Sacred Valley Health Staff

Keri Baker

Keri Baker

Co-Founder and Executive Director, MSc, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Keri was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Central Washington University with degrees in Biology andKeri Chemistry. She received a one-year research assistantship in Human Osteology, and then completed her Master’s degree in Forensic Archeology and Crime Scene Investigation from the University of Bradford in England. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester in New York. She then completed the Global Health Effectiveness Program at Harvard in July 2012. In 2015 Keri obtained her Master’s of Nursing from Georgetown University and board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2016, Keri was selected to join the Carilion Clinic Emergency Medicine Fellowship program. Keri is passionate about global health and working with rural underserved populations. She co-founded Awamaki Health and the mobile health clinic. In her spare time, Keri is an outdoor enthusiast; she enjoys running, hiking, and cycling. She also is an avid traveler who has visited all seven continents and more than fifty countries.

Miguel Galdo

Miguel Galdo

President

Miguel Galdo Espinoza was born and raised in Ollantaytambo, Peru. He studied tourism at an institute in Cusco while working on the Inca Trail for eight years. After graduation, he worked for four years at the Cusco airport with a tourist agency, and then returned to Ollantaytambo to work for the NGO CATCCO. He was Textiles Program Coordinator for three years at CATCCO followed by a year serving on the board of directors. With Kennedy Leavens, he co-founded the NGO Awamaki in 2009. As a native Ollantino, he coordinates Ollantayambo’s municipal theater program and owns a local pizzeria called Pachamama Pizzeria. Miguel believes the services we offer will greatly benefit the communities surrounding Ollantaytambo and is thankful to work with people who share his commitment.

Ana Noriega

Ana Noriega

Director of Operations

Born and raised in Peru. Ana has more than 20 years of experience in managing and improving programs and projects in different settings, having successfully led different educational and cultural organizations in Peru, Washington DC and New York. She has received a BA from The New School (NY), Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru) and an MPA from Metropolitan College (NY). Ana has been very involved in the art and cultural scene of New York and now in Lima and Cusco. She and her husband have also recently published and presented their book of poetry and photographs in USA and Perú.

Escolástica Castillo Obando

Escolástica Castillo Obando

Manager of Promotora Program

Escolástica completed primary school education through the 5th grade at Escuela de San Martin de Porras, Comunidad de Tanccac. She started working with Sacred Valley Health in 2012 when she was elected by the Andean community of Pampallacta, where she was born and raised, to participate in Sacred Valley Health’s pilot cohort of promotoras. After completing one year of training, she was asked take a part-time position in the Sacred Valley Health office to work as a community coordinator for participants of the second cohort of promotoras. As a community coordinator, Escolastica worked one-on-one with promotoras both in the office and in the field to reinforce promotoras’ knowledge of health topics and mentor them in promotora responsibilities. In 2014 she was promoted to a full-time position as a Program Manager. She manages the Continuing Education Program by helping plan and execute trainings for veteran promotoras, and supervised Sacred Valley Health’s nineteen veteran promotoras from the first, second, and third cohorts.

Bertha Quin Ugarte

Bertha Quin Ugarte

Program Manager

Bertha was born in Huarucondo in the district of Anta. After the death of her father when she was seven years old, her family moved to the community of Rafka in the district of Ollantaytambo. Now, she lives in the community of Soccma with her family. Bertha started working with SVH as a Promotora and later earned a staff position as a Docente, which she worked as for two years. Now, Bertha works in the SVH office as a Coordinator of Programs, supporting in the implementation of new programs. She enjoys learning new things and hopes to continue growing professionally in order to be able to collaborate with all families in Soccma. Additionally, Bertha enjoys visiting the different communities where she can share her experiences with the Promotoras.

Ana Lucía Ramírez

Ana Lucía Ramírez

Monitoring & Evaluation Director

Ana Lucía was born in Chiclayo, Peru, and moved to Huntington, West Virginia at the age of eight with her sister and parents. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Marshall University, and then pursued a Master of Public Health degree at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Although she has experience in areas of nonprofit leadership, research, and international development, the heart of her work has focused on vulnerable populations, specifically in Peru.
She is incredibly excited to join SVH in a position that combines her passions, in her beloved country.In her free time, she likes to write, hike, cook, and dance around the house with her husband.

Lorena Abarca Pliego

Lorena Abarca Pliego

Outreach and Social Media Coordinator

Lorena was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. She has a Bachelor in Advertising and a Masters in Marketing. After graduating, she worked for a few years as a freelancer Audio Visual Producer for different types of projects in Mexico and Canada. In the second half of 2017, she decided to do some volunteer work in Peru, where she heard about SVH for the first time. She joined our team in March 2018 and has been working with us ever since. Her favorite part of her job is constantly meeting new people from different backgrounds and learning from their cultures and experiences.

Kate Arnone

Kate Arnone

Coordinator

Kate was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She has a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development. After graduating she moved to Guatemala where she worked at a non-profit supporting children’s education. This experience deepened her knowledge and passion surrounding education in rural areas of Latin America. She joined our team in October 2019. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the Promotoras gain confidence and see themselves as leaders within their own communities.

Yajaida Mañaccasa Rojas

Yajaida Mañaccasa Rojas

Administrative Assistant

Yajaida was born and raised in Urubamba, Peru. She studied accounting and has worked in different companies around The Sacred Valley. She started working at SVH in March of 2018 as a part-time employee and got promoted to a full-time staff member in August of 2018. Her favorite part about working with SVH is the opportunity to work with different communities around The Valley, which makes her very happy to be part of the organization.

Matiasa Quispe Medina

Matiasa Quispe Medina

Trainer of Promotora Program

Matiasa currently lives in the community of Rumira Sondormayo in the Ollantaytambo district. She has worked a total of 4 years with SVH. She feels very proud about being a Docente and helping her community. One of her favorite things to do is to go to the furthest-away communities because it is there that the need is higher to visit the promotoras that live in these areas.

Elena Mamani Quispe

Elena Mamani Quispe

Trainer of Promotora Program

Born in the community of Kelccanka, Elena moved to Patacancha at the age of 16. On her free time, she enjoys weaving textiles and cooking for her loved ones. Elena feels very proud about being a Docente. She thinks that everything that she is learning and passing by to her community members, is very important knowledge that is contributing to increasing the quality of life within the high altitude communities.

Sonia Machaca Sallo

Sonia Machaca Sallo

Trainer of Promotora Program

Born and raised in the community of Patacancha, Sonia has been working with SVH for 2 years as a promotora, and now she will start her position as a docente. She spends her free time going over the health protocols we use in our curriculum and weaving. Her most satisfaction is being a leader in her community and working with community members to make them as healthy as possible.

Julia Carbajal Canal

Julia Carbajal Canal

Trainer of Promotora Program

Julia lives in the community of Pomatales and has been participating as a Promotora de Salud for the past 4 years and to now become a Docente. She feels very happy to be in this position, especially because she can teach to her community members and have better skills with her own children and grandchildren.

Matilde Quispe Macchaca

Matilde Quispe Macchaca

Trainer of Promotora Program

Matilde lives in the community of Yanamayo, which is almost three hours away from the district of Ollantaytambo. She started as a Promotora with SVH and then transition as a Docente. She likes learning new things and being able to teach them to her community members. Also, being a leader within her community brings her a lot of joy.

Ana Cecilia Sinchi Usca

Ana Cecilia Sinchi Usca

Trainer of Maternal’s Health Program

Ana Cecilia was born in the community of Huilloc, Ana Cecilia now lives in the even higher elevation community of Kelccanka. She relaxes by walking all around the mountain communities, admiring the gorgeous views of the Andes. Additionally, when she is not working with promotoras, she enjoys weaving textiles. Being a Docente with SVH is incredibly important work to Ana Cecilia, and very gratifying for her.

Beatriz Cisneros Llanos

Beatriz Cisneros Llanos

Trainer of Maternal’s Health Program

Beatriz lives in the community if Kelccanka. She has been participating as a Promotora de Salud for the past 3 years and is now a Docente of the Women’s Health Program. She feels passionate about health and is very happy to have the opportunity to work with her community.

Juliana Huaman Quispe

Juliana Huaman Quispe

Trainer of Nutrition Program

Juliana currently lives in the very high community of Challhuaccocha, where she enjoys to take walks around the beautiful landscapes and admire the hundreds of alpacas that live in that area. Juliana is very excited about being a Docente of the Nutrition Program because she will be able to help increase the health of her community members.

Felicitas Echame Huaman

Felicitas Echame Huaman

Trainer of Nutrition Program

Felicitas was born and raised in the community of Kelccanka where she is now raising her own children. She was a Promotora for 2 years before she decided to become a Docente with SVH. In her free time, she enjoys weaving and spending time with other community members.

Toribea Quelcca Mamani

Toribea Quelcca Mamani

Trainer of Nutrition Program

Toribea loves the Nutrition program and that is why she decided to start working as a promotora for the program. She was born in the community of Kelccanka and is very excited about this opportunity in which she will be able to help and orient her community members about their dietary habits.