Our Team

In alphabetical order by first name

Anel Martinez

Promotora – Bronx

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.

 
 
 

Angélica Hurtado

Promotoras Program Site Manager – Charlotte

Angélica was born in La Libertad, Peru and was raised in Lima, Peru. She received her B.A in Communications and Journalism from SMP University in Lima, and specialized in television production while living in Madrid, Spain. Upon moving to the US, Angélica found herself being called to serve others, something that ultimately resulted in her changing her field and earning her degree in Human Service Technology at CPCC. Angélica was a Professional Certified Life Coach, and also worked for the Diocese of Charlotte for nine years, including spending three years at the Catholic Schools Office as a Diversity, Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator. After learning about the Promotoras Program, Angélica decided it was a great fit since it described everything she wanted to do — help and empower women to succeed and to take good care of themselves and their families. She sees this role as her chance to help see all of these women happy and living their version of the American dream. 

 
 

Antelma Espejel

Promotora –  Bronx

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. 
 
 
 

                                    

Carmen Tereza Rodriguez

Promotoras Program Site Manager – Jackson Heights

Carmen Tereza moved to New York from the Dominican Republic to join her family living here. Prior to arriving in New York, she studied medicine and worked in physical rehabilitation. Carmen also developed a career as a teacher in a university, as she believes that health education is fundamental for the well-being of society. Carmen previously worked in a state-run maternal and infant health program at Wyckoff Hospital, where she counseled, advocated for, and assisted women to reach their health goals. Carmen is grateful for the amazing opportunity with Grameen PrimaCare to continue working in women’s health. She believes that “the best gift you can give yourself, your family, and your community is to decide to be healthy.

 
 

Erandi Pérez

Promotora – Jackson Heights

Erandi was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. At age 18 she immigrated to New York, where she completed her studies. As a new immigrant, she pushed herself to learn a new culture, never forgetting her Mexican roots. Over the years she discovered that her passion is to help other people and accomplish their health goals, especially immigrants like herself. Erandi is a certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach. Erandi is a passionate learner, and enjoys helping others by sharing her knowledge, and experience gained over the years of hard work and study.

 

Evelyn Trejo

Promotora – Charlotte

Evelyn was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She was brought to the US by her parents at the age of 3 in order to better their lives, and they have been here since. After graduating high school, Evelyn went through a Medical Assistant Program and got certified and started her career. She became part of the medical field because she saw the struggles and barriers her parents had to go through when trying to find resources for their health. Since then, Evelyn knew she could help her community and better inform them with her knowledge. She loves to be able to contribute to our world and be able to make this world a better place. Evelyn is proud to be an immigrant and daughter of immigrants, and is thankful to her parents for the person she has become.

 

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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.

 
 

Ivonne Lacayo

Promotora – Bronx

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.

 
 

Johanna Muy

Promotora – Jackson Heights

Johanna was born in a small city in Ecuador. Ever since she was little she had vocation to help others in their community. She started to volunteer at the age of 12 for a Catholic organization that helped children living in the streets in Guayaquil. Before moving to the U.S., she lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and she continues to help and support that community. Aware of the difficulties faced by immigrant women — especially the emotional challenges — she volunteered at Grameen VidaSana for four years.Johanna is filled with great emotion knowing that she will have the opportunity to help women from hard-working communities to pave their way for a better future.

 

 

Jolloana Mendoza

Promotora – Charlotte

Jolloana was born in Mexico City, but she moved to Charlotte when she was 1 year old — so she says Charlotte is her first home and Mexico is her second. Jolloana visits Mexico very often so she has never lost her roots. She graduated in 2016 as a Medical Assistant, and has worked in many different specialties like family practice, urology, and neurology. Jolloana loves being able to help people in the Charlotte community, and she loves women empowering other women. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Grameen Promotoras.

 
 

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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.

 

 

Maria Samaniego

Promotora – Charlotte

Maria Samaniego was born in Manta, Ecuador. At the age of 19, she immigrated to Charlotte, North Carolina with the hope of a better future. Thanks to her will and determination to get ahead, Maria was able to obtain her certification as a Medical Assistant — it was there that she had the opportunity to do her externship in a clinic where 90% of its patients were Latino, and it was from that moment that she discovered how great her community was and the great feeling that helping some of them generates to others. Maria is also a volunteer at a non-profit organization, and she is currently part of the great family that is Grameen Promotoras. Maria is very happy to work for her community.

 
 

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.
 
 
 

Olga Tapia

Promotora – Jackson Heights
 

Olga came to the United States 24 years ago. It was a little hard for her to adapt to a new culture and a new lifestyle, and she and her family struggled with language barriers and some services in the city. Olga has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, which she completed at Queensborough Community College. She worked at Landmark Theater for 11 years where she got experience working with a diverse group of people, and working there made her decide to help her community. Olga recently graduated from Make the Road New York as a Community Health Worker. She is very happy to be part of Grameen Promotoras and to work in her community to provide health and wellness services.

 
 

Shiara Cueva

Promotora – Jackson Heights

Shiara was born and grew up in Lima, Perú. She came to New York City 27 years ago. Shiara studied English at LaGuardia Community College, and holds a BA in Business Administration from Baruch College. She worked for over 8 years in JPM Chase as a Data Security Administrator, and volunteered at a non-profit organization to help her community by providing them with resources that they need. Shiara is excited to be a Promotora because she loves to help her community, especially women. She is passionate about being an advocate for health by taking care of our bodies through good healthy habits.

 
 

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 – Bronx
 

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.