Ayni Wasi Staff

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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 and 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.

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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
Christiana is from South Carolina and graduated from Winthrop University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages. Since graduating, Christiana has worked in both development and volunteer management capacities for non-profits in Peru and Guatemala. This is her first experience at a public health organization, and she is loving every minute. Christiana organizes and leads Sacred Valley Health’s university service learning trips and also acts as the office’s Human Resources Manager. In her free time, Christiana enjoys knitting, binge Netflix watching, and making cupcakes for the SVH office.

Volunteers

Sacred Valley Health could not function without the dedication, efforts, and resourcefulness of its amazing volunteer staff.