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Leadership

Catalina Sol

Executive Director

Ms. Sol has more than 25 years of public health and direct service provision with underserved communities and Latino immigrants. Prior to her selection as Executive Director in 2018, Ms. Sol served on La Clínica’s leadership team in several roles, including HIV Department Director, where she led HIV Prevention and Care programs, and Chief Programs Officer, where she was responsible for the overall strategic direction and integration of programs. She is a current fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program and sits on the Board of Directors of the DC Primary Care Association. Ms. Sol received a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University.

Suyanna Linhales Barker

Chief of Programs and Community Services

Prior to serving as La Clínica’s Chief Program Officer, Dr. Linhales Barker served as La Clínica’s Senior Director of Health Equity and Community Action. Dr. Linhales Barker has always believed that healthcare is a fundamental human right and has focused her career on ending health disparities related to poverty and discrimination. As the Chief of Programs and Community Services, she is responsible for overseeing the design, implementation and evaluation of programs that are culturally and linguistically grounded. In 2015, Dr. Linhales Barker was awarded the Distinguished Community Advocate Award by the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. She holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the State University in Rio de Janeiro.

Joanie Clement

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Clement brings over 20 years of experience working in finance and operations with non-profit health providers and stakeholders in Washington, D.C. and 23 states. Ms. Clement has a talent for managing revenue cycle, improving practice operations, and driving projects to completion. In D.C., she is considered a leader who is skilled at strategic planning, managing resources, and facilitating cooperative problem-solving. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

Ricardo Fernandez

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Fernandez has spent the majority of his career as a physician working with underserved communities in Washington, D.C. Before accepting the position of Chief Medical Officer, he served as a volunteer physician with La Clínica for more than ten years and provided organizational leadership as a board member. Dr. Fernandez is committed to providing high-quality medical care with a focus on those patients and communities most in need. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Fernandez currently holds faculty appointments at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Rachel Meyn Ugarte

Chief Development Officer

Ms. Ugarte has spent the past 15 years working in development and communications at non-profits serving Latino communities in Guatemala, California, and Washington D.C. As La Clínica’s Chief Development Officer, Ms. Ugarte has substantially grown La Clínica’s individual and corporate revenue, has led a highly successful grants and contracts unit, and is responsible for leading a re-branding of La Clínica that has resulted in higher visibility. Ms. Ugarte earned a Master’s in International Development Management from American University, and a Bachelor’s from University California at Santa Cruz in Community Studies and Film & Digital Media.

Karin Werner

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Werner brings more than 17 years of leadership experience working with the local health care community, DC government agencies, and programs and requirements related to federally qualified health centers, behavioral health services, Ryan White, and Title X. Ms. Werner is excited to join La Clinica’s leadership team to work towards greater sustainability, health care transformation, and value-based care to support the evolving needs of La Clinica’s patients and the wider Latino community. Ms. Werner holds a Master of Public Health with a Health Promotion Concentration from George Washington University and Bachelor of Art’s degree from Haverford College.

Manuel Diaz-Ramirez

Community Health Action Department Director

Mr. Diaz-Ramirez oversees the community health programs and activities developed by La Clínica del Pueblo to ensure that efficient and quality community-focused services are provided. As the Community Health Action Department Director, he assesses health needs within the community as a whole, and develops strategies grounded in public health and community mobilization to address these needs at the individual, family, group, community, or structural level as appropriate. Prior to 2018, he served as La Clínica’s LGBTQ Health Program Manager. Mr. Diaz-Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is licensed in Psychology from the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru.

Rodrigo Stein

Director of Health Equity and Strategic Community Partnerships

Mr. Stein joined La Clinica in 2016 as its Health Promotion Manager. Utilizing a host of environmental and culturally appropriate strategies, he designed and implemented programs and initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence of chronic diseases for the Latino immigrant community. Before La Clinica, he was selected as a Global Health Corps Fellow with The Grassroot Project, where he advanced health equity in the District of Columbia by using sports to reimagine health education in middle schools. He also supported youth development in his roles at Manchester United Soccer Schools and the Manchester United Foundation in the U.K. In his current role, Mr. Stein will be establishing our Health Equity and Strategic Community Partnerships Department with a focus on leading programs to address language barriers, engage community participation for program development and advocacy, and promote meaningful collaboration across sectors by strengthening local partnerships. Mr. Stein earned his Masters of Science in Sociology of Sport from Loughborough University, U.K., and a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Lisette Sanchez

Senior Director of Human Resources

Ms. Sanchez has over twenty years of solid human resources experience. Eleven of those years were in the non-profit sector focusing on Community Mental Health Centers, Child Welfare Agencies, and Federally Qualified Health Center. Ms. Sanchez serves as an integral part of the leadership team and head of human resources. Ms. Sanchez excels at providing a productive workforce culture that honors and represents the mission of the agency. Her strengths include employee relations, policy writing, and compliance. Ms. Sanchez has a Master’s in Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.