Our Team

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

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick

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 well-being 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

Suzanne David

Ms. David has been with SEAHEC for over 20 years. Under her coordination, SEAHEC provides continuing education for Physicians, Nurses, EMS Personnel, Medical Assistants, Social Workers, and School Personnel. She leads our quality assurance team, and has been the chief designer of our quality management system.


Erin Sol, Program Coordinator for Student Training Opportunities.

Erin Sol
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.

kgbioMs. 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 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 farm worker efforts in New York to improve working conditions and access to health care.


Lupita Gonzales, SEAHEC Program Assistant & Data Specialist, Ambos Nogales Binational Health Council Secretary

Lupita Gonzales 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.