Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
1171 W Target Range Road • Nogales AZ 85621
Tel: (520) 287-4722 Fax: (520) 287-4349
Gail Emrick MPH, Executive Director
An Arizona native, Ms. Emrick has been SEAHEC’s Executive Director since 2008. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Arizona, College of Public Health. Ms. Emrick is an International Health and Development Specialist with a joint Master’s Degree in Public Health and International Affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration in Latin American Economic and Political Development.
Ms. Emrick has dedicated her professional life to promote the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities in Central America and the U.S.-Mexico border regions. Under her vision SEAHEC has forged strategic alliances throughout Arizona for improving Arizona’s health care workforce development programming, and has become a leader in AHEC program evaluation and quality assurance.
When not at work with SEAHEC, Ms. Emrick can be found attending her younger son’s Little League Baseball games, in Baja California, volunteering with Flying Samaritans medical clinics, or in Chicago, checking on her older children’s lives in the Windy City.
Suzanne David B.A., Assistant Director, Program Coordinator for Continuing Education
Ms. David has been with SEAHEC for over 20 years. Under her coordination, SEAHEC provided continuing education for more than 500 Physicians, Nurses, EMS Personnel, Medical Assistants, Social Workers, and School Personnel in 2013. She leads our quality assurance team, and has been the chief designer of our quality management system.
Latysha Watson Executive Assistant for Administration and Finance/IT
Ms. Watson has been with SEAHEC since 2010 and provides support to SEAHEC’s Executive Director in areas of human resources and office finances. With a wide range of technical skills, Ms. Watson supports all of our programs with coordination in logistics, as well as implementation and management of SEAHEC’s IT environment.
Tashina Machain, B. A. Gender and Women’s Studies. Program Coordinator for Native American Workforce Development and Future Healthcare Leaders
Ms. Machain joined the SEAHEC team in May 2013. She oversees Future Health Leaders clubs on the Tohono O’odham Nation as well as in rural Cochise County and underserved Pima County. In summer 2013, she collaborated with Tohono O’odham Health Department and tribal leaders to organize SEAHEC’s partnership implementing the Nation’s first FHL Summer Camp. She has also worked with schools and healthcare providers to develop a health professions job shadowing program for high school students in Willcox, Bisbee and on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
“I enjoy working with these students, because I grew up in a very rural area of the Navajo Reservation where there was one stop light, one gas station, and one grocery store. The nearest largest town was an hour and a half away.” “Growing up I had to work with what I had in arms’ reach. Even for the best of students, there were limited resources to gain knowledge of what it is like on a college or university campus or even what it would take to become a health care professional. Now I can inspire other students to pursue their dreams as well.
Erin Sol, Program Coordinator for Student Training Opportunities.
Ms. Sol has worked at SEAHEC since 2008. She coordinates training and volunteer opportunities for a diverse group of health professions students and manages the logistics of housing and travel stipends for students’ community rotations.
Trained in SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) data entry, Ms. Sol participates in the quality assurance team, presenting data in new and meaningful ways. She leads our effort to improve data collection for student engagement, following up with SEAHEC alumni to learn more about SEAHEC’s impact on their lives and career choices.
Kathleen Gilligan, M.S. Ed. Fund Development/Community Health Initiative Specialist.
Ms. Gilligan has been at SEAHEC since 2011. She provides program planning and implementation for community health worker workforce development initiatives and provides technical support to the Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Association (AzCHOW.) Ms. Gilligan also provides website and resource development support and works with our Quality Assurance team to integrate our student engagement strategies with website, social media, and other communications strategies.
A native of New York State, Ms. Gilligan now calls the Chiricahua Mountains in eastern Cochise County Home. Before coming to SEAHEC, Ms. Gilligan spent several years teaching English in Mexico and at the State University of New York. She also provided literacy training for urban mothers, technical assistance to emerging refugee mutual assistance associations, and supported migrant farmworker efforts in New York to improve working conditions and access to health care.
Lupita Gonzales, SEAHEC Office Assistant & Data Specialist, Ambos Nogales Binational Health Council Secretary
Guadalupe (Lupita) joined the SEAHEC team in January of 2017 as Office Assistant. She provides clerical support to all SEAHEC staff. She is also the secretary for the Ambos Nogales Binational Health Council. Guadalupe brings with her to SEAHEC a wealth of experience in community programming. Having previously worked as an Eligibility Interviewer at Mariposa Community Health Center, Guadalupe has helped to improve access to health services in Santa Cruz County. She has also provided support for programs and members at the Boys and Girls Club in Nogales, AZ.
“I am inspired by my work at SEAHEC because there is so much to learn about health and health care in rural Arizona. I really like it at SEAHEC as our team is very unique, working together and supporting each other. Community response is so fulfilling,” says Lupita of her work with SEAHEC.
We are glad to have you as part of our team, welcome Lupita!
Floribella Redondo, Director: Arizona Community Health Workers Network. President: Arizona Community Health Workers Association
For more than 15 years, Ms. Redondo has led community health worker professional development and farm worker advocacy efforts in Arizona. She is a founding member and the president of Arizona’s professional association of, by and for community health workers. The Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers Association, (AzCHOW) is a unique, member driven, grassroots professional association representing Arizona’s diverse community health worker workforce. Ms. Redondo heads the Arizona Community Health Worker’s Network, (AzCHWN) which was launched by SEAHEC and partners in 2014. The Network is a coalition of local, regional, and statewide stakeholders who are devoted to strengthening Arizona’ Community Health Worker Workforce. Ms. Redondo also serves on the Arizona Community Health Worker Workforce Coalition, and the Arizona Department of Health Services Community Health Worker Leadership Council.