Education, Training and Language Skills

More information on academic Degrees and Theses.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 2000-2007.
Ph.D. in Anthropology, with Medical Anthropology and Gender Concentrations, May 2007. GPA 4.0.
Dissertation: Formative research on gender, elder health and care in Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico.

M.A. in Anthropology, May 2003. GPA 4.0.
Thesis: Niwan Chamel – The Big Illness – Pregnancy among Tojolabales of Chiapas, Mexico.

Thesis advisor for M.A. and Ph.D.: Mark A. Nichter.

El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico. 1997-1998.
Graduate coursework in gender, development, qualitative research, and medical anthropology. GPA 3.9.

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. 1987-1991.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Social Sciences, 1991.
Honors in Anthropology and Education. GPA 3.9.
Thesis: Taking One’s Place: A classroom study of education for indigenous teachers in Chiapas, Mexico.

Thesis advisor for B.A.: George A. Collier.

Universidad Católica in coordination with Stanford Overseas Studies Program, Santiago, Chile. 1990.
Residence with Chilean family and undergraduate coursework in development, population, and health.
GPA 4.0.

Conferences (Select Events, 2008 – 2013)

Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting, Denver, 2013
Public Health in the Rockies annual meeting. Pueblo, 2012; Steamboat Springs, 2011; Colorado Springs, 2009
American Public Health Association annual meeting, Denver, 201
National Association of City & County Health Officials annual meeting, Sacramento, 2008, and Memphis, 2010
Colorado Health Care Safety Net Symposium, Denver, 2009
Colorado Public Health Summit, Denver, 2008
Academy of Health Disparities Conference, Denver, 2008


Boulder County, Boulder, CO. 2008-present
All required Boulder County training, including Supervisory Certificate earned, 2010. Additional training through the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment CDPHE, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officers CALPHO, local non-profit organizations, etc. including but not limited to training on:

Public health in Colorado
Mobilization for Action through Planning & Partnership
Boulder County Incident Command System
Supervision & supervisory styles
Interviewing & personnel selection
Developing individual performance standards
Performance appraisals and discipline
Positive coaching
Progressive discipline & county policy

Culturally sensitive & effective management
County budget process
Grant writing
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Census data retrieval
Bridges out of Poverty
Communications skills
Focus groups
Managing multiple priorities

Leadership Development

Regional Institute of Health and Environment Leadership (RIHEL) fellow, 2012-2013.
Discover U Leadership Program Master Graduate, 2009.

Language Skills

Chol (Mayan)

Native Language
Fluent (speaking, reading, writing)
Basic (speaking, reading, writing)
Exposure (speaking)
Exposure (speaking)

Professional Experience
Membership in Professional Organizations
Fellowships, Grants & Other Awards
Working Groups, Conferences & Sessions Organized
Professional Presentations
Commitment to Integrating Teaching & Research