Ayni Wasi Staff
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.
Miguel Galdo, President, Ayni Wasi
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.
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.
Bertha Quin Ugarte, Community Coordinator, Women’s Health Program Coordinator
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.
Jenny Beth Jordan, Program Manager, Manager of the Women’s Health Program, 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.
Beleny Reese, Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, MPH
Beleny was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and moved around in an Air Force family growing up. She received her BS in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2010 and went on to get a certificate in Premedical Graduate Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Afterwards, Beleny worked in San Francisco, California as a medical assistant and surgical coordinator for two years before serving in AmeriCorps as a Team Leader for CalSERVES in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys from 2013-2015. The combination of her experience in a clinical setting and in community service led Beleny to pursue a degree in public health. In January 2017 she completed her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Global Health at Boston University. In her free time, Beleny enjoys hiking, cooking, and immersing herself in the local scene.
Beatriz Cisneros Llanos, Docente
Born in the city of Lima, Beatriz now lives in the community of Kelccanka, Ollantaytambo. She has been working with SVH for the last 5 years, working first as a Promotora and now as a Docente. One of her favorite things to do is to weave traditional tapestries and weave wool. She truly enjoys seeing her weaving projects advance and take shape.
Julia Carvajal, Docente
Julia was born in the town of Yanahuara, Urubamba, and currently lives in the community of Pomatales. She hasworked with SVH for more than 3 years. When she has free time, she enjoys reading over her SVH curriculum documents that she uses to teach to her community members. One thing Julia is passionate about is helping her community members and keeping everyone healthy seeing as how she considers health to be one of the most important things in life.
Santusa Quispe Sinchi, Docente
Santusa was born and currently lives in the community of Huilloc in the Ollantaytambo district. She has worked a total of 5 years with SVH. 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. When she isn´t working in the communities, Santusa enjoys weaving artisanal tapestries.
Teresa Echame Vargas, Docente
Born, and currently living in the community of Huilloc, Teresa has been working with SVH for 3 years as a Docente, and as a promotora for 2. She spends her free time going over the health protocols we use in our curriculum, resting a little bit, and playing with her kids. Being a Docente is what gives her the most satisfaction – being a leader in her community and working for her kids to make them as healthy as possible.
Ana Cecilia Sinchi Usca, Docente
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.
Tara Patel, Community Coordinator
Tara is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts and studied biology and French at Bates College in Maine. With SVH, she will be working as community coordinator in a handful of the communities around the Sacred Valley. Before coming to SVH, Tara worked at Dana-Farber in Boston, MA as a research technician in immune oncology. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Sophie Love, Community Coordinator
Sophie, originally from Portland, Oregon, graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2017 with a BS in Anthropology and minor in International Development. While at Tulane, Sophie worked as an education and outreach intern for the Middle American Research Institute, as an interviewer for the Katrina@10 Program focusing on the lasting community impacts of disasters, and as a volunteer for the New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps providing first aid to enthusiastic Mardi Gras attendees. With SVH, she will be dedicating her time as a Community Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys brunch, running, cooking Sichuan food, snowboarding, and shivering in the pacific ocean.