Jubilee House Community – Center for Development in Central America
CDCA Staff Bios 2020: (grouped by general areas of responsibility)
César 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 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.
Diana is a great addition to our office staff, being very capable and organized. She also has a good understanding of staff and volunteer needs, the flow of work both at the CDCA and Clinic, and a newly acquired drivers’ license! We welcome her participation as Kathy moves towards retirement.
Rogelio 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 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 works in construction and maintenance with Pedro and Rogelio, and is especially adept making volunteer brigades laugh while they work.
Carmen is an especially skilled sous chef to Kathleen, helping to make tasty and filling gringo-style dinners for groups, and is now leading the Hospitality team. She, along with Francis, keep the Center clean and presentable.
Francis 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:
Josefa 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.
Jorge 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!
Victoriano 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.
Elizabeth 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.
Isamar is our Nueva Vida Clinic nurse. She did her practicum with us in the clinic. Since joining us in 2016, she has learned to take PAPs and do EKGs. We are looking for funds to continue her position.
Dominga is our therapist who works enthusiastically with children and adults. She works both individually within the clinic and in providing educational classes. She joined our clinic staff in 2020 after serving as a volunteer throughout 2019 and has been a great addition.
Massiel 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.
Jessenia 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.
Julio is a dentist with many years of experience, now working full time (beginning September 2019) in our clinic’s dental unit which focuses attention on the children of Nueva Vida. From Ciudad Sandino, Julio smilingly describes his family as “2 children, 1 wife”. When not doing dentistry, he enjoys his motorcycle.
Fabiola is from Nueva Vida and one of the first graduates of Nicaragua’s first dental assistant program. Fabiola also coordinates dental appointments with the feeding centers.
Ligia 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.
Danelia 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.
Petronila 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 is from Nueva Vida. She works very hard with Petronila to clean the clinic buildings. She is slight in build and strong in work.
Education – Volunteer Coordinator:
Andrea joined our staff as Volunteer Coordinator in 2018. A native Nicaraguan, she adds breadth and a fresh joyful perspective to volunteers’ days as they learn about Nicaragua, participate in the work, and play. Andrea keeps up with correspondence from potential volunteers as well as accompanying them while they are in Nicaragua. Andrea also helps with social media and the Lobas and Leones groups at the Clinic.
José has been the caretaker at Casa Ben Linder for nearly a decade, and agreed to stay on with us when we took over the CBL in 2018. He has a real love for the place, especially the plants, and usually has a small nursery going, producing more plants.
Jubilee House Community members who are CDCA staff:
Becca 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 social media. She and her husband Paul and daughters do speaking trips in western U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Claudia, joining the Community in 2018, works in the broader aspects of education through social media and managing AirBnb listings at Casa Benjamin Linder, while putting her business administration training to good use as our HR point person. Claudia first became acquainted with the JHC and the work of the CDCA years ago, and we’re delighted to have her not only as part of Daniel’s family, but as co-worker.
Daniel, as Kathleen and Mike’s son, 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 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 regularly cooks dinner for 11 to 45 people.
Kathy 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 (in transition to Diana), 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.
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.
Paul joined the JHCommunity along with Becca, and has worked as an informal volunteer while developing woodworking skills within their rual community. Joining the staff in 2020, Paul divides his time between the workshop and the development of Casa Ben Linder.
Sarah 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 an educational 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!).