HealthFinders Collaborative Executive Director Charlie Mandile was appointed to the position in early 2010. Previously the Health Services Coordinator for Community Action Head Start of Ramsey County, Mr. Mandile brings extensive experience working not only in healthcare administration, but also working with community organizations, and providing direct family advocacy to Latino families of St. Paul. He is currently finishing a thesis for a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, with a focus in Community Health Education, with expected completion December 2011. Mr. Mandile is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Clinic Coordinator and Patient Advocate Noemi Gracia Trevino has been with the collaborative since 2007. She is well connected in the community and works diligently and creatively to ensure every HealthFinders patient receives the care, information, advocacy and assistance they need.
Emily Carroll is the Diabetes Nurse Coordinator and is a Registered Nurse. She is currently finishing a Nurse Practitioner program and plans to continue serving her community as the first CNP at HealthFinders. Emily has transformed the curriculum, administrative capacity, and tracking abilities of the Diabetes Program, and has filled an essential role in coordinating patient education and leveraging intern and volunteer support.
Katy Hargis was hired in September in a newly expanded role for HealthFinders as Development and Communications Director. Katy brings a wealth of experience in communications and non-profit fundraising experience to the HFC community
Clarita Kell leads Comadres. Clarita has built deep and trusting relationships with the youth over the years, and is a crucial resource and advocate for Northfield area youth. Comadres came to HealthFinders in 2010, Clarita has been coordinating the program since 2003.
In school Natalia, co-facilitator for TOP programming in Faribault, always enjoyed science class. When she was young, she enjoyed watching telenovelas, especially Rebelde. Natalia LOVES dancing and music, and if she had a super power, it'd be the ability to transport herself telepathically! She's been working with TOP since September and enjoys spending time with teens. Their energy is contagious!!
Co-facilitator with TOP programming in Faribault
My Favorite classes in school were art, math and science. Growing up I wanted to be a marine biologist, a veterinarian, a doctor, or an astronomer. Obviously my life did not take me in any of those directions, but it is OK, because I like what I have done, AND, I still like art, math and science. My favorite topic in TOP is any of the parts that involve the cultivation of self esteem and self power. Also, anything that helps the kids a community amongst themselves, so that they also feel the power of supportive people in their lives.The superpower I would like to have is teleportation (also, not a super power but...when growing up I wanted to have a cat's tail) I was a little strange of a kid ;) But my family still loved me :)My hobbies are Reading, sowing, dancing, doing puzzles, being outside, and occasionally playing video games.
Outreach Advocate Mohamed Baaluul works with the Somali community to help our patients take full advantage of HealthFinders’ care services. A Somali-American himself and speaker of the Somali language, Mohamed understands the barrier that linguistic and cultural differences can pose to health; his advocacy includes ensuring that his clients understand the full range of assistance available to them, communicating between communities and help enrolling in public health coverage programs.