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Center Staff

Staff Profiles

Mara Bird profile

Mara Bird, Ph.D.

Melawhy Garcia profile

Melawhy Garcia, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor

Mayra Rascon profile

Mayra Rascón, MPH
Doctoral Fellow

Diana Aguirre profile

Diana Aguirre, MPH, CHES
Research Associate
Project Coordinator

Natalia Gatdula profile

Natalia Gatdula, MPH
Research Associate
Program Manager

Alex Garbanati profile

Alex Garbanati
Technology & Graphics Coordinator

Joaquin Morales profile picture

Joaquin Morales
Administrative Assistant

Maryan Santa Cruz
Project Assistant

Dr. Britt Rios Ellis profile

Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D.
Founding Director


Center Advisory Board

  • Dr. Hector Balcazaar  |  Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Ana Carricchi  |  Long Beach Department of Health and Humans Services
  • Dr. Felipe Castro  |  University of Texas at El Paso
  • Jorge Daboub  |  Univision
  • Zoila Escobar  |  AltaMed Health Services
  • Dr. David Hayes-Bautista  |  University of California Los Angeles
  • Sara Elena Loaiza  |  Latino Consultants
  • Dr. Vickie Mays  |  UCLA School of Public Health
  • Jennifer Ng’andu  |  RWJF
  • Dr. Kurt Organista  |  University of Berkeley School of Social Welfare
  • Dr. Henry Pachecho  |  National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis  |  CSU, Monterey Bay
  • Richard Zaldivar  |  The Wall Las Memorias Project

CSULB Center Faculty Fellows

  • Dr. Gail Frank  |  Family and Consumer Science
  • Dr. Gino Galvez  |  Psychology
  • Dr. Javier Lopez-Zetina  |  Health Science
  • Dr. Eric Marinez  |  Biochemistry and Chemistry
  • Dr. Guido Urizar  |  Psychology