Sheila Calderón | World Diabetes Foundation Project Coordinator
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Sheila has over 15 years of experience working in the health sector of non-profit organizations. She joined HHI in September 2015, after many years working at the Center for Promotion and Human Solidarity (CEPROSH) in Puerto Plata. In her role as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at CEPROSH, Sheila was responsible for coordinating health projects, eco-tourism and community projects, and research, as well as validation of educational materials, implementation of focus groups for educational strategies, health surveys, and educational campaigns. She also led the development of consultancies for the creation of community businesses. Her program experience, as well as her abilities and skills to act as a liaison between the organization and governmental institutions, have been important to HHI’s growth in programming, inter-institutional relations, and strengthening with key actors of the health system.

Sheila earned her degree in Social Work from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Social Work at Valle Verde Community College, in El Paso Texas. Her training and experience have enabled her to work in the management of health promotion and prevention projects, with emphasis on vulnerable populations. Sheila enjoys life while performing her work with a demonstrated passion for the empowerment of communities and their residents.

Elisa Ruben | Sano y Feliz Project Assistant

Elisa joined HHI as a community health worker in 2011, serving the community of Pancho Mateo. Since April 2015, she has also been working as a Project Assistant for the Sano y Feliz program. Within her work experience, she has had the opportunity to participate in the government's adult literacy program "Quisqueya Aprende Contigo," and as a caregiver in the Mustard Seed Special Children's Home. She has pursued several courses and additional training in areas such as English, CPR and First Aid, Child Care and Development, Public Speaking, Management of Patients with Noncommunicable Chronic Diseases, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Elisa completed her secondary studies at the municipality of Montellano high school.

Laura Massiel Castillo Gómez | Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Laura Massiel Castillo Gómez began working with HHI in Spring 2019 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. She has studied at Universidad Iberoamericana, INCAPRE, and UAPA. She previously worked at CEPROSH (Center for Promotion and Human Solidarity) as the Monitoring and Evaluation manager. Laura has always been passionate about helping those in need. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and use the tools and gifts we have to improve the quality of life of others.

Willy Destin | Clinical Programs Assistant

Willy was born in Montellano, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the son of Haitian parents who migrated to Santo Domingo in search of a better life. He is a professional apprentice who has shown great interest every day in acquiring and learning new skills to help his community, people around him, and his own development in a positive way. Willy first joined HHI as an interpreter and community health worker in the community of Pancho Mateo. In 2012, he was hired as the Clinical Programs Assistant in the Referral Program. In this role, he supports patients with scarce resources who require specialist medical care.

Willy is a high school graduate and has taken courses in Health Promotion, English, Customer Service, Computers and Repair, and is in the process of returning to university to study Systems Engineering. His main interests are health (especially in communities of scarce resources), technology, finance, languages (interpretation and medical translation), while his hobbies include chess, reading, and self-development. He faithfully believes in proactivity and that faith and being constant in his passions will achieve great changes.

Joaquín Batista | Logistics Assistant

Joaquín was born in the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic, and he has lived in the Montellano municipality all his life. From an early age, he has been involved in social and development groups of his community, such as youth clubs, the fire department, and churches. He is the co-founder of the Committee for Development of Montellano, in addition to being actively involved in the Town Council, Transportation Association, and Business Association. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Montellano Electoral Board, coordinating everything related to congressional, municipal, and presidential elections, along with his team.

Joaquín has worked for more than fifteen years in the area of transportation. Today, as the Logistics Assistant for HHI, he supports transportation, logistics coordination, and fixed asset and inventory management for the organization. He also worked for two years as personal security officer of a prosecutor in the city of Puerto Plata. Joaquín completed his primary and secondary academic studies at the Dominican Air Force High School in the city of Puerto Plata. He is in the process of studying law at the Universidad Dominicana O&M. As a member of the national school of elections, he has completed courses in political, legal, and electoral topics and conflict.

Dra. María Teresa Pou | Clinical Programs Coordinator

Dra. Pou is a family physician who has worked with HHI since 2015, when she began as a part-time doctor providing follow-up consultations to patients in the Chronic Care Program. Since 2016, she has served as the Coordinator of the Clinical Programs, which includes the organization of the Primary Care Clinics program and the Community Health Workers program. She appreciates HHI’s value and respect for its employees and the human quality with which they treat patients and their families. In her work, what she enjoys most are home visits, since it allows her the opportunity to understand the particular situations of her patients.

Dra. Pou graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo. She holds a Diploma in Nutrition from the Open University for Adults (UAPA) and English studies from Westminster College in London, England. She is a very warm person, who believes that every day gives us a new opportunity to be better people and continue to learn life lessons. She enjoys outdoor activities such as going to the beach and the countryside.

Catherine Balbuena | Sano y Feliz Project Assistant

Catherine began her working relationship with HHI in 2009, as a community health worker in Severet. In April 2015, she joined the program team as a Project Assistant for Sano y Feliz. She continues to pursue community health work in the Severet community where she lives, allowing her to help people with chronic illness.

She completed her secondary education at the Adonai Evangelical High School in the municipality of Montellano and has been trained in the management of patients with noncommunicable chronic diseases. Her work experience includes customer service, active participation in the 2010 census, the rewarding experience of teaching adults in the “Quisqueya Aprende Contigo” program, as well as secretarial work with the Central Electoral Board of Montellano.

Haley Burns | Administrative Director
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Haley began working with HHI in 2012, bringing with her experience working in operational and administrative roles. She coordinates HHI’s U.S.-based administrative needs, including communications, Medical Service Trip logistics, and financial operations. Haley has enjoyed seeing the growth of HHI over the years and being able to join with them in their mission. She and her husband live in Connecticut with their daughter and a small flock of chickens.
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