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Our Team

  • Tu Salud ¡Si Cuenta! - Employees

    Meet the Team

  • Tu Salud ¡Si Cuenta! - Employees

    Meet the Team

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    Meet the Team

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    Meet the Team

"Because your health matters"

Leadership

Belinda Reininger
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Dr. Belinda Reininger

DrPH, Brownsville Regional Dean & Professor

Lisa Mitchell-Bennett
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Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

MA, MPH, Project Manager of Community Engagement

Team

Amanda Davé

Amanda

Program Manager

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Amanda Davé, MPH

Amanda Davé is the Program Manager of UTHealth School of Public Health-Brownsville’s Community-Wide Campaign “Tu Salud ¡Si Cuenta!”, a chronic disease prevention program that partners with cities and precincts throughout Cameron and Hidalgo Counties to address physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, and environmental infrastructure change around health.

Amanda graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and International Studies in 2008, and received her Master in Public Health in 2011 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-School of Public Health. Her work has focused on addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations including infectious disease program development with The Carter Center in Atlanta and NGOs in Honduras and Peru, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Malawi, and now addressing obesity-related chronic diseases in the RGV.

A native Houstonian, Amanda moved to Brownsville in 2015 to work for UTHealth and has embraced the beauty and intricacies of the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to her professional duties, Amanda is a certified yoga instructor. She is dedicated to helping communities thrive in a united effort focused on the health and wellness of each individual that builds a community.

Jessica Perez

Jessica

Program Coordinator

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Jessica Perez, MSHS

Jessica is a Program Coordinator whose educational background centers in exercise, nutrition, and health administration. Her life-long commitment to helping minority groups and in-risk populations served as an inspiration to professionally develop in Public Health with Community-Wide Campaign at UT Health School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus.

During her free time she enjoys doing activities with her family, learning and creating healthy recipes, as well as traveling.

Rebecca Lozoya

Rebecca

Research Coordinator I

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Rebecca Lozoya, BS

Rebecca is a graduate student at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville. She is majoring in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences with a Maternal and Child Health certificate. She graduated from UTRGV in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Rebecca’s favorite type of wellness activity is dancing, especially while she is studying. She likes to give herself “dance breaks” to relax. When in doubt, she just dances it out! She loves to bake organic cookies for a quick and healthy snack.

Rolando Arevalo

Rolando

Communication Specialist

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Rolando Arevalo

Rolando is a dedicated Communication Specialist at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Brownsville. He utilizes his expertise in communication strategies to promote public health initiatives. His interest in audio production and multimedia in general started with him recording local rock bands at home, Rolando is known for his creative approach in producing engaging and informative multimedia content that educates and inspires.

His background in Psychology provides him with a unique perspective, allowing him to understand audiences and their behaviors. Outside of work, Rolando enjoys family time, movies, singing and playing guitar.

Stephany Diaz

Stephany

Research Coordinator II

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Stephany Diaz, MPH, MS

Stephany Diaz is a Research Coordinator II whose educational background centers on Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Biomedical Informatics. Her research interest revolves around data and how to use it better to help alleviate health disparities among the underserved/minorities.

Marcelina Marcelina Martinez

Marcelina

Community Health Worker (CHW)

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Marcelina Marcelina Martinez

Marcelina (Nina)is a health promoter and Zumba instructor for 13 years now, at the UT Health School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus. She really enjoys all the activities in the development of her work, but what she loves the most is interacting with the participants, either by bringing them information or when giving an exercise class.

She is a proud mother of 2 children, enjoys Sunday family day, a day where she goes to the movies with her husband and children.

Alba Flores

Alba

Community Health Worker (CHW)

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Alba Flores

Alba is a Community Health Worker (CHW) and works as a health promoter and Zumba instructor. She is very happy and grateful for her work because it allows her to have contact with many people who she can help in different ways.

Alba likes to exercise, socialize, cook, help out, listen to music and dance. She enjoys family time, and believes in friendship, loyalty, sincerity and in ” Love ” which to her is the force that moves human beings, but most importantly that she believes in GOD. Alba enjoys a sunrise, sunset or dusk always, no matter the place, it is just appreciating the wonderfulness of life.

Mirna Carrizales

Mirna

Community Health Worker (CHW)

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Mirna Carrizales

Mirna Community Health Worker (CHW) and a Health Promoter. She is also an exercise instructor as well as certified in Phlebotomy and CPR.

Mirna likes to travel with her family and visit new places. She adores nature and loves nutrition. In her free time she enjoys working on her garden and taking care of her plants, she likes to read and learn new topics of all kinds. Most importantly she is a mother of 3 beautiful children whom she loves very much. One of Mirna’s favorite foods among others is the “Entomatadas de queso fresco”.

Media Team

Cynthia Hernandez

Cynthia

Communication Specialist

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Cynthia Hernandez, BAC

Cindy’s passion for video production began at the early age of 15. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Texas at Brownsville, while working for the student paper and student athletics media department. Her passion for media is as great as her passion for serving our community. She serves in Brownsville’s oldest non-profit organization, The Brownsville Junior Service League where she teaches young children about finances and serves on the executive board as the Historian.

In her spare time, Cindy loves weightlifting, yoga, photography, and social media.

Andrea Caraveo

Andrea

Graphic Designer

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Andrea Caraveo, AAS

Andrea is a Graphic Designer currently working for the UTHealth School of Public Health – Brownsville Regional Campus. With a degree in Digital Media Design Technology (DMDT), she has had a hard-working experience in her career for over a decade. In her early college years, her design was selected to create the official symbol of the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization back in 2012, emblem that still stands today. She was presented with an official recognition signed by the Governor of Texas. Among other accomplishments some include developing the logo for the 2020 City of Brownsville Census campaign “¡Dejate Contar! | “Let yourself count”, and a project collaboration to renovate and up-bright the interior of the Brownsville Public Library System. Focusing on the wall mural art design of the Public Computing Center (PCC), which includes the Internet Resource Center and a two-story building space with teen in minds called “Space 14s”, which you don’t normally see in a standard library, but that the Brownsville library decided to take challenge on creating.

Andrea enjoys dedicating time to her family and enjoys spending time in the community. 

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