Ester Rebeca Shapiro Rok, Ph.D. is a Cuban Jewish Eastern European immigrant committed to helping all families make the most of their opportunities, even when facing adversity and loss. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston; a Research Associate at the Gaston Institute for Latino Research and Public Policy; and directs the Community Engagement Core at UMass Boston's HORIZON Center.
She also directs the Health Promotion Research Group, which partners with the individuals and communities most directly impacted by social inequality to identify culturally meaningful resources for health promotion, resilience, and recovery. Dr. Shapiro was Coordinating Editor of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas, the Spanish transcultural adaptation of Our Bodies, Ourselves.
She has also published personal narratives about the impact of multiple immigrations on development in her own Cuban Jewish family, and is writing a memoir.
Originally from California, Kelly has dedicated her life to civil society for more than ten years sitting on boards, volunteering and interning for organizations such as the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, California Public Interest Research Group, and National Association of Community Health Centers.
With a B.S. in Business Administration focused on non-profit management and marketing, Kelly spent two years in the advertising industry in Los Angeles and three years in the international development industry, managing NGO capacity building projects in Botswana’s public health sector and a women’s economic empowerment project while at Oxfam in Cambodia.
Kelly has recently completed her Master's degree in International Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and currently works as a program manager to ensure social and environmental responsibility in the global supply chain of a large technology company.
Janet has over twenty years of human resources and organizational development experience dealing with a range of issues such as work place conflicts, employee training and development, benefits, leadership and recruitment.
She has developed policy, conducted training, facilitated and implemented strategic planning and has a track record of mediating disputes and creating effective solutions for internal resolution.
Janet has spent the last seven years dividing her time between providing human resource consulting to small and non-profit organizations and work with The Mediation Group. Janet is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, is a member of the Alliance to Increase Diversity in CDC's and is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of the Episcopal City Mission.
Dr. Eric Hardt
Dr. Eric Hardt is a former Associate Professor of Medicine at BUSM. His training included B.A. in psych from Yale 1970, M.D. from Tufts Med 1974. After 10 years at Harlem Hospital and Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, he came to Boston City Hospital/BMC, where he worked for 34 years until retirement.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Medicine. Dr. Hardt’s activities in the area of non-English-speaking patients and medical interpretation are well known around the country.
He has produced educational materials for medical interpreters and for health care workers working across language differences. He has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on medical interpretation and related areas. Dr. Hardt was a founding member of the International Medical Interpreters Association and served on the Advisory Board.
In 2011 he received the IMIA’s inaugural “Provider of the Year Award.” He was a founding member of the National Council on Interpretation in Health Care, served on its Executive Board, and co-chaired its Policy and Research Committee. He worked with the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants and with the ABA’s Health Law Section about related legal issues.
Most recently, he served as a Board Director for the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, which began national certification in 2010. For 34 years he served as Medical Consultant to Interpreter Services at BCH/BMC.
Lisa K. Walker
Lisa is a physician assistant (PA) and the founding Program Director of the Physician Assistant program at MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Before entering the PA profession in 1994, Lisa worked as an American Sign Language interpreter in medical settings. She teaches and consults extensively on the topics of cultural competency, patients with disabilities, medical interpreting, and communication access.
She is the co-author of a chapter on patients with disabilities in the widely used text Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice.
Carolina Tejedor Meyers
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Carolina is passionate about entrepreneurialism, intense energy, and diversity of big cities.
Carolina formalized this passion by earning her MBA from Simmons University while simultaneously starting a family and launching several entrepreneurial endeavors. She ran her own award-winning clothing company, Caramelo Clothing Co., amassing strong street-level experience with business strategy, finances, operations, and personnel management. More recently, Carolina has co-taught Business Strategy courses in both online and brick-and-mortar formats.
She currently manages Latin America Customer Operations at Clarks (C. & J. Clark International Ltd)- working with sales forecasts, operations, and customer service. She is known for her infectious energy and exceptional interpersonal skills, and if you’re not careful, she might rope you into a little salsa dancing.