Our Team

 In alphabetical order by first name

Anel Martinez

Promotora

Anel was born and grew up in Mexico. Before working at Grameen PrimaCare as a Promotora de Salud, she worked as a Promotora de Salud for Planned Parenthood of New York City and Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She loves working with the immigrant community and providing them with the resources that they need. Anel is very happy to continue working with her community.

 

Antelma Espejel

Promotora

Antelma was born and raised in Tulcingo de Valle, Puebla, Mexico. For the past 15 years, she has been involved with non-profit organizations with focuses that range from helping the local community, improving leadership and security among immigrant women, and promoting the importance of health. As a mother of a university graduate with a civil engineering and accounting majors, one child in college, and two high school students, Antelma has learned the importance and benefits that come with parents being involved in their children’s education. She is excited to join the team and looks forward to continuing to help her community by providing them with available resources.

 

Ashley Gomez

Evaluation Consultant
 
Ashley Gomez is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. The inadequate and inefficient health care her family received during her
upbringing in Los Angeles prompted her to pursue a career in public health. Ashley applies public health research and evaluation methods to assess GPC’s impact. She received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is a huge fan of baseball. 
 

Barbara Soto

Grameen VidaSana Clinical Team Manager

Barbara grew up in Jackson Heights, NY and has worked in the healthcare field for over 13 years. Her experience has primarily been working with the Hispanic community at various New York City hospitals, which has provided her with a better understanding of their healthcare needs and how to better connect with each patient.  Barbara has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baruch College (CUNY), and plans to go back for her Master’s degree in Healthcare Management. She is passionate about the future of healthcare and giving back to her community by helping patients achieve their healthcare goals at Grameen VidaSana.

 

Carmen Rosado

Promotora

Carmen came from the Dominican Republic at the age of 13. She spent her adolescence in Washington Heights in Manhattan. Carmen pursued a nursing career at Bronx Community College for three years. Carmen feels very excited to be able to work with her community and connect them with the services that we provide. She believes that being able to help a person take control of their physical and mental health is priceless.

 

Carolina Toro

Recruitment Specialist

Carolina was born and raised in Colombia. She has a Bachelors in International Relations from Universidad del Rosario, Bogota-Colombia. In Colombia, she was a part of a non-profit organization that helped people who disappeared and those who were kidnapped and exploited.

Diana Ramirez-Baron

Grameen VidaSana Primary Care Physician

Diana_GRA_0358_headshotDr. Diana leads the day-to-day operations of our newly launched primary care practice in Queens. Originally from Colombia, Dr. Diana completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and has worked as a family physician and HIV specialist in the Bronx for the past 10 years. Prior to this, she ran group programs for Hispanic women. She is passionate about building long-term relationships with our patients and their communities, and has a strong interest in preventive medicine and using an integrative approach to treat chronic conditions.

 

Giovanni Farias

Grameen VidaSana Operations Assistant 

Giovanni keeps our office operations running smoothly and is the first person most members meet or speak with. He is a master at juggling multiple tasks, provides wonderful customer service, and is always looking to improve our internal processes to better serve our members and make things easier for staff. Giovanni has previously worked with a non-profit organization to connect the underserved of New York City with the proper medical and social services they need. It is Giovanni’s philosophy that every human being should to be treated with empathy, dignity, and respect, and that we all deserve the opportunity to access medical care. As part of VidaSana, Giovanni will exhibit the same philosophy and passion to serve the patients that come into the facility every day.       
 

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Greg Mann

Executive Director        

Greg joins GPC after previously working for two very successful non-profit start ups: Harvard Eating Disorders Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and helping to launch Grameen PrimaCare in 2013. He has also worked at The Foundation for Dance Promotion/Bill T. Jones Dance Company and the NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a graduate of Rollins College. Having been to 104 countries, Greg is an avid traveler and has also studied abroad in Australia.

 

 

 

Haydee Campos

Grameen VidaSana Health Coach

Haydee is a fervid advocate for rights, health, and the well-being of Latino community members. Haydee has worked at non-profit organizations as a financial counselor, delivered financial literacy services, and developed and implemented financial inclusion programs for low-income families, always looking for new ways and models to empower communities. Being a Health Coach is a great opportunity to continue with her community advocacy. Haydee holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Ivonne Lacayo

Promotora

Ivonne was born and raised in Honduras. She is very proud to belong to the Garifuna culture. Before joining Grameen Promotoras, Ivonne was a member of Grameen America in the Bronx. Back in her country she lead her own non-profit organization because she loves working for the benefit of her community. Ivonne is very excited to work for her community by sharing health information and connecting them to resources around the Bronx neighborhood.

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Judith Eichner

Director of Programs

As Director of Programs, Judith assists with the development of educational programming and research activities with a focus on women’s health/maternal health. Judith graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health, completing her thesis on maternal health. She has worked on research projects/initiatives such as Get Healthy Harlem and Project SHARE, both of which are a part of The Harlem Health Promotion Center. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Marcela Charry

Grameen VidaSana Health Coach

Marcela is a Grameen VidaSana Health Coach. She provides clients with a rich and extensive background in healthcare that resonates about a decade of professional work as both a nurse and administrator. Originally from Cali, Colombia, she brings joy and passion to both her clients and co-workers.  Marcela holds a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Public Administration. She previously worked at NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers as a Patient Navigator for the DOH’s HIV grant providing the community with social support and resources at free/low-cost services. When Marcela is not in the office you can catch her at museums looking at the latest pieces of contemporary art or enjoying a stroll through one of the many parks hidden in the city.

 

Violeta Rodriguez

Promotoras Program Site Manager – Bronx
 

Violeta was born in New York City, but was raised in Mexico City. At the age of 15 she moved back to New York and struggled to adapt to the language and the new lifestyle. Violeta and her family unfortunately had bad experiences with the public systems and services in the city, but was motivated to make a change and worked for different organizations within her community. While working as a cashier at a local supermarket, she was able to get her Associates Degree in Human Services at  City College of Technology. Violeta joined Grameen America in 2013, and worked there for 7 years before joining Grameen PrimaCare. At Grameen, she learned that working for the community is her passion. Providing services for low-income women and helping their families is a great achievement, and this is why Violeta decided to try a new path and focus on helping the same community regarding their well-being.

 

Yudith Cabrera

Promotora
 

Yudith was born and raised in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, and arrived in the U. S. about ten years ago. When she first arrived in New York she faced many difficulties as an immigrant, and after many years of work and effort, Yudith has become passionate about helping other immigrants within her community. Before joining GPC, Yudith worked as a community health worker at Coalicion Mexicana, gaining experience sharing support and resources with the community, such as health services, education, immigrants’ rights, and labor rights. Yudith is very happy to continue to serve her community as a promotora.