Staff Bios

CDCA Staff Bios 2016: (grouped by general areas of responsibility)

Project Director:

Cesar Fajardo Staff BiosCésar is our Projects Director.  He is a community organizing genius who has been with the CDCA since before we arrived in Nicaragua.  He is a native of Ciudad Sandino who understands people and all their quirks better than just about anyone else, and who understands cultural differences between Nicaraguans and the U.S. folks with whom he works.  Over the past 20 years he’s also become an expert in organics and served a term on the International Board of organic certifier OCIA; as well as becoming an expert in organizational development for co-ops.

Construction:

Rogelio Caldera Staff BiosRogelio can build or fix anything. He keeps our old buildings from falling completely apart, and builds new ones to withstand the strongest earthquakes. For any problem, he knows the person who can help and where to buy the parts we need.  As head of construction, he also plans for and supervises volunteer work crews.  He is committed to the vision of the CDCA and pitches in as needed, professionally and personally.
Pedro Mayorga Staff BiosPedro is a skilled mason and now Rogelio’s right-hand man. His family was relocated to Nueva Vida after Hurricane Mitch, and he first began working with us as a volunteer helping to build the clinic in exchange for coupons for his family to see the doctors.
Lucas Garcia Staff BiosLucas works in construction and maintenance with Pedro and Rogelio, and is especially adept making volunteer brigades laugh while they work.
Saul Lopez Staff BiosSaúl is a farmer from the village of Trinidad Central who first came to work with us in 2000 as a tractor driver for the organic co-ops.  Saul works hard to make the yard at the CDCA flourish and bloom.

Hospitality:

Diana Ibarra Staff BiosDiana is a skilled community organizer who happens to have a good knowledge of herbal medicine, and as head of Hospitality she spends her days making sure that our volunteer groups feel welcome, eat well, and sleep in a very clean dormitory!
Carmen Fuentes Staff BiosCarmen is an especially skilled sous chef to Kathleen, helping to make tasty and filling gringo-style dinners for groups. She, with Diana and Francis, keeps the Center clean and presentable.
Francis Flores Staff BiosFrancis prepares delicious Nicaraguan-style lunches for groups. She travels over an hour each way on public buses to get to/from work.

Nueva Vida Health Clinic Staff:

Administrator / Pharmacist:

00 Josefa Rayo headshot Staff BiosJosefa is an excellent community organizer with a degree in pharmacology, as well as certification in laboratory technology and other fields. Her passion for geriatric care inspires the clinic to pay more attention to our elderly. Josefa is the administrator at the clinic, keeping the whole clinic operation running smoothly, and holding the vision for a more integrated holistic health clinic.

Doctors:

00 Jorge Flores headshot Staff BiosJorge helped to found the Nueva Vida Clinic and worked with us as a part time general practitioner for 10 years. He left to study radiology, and is now back at the clinic treating patients and providing ultrasounds, a service our patients really need!
0 Victoriano headshot Staff BiosVictoriano is a pediatrician who works full time with the Ministry of Health, and part of the mornings treats children at our clinic. His special focus in care is for asthmatic children.
0 Elizabeth headshot Staff BiosElizabeth is a general practitioner who works full time in the Ministry of Health Clinic in Nueva Vida, and in the afternoons treats patients at our clinic. She concentrates her work with our diabetic and hypertensive patients. This includes going out into the community for home visits.

Gulnara Martinez Staff BiosGulnara
 is our part-time ob/gyn who works with the Ministry of Health in Ciudad Sandino. Gulnara studied and worked in Cuba for many years. With her on staff, both our prenatal care as well as our early detection and treatment of cervical cancer have improved greatly.
Luis Perez Staff BiosLuis is an orthopedist who volunteered his time at our clinic for 8 years. He is now on staff working 3 mornings per week helping patients control and reduce muscular skeletal pain.

Nurses:

GE DIGITAL CAMERA Staff BiosMarta is a community health nurse who divides her time between nursing in the clinic and home visits for house bound elderly patients and new mothers. She also travels over an hour each way on public buses to get to/from work.

Isamar Garcia Staff BiosIsamar
is a new addition to our nursing staff. She did her practicum with us in the Nueva Vida clinic. Since joining us in 2016, she has learned to take PAPs and do EKGs. We are looking for funds to continue her position.
Henry Sequiera Staff BiosHenry was trained as a medic in the war and has some nursing training.  He has worked with the CDCA since the early days.  Among many other tasks, Henry does intake, wound care, and injections at the clinic.

Lab Technician:

Massiel Jarquin, lab technician Staff BiosMassiel is our lab technician who did her practicum at our clinic with Mario, our former lab technician.  She joined our clinic staff August 2015 and has been a great addition.

Health Promoter:

GE DIGITAL CAMERA Staff BiosJessenia is a full time health promoter at the clinic who organizes lay health promoters and support groups. She is often in the Nueva Vida community doing home visits with the elderly and new mothers. Our public health component at the clinic has grown tremendously under her guidance.

Dental Staff:

0 Inya headshot Staff BiosInya is a dentist working full time in our clinic’s dental unit which focuses attention on the children of Nueva Vida. She shares the vision of serving these children and took a pay cut from her previous job to work at our clinic. Several times a year, Inya volunteers with Operation Smile.
Fabiola Staff BiosFabiola is from Nueva Vida and one of the first graduates of Nicaragua’s first dental assistant program.  Fabiola assists Inya and coordinates dental appointments with the feeding centers.
0 Ligia headshot Staff BiosLigia is a full time dental hygienist who has a special connection with children.  Ligia also does oral hygiene education in community schools and child feeding centers. She, like many others on our staff, travels far to come to work.

Pharmacy:

Danelia Rocha Staff BiosDanelia started working with us as a community organizer in Nueva Vida right after Hurricane Mitch, and has been involved in the clinic since it began.  Danelia’s primary job is dispensing medicines in the pharmacy under the supervision of Josefa.

Cleaning:

Petronila Staff BiosPetronila works extremely hard to keep the clinic clean and never fails to keep the staff laughing with her good sense of humor. She was thrilled when the clinic got a washing machine, and had to learn how to use one!
Luz Marina Staff BiosLuz is from Nueva Vida. She works very hard with Petronila to clean the clinic buildings. She is slight in build and strong in work.
Jubilee House Community members who are CDCA staff:
0 becca headshot Staff BiosBecca and her family joined the JHC in 2007, although she has worked with the CDCA since 2001.  As a college student, Becca volunteered with the CDCA the summer after Hurricane Mitch hit, when Nueva Vida was littered with temporary houses.  She was a natural leader and is still leading the CDCA into new projects. Becca works with cooperatives and does fundraising. She also keeps up with the blog, and posts on Facebook and Twitter. She and her husband Paul and daughters do speaking trips in the north west of the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
As Mike and Kathleen’s son, Daniel began his work with volunteers as a toddler, when he got into their luggage and cleaned the floor with their toothbrushes! After studying dentistry to learn proper use of toothbrushes, Daniel worked as our Volunteer Coordinator and is now our first-ever Volunteer Supervisor, taking over the role of coordinating medical brigades and donations with the local Ministry of Health as well as working with volunteers and improving the educational aspects of our Volunteer Program.
Kathleen Murdock Staff BiosKathleen is one of the founders of the JHC and has lived and worked in Community since 1979. Kathleen is the director of the clinic, helping guide the work in health, making policy for the clinic. She keeps sight of the reason the clinic exists: to improve access to quality health care for the poor. Kathleen writes the CDCA’s quarterly newsletter, thank you letters, brochures, slide scripts, blog, and also does an incredible amount of fundraising. In her “spare time” she cooks dinner for 12 to 45 people at least 3 nights a week.
00 Kathy Floerke headshot Staff BiosKathy and her sister Pat joined the JHC in 1987.  Kathy bears the brunt of the unsung work of the CDCA — she is the bookkeeper, administrator, bill-payer, bank runner, as well as liaison with the Nicaraguan government.  She  wades through miles of bureaucratic paperwork to make sure we have dotted i’s and crossed t’s, in order to receive permission to bring donated goods into the country. Kathy and Pat do presentations in the Midwest of the United States.
Mike in hat Staff Bios Mike is one of the founders of the JHC and spends most of his time wheeling and dealing on behalf of the poor, working out fair deals for farmers, while convincing good hearted businesses to work with the co-ops. He also works on issues of organics and fair trade both in Nicaragua and the U.S. The self-described “visionary” of the community, Mike would much rather be pontificating from the comfort of his hammock.
00 Pat Floerke headshot Staff BiosPat and her sister Kathy joined the JHC in 1987. Pat is a licensed clinical social worker who dedicates much of her time to counseling families, especially women and children, at the clinic. Additionally, Pat runs the Vision Clinic one day a week, checking eyes and handing out donated glasses to patients. Pat and Kathy speak in the Midwest of the United States.
00 Sarah Junkin Woodard headshot staff biosSarah is one of the founders of the JHC and an appropriate technology genius.  Sarah can design and build anything and spend nearly nothing doing it. She also puts together the newsletters, the website, and keeps up with the best organized database ever. Sarah does a speaking trip in the eastern U.S. each spring and by default has become the CDCA’s IT person, a job she would dearly love to have taken from her by someone with better skills (we’re still looking!).

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