Advisory Board

MOLA’s Advisory Board is a group of exceptional individuals who advise and support MOLA’s mission. For interest in joining MOLA’s advisory board, please send an email to [email protected]

José Alemán Sasieta

Is an artist, architect, educator and entrepreneur. As a visual artist, and in the past twenty five years, Aleman has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. He has collaborated with City agencies and grass roots community organizations to design art for public spaces.

Clyde Yancy, MD

Chief of Cardiology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Magerstadt Endowed Professor of Medicine Chair and Professor of Medical Social Sciences.

Vice-Dean of Diversity & Inclusion. Fellow, National Academy of Medicine

Máximo Brito MD, MPH

Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for Urban Global Health in the Department of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago. Coordinator, Dominican Republic Project, an educational exchange program that promotes collaborations between students and physicians in the Dominican Republic and UIC. Chief of Infectious Diseases, Jesse Brown VA Hospital

Clinical interest and scholarly work: HIV prevention in Caribbean men

Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Living Donor Liver Program and Director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

William A. Clark, PhD

Executive director at the Michael Reese Research and Education Foundation

The foundation’s grants are used to fund physician research, training projects and educational programs for students

Eddie Cruz, MBA

Vice President, Operations, Access Community Health Network

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District, Illinois
Founder of Enlace, Chicago
Former IL State Senator
Former Cook County Commissioner

Ben Gerber, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, of the UIC College of Medicine, Associate chief for education and scholarly activities.
Fellow of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy

Research interests: chronic disease self-management and health behavior promotion through technology and health services delivery redesign.

Aida Giachello, PhD

Educator and a writer and uses research to address health equity and social justice issues.

Research Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University-Chicago.

Jorge A. Girotti, PhD, MHA

Assistant Professor
Hispanic Center of Excellence
Associate Dean for Admissions and Special Curricular Programs
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Senator Iris Y. Martínez

First Hispanic woman elected to the Illinois State Senate
Assistant Majority Leader
Member of the Education, Energy, Gaming, Labor and Transportation committees
Member, Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

David Ernesto Munar

President and CEO, Howard Brown Health, Serveson boards including AllianceChicago, AIDS United, the Black AIDS Institute, and Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Champion of Change by the White House in 2011

Arturo Olivera, MD

Chief of the Section of Gastrotenterology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

Clinical interests: Weight loss center, Nutrition as prevention

Iris Romero, MD, MS

Obsetrics and Gynecology
Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Chicago Medicine

José R. Sánchez

CEO of Norwegian American Hospital in Humboldt Park Licensed Social Worker

Interests: Enhancing quality of services

Fernando Striedinger, MD

Internist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Clinical interests: diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, vascular neurosurgery and cardiology.

Mónica Vela, MD

Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Department of Medicine, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Chicago- Pritzker School of Medicine.

Research interests: medical education on health disparities and care of patients with limited English proficiency, workforce diversity

Jaime Viteri

Computer Engineer, Founder of the Chicago Latino Network
This online network currently reaches more than 48,000 new-generation Latinos and represents a diverse group of people from professional and entrepreneurial backgrounds.

Stephen Wright

Account Executive in the Enterprise Business Segment at Salesforce, the 4th largest SaaS company in the world.