“I feel blessed and inspired to be able to work for an organization as transparent as Concern America. I love our work ethic…instead of doing for, we work alongside and develop meaningful relationships enabling self-empowerment.”
“Concern America is all about building community and learning in the process. I’m always impressed by how committed everyone is to work together and help each other. It is a privilege to be part of such an amazing process.”
“I love Concern because it’s based in the community – the people providing health care services, building water systems, forming cooperatives – they are committed to their families and their communities, and we have the opportunity to be a part of that.”
Ben teaches Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Peace and Justice classes at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Since 2009, he has been a member of Concern America’s Walk Out of Poverty Planning Committee. He is passionate about Concern America’s work because it emphasizes empowerment through education. He values that Concern America’s work is based on relationships of solidarity and respect where the lines of service provider and service recipient are consciously erased.
Marty Trujillo most recently served as Communications Messaging Specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) in Aliso Viejo, California. Associated with Concern America for more than a decade, his dedication has come from his “absolute belief in our mission, total faith in our staff, complete admiration for our volunteers, and undying love for the people we serve.
Debbie Salas currently serves as the Staff VP in Business Operations and Provider Experience at CareMore Health, a subsidiary of Anthem Health Plan. Debbie has over 25 years of healthcare management experience leading successful teams in the areas of operations, process improvement and training for both provider and health plan organizations. As the former Chair for St Joseph Health’s Mission and Values Committee, Debbie was introduced to Concern America through craft sales SJH sponsored and became inspired by the work they do. “It’s truly amazing to know there are people and an organization like Concern America who care enough to teach local people on ways to alleviate poverty and improve their lives in a very dignified manner.”
Prior deciding to build the most recent iteration of her career around food, Stacey worked for over 20 years in the organizational development, training, and communication fields serving a wide range of corporate and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BS in Education and a MA in Educational Technology, both from San Diego State University.
As a frequent traveler in Mexico & Central America, seeing the tolls that poverty and lack of healthcare can take, Stacey feels gratified and honored to be a small part of the work being done by Concern America in those regions to make care accessible and affordable.
Anne Ford is a board-certified family physician at St. Joseph and St. Jude Medical Group in Brea, CA. She has been in practice since 2001 and received her medical degree and residency training at the University of California, Irvine, CA. Anne previously worked as an RN, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing in 1987. Anne has had a special interest in underserved communities and has served as a medical team leader for teams to Kenya, Africa. She has also traveled to Guatemala to the Petén where she has seen first-hand the marvelous work of the Health Promoter Practitioners and has worked with St. Joseph to help teach the Practitioners as well. Anne first became acquainted with the work of Concern America in 2010 when she went with St. Joseph Health on an immersion trip to the Petén.
Since January 1989, Dr. Gilbert has practiced Family Medicine with St Joseph Heritage Medical Group. He has had leadership roles within Providence St. Joseph Health and currently serves as the Regional Medical Director for Quality for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, a non-profit entity that represents over 500 physicians in Orange and San Bernardino Counties. He has traveled to Guatemala on numerous occasions and has helped coordinate advanced Health Promoter Practitioner courses, brought information technology to the volunteers, and has coordinated ongoing relationships between the Health Promoter Practitioners and the medical specialists of St Joseph. His support and interest in Concern derives directly from the values of Providence St. Joseph Health and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange – Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity.
Amy has spent the last twenty years working in ministry within the Diocese of Orange, where her path intersected with Concern America numerous times. When bringing youth ministry teens to the annual Walk Out of Poverty or assisting with parish Fair Trade craft sales, she has always been inspired by the mission of Concern America. In 2017, Amy and her family traveled to Guatemala to visit the various programs operated by Concern America there and was able to witness firsthand the important and impressive work of empowering individuals and communities as they move toward self-sufficiency.
Beth has served for over thirty years in Catholic healthcare in three systems, Holy Cross, Providence and St. Joseph Health and has executive experience in mission integration, leadership development and formation, strategic planning and finance. Beth was inspired by the work of Concern America while accompanying the St. Joseph Health Mission and Mentoring Trips to Guatemala.
Herlinda Ramirez-Machado is a Sister of St. Joseph of Orange. Most of her work experience has been assisting young families to acquire new skills and connecting patients with resources in the community. Sr. Herlinda ministered as a Pastoral Assistant at St. Jude Neighborhood Clinic in Fullerton, California. She was also involved with the Comprehensive Prenatal Service Program and the Every Woman Counts Program/Cancer Detection Program at St. Jude’s Medical Center. Sr. Herlinda was also involved in the mother and baby First Five Program at Healthy Beginning Programs at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California. Sr. Herlinda has a degree from the Universidad de Sonora, Mexico in Psychology.
Paul Williams designs and implements global, national and regional communications programs for health, non-profit, government and entertainment industry businesses, organizations and individuals. With over 20 years of experience, Paul’s campaigns have reached millions worldwide and won multiple awards. During his career, Paul has represented the Olympic Games, the State of California (including the successful “Click It or Ticket” campaign), the Red Cross, ECO, Global Green, Rock the Vote, Recycle Across America, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the National MS Society, the Visiting Nurse Association of America, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, the REACH Program for Native American Alcoholism Education, and many others. Paul is honored and humbled to serve on the board of Concern America.
As a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sandra has worked primarily as an educator in Catholic elementary schools, in offices for religious education at the diocesan and parish levels, and as a member of the leadership team for the Los Angeles Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. From 2006-2011 she served on the staff of Concern America. Sandra finds that the mission of Concern America resonates so consistently with the mission and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph that her commitment to Concern America is a seamless fit for her.
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