Members of the Steering Committee began assembling in June of 2007 to work on the continued development of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition. We realized that there was a need for a tremendous amount of work “behind the scenes.” We invited leaders who expressed interest in, commitment to, and experience in working toward the health and well being of Latinos in Milwaukee.
Virginia Zerpa-Uriona, Interim Chair
Mrs. Zerpa-Uriona is Community Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. For the MLHC, in addition to having been the Chair from 2008-2009, she was the Leader for the Access to Health Care Action Team. She received her Master of Public Health from Indiana University School of Public Health. Her focus of study and work includes the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as well as childhood lead poisoning and childhood obesity. She is a native of Venezuela and has resided in the United States since 1981.
Luke Waldo works at Children’s Hospital and Health System as a Community Health Educator. He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector working in the domestic violence, homelessness and education and prevention fields. Prior to returning to his native Milwaukee in 2006, Luke lived and worked for six years in Barcelona, Spain and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia where he worked with youth. Since returning to Milwaukee, he has maintained his involvement with the Latino population through his work as well as through his commitment to MLHC’s Mental Health Action Team where he has served as Co-Chair since 2010. Luke received a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Stephanie Calloway works for Proyecto Salud, a joint project of CORE/El Centro and Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. She coordinates community food and environmental health projects, including two urban garden projects and an obesity-focused community engagement project. She has received training in built environment assessment and food justice issues. Stephanie received her M.S. in Health Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. A member of the Mental Health Action Team from 2008-2010, she currently supports communication and technology initiatives as a steering committee member.
Dina Garcia is a doctoral student in the Public and Community Health program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and received her MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining the MLHC in November 2011, she worked as the Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS) Epidemiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Through her wide-ranging national and international work in the People’s Republic of China, she has gained experience in applied epidemiology, data managing and analysis, disease surveillance, emergency disaster management, outbreak investigations, and survey development. Her research interests include health disparities, health literacy, chronic diseases, self-management of diabetes mellitus, as well as social, cultural and environmental determinants of health. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, raised in Milwaukee and currently is the mother of a 6 year old Pug named Ollin.
Mrs. Rivera-Joachin joined the MLHC in November 2011, bringing fifteen years of experience and expertise working with at-risk youth and families with most of her work within non-profit community-based organizations. Specific expertise includes program and community development, successful grant writing experience and community partnership/relationship development. Ms. Rivera-Joachin has been with Children’s Hospital and Health System nearly seven years serving as the Project Ujima Manager. In this role, Ms. Rivera-Joachin provides the vision and oversight of the programs targeting community violence and crime, manages community relationships, partnerships and the operating budget, develops services centered on key initiatives, and provides community education around the issue of violence to the media, organizations and schools.
Joining the MLHC in November 2011, Nicole Robinson is currently a Research Associate with the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, a violence prevention research collaborative associated with the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Urban Population Health. Nicole primarily assists in the development of nonprofit partnerships; training and technical assistance in program development, evaluation, and coalition building; and violence prevention research. Before joining the Commission she worked as a Senior Project Specialist, Evaluation and Organizational Development, at Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism, a multicultural and values-based nonprofit consulting organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Nicole was born in Milwaukee and is Mexican and African American.