About Our Team

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP | President and CEO : Stanford University, UCLA Public Health and Medical Schools, Internal Medicine Residency, NRSA Fellow in Primary Care Research, experience in policy and programs at the White House, HHS Office on Women's Health, State of CA, and the founding of NHMA/NHHF with core group of physicians in 1994. Please contact Dr. Rios at [email protected]

Jeanne Duvall | Chief Financial Officer: Jeanne Duvall completed her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at American University. Jeanne has been the longest-standing staff member at NHMA, serving as NHMA’s head accountant for the last 14 years. Jeanne is passionate about serving Hispanic and Latino physicians as well as underserved communities.  

Yvonne Malloy, MPP | Chief Operating Officer/Director of Programs: Yvonne is a passionate champion for inclusive communities, health equity, racial reconciliation and healing, and youth mentoring.  She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. 

Yanecia Green | Director of Membership and Chapter DevelopmentYanecia has worked in the membership, marketing and communications capacity for a number of professional organizations for more than 25 years. She holds a BS in Communications Media Studies from Bowie State University.

Fernanda Durand | Communications Director: With over a decade of leadership in Latino advocacy, Fernanda has successfully implemented marketing and communications campaigns for numerous non-profit organizations. Starting as a journalist, she’s applied her expertise in bilingual communication to causes and issues close to her heart for over two decades. Fernanda earned a Master’s in Communications and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives in Maryland with her family, including her dog Hal. 

Vincent Gearity | Associate Director of Programs and Director of InternsVincent has a background in Community Health Education and Business. He completed his BS in Health Science in May 2020 and has been with NHMA since. He was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. 

LaShawn Maloy | Senior Manager of Events, Meetings, and Chapter Development: LaShawn manages all events and meetings, for the membership and programs staff, including NHMA's Annual Conference and Scholarship Galas. She also helps to manage NHMA's Chapters.

José Carlos Villegas | Communications Manager and Managing Editor of the JNHMA: José Carlos holds a Master in Media, Culture and Technology from the University of Virginia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He has extensive experience as a strategic communications consultant in the public and private sectors. 

Maegan Samuel, MPH | Program Coordinator: Maegan comes to NHMA with 6 years of public health experience. She has a variety of experience including HIV/AIDS, Health Equity, and COVID-19 response. Maegan completed her Master's degree in Public Health from George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Howard University.

Madeline Canas | Senior Programs Coordinator: Madeline joins NHMA with a background in public health and community health education with a passion for equity and inclusion for underrepresented communities. She earned her BS in Health Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been an advocate for the Hispanic/Latino community to minimize health disparities and improve access to care.

Azucena Turcios | Senior Programs Coordinator: Azucena graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Public Health. Azucena was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She is passionate about helping her community and reducing existing barriers to healthcare.

Cristhofer Moreira | Program Coordinator: Cristhofer earned his BS in Public Health and BA in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey. He has a background in socio-behavioral health and health equity research for underrepresented communities. He has been involved in governmental and non-profit work focused on healthcare reform and community health prevention programs.

Government Affairs Manager - Vacant