Meet Our Staff
Job Title: Clinic Care Coordinator
About Me: I was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1982. I graduated from High School at the age of 16. I pursued a career in Modern Languages at the Central University of Venezuela where I received my degree as a translator (Spanish, English and French) in 2010. I worked as an English Teacher for Senior High School students and as a Language Center Coordinator at UNEFA University. I moved to the USA in 2016. I got my Washington State Medical Interpreter Certificate and Document Translator Certificate in 2017 and was offered a position by ICHS as the Clinic Care Coordinator for the Highland Health Center.
Role at Highland Health Center: I’m in charge of making appointments, coordinate staff scheduling, checking in and checking out patients, making referrals, receiving / making phone calls, ordering and stocking medical and administrative inventory, registering patients, provide interpreting and translation services, coordinating care (including collaborating with other community service providers), participate in quality improvement activities, among others. I’m also certified to help students get medical insurance. I’m also open to answer any questions you might have about our services, just reach out!
Hobbies: I love exercising. As a matter of fact, I’m also a personal trainer. I love lifting weights, taking HIIT classes, hiking, swimming, etc. I also love to read, solving puzzles, Sudoku, board games, etc.
Fun Fact: I participated twice in the Venezuelan version of the show “Who wants to be a millionaire”. It was quite an interesting experience!
Job Title: Family Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
About Me: I grew up in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes 1,000,000,000 mosquitos! I moved to Washington to attend Whitman College, in Walla Walla (so fun to say!) where I studied philosophy. After college, I spent 5 years in Idaho and Wyoming where I taught whitewater kayaking and skiing as well as became an EMT and volunteer firefighter. Eventually I returned to Washington to attend graduate school at Seattle University in nursing. Now I live in Seattle and work at Highland as well as in the International District at ICHS.
Role at Highland Health Center: As a nurse practitioner, I can perform advanced skills similar to that of a doctor, but right here at school! I can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, administer vaccines, conduct sports physicals, answer general health questions, and much more. I especially enjoy helping patients live physically and emotionally balanced lives by teaching healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.
Hobbies: Trail running, backcountry skiing, nordic skiing, all things alpine, singing, making art and dreaming of becoming a puppy parent!
Fun Fact: I LOVE catching crabs in Puget Sound!
Job Title: Behavioral Health Specialist
About Me: I was born and raised in the Seattle area. My first year in college was spent at Portland State University. I then transferred to the University of Montana and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Creative Writing. I worked in retail until 2001, where I started a career as a fundraiser for non-profits throughout Seattle. In 2012, I applied to the LIOS clinical psychology program at Saybrook University and graduated in 2015. I opened a private practice in Seattle in 2016. In 2018, I was offered the position at Youth Eastside Services (YES) to work at the Highland Health Center as the Behavioral Health Specialist. I am training to become a co-occurring therapist (mental health and chemical dependency).
Role at Highland Health Center: I have the best job. My job is to talk with students, listen to what is on their minds, and help find resources and/or teach skills on how to manage anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, or relationship concerns. Sometimes clients just need someone to talk to, and other times they may need more support.
Hobbies: I spend my time with friends and family, hiking, taking photos, listening to music/podcasts, coaching soccer, playing in water, and cooking. I love superheroes and dogs too.
Fun Fact: When I laugh really hard, I sound like I’m crying and have a hard time breathing. But I love every minute of it!
Job Title: Lead Community Health Specialist
About Me: I am from Venezuela. My native language is Spanish. I started working with kids when I was 20 years old as an English teacher in a Merchant Marine Institute with kids from Elementary School to High School. I graduated from college as a Business Administration Manager. I also studied an audiovisual career and I’ve done different courses as a graphic designer and video editing. I moved to Dominican Republic when I was 29 years old and had the opportunity to mix all my passions in one single job as a School Project Coordinator. I worked with kids raging from 9 to 15 years old, doing all kind of projects involving health, planet preservation and robotics, using all types of audiovisual media. In 2019, I moved to the US, and this year, I was given this amazing opportunity to start working at the ICHS Highland Health
Center as a Lead Community Health Specialist.
Role at Highland Health Center: My job at the Highland Health Center is mainly focus on community outreach. I’m in charge of organizing community and school events, working closely with the students, parents and school staff to make sure they have access to resources that help our community members thrive. I also serve as a backup for the Clinic Care Coordinator, Rosaly Rivero, so I can support her on scheduling appointments, checking-in and checking-out patients, phone calls, and providing medical translation services to students at the Health Center.
Hobbies: I love video editing and graphic design, meditating, dancing salsa, travel, and spend time in open nature.
Fun Fact: My name, Caroni [kã̠ɾõ̞’nĩ], is the name of one of the biggest and more important rivers in my country, Venezuela, and I have never met anybody with the same name. The funny part is that nobody has been able to pronounce it, not here in the US, not in Dominican Republic and even some people from my country, Venezuela, have trouble saying my name.