About Our Team

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP | President and CEO : Stanford University, UCLA Public Health and Medical Schools, Internal Medicine Residency, NRSA Fellow in Primary Care Research, experience in policy and programs at the White House, HHS Office on Women's Health, State of CA, and the founding of NHMA/NHHF with core group of physicians in 1994.

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Jeanne Duvall | Chief Financial Officer: Jeanne Duvall completed her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at American University. Jeanne has been the longest-standing staff member at NHMA, serving as NHMA’s head accountant for the last 14 years. Jeanne is passionate about serving Hispanic and Latino physicians as well as underserved communities.  

Yvonne Malloy, MPP | Chief Operating Officer/Director of Programs: Yvonne is a passionate champion for inclusive communities, health equity, racial reconciliation and healing, and youth mentoring.  She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. 

Yanecia Green | Director of Membership and Chapter DevelopmentYanecia has worked in the membership, marketing and communications capacity for a number of professional organizations for more than 25 years. She holds a BS in Communications Media Studies from Bowie State University.

Government Affairs Manager - vacant

Vincent Gearity | Associate Director of Programs and Director of InternsVincent has a background in Community Health Education and Business. He completed his BS in Health Science in May 2020 and has been with NHMA since. He was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. 

Jason Hernandez | Program Manager: Jason has a background in public health with an interest in health equity and Latin American Studies. He completed his BS in Public Health Science with a Minor in Spanish Language, Culture, & Professional Contexts from the University of Maryland, College Park. Born and raised in the DC Area, Jason is excited to serve as an advocate for underrepresented communities.

Maegan Samuel, MPH | Program Coordinator: Maegan comes to NHMA with 6 years of public health experience. She has a variety of experience including HIV/AIDS, Health Equity, and COVID-19 response. Maegan completed her Master's degree in Public Health from George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Howard University.

Madeline Canas | Program Coordinator: Madeline joins NHMA with a background in public health and community health education with a passion for equity and inclusion for underrepresented communities. She earned her BS in Health Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been an advocate for the Hispanic/Latino community to minimize health disparities and improve access to care.

Azucena Turcios | Program Coordinator: Azucena graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Public Health. Azucena was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She is passionate about helping her community and reducing existing barriers to healthcare.

Cristhofer Moreira | Program Coordinator: Cristhofer earned his BS in Public Health and BA in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey. He has a background in socio-behavioral health and health equity research for underrepresented communities. He has been involved in governmental and non-profit work focused on healthcare reform and community health prevention programs.

LaShawn Maloy | Events Manager: LaShawn assists membership and programs staff with meeting planning.

Fernanda Durand | Communications Director 

José Carlos Villegas | Communications Manager and Managing Editor of the JNHMA: José Carlos holds a Master of Arts in Media, Culture and Technology from the University of Virginia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, in Northern Mexico. He has extensive experience as a strategic communications consultant in the public and private sectors. 

Emma Bautista | Communications Coordinator: Emma earned her BS in Telecommunications and minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. She has experience in digital communications and broadcast news and is passionate about creatively communicating essential information to make a positive impact.

Sasha Martinez | Executive Assistant: Sasha has a decade experience in executive assistant services with non-profit and corporate leaders. Contact Sasha at (202) 628-5895 x119 to schedule meetings/speaking engagements with Dr. Rios.

Jeanne Ponsa | NHMA Conference Sponsors/Exhibitors & NHHF Scholarship Sponsors Director | Contact Jeanne at (818) 429-7603 for inquiries about sponsorship opportunities for NHMA and NHHF.