Steering Committee

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.

Luke Waldo, Former Mental Health Action Team Chair

Luke Waldo works at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services as a Family Support Supervisor.  He has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector working in the domestic violence, child wellbeing, 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 Chair from 2010 until November 2013.  Luke received a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  He is currently working on his MS in Cultural Foundations of Education at UW-Milwaukee.

Dina Garcia, Latino Research Action Team Chair

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.

Gabriela Dieguez, Mental Health Action Team Chair

Gabriela Dieguez, LCSW earned her Masters in Social Work at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She has worked as a bilingual therapist for seven years at Sixteenth Street Community Health Center providing services to an inner city population in Milwaukee.  Most of the people that she serves are Latinos with incomes below the poverty level.  She works with individuals and families who come with diverse mental health needs including anxiety, depression and behavioral problems in their children.  She has also collaborated in two research projects, one with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Behavioral Activation for Latinos and the other with Marquette University on Attention Deficit Disorders in Latino Children.  Mrs. Dieguez pursued the career of social worker because she loves to relate to people.  She enjoys working with people as they go through their process of growth, discovering their strengths and amplifying their community connections.

Michelle Corbett, Latino Research Action Team Co-Chair


Karina Benitez, Centro Hispano Representative