Our Team

 In alphabetical order by first name

Anel Martinez


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


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

Promotoras Senior Program Manager

Barbara grew up in Jackson Heights, NY and has worked in the healthcare field for over 14 years. Her experience has primarily been working with the Hispanic community at various New York City hospitals, and most recently as the Clinical Team Manager of Grameen VidaSana. In her roles, she has been able to connect with patients, and assist with improving the patient’s health and experience by understanding their healthcare needs. 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 and optimistic about the future of healthcare in providing better access to quality healthcare services for those in underserved communities.


Carmen Rosado


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.



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.


Ivonne Lacayo


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.



Judith Eichner

Director of Operations and Programmatic Initiatives

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.


Meritxell Roca

Director of Programs
Meritxell holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. In Communication and Humanities from Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain). Prior to joining GPC she served as Research Project Director at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has spent over fifteen years in academia managing research programs, conducting qualitative research and teaching. Meritxell is a motorcycle enthusiast and recently completed a 6-month cross-country trip in which she visited 44 states.

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


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.