Gail Brownmiller | Executive Director
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Gail has extensive knowledge and experience from over 25 years leading non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served for 10 years as the Director of Community Programs at Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington. Gail will work with Familias en Acción to strengthen its foundations and grow the programs in order to better serve the Latino community. Prior to Komen, Gail served as Executive Director as three non-profit agencies that developed affordable housing for a variety of special populations. They included adults with mental illness, people who were homeless and low-income seniors. She is married, with two grown daughters, and loves living in the Northwest.
Marie Dahlstrom, MA | Director of Palliative Care & Grant Writer
Marie Dahlstrom, MA, is the founding executive director of Familias en Accion and currently serves as the Director of Palliative Care Education and Grant Writing. Marie has over 40 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and academic institutions in community research, program development, advocacy and training on Latino health disparities both nationally and in Latin America specifically in Ecuador and in Colombia. In 2015 Marie and her husband relocated from Portland, to San Antonio, Texas, to live near their two daughters and families including their 21 month old granddaughter, Sadie Emelie.
Olga Gerberg | Program Services Manager
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For the past fifteen years Olga has worked as an advocate for health access serving as a link between healthcare providers and low income individuals. Olga graduated from la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City as a registered nurse and from Portland Community College as a Chemical Dependency counselor. As a bilingual and bicultural health professional she has worked with Catholic Charities, El Programa Hispano and Cascade Management. Olga also has extensive experience in working with schools, missionary groups, community service clubs and with immigrant farm labor families. Her passion in life is to serve and to empower Latinos through education and support. Olga is the founder of the first Spanish speaking Kiwanis community service club in the country and is now privileged to serve as a city council member for the city of Sandy, Oregon.
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After working with Familias en Acción as a volunteer for nearly two years, Jaeme joined the team in 2012. Jaeme recently completed her Masters in Healthcare Administration at Pacific University. She is thankful every day for the privilege to work with a wonderful, caring team who dedicate their time to engage in the community and provide assistance for Latinos. In her spare time, Jaeme enjoys hiking, a good read with her book club, and taking time to travel.
Adam Merecias | Patient Navigator
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Adam Merecias works as a Patient Navigator for Familias en Acción. He has worked for a few years in the non-profit sector. Adam worked for Oregon Child Development Coalition as a Family Advocate helping migrant families get connected with social services, health insurance, and educational services in the community. He also worked for Project Access NOW as a Care Coordinator helping the uninsured get connected with care. Adam’s personal and professional paths have helped him learn first-hand the obstacles that we face as Latinos getting access to care and the barriers that we encounter while accessing services. He graduated in 2009 from Portland State University with a BS in Community Health Education.
Jorge Gonzalez | Patient Navigator
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Through volunteering and working with organizations like Familias en Acción, Project Access Now, Wallace Medical Concern and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Jorge has seen the need and importance for culturally appropriate health care services for the Latino and Spanish speaking communities. Having these experiences coupled with also working in larger health institutions, Jorge not only understands patients’ difficulty in navigating through the complexity of our health care system but also the cultural and language barriers that prevent them from accessing services. With this in mind, Jorge feels ready and equipped to help guide them through it, while at the same time, connecting them with resources along the way. Jorge feels comforted that there are many organizations doing so much good work connecting Latino and Spanish speaking patients to health care and other services but also sees the gaps where there is a lot more work to be done, which inspires him to push forward and strive for change. A native Oregonian and graduate from the University of Portland, Jorge is delighted to join Familias en Acción. When Jorge is not at work, he enjoys exercising (weight lifting, swimming, running and hiking), cooking (everything from enchiladas, curry to sushi rolls), and reading.
Pilar Lashley | Community Health Worker
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Pilar Alcantar has been ongoing volunteer in Familias en Accion and supports the work we do to empower Latinos in our community. She has volunteered regularly in our support group for breast cancer survivors and their families. In addition, Pilar represents Familias en Accion in a variety of health events in the community, where she is able to reach Latinos and share with them important information about health and services. She is Mexican, has two teenagers and loves Dancing.
Sandra Hernandes | Education Coordinator
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