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.


Miguel Galdo, President, Ayni Wasi

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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, Director of Operations

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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

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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.

Beatriz Cisneros Llanos

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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

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Julia was born in the town of Yanahuara, Urubamba, and currently lives in the community of Pomatales. She has worked 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


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


Born, and currently living in the community of Huilloc, Teresa has been working with SVH for the 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

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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.

Volunteer Coordinators

Isabel Eskin Shapson, Programs Coordinator,  Partnerships Coordinator

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Originally from San Francisco, California, Isabel got her BA in International Affairs with concentration in Global Public Health, with a minor in French at The George Washington University. After graduating in 2015, Isabel spent time traveling around Southeast Asia and working with a non-profit that focused on sustainable food programs in San Francisco. In her free time, Isabel enjoys hanging out with her doggo, cooking and baking, singing along badly to showtunes, cheering on the Warriors!

Sophie Krensky, Community Coordinator, Women’s Health Coordinator

Sophie, originally from Sebastopol, California studied Psychology and Women’s Studies at The George Washington University. After graduating in 2015, Sophie lived in Washington, DC while working at a small historic nature conservancy as well a women’s empowerment NGO. In her free time, Sophie enjoys cooking, enjoying reggaeton music, and seeking out the perfect plate of pasta.

Tita Gonzalez Peña, Community Coordinator


Tita, born in Mexico City, but raised in Dallas, Texas got her BA in Chemistry and French from the University of National Champions (North Carolina). After graduating in 2016, she spent time working with a cardiovascular research group in Dallas and applying to medical school. In her free time, Tita enjoys walking her dogs, eating Mexican food, rock climbing, and cheering on the Heels.

Hannah Westberg, Community Coordinator, Data & Technology Coordinator

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Hannah, originally from Overland Park, Kansas, got her BA in Anthropology and Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining Ayni Wasi, Hannah was working with a software development career accelerator called Codeup in San Antonio. In her free time, Hannah enjoys cooking with friends, practicing and teaching yoga, hiking, being outdoors, and watching Game of Thrones.

Caleb Dorfman, Media & Communications Coordinator, Community Coordinator

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Caleb, from San Francisco, California, got his degree in Journalism and Photography from Ohio Wesleyan University. After graduating in 2015, Caleb spent time traveling around Eastern Europe and Latin America teaching and working in tourism before moving to Ollantaytambo. In his free time, Caleb enjoys searching for the best trails in the Sacred Valley, mountain biking, enjoying live music, and working on personal photo projects.