Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer

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Who We Serve

Board Members

Erica Andrade - President  
Susan Garrett – Vice President
Alexander Morales - Treasurer
Wendy Garza – Secretary
Jennifer Hunter – Board Member  

Staff and Board

Erica Andrade - President

Erica Andrade was born in a border town in the deep south of Texas, and is the proud daughter of an immigrant mother.  She migrated to Kansas City, Kansas at 15 and has since called KCK home.  She graduated from University of Kansas in 2001 with a BA in Latin American Studies.  She has worked at El Centro for the last 13 years, a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving the Latino community.  As a Health Navigator it’s her role to help individuals maneuver through the barriers of the health care system.  Her life’s work is advocating for the clients she sees and speaking to the needs they have in accessing health care services in hope that  someday we will be able to eliminating health disparities in Wyandotte County.  


Susan Garrett - Vice President

Susan Garrett, MPH, is the National Projects Manager for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Coordinating Office and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) - School of Nursing and Health Studies.  For over 10 years she has been a collaborator and leader in numerous Latino focused health initiatives in the Kansas City.  Ms. Garrett also serves on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, is a mentor for UMKC’s AVANZANDO program, and volunteers for various community organizations.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UMKC and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Alexander Morales - Treasurer

**Biography Pending** 



Wendy Garza - Secretary

Wendy Garza RN, BSN. Works at the University of Kansas as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator


Jennifer Hunter - Board Member

Jennifer Hunter, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies (SoNHS).  Her clinical background includes patient education development, diabetes care and teaching, pediatric nephrology, and home hospice care of children and adults.  Her doctoral degree is in cultural anthropology.  Dr. Hunter teaches courses such as cultural diversity and values, international health, and qualitative research methods at UMKC SoNHS, and her research focus is on cervical cancer in vulnerable populations.  Dr. Hunter's dissertation research explored the experience of cervical cancer in Iquitos, Peru, where she lived for nine months during the study.  Back home, she shifted her research to cervical cancer prevention and education among vulnerable populations, specifically Mexican immigrant women.  She has studied their learning needs and literacy/language issues in relation to cervical cancer prevention and how well U.S. healthcare addresses those needs.  Her more current focus of research is in the area of cervical cancer survivorship, long term complications of treatment, and the impact of treatment on sexual function and intimate relationships.  She helped CHWAC to obtain the Patient Advocacy Grant from American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) that funded the start-up of our mobile Pap outings, which include cervical cancer screening and education. 


Justin Gust - Board Member

Justin Gust, B.S.W., is a native from Olathe, Kansas.  He graduated with a bachelor's in Social Work from Kansas State University in 2012.  He currently serves as a Health Navigator for Johnson County at El Centro, a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving the Latino community.  It is his hope to bridge the gap between healthcare services and those in need in our communities by advocating, educating, and providing better access to services.  Justin has also participated in numerous trips to communities in Mexico for the past ten years.  He has served as an interpreter, health educator, leader, cultural mentor, neighbor and friend to many, and is proud to call those communities in Mexico his "second home."

Brenda Scharnhorst - Board Member

Brenda Scharnhorst graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish. While in college she was very active on campus as a founding member of the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha-Theta Omicron, founding member of the current Spanish Club, active member of Alpha Phi Omega, active member of the Pre-Medical Society, active member of the Pre-Dental Society, and a participant in chemistry Honors classes.  Brenda plans to continue her education by entering medical school in August of 2016.  Her goal is to become a bilingual doctor that not only speaks Spanish but also understands the Latino culture and community. She has made working with the Latino population a priority by committing herself to the coalition and being as active as possible by continuing to shadow Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, and continuing to shadow interpreters at the JAYDOC Free Clinic. Brenda stated, "I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization and I am very excited for the future endeavors we will embark upon together."

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Jessica Rodas - Board Member

As a first generation college student, Jessica Rodas is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Health Science with a minor in Political Science.  Her upbringing has instilled in her a passion for education, multiculturalism, health, and public policy.  Jessica is passionate not only about empowering communities and eliminating health disparities, but also education.  Her interest in Latino/Hispanic health and civil liberties has fueled her educational work and research.  Jessica has worked with several agencies who serve the underserved and is currently interning with the University of Kansas Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic which takes an inter-professional approach to address many health-related social issues.  Additionally, Jessica has the honor of working for the KCK Saturday Academy as a science instructor.  She is also co-founder of the Latina-based multicultural sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a Sue Shear Fellow.  After graduation, Jessica plans to get her Master's in Public Health and attend law school to pursue a career in public service and health.  


Elizabeth Duarte-Rios - Board Member

Jennifer Elizabeth Duarte-Rios is a Pre-Med sophomore student with a Psychology major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).  She was born in Mexico and five years ago came to the United States.  Some of her goals are to help the Hispanic community to improve their health and become a pediatrician.



Cristina Bernal-Estudillo - Program Coordinator

Cristina Bernal-Esudillo has been with CHWAC for over four years as Program Coordinator.  Cristina was born in Veracruz, Mexico where she earned her degree in Business Administration. from Universidad Veracruzana in 1993.  She feels so proud to be part of this organization that brings awareness, prevention, and help to the women of our community.  She stated, “when you see the happy faces of the women at the end of each event that CHWAC has, it is the most rewarding thing." In her spare time, she enjoys dancing Salsa and Bachata, though her passion is to play volleyball.



Maribel Guzman - Assistant Program Coordinator

Maribel has lived in Kansas City for 20 years. She graduated from Penn Valley Community College with an A.A. In 2011, she obtained a Healthcare Interpreting Certification from Johnson County Community College.  She is currently in her senior year at Park University for Bachelors in Public Administration. She is a member of the Mid America Chapter of the American Translators Association. Maribel enjoys using her skills serving in the community especially the underserved. She has volunteer with Jaydoc Free Clinic three years as a healthcare interpreter. She has also volunteered as a bilingual customer service representative at St. Judes radiothon two years. Maribel currently works at CHWAC as a Bilingual Assistant Program Coordinator. Maribel strongly supports cancer prevention and education. “Working in the coalition is been a wonderful experience. You cannot change the world but you can change somebody’s world.  

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