Staff & Board
Jennine Smart has worked in the healthcare and public health sector for over eighteen years. Her experience is rooted in advocacy, social justice and anti-oppressive practice. Most recently she served as Equity and Inclusion Portfolio Manager at Health Share of Oregon, where her work included operationalizing equitable and inclusive practices and developing traditional health worker strategies to support workforce diversification, development, retention, and access.
Jennine holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. She is a strong advocate for collaborative, community-driven processes and strives to create inclusive systems that enable communities most impacted by systemic and structural oppression to thrive. Jennine believes that community health workers hold an instrumental role in addressing health inequities. For the last five years she has served as a Commissioner on the Traditional Health Worker Commission and is an active Board member of the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection.
Workforce Development Director
Yesi Castro brings nearly 10 years of experience working with low-income and migrant farmworkers in Hood River, Oregon, where her prevention work earned her a national recognition award in 2008. Her extensive experience includes working closely with leadership in different sectors (schools, transportation, local city government, health systems, parks, etc.) to ensure Latinx inclusion and voices in different community initiatives.
In 2013, Yesi completed her studies at Oregon State University where she received a Public Health degree and with a special focus in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. Yesi is a certified Community Health Worker, and is passionate about social justice, equity, changing systemic oppression for better health outcomes, and BIPOC representation in the outdoors.
In her free time, she loves to travel (especially outside of the country- and has lived in Japan and India!), horseback riding, hiking, and spending time with people she loves. She enjoys learning about different cultures and is excited to have the opportunity work network with CHWs statewide!
Curriculum Development and Workforce Lead Trainer
Chi Bui is a certified Community Health Worker. She is dedicated to advocacy work and helping her community to gain equitable resource. She supports local underserved communities everyday by bridging gaps and linking them to resources.
Chi has a special interest in assisting underserved families, who are unfamiliar with the United State healthcare system, and resolving communication barriers/cultural gaps involving in the system.
Currently, she actively participates in CHW training curriculum development and is the workforce lead trainer. She works along with the ORCHWA Workforce Development Team to expand the CHW workforce statewide providing ongoing technical assistance to organizations wanting to create or expand CHW training.
Training and Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Blanca Cisneros is dedicated in helping her community gain equitable resources. Prior to starting at ORCHWA, she worked with after-school facilitators in the education system within Multnomah County in promoting mental and sexual well being. Blanca supported Latinx youth and their families through academic, high school graduation, and college and career readiness.
She has a passion for helping warriors battling cancer, she wants them to feel loved and heard throughout their treatment and healing process. She is an active volunteer member of Fighting Pretty and Susan G. Komen (2012). As a committee member of Susan G. Komen Latinx Council, she provides direction and support between health systems, challenges, barriers and how to best serve the breast health needs of Latinas in the region.
Community Programs Director
Shanaquewa Finney is dedicated to assisting her community in accessing equitable resources to improve the lives of our current and future generations while working to remove stigmas. Prior to joining the team at ORCHWA, Shanaquewa was employed with the Urban League of Portland, working in the CEW (Community Education Worker) Program fighting health disparities, social determinants, social injustice and systemic racism in the African American community. After 4 years working in the CEW program she moved into the supervisor position, and is glad to expand on that work in her new role at ORCHWA.
She also loves spending time with her 6 grandchildren, working in her neighborhood community garden, traveling and taking pictures.
Community Programs Coordinator
Cammisha Manley brings a passion for community-led, social justice-driven public health programs that ignite needed change within health and social service systems. Having served as a mentor to undergraduate students, a staffing coordinator for nursing clinicians, and a case manager to individuals living with HIV, she understands the value of helping others navigate systems, advocate for their needs, and access much needed resources to live thriving and healthy lives. She is excited to support the CHW workforce and Community programs by building open, collaborative, and supportive partnerships.
In 2020, Cammisha completed a dual-degree program earning a Master in Public Health and a Master in Social Work with a mission to dismantle structural barriers to services and advocate for communities and individuals to hold influence and ownership over the systems they engage with. She is particularly interested in issues of reproductive justice, maternal and child health, mental health challenges, houselessness, and culturally-responsive healthcare. She’s gained experience in community engagement, program evaluation, and organizational change while working and interning with OHSU’s Transgender Health Program, Trauma Informed Oregon, Providence Nursing Administration, and Cascade AIDs Project.
Outside of building a meaningful career, she enjoys biking around the city, hiking in the forest, listening to music, cuddling her cat, and spending time with friends and family.
Communications and Membership Manager
Sossity Chiricuzio (she/they) comes from a long line of people who have supported the work of healthcare while questioning and addressing the shortcomings of the healthcare system. Raised with a dedication to social justice, advocacy, and the need to help make a difference in the world, Sossity sought out education in both the traditional (BA in Women's Studies/Humanities) and non-traditional (Take Back The Night, Act-Up, Queer Nation) realms, and applies all that they learned on a daily basis.
Sossity left the beautiful desert of Arizona for the progressive city of Portland in 2004, and has been a part of the art and activist scene ever since, with a focus on LGBTQI2S rights, weight bias and fat liberation, health equity, racial justice, disability, and issues related to class. She has decades of advocacy, organizational, communications, and media related skills and is very glad to apply them to the vital work done by Community Health Workers and ORCHWA.
Administrative and Accounting Manager email@example.com
Kamila Marins has 9 years of experience in Accounting and Finance in for profit companies, but her desire for helping her community and having a better work life balance made her look into the not-for-profit sector and realize that it was a great fit for her.
During her career, she was able to build and perfect processes taking the whole organization into consideration providing a systemic approach allowing the company to focus on the main goal instead of dealing with bureaucratic issues.
She is a home bug and loves to spend time with her family, pets and plants.
Board of Directors*
All emails for Board Members should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the Board Member in the subject line.
*Board Members are individual members and do not represent their organizations in any form or capacity on the ORCHWA board.
Adriana Rodriquez was born in Mexico City and raised in Washington County. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and was trained as a medical assistant a few years later and had the privilege to be trained as a parish health promoter in 2006 . Through this work she had the blessing of sharing and learning with her community, finding information and services, as well as seeing them bloom into individuals who feel that they can do what they didn't think they could. Seeing the glow in their eyes once they become empowered is what motivated her to pursue her bachelors degree in Community Health at Portland State University.
Her desire to continue to contribute to the Community Health Worker profession then led her to join the ORCHWA board as of 2011 approximately. She enjoys learning ways to continue to serve her community and spending time with her friends and family in her free time.
Dr. Julio Maldonado
Julio Maldonado has more than 23 years of public health and social services experience for Multnomah County in areas of community health work, program management and grant implementation, coalition coordination, case management, and health education. Outside the health department, he spent 15 years working for Kaiser Permanente as a health educator in the area of childbirth education, diabetes self -management, wellness prevention, webinar facilitator, and marketing. Before moving to the United States, he worked as a physician, and health administration for the Nicaraguan ministry of health that included the administration of health services to a rural population of 10,000 community members, and director of a 32 beds hospital, and a health center.
Affiliations: ORCHWA, and CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association).
Workgroups or other Boards or Committees in which you are active: active: Senior Case Manager at Bienestar de la Familia with Multnomah County.
Skills and Experience: Experience: Certified Childbirth Educator, Health Promotion, Chronic Diseases Self-Management, trainer/facilitator specifically diabetes, heart health, stress, human sexuality and oral health. Field services mentor for the SSCBT home visiting program.
Maria Tafolla is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Portfolio Manager at Health Share of Oregon to which she brings over 10 years of experience in community health, advancing health equity, leading innovative programs and departments, and implementing EDI practices that center member and community voice. She has contributed to the successful expansion of community driven initiatives and efforts such as community health worker programs, food insecurity initiatives and language access policies.
Maria is passionate about building authentic relationships, centering values in demonstrated actions and amplifying community and member voice to drive systems change. Maria is a community health worker and skilled facilitator. Maria is a founding Board Member of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and currently serves as the Board Secretary.
Affiliations: Binational Health Week- Committee Chair 2013 to 2015; SGK Latina Initiative Board Member; OHSU- Latino Outreach Committee Member
Skills and Experience: CHW 60hr training 2012; Motivational Interview; Popular Education; Health Literacy; Community Engagement; Health Education; CHW Supervisor; Program Development; Program Management; Community Outreach; Bilingual-Bicultural
Dr. Zeenia Junkeer
Chair for Policy & Advocacy
Zeenia Junkeer was born in Colombo Sri Lanka and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. Trained as a naturopathic physician, Zeenia has combined her work in social and racial justice advocacy with her training as a physician to work towards equitable health outcomes that center healing through traditional ways of knowing. A double Sagittarius and an avid seeker of the sun, you’ll find Zeenia near water whenever possible.
Affiliations: Adjunct faculty, National College of Naturopathic Medicine; contract OHEA CHIP, Urban League of Portland; Director/Co-Founder, Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB)
Workgroups: Healing Hurt People advisory group member, State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) advisory group member, SVP Strategy Team
Other Boards or Committees in which you are active: Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon, Oregon Women’s Campaign School.
Region 1 Chair (Hood River/Dalles)
María Antonia (Toña) Sánchez has been a Community Health Worker (CHW) in the Mid-Columbia since 1988. Prior to that, when she arrived in the United States, she served her community by volunteering to help others access health and social services. She has worked at Nuestra Comunidad Sana as a CHW in work such as breast cancer screening promotion, popular education trainer, family garden promoter, and as the Co-Facilitator for a domestic violence perpetrators program. She also works as La Clínica’s Women’s Health Promotora, conducting outreach, education and assisting with screening access for Hispanic women in our service area. She is a highly respected member of the Latino community as well as a nationally recognized CHW.
Job Title: Community Health Worker
Affiliations: THW Commission; Spectators; Mission Outreach Community Health Advisors - MOCHA
Skills and Experience: Toña has served communities for her entire life including health promotion, and advocacy. Upon her arrival to the US she began working as a volunteer CHW and soon after became one of the first ever paid CHW in the Nation. Toña has also served on several advisory committees as well as boards around the region. Toña’s possesses experiential leadership skills as well as leadership development skills. Additionally Toña possesses compassion, empathy and passion for her work in conducting outreach to provide health education.
Region 5 Chair (Tri-County)
Therese Lugano has been a Community Health Worker since 2012. Swahili, French, and English. Ms. Lugano is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and she grew up in a multilingual environment. Ms. Lugano immigrated to the United States 20 Years ago. As a former legislator in her home country, she brought with her a love of advocating and empowering her community members. Her extensive experience includes working closely with leadership in organizing grassroots for the underserved people of color, creating coalitions to strengthen those communities and creating specific grass roots for specific purposes such as empowering women, fighting health disparities, social determinants, social injustice .
Ms. Lugano has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development from PSU. Since 2012 Therese has been certified as a Community Health Worker and is passionate about advocacy work, social justice, equity and helping her community to gain equitable health and resources.
When time allows, Therese enjoys traveling in and out of the country, mingling with friends and spending time cooking for her grandson and playing with him.
Job Title: Community Health Worker Specialist
Affiliations: ORCHWA; African Family Holistic Health Organization (AFHHO), Togo Core, African Women Coalition (AWC), Unite Congolese community of Oregon, Advisory Steering Committee of Park and Recreation (city); Adoption and Children Protection Advisor Board (DHS); Member of African Advocacy Council
Skills and Experience: Legislative member in Congo more than 10 Years; Co-founder and Board president of the Right of single women in Africa; Manager of stores and motels business in Congo; Assistant to the manager of a foster home for adult; Certified Nurse Assistant for more than 12 years; Community Organizer in Oregon until now
Region 2 Chair: open
Region 3 Chair: open
Region 4 Chair: open