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Midwives in Cancuc, Chiapas are talking to their communities about the importance of prenatal care

The GPA Team

Stacey Ramirez
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Stacey works with the talented GPA staff, board members and supporters to ensure GPA achieves its mission to empower communities and improve child & maternal health in marginalized areas in Latin America. She has over 17 years of experience designing and managing international health and human rights programs, including working as the International Program Director for Bangladesh and Liberia, for the What to Expect Foundation. She was also responsible for managing the Institute of International Education’s Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness in Latin America, a health, training and advocacy program that reached thousands of community members and funded numerous community health projects. During the '90s, Stacey worked for the Mexican women’s rights organization SEMILLAS, and has had a passion to work towards a world where women and children have access to quality care and the opportunity for a healthy life. She earned her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, her BA degrees in Journalism and Spanish, and a professional certificate in Photography from the Maine Photo Workshops. 

Martha Moreno Guati Rojo, PhD
Training Program Director

Trained as an anthropologist, Martha has been working with indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico since 1993 on health, gender, and development issues. She has extensive experience in participatory research, organizing training projects, and establishing multi-level community relationships with diverse stakeholders. She has participated in the training of indigenous midwives as advocates for community health and in promoting awareness about sexual and reproductive rights and the prevention of gender violence. She has also worked with the public health system, and other non-governmental organizations to promote effective health care public policies for women. Martha holds PhDs in both Social Anthropology and Gender Studies and a master’s degree in Native American studies. Prior to joining GPA she worked for several international organizations in Spain, Honduras and Brazil designing, implementing, and evaluating health and education programs.

Scott Cohen, MD, DTM
Founder and Medical Director

Scott has been practicing pediatric medicine since 1989, serving primarily high-risk, low-income patients in the U.S. and Latin America. In 1988, as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, he served pediatric patients in Gabon, West Africa. He has also delivered pre- and post-operative care to surgical patients in Cuba and El Salvador. In the eastern rainforest of Guatemala, he provided primary care for indigenous villagers of all ages and taught basic Western medicine to local health promoters. He received his M.D. from Tufts University in Boston in 1989 and his Diploma in Tropical Medicine from Royal College of Surgery in Ireland in 2000. He completed his pediatric residency at Oakland Children’s Hospital in 1992. He was attending nursery physician at Alameda County Medical Center and assistant director of an inpatient unit at Oakland Children’s Hospital. He was lead editor for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ newsletter on international child health for many years and has published chapters for books and articles on global pediatric health topics.  He is fluent in Spanish. Currently, Scott is a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael, California.

Clara Rubio Barredo
Training Program Assistant Director

Clara received her sociology degree at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, and went on to receive her master’s degree in gender studies and local development from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has participated in mediation, research and evaluation projects focused on human rights, immigration, gender issues and the trafficking of women in Paraguay, Spain and Panama, for non-governmental and international organizations, as well as with local governments. For the past two and a half years, Clara has worked in Mexico on women’s rights projects, with a special emphasis on sexual and reproductive rights. In 2012, Clara was a volunteer for GPA, and became a staff member where she participated in the GPA study Maternal Mortality and the Role Midwives Play to Prevent it in 6 Municipalities in the Highlands Region of Chiapas. Currently, she works on the GPA team that implements the midwife training program in several municipalities in the Highlands Region.

Juan Carlos Pérez Vázquez
Assistant Program Coordinator

Juan Carlos is from Yajalón, Chiapas and has been working as a GPA Assistant Program Coordinator for GPA over the past three years. He has also been working with the midwife training program, as well as a Tzeltal translator for the organization for over ten years, a skill which involves not only using his training as a health technician, but also his ability to translate Western medical concepts and terminology into the vocabulary and cosmovision of the indigenous populations of the Highland Region of Chiapas. Juan Carlos received his degree as a Community Health Professional Technician from the National Education College. He also holds a degree in Management and Coordination of Social and Civil Organizations. He has participated in non-governmental organizations, coordinated popular education activities, midwifery training, among others.

Gabriel García, MD
Training Program Coordinator

Gabriel es médico y ha sido responsable de la área de capacitación de parteras y agentes de salud para la Alianza Pediátrica Global durante los últimos cinco años. Lleva más de 20 años trabajando en la regió de Los Altos, en Chiapas, México, y se especializa en métodos de educación popular. Recibió su título en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en la Ciudad de México.