Hands United / Manos Unidas
Bertha Ramos serves as the Data Manager for the CBA Division, working with both Hands United/Manos Unidas and Comunidades Saludables Ahora. She has a BA in psychology from the City College of the City University of New York. Her interests include minority women and health, youth and HIV/AIDS, and immigrants and health education. She plans on attending graduate school in health psychology.
Miriam Vega, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Evaluation
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Miriam Vega has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a two-year Prevention Fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. A majority of Dr. Vega’s social psychology work has focused on the issues of interpersonal communications, evaluation, stigma, the self-report methodology, culture, social marketing, and health.
Aunsha Hall is a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist. Prior to that, he served as Manager of LGBT Services at North Jersey Community Research Initiative, one of New Jersey’s largest comprehensive AIDS service organizations. Mr. Hall has been working in the non-profit field for the past ten years, primarily with those most at risk for HIV/AIDS as well as with other populations that experience social and economic hardships. Currently, Mr. Hall is working on a master’s degree in Leadership and Public Administration at Centenary College and is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received a BS in Family Studies.
Lina Cherfas, M.Sc.
During the past several years, Lina Cherfas has worked as a public health practitioner in New York City, focusing on coalition building, health education and outreach. Ms. Cherfas holds a BA in Psychology and European History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc in Forced Migration from Oxford University. Her research interests include the social determinants of health and human rights. Ms. Cherfas was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She enjoys cooking and photography.
Emily Klukas, MPH
Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation
A native of Minnesota, Emily Klukas graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Child Psychology and continued her education at New York University, receiving a MPH in International Community Public Health. Over the past seven years, Ms. Klukas has worked on a wide range of research projects on topics such as reproductive health choices, public health policy, diabetes, and iron deficiency. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, snowboarding and fishing.
Anahi Galante serves as the Program Coordinator for the Capacity Building Assistance Division. Her past work as an administrator includes a variety posts such as Parish Administrator, Executive Director of the Anahi Galante Dance Theatre, and Care Manager of Kindred Senior Care. Ms. Galante holds a BA in Religion from Thomas Edison State College, and is an ordained Interfaith Minister. Her commitment to the HIV/AIDS community through pastoral care services and advocacy began in the 1990s, when she founded a faith-based group, United in Grace in Jersey City. She was a Chaplain at The Momentum Project, serving the disfranchised HIV/AIDS affected community and served on the board of Episcopal Response to AIDS. Ms. Galante has also received formal training and attained experience-based knowledge in antiracism and cultural competency.
Thao Bui, MPH
Thao Bui was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Soon after, Ms. Bui attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she received her MPH with a concentration in Global Health. Her focus includes community development and support, pre/post project assessments, and program evaluation. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect donut.
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