Community Mentors serve on each UHAND Scholar mentoring team to help develop and refine mentoring plans, provide feedback on research from the community perspective and participate in mentoring team meetings. They enable access to at risk populations and identify local opportunities for scholars to share research findings.
Linda Civallero is the Associate Director for BridgeUp at Menninger. She provides leadership for the BridgeUp Magic Grants, including grant management, communications with grant partners and evaluation. Linda is a native Houstonian and is committed to improving health and education in underserved communities. She spent 18 years at MD Anderson Cancer Center, managing and directing federally-funded cancer prevention projects, in Public Education and the Department of Health Disparities Research. Linda’s experience includes grant development, project planning and implementation and community engagement.
Claire W. Shynett
Claire W. Shynett, MA, is Founder of Partners 4 Inclusion, a comprehensive recovery initiative leveraging employment opportunities for individuals with mental illness and intellectual developmental disorders. She is a former Board Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston, and currently serves as a Board Director for Special Kids Inc.
Dr. Beverly J. Gor
Dr. Beverly J. “Jeanie” Gor is a registered dietitian who completed her bachelor’s and doctoral degree at the University of Houston, and master’s degree in nutrition and food science at Texas Woman’s University. In 1994, she and her colleagues established the Asian American Health Coalition and in 2002, created the HOPE Clinic, a federally qualified health center providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to more than 30 language groups, including many Asian American groups.
Elizabeth Perez, MPH
Elizabeth Perez joined Harris County Public Health Department (HCPH) as the Director of Communications, Education, and Engagement (OCEE) in 2015. Her responsibilities include overseeing the overall communication and engagement methods of HCPH, both internally and externally. Whether it be through the creation of educational videos and materials, marketing, and all forms of media, her office and staff serve as the supportive foundation to all of HCPH and the community.
Gustavo A. Molinar
Gustavo A. Molinar is the Literacy Specialist at Mental Health America of Greater Houston where he educates and advocates for positive mental health across the Houston community. Gustavo has hosted a variety of panels ranging in topics such as BIPOC Mental Health and collegiate mental health in partnership with a variety of organizations, with the goal of increasing understanding of mental health topics and destigmatizing mental illnesses. Additionally, Gustavo delivers trainings that provide mental health information and self-care management strategies.
Founder/CEO of FLAS, Inc. (Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social, Inc.), Ms. Elia Chino works tirelessly to educate people about preventable diseases, behavioral health, and mental illness. She’s a former member of the City of Houston’s Community Planning Group (CPG) and the former chair of the City’s Latino HIV Task Force. In 2016, she received the “Premio Revolución” award by the Government of Mexico; that same year she also received the “Jefferson Foundation Award” in recognition of her outstanding public service.
a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and
A PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
— John Crosby
Marlen Trujillo, PhD, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of Spring Branch Community Health Center. She oversees the overall operations of the health center and maintains compliance with grant deliverables and is responsible for the supervision and administration of all staff and functions.
Lisa Helfmen, JD, is Director of Real Estate at H-E-B Grocers. Prior to joining H-E-B, Lisa served as Director of Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital where she created the Real Estate Services Department in order to centralize the hospital’s real estate operations.
Karen Jackson is Founder/CEO of Sisters Network Inc., the nation’s only African American breast cancer survivorship organization. Jackson leads Sisters Network’s nationwide effort to focus the spotlight on increasing breast cancer awareness in the African American community.
Reverend Francene Young
Rev. Francene Young is the current Vicar at St. Luke the Evangelist. While working as a Vice President of Talent, Development and Diversity for a global energy company, she attended the Episcopal Diocese of Texas' Iona School for Ministry. After successfully completing the three-year program, Francene was ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2011 and a Priest in January 2012.