Ayni Wasi Staff
Keri Baker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, MSc, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Miguel Galdo, President, Ayni Wasi
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.
Anna Herdeck, Director of Operations
Anna joins us from Chicago, where she got her start in public health in 2006 as an AmeriCorps health educator at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing bilingual education on health promotion topics to uninsured and underinsured patients. In 2008, she moved to Honduras with the Peace Corps, where she partnered with the local hospital, health center, and World Vision on projects related to maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS prevention. There, she helped create two train-the-trainer curricula. Back in Chicago, Anna continued working with the FQHC as a program coordinator and grants manager. She’s thrilled to be here with us at Sacred Valley Health.
Escolastica Castillo Obando, Manager of Promotora Program
Escolastica Castillo Obando completed primary school education through the 5th grade at Escuela de San Martin de Poras, 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.
Jenny Beth Jordan, Program Manager, RN, BSN
Jenny was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduating, she worked for a few years as a medical-surgical nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her introduction to global health occurred in 2012 when she moved to rural Honduras and spent a year working at a primary care clinic. During that year of practicing in a direct-care role, Jenny realized the benefit of the community health worker model. She originally joined Sacred Valley Health in early 2014 as a volunteer and now works as a Program Manager. She has managed and co-managed various programs, including the Docente Program and Maternal Health Program. Her favorite days are still those spent in the communities working directly with the promotoras.
Rosanna Giorlandino, Media and Development Coordinator
Rosanna grew up in the tiny town of Southborough, Massachusetts. She went on to attend the George Washington University, where she received a BA in both Spanish and Fine Arts. Rosanna has extensive experience in online content production and social media marketing. Before joining Sacred Valley Health, she served as editorial assistant for a variety of organizations, including the Phillips Collection and AARP Español. Upon completing her degrees in May 2015, Rosanna packed her bags and moved to Ollantaytambo, where she now manages Sacred Valley Health’s online promotional and fundraising efforts. In addition to staying up to date with the latest international news, Rosanna enjoys cooking new dishes and doodling.
Christiana Jones, External and Internal Relations Coordinator
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