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Meet the Staff
Isabel Montemayor-Vazquez, Executive Director-Dr. Montemayor-Vazquez graduated from Lansing Public Schools, later earning her degree in Spanish and Political Science from Central Michigan University. She attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, gaining a master's degree in Latin American Studies and later earning both her master's and Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University. Her experience after graduation includes working as Senior Research Associate at the Michigan Public Health Institute, where she conducted a qualitative assessment of Michigan's expanded Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan and in urban centers across the state of Michigan. Dr. Montemayor-Vazquez also served as an executive board member with the Lansing Latino Health Alliance, advocating for equitable health care access for Latinos in Ingham County. In 2015, she was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Sociology and Anthropology Department, teaching courses on Latino Health, Medical Anthropology and the Border. Dr. Montemayor-Vazquez's research has focused on how health and immigration policies in the United States and Mexico impact mixed-status families' daily lives, and health in Lansing and Eastern Michoacan. While at the University of Texas at Arlington, she was a research associate with the Center for Mexican American Studies. She served on various task forces and committees, and mentored dozens of first-generation undergraduate students on their path to graduate school.
Francisca Garcia, Administrative Assistant
|Alexie Milukhin, Intern is a Junior at Michigan State University studying Social Relations and policy with a double minor in Chicano/Latino Studies and Educational Studies. Alexie has a deep passion for ensuring equitable statewide access to education, healthcare, welfare, housing, and other resources, and has been able to use her undergraduate education as well as her time with HLCOM to further these goals. Upon graduation, and completion of her internship with the Commission, Alexie plans to pursue a dual degree program to obtain a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Policy.|