years. Together, they are raising three children, four cats, and a menagerie of chickens. In what little free time she has, she can be found enjoying online gaming, reading Tarot cards, shopping on Poshmark, and gardening while listening to true crime podcasts.

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Leslie
JD

A Latinx attorney and advocate, Leslie J. Rodriguez (she/her) serves as MCN’s Bilingual Program Manager for Occupational and Environmental Health in the Salisbury, Maryland office. Rodriguez completed her undergraduate degree from Hood College in Law & Society in 2015. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree at New England Law Boston in 2018. These degrees have allowed Rodriguez to fulfill her desire to seek justice for the members of her community. She has previous experience in working and volunteering for the disenfranchised. Rodriguez now has the honor of serving vulnerable populations at MCN. Rodriguez is using her legal experience, advanced education, translation, interpretation, research, and writing skills to contribute toward improving health and safety within the under-resourced immigrant population. Rodriguez was born in the United States to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic where she visits frequently. She enjoys watching baseball, Latin dancing, and spending time with her family which include 3 adorable Shih Tzu mixes.

Como abogada y defensora Latinx, Leslie J. Rodríguez (ella) ahora es gerente de programas de MCN para la salud ocupacional y ambiental en la oficina de Salisbury, Maryland. Rodriguez obtuvo su título universitario de Hood College en Derechos y la Sociedad en 2015. Obtuvo su Doctorado en Jurisprudencia en New England Law Boston en 2018. Estos títulos le han permitido a cumplir su deseo de buscar justicia para los miembros de su comunidad. Ella tiene experiencia previa en el trabajo y como voluntaria para los marginados. Rodriguez ahora tiene el honor de servir a las poblaciones vulnerables en MCN. Rodriguez está utilizando su experiencia legal, educación avanzada, traducción, interpretación, investigación y destreza de escritura para contribuir a mejorar la salud y la seguridad dentro de la población inmigrante de escasos recursos. Rodriguez nació en los Estados Unidos de padres inmigrantes de la República Dominicana, donde visita con frecuencia. Le gusta ver béisbol, bailes latinos y pasar tiempo con su familia, que incluye 3 adorables mascotas mezclas de Shih Tzu.

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Brenda Michelle

Brenda Michelle Arredondo is the Field Health Network Associate in McAllen, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley and hopes to attend graduate school in the future for counseling. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, their four dogs, being outdoors, and listening to a true crime podcast.

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Myrellis

Myrellis Muñiz-Márquez (they/them/elle, she/her/ella, he/him/él) is Migrant Clinicians Network’s Program Manager in Puerto Rico, where they advocate for health promotion, health equity, and emergency preparedness. In this role, they manage and develop ongoing and new projects that seek to attend to the health needs of the vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico by providing training, resources, and other literacy opportunities. Muñiz-Márquez has previously worked as a study coordinator and research assistant in disaster health effects related to prenatal maternal stress caused by Hurricane Maria, orofacial malformations, and community risk communication in vector-borne diseases. Through their work with MCN, they aim to improve the quality and access to health services for underserved populations and minorities, with emphasis on gender-based violence victims, and the LGBTTQIA+ community, and to help remedy emerging public health issues in the island.

Muñiz-Márquez was born and raised in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Their passion for social justice was a fundamental lesson from her mother, a primary school math teacher who serves her community now outside of the classroom. They graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus with a master’s degree in Public Health and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus. Outside of MCN, Muñiz-Márquez can be found connecting with nature, reasearching and relearning history, and seeking ways to heighten and bring awareness of their African and indigenous ancestry.

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Kaethe

Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D. (she/her) directs the Witness to Witness (W2W) Program for MCN. The goal of W2W is to help the helpers, primarily serving health care workers, attorneys and journalists working with vulnerable populations. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1974. She has taught at Wellesley College (1975-1979), Harvard Medical School (1981-2017), where she was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston and then Cambridge Health Alliance, and at the Family Institute of Cambridge (1982-2009). She founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience at the Family Institute of Cambridge. Internationally, she has taught in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, where she was a Fullbright Specialist.

She has given over 300 presentations and been a keynote speaker at numerous local, national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial boards of five journals. In 2002 she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy, the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice. She has written about her work in six books (which she has authored or edited) and over 100 articles, chapters and essays. Her most recent book, Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day- How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.

Dr. Weingarten’s work focuses on the development and dissemination of a witnessing model. One prong of the work is about the effects of witnessing violence and trauma in the context of domestic, inter-ethnic, racial, political and other forms of conflict. The other prong of the witnessing work is in the context of healthcare, illness and disability. Her work on reasonable hope has been widely cited.

In 2013, Dr. Weingarten and her husband moved to Berkeley, CA to be near their children and five grandchildren. There she resumed a dance and choreography practice she had let lapse for forty-five years. Since moving to Berkeley, she and her dance collaborator have been awarded five grants for their choreography with elder dancers applying a witnessing model in public spaces. In 2018 they performed at the Oakland Museum of California. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, baking and crocheting afghans.

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Xóchitl

Xóchitl Castañeda is the Founding Director of Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) at the School of Public Health, University of California (UC) Berkeley. A medical anthropologist by training, Castañeda was educated in Mexico and completed three post-doctoral fellowships: UC San Francisco, Harvard, and Amsterdam University. Since 2008, she has served as a professor on Migration and Health at various UC campuses. Her fundraising efforts are significant, as she has received over 100 grants, from private entities, and state and federal agencies. Her leadership to improve the health and the quality of life of underserved populations is widely recognized. In 2020, she received the National Health Award, under the “Without Borders” category. In 2019, she received the Othli Award, one of the most prestigious distinction presented by the Mexican Government to a person who have positively affected the lives of Mexican nationals in the United States. Castañeda has over 200 publications and has served as a consultant for more than 40 national and international institutions. She has also served in the Boards of Directors, and other honorable membership positions of 20 organizations and programs including, the California Wellness Foundation; California Immigrant Policy Center; and CDC National Diabetes Education Program. Her vision has led to the creation of nationally recognized programs such as Binational Health Week and the Ventanillas de Salud at Latin American Consulates.

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Nina

Nina Clinton is from and currently lives in Cedar Park, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BSA in Biology, a BA in Hispanic Studies and, most recently, a M.Ed in Counselor Education, as well as a Graduate Portfolio in Integrated Behavioral Health awarded by Dell Medical School. Her broad experiences include work at nonprofit organizations such as Girlstart, in clinical settings, and as a volunteer at the Dell Children’s Medical Center. Additionally, she has research experience working with the Latino Research Institute and Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at UT Austin. Her career goal is to become a certified Bilingual Counseling Psychologist to provide mental health services for Latinx populations, specifically Latinx transitional aged youth, and to fill the research gap that exists for this vulnerable population. In her free time, Clinton is a full-time dog mom. She loves to dance, sing, spend time with family and friends, host game nights, and eat hot wings.

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